- Series: Washington Witches (Magical Washington)) (Book 4)
- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Book View Cafe (August 7, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161138303X
- ISBN-13: 978-1611383034
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Single Witch's Survival Guide (Washington Witches (Magical Washington))) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 7, 2013
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Mindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her she could travel anywhere through stories. She never forgot that advice. Mindy's travels took her through multiple careers—from litigator to librarian to full-time writer. Mindy's travels have also taken her through various literary genres for readers of all ages—from traditional fantasy to paranormal chick-lit to category romance, from middle-grade to young adult to adult. In her spare time, Mindy knits, quilts, and tries to tame her endless to-be-read shelf. Her husband and cats do their best to fill the leftover minutes.
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Well, Jane has finally done it and left the library! Her and her protector David move into some property he had. She decides to start the Academy that she's been throwing around as an idea. This brings the Hecate court in to make sure she's accredited and everything.
Then of course things start to go wrong! With her new students it brings their protectors around, so they all have to work together. Can they?
I love these books. Ya they're fluff. Ya they're fun and silly. They're easy to read and enjoyable. 'Nough for me!!
First, the original trilogy is relatively light on drama (particularly for this genre). This book is much different, but in substantial and meaningful ways. In the original trilogy (which you MUST read before this one), Jane does a lot of growing up. In this book, she actually has to function like a mature adult and a leader; while she clearly has matured, her capacity for leadership is pretty questionable, and that is a major premise in this book. It is Klasky's depiction of Jane growing into that role that causes this book to shine. Klasky really captures the emotional roller-coaster that Jane experiences as she learns to lead her new coven. The problems and issues that come up are very much character-driven and are very believable.
Second, I liked the development of the relationship between Jane and David. I could very easily envision a couple struggling with the issues they struggled with. The other characters were well-written as well, with Raven and Emma being deep enough, and the other supporting characters being necessarily shallow. I loved Jane's Grandmother's role - it fit in perfectly and kept a lovely character connected to a plot that really could have included her far less.
While the character-development and realism is quite good, there is nothing terribly thought-provoking about this book, hence 4 stars. I gather Klasky was aiming to spread messages about environmentalism, but when you solve major environmental issues with magic, that really undercuts those messages. Aside from that, this book was well-worth the read.