Dora’s Jinx by Boom Baumgartner
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About the Book
Author: Boom Baumgartner
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Dora Behn might as well have been born invisible. She could wear bright colors and dance the Macarena in the middle of class without so much as a glance. It’s not that she’s antisocial, just no one other than her family seems to even notice she’s there. This would naturally put a damper on her romantic life… If she had one to begin with.
Everything changes on her sixteenth birthday when a talking cat appears and tells her she is a witch. For Dora, nothing could be worse. No one dated crazy cat ladies!
Things go from bad to worse when the other witches’ familiars go missing, including her aunt’s. Dora’s magic may be the only thing that can prevent the total destruction of the sleepy town of Kinderhook. But to save her friends and family, Dora must learn to embrace who and what she is. She just needs to figure out what that means.
The book revolves around Dora, a girl hell bent on not being a witch but has no say in it whatsoever. You don’t choose to be a witch. You either are or you’re not. The way a girl finds out if they are a witch or not is by having a familiar, a cat, who pops into your life before you turn 16.
This story is way below what I’d choose for myself because it is by far a book for teens. My tastes are more…adult. I tend to shy away from YA also, but I will read them from time to time. With that said, the story itself is good. My first thought was that it reminded me of the tv show “Sabrina the teenage witch,” but thankfully the book did not resemble that tv show other than containing a witch and talking cat. So I got over the comparison fairly quickly. The plot was a little slow and Dora was super insecure, but I think that was the point. You’re taken on a journey of self-discovery and growth. This is a cute book that can be enjoyed by a reader of any age. I liked that the supernatural people remained one kind, meaning witches, but there was a variety of supernatural animals. The writing was well done, as was the editing.
I received this book from the author and Romance Authors that Rock, in exchange for an honest review. This story gets (5) hearts from me.
Influenced from a young age by greats like David Bowie, Boom likes to add a little bit of glam to everything she does, from playing the ukulele to writing novels. When she’s not turning out stories about witchcraft and werewolves, she is a staff writer for ScienceFiction.com. You can find her other musings at LovingTheAlien.net
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