Author: Robert Shields
Format: eBook sent by author
Rating: 8½ out of 10
Summary (via Goodreads): Following years of persecution at the hands of Vivica Vance, Daphne Downing levels the playing field wielding her No. 2 Ticonderoga pencil as she belatedly enters the world of witchcraft. Daphne becomes part of the Mysterious Girls’ Secret Bathroom Society and finds out that the politics governing witchcraft are daunting and sometimes deadly. She realizes she is aligned with the Charmers in this political battle with the Spiters led by her nemesis, Vivica. Along the way, she discovers that witches do not perform magic or witchcraft but a differentiated form of physics that only some women have mastered. The story deepens as she learns about the long history of witches’ domination and annihilation of wizards.
My Thoughts: First thing I just need to address with this is the title, it's a wee bit overwhelming. But don't let that deter you, it's a really good read. The title just needs to be shortened - I could never remember the full thing to write it out. I recommend this book for pre-teens or anyone from 10 to around 15. It was an intriguing read and I read it all in one go. The witchcraft was really compelling for me because I'm so not used to it. I don't think I've ever read a book with it, so for me, I appreciated the originality in that. I really liked the background stories that were explained. The book was written a bit formally which I found odd for 13 year olds, but it didn't completely ruin it. This isn't my usual cup of tea, and to see it I probably would walk right past it. Don't make that mistake! This book offers a LOT and I definitely wish I would have read it when I was younger. Pretty sure it would be one of my favourites.
Final Thoughts: If you like witchcraft and a clever story, pick this up! The plot is a great driving force, and I would definitely recommend this!