Summary: Heading off for a weekend in Las Vegas with her friends, Jessie Ralle has only one worry—how to make it through the road trip in the same car with her ex, Jimmy Kelter. The guy who broke her heart five months ago when he dumped her for no reason. The guy who’s finally ready to tell her why he did it, because he wants her back.
But what Jessie doesn’t realize is that Jimmy is the least of her problems.
In Las Vegas she meets Russ, a mesmerizing stranger who shows her how to gamble, and who never seems to lose. Curious, Jessie wants to know his secret, and in response, alone in his hotel room, he teaches her a game that opens a door to another reality.
To Witch World.
Suddenly Jessie discovers that she’s stumbled into a world where some people can do the impossible, and others may not even be human. For a time she fears she’s lost her mind. Are there really witches? Is she one of them?
My Thoughts: I have heard a lot about Christopher Pike, but never read his books before now. My main impression: Wow! What a unique, involved, compelling, unputdownable book! While I don’t know for sure, I suspect this is the first in a new series. I haven’t seen anything to confirm my suspicions, but it ends in such a way that there has to be more coming!
Jessie is a really neat character. The story is told in her perspective, and I felt that she was a great narrator. She has a good head on her shoulders – even after things change and she discovers Witch World. Of course, she has the occasional stubborn streak, but she’s actually one of the more compliant leads I’ve seen in awhile. Yes, she’s got skills, but she does (mostly) take the word and advice of those who know more than she does. Yes, there are times she does her own thing, but she’s generally pretty smart about it.
I found the explanation of the two worlds – and how they’re related – a little bit confusing at first. But it quickly became clear to me, and I didn’t struggle with it. Although there were moments when I forgot which world she was in and had to go back and check. I did find the Huck/Lara thing … um … interesting? I think that’s the word I want. The Huck part of it was obvious to me – not how things played out, but just when he’s first mentioned. I was surprised Jessie hadn’t figured it out. The Lara thing seemed like a bit of a stretch – especially Jessie’s acceptance of it. If I was her, I’d be in complete denial for much of the story! LOL
Still, this is a fantastic story. I was pulled in from the very beginning, and found I couldn’t read fast enough. I was done in less than 24 hours (including time for sleep, meals, etc.). Hopefully my suspicions are correct and we’ll see more of Jessie and her friends.
Source: Received through Around the World Tours for review.
Read It: Witch World is scheduled for release on November 13, 2012. You can pre-order your own copy HERE. (This is a Book Depository link, and purchase through this link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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