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?
~ Beware this review contains massive spoilers ~ Discussioning Takes Place ~
So I have been a tad bit obsessed lately with witches. Lets just say that American Horror Story Coven & Witches of East End are all time favourites, and I may or may not have been watching reruns of Sabrina the Teenage Witch on TV. Honestly though, who wouldn’t be obsessed with the supernatural world. WITCHES ARE KICK ASS! And I am sure that whilst a child you may have pretended to be one, maybe during lunchtimes at school with your schoolyard chums because it was so cool….we all did that right?
Christopher Pike has created a dangerous world, full of history and bloodshed. It is a whopping 500 + pages, so you had better be in the mood for a lengthy journey. Pack lots of snacks and water, you’ll need it.
My initial reaction after reading this book was sadly of disappointment. Witch World wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, and I think this has jaded my opinion of it. My mind had conjured up this idea of the story being about the other realm from Sabrina, but a much darker place. It wasn’t.
The premise for Witch World starts with Jessie who has just finished high school and is heading to Las Vegas for her graduation trip. There is an ex boyfriend who dumped her without reason, a slutty heart warming best friend and Debbie and Ted. Whilst trying to avoid said ex, Jessie and Alex (slutty bff) engage in some gambling activities where they meet Russ. Russ introduces Jessie to Witch World, where your access pass comes at a price. Your death. Witch World is sort of a parallel universe where people who have specific ‘witch genes’ are able to exert their power. Then there is this massive battle going on between two opposing forces and danger ensues.
Although it wasn’t what I expected I really did like the world building in this book. The descriptions of real world and witch world were really freaking cool. It wasn’t a parallel universe in the sense that there are multiple copies of yourself, but that you have one body and your memories are just different in each world. Once you become connected, because you have died and then healed, your memories begin to intertwine. Only certain people are gifted with witch genes, and it does vary upon how many a person actually has. The historical aspects were pretty awesome as well, especially with the comparisons between the worlds. As each day is repeated, once in each world. So we were able to see great battles across the centuries played out differently in another world.
But I still had some issues…
I really didn’t like Jessie. She was just boring, and I never truly felt for her at all. Her romance with Jimmy which was supposed to be this gigantic deal of eternal true love, because of their daughter (yes..daughter..I’ll get to that), well it just seemed forced. I always have issues when I don’t see the romance develop, and its just there from the get go. It feels like I’m missing out on something that has been given a great deal of emphasis. And when they tried to be all cutie together it was just blah. Jimmy was an a-hole! He left Jessie to be with Kari after he found out that Kari was pregnant (what! 2 babies now…yes i’ll get to that). This appeared to be a noble thing, but it was never mentioned that he wanted to give him and Kari another chance for the sake of their child. And yet he still slept with her. But why would you sleep with Kari, Jimmy, when you have this eternal love thing going on with Jessie? And the kicker is that he didn’t even think it was a decent thing to tell Jessie about the baby, his one true love got nothing. Just heartbreak when he left her.
Sooo… the baby thing. It was just so out of the blue! And we end up having these two babies that are technically the same person because of the way the worlds work. One baby, Lara belongs to James (Jimmy) and Jessie in Witch World and the other belongs to Kari and Jimmy. The reason that Susan took the babies is so that she can control their power, well really Lara’s, and show that the witches are the superior race. But it just didn’t feel realistic at all. Yes I understand this is fiction, but even within fiction shit still has to flow. Even when Jessie confronts Kari and they are discussing their children the conversation just seems forced. And Jessie keeps on going on about how Kari is lying and trying to take Jimmy for herself, because one of her witch powers is intuition so now she knows EVERYTHING. All the while Jimmy is sitting right there sort of being ignored. BUT THEN Jessie ends up killing Kari because she isn’t ever going to leave her and Jimmy alone, and she doesn’t want Huck (Jimmy and Kari’s baby) to grow up evil. It was sort of a really moment? Gosh! Jessie annoyed me, mainly because I didn’t feel like she was actually real.
There was so much going on, and I know that this was a set up for what I’m sure will be a great sequel. And yet even though I admired the genius in the world building, the characters were just lacking. Which affected my overall feelings for this book. The course of the novel was over about a week and these characters were like eighteen years old. Even though they were quite young and dealing with quite controversial issues I just never saw the authenticity in it. They had now become parents fighting for their children’s life, when like an hour ago they were pretty much making more babies and gambling their minimum wages away. Something was missing. It was such a rush of emotions that you just had to ignore it till the end…and now i’m like whaaaattt?
Have you read it? What did you think?