Jul 7, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Roots by Kelbian Noel


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Roots by Kelbian Noel

Publication Date: March 21, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Series: Witchbound #1
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review

DeeJay's Rating: 3.5/5 STARS
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Seventeen-year-old Baltimore Land just wants to be normal, but magic has other plans.

I don’t consider myself a witch, that's my parents' thing. I've never really believed in magic either. Sure, I tried it a few times. Fell for the whole “magic happens” thing. But it didn’t happen to me. No amount of rhyming stopped my parents from moving me halfway across the country. Not one spell stopped me from being labeled the town freak.

And worst of all, no matter how many times I begged the Universe to bring my twin back, I was ignored. Until now.

He’s back all right. And in a magical bind of his own. Not the magic-won’t-work-for-me kind either. In fact, it’s working a little too well. Too dark. Too deep.

It turns out our entire family’s magical roots run just as deep and my brother didn’t end up where he is by accident. So I’m going to help him. But magic isn’t really on my side. Nope. Once I finally get the craft under control, I’m expected to abandon the one person in the world who’s closest to me, just to save myself. (Goodreads)



Besides Harry Potter, I've never been a fan of witch books. I don't like the idea of casting spells and séances and such, and maybe I'm a bit prejudice because of the stigma that's been attached to the essence of witchcraft. Most of the time witchcraft is seen as evil, and I'm not saying it is or it isn't. All I'm saying is, I try to avoid it as much as possible, especially in my reading material.

My prejudice is probably what really held me up from finishing this book months ago. It took me SO long to read it and it's not even that lengthy! My slow reading has absolutely NOTHING to do with Kelbian's writing because her writing was great! She has a talent for getting right to the point and not being too overly descriptive about things that aren't important. She saved the details for the right stuff.

I thought Baltimore Land (Yes, as in Baltimore, Maryland) had a pretty cool name even though she was annoying sometimes. She was just so hard-headed and stubborn! But if she wasn't nothing would have ever happened in this book. Her grandfather was about as cool as old men get, and I liked Nate and we get an early hint that there could possibly be a romance between him and Baltimore. I won't tell you how that plays out. You wanna know, read the book. Ramón was such a suck up and Brooklyn (Baltimore's twin brother) was kind of weird to me. I know, I know, there was a reason for that. But even still, I could tell he was weird anyway. Kind of cool...but kind of...weird, too *lol*

Like I said, Kelbian put detail in all the right spots. For the spells and the creepy séances and stuff. We got a wonderful first hand account of every one Baltimore did–her thoughts, her feelings, and her physical anguish (there was plenty of that!), but that was because Baltimore was hard-headed! Mind you, Baltimore didn't even believe (and didn't want to) in all of the witchcraft stuff, even though her grandparents and her parents were wiccan. Her deceased grandmother was a for serious witch, so it was kind of strange that Baltimore was so reluctant to believe. But when she finally did, she jumped in head first doing plenty of things she had no business doing to save her twin from his most unfortunate predicament. Still though, I wanted her to chill out sometimes and just THINK. But I understand when people you love are in trouble, it's really hard to be rational. So I get it.

Overall, a decent plot balanced out with good writing that won't take you nearly as long to read as it did for me. Sprung is the next book in the series, but it won't be focused on Baltimore and friends as far as I can tell. It's about another character named Skye. I might give this one a try, and I won't take six months to read it either.

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