Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Review: The Sweep series by Cate Tiernan

Grade: B+/A-
Pages: Approx 200 in each book
Summary: Morgan thinks witchcraft is laughable when her best friend Bree drags her to a meeting of the Cirrus Coven. But during a cermony led by Cal, Morgan's long-time crush, Morgan feels a shock. Suddenly everything looks brighter, clearer. Morgan doesn't want to get involved with witchcraft-but she feels like witchcraft is choosing her. 

Overall: The Sweep series by Cate is a light read, yet still really interesting. I felt like this was the sorbet course, a hiatus, amidst my reading of George RR Martin's much weightier tomes. Every novel covers Magick, young love and fitting in (or not!).
However, a novel in the Sweep series is so short that it is almost a chapter in the lives of the characters.
Plus: The Wiccan research is pretty intense, and the books give an authentic feel to being in a coven and the troubles/challenges a young witch (Morgan) might encounter. The first few books all deal with Morgan, and her first two loves. She slowly begins to learn about her abilities, and her heritage, and has to make touch choices in order to grow in power and understanding.
Minus: Please read as many books together as possible, the story feels very abrupt if you don't.

I would recommend it to: All YA readers, ages 10 and up. Adults will also enjoy this series - there is enough depth in the story to entertain a more discerning reader. Also: P.C. Cast readers, Lili St. Crow and Rachel Vincent fans.
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  1. Thanks for your review but this book doesn't appeal to me. I guess wrong age group or something ;)

  2. great review, i haven't really seen much about this series!

  3. Niece #" (12) has been reading and enjoying these books - I'll have to borrow them when she's done.

  4. Ha, yea it is for a younger age demographic, but nonetheless, readable :)


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