ARC Review: Southern Friend Wiccan by: S.P. Sipal

Southern Fried Wiccan S.P. Sipal

Southern Fried Wiccan
Author: S.P. Sisal
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Publisher: BookFish Books LLC
Format: E-ARC
Rating: 3


Cilla Swaney is thrilled to return stateside, where she can hang up her military-brat boots for good. Finally, she’ll be free to explore her own interests–magick and Wicca. But when she arrives at her grandma’s farm, Cilla discovers that life in the South isn’t quite what she expected. At least while country hopping, she never had to drink G-ma’s crazy fermented concoctions, attend church youth group, make co-op deliveries…or share her locker with a snake-loving, fire-lighting, grimoire-stealing Goth girl…

…Who later invites her to a coven that Cilla’s not sure she has the guts to attend. But then Emilio, the dark-haired hottie from her charter school, shows up and awakens her inner goddess. Finally, Cilla starts believing in her ability to conjure magick. Until…

…All Hades breaks loose. A prank goes wrong during their high school production of Macbeth, and although it seems Emilio is to blame, Cilla and Goth may pay the price. Will Cilla be able to keep the boy, her coven, and the trust of her family? Or will this Southern Wiccan get battered and fried?

~My Thoughts~

This book is not what I thought it would be. Based on the summary I thought this book was going to be mainly about a girl who loves Wicca and spells and voodoo stuff. Cilla, casting spells and oops one goes wrong and she does is against the covens wishes, which is why she may lose the boy, coven and the trust of her family. If you think that is what this story is as well you better read it because it is NOT what this book is about. Now don’t get me wrong there is Wicca in this book yes, but not to the extent you probably assume. Cilla isn’t into the actual casting of spells rather learning about Wicca and where it originated and such. She wants to knowledge of Wicca so to speak.

For me this book was more about Cilla, the military-brat, finding out who she is and being comfortable and confident in herself. She judges her classmates just like all high schoolers tend to judge each other. The Goths, preps, jocks, nerds, etc. That is how she has “survived” her school years since she has always moved around a bunch. But this school back in the states seems to be breaking all those stereotypes. Who she sees herself not being friends with, she actually becomes friends with. Which teaches her not only about the stereotypes and how wrong they can be but it teaches her about herself too.

This book was a good book while reading it. My problem was after I read this book. This book for me upon finishing it spoke more to me about a girl trying to find out who she is and becoming confident in herself rather then being about a girl who likes Wicca. Granted she does like Wicca and it is the subject of which helps her to become her. See, in the book she is secretly into Wicca. Her mom allows her to read whatever she wants and someone introduced her to Wicca before she moved back to the states. She knew her mom and dad would not approve because of their religion so she kept it to herself. It isn’t like she wanted to cast spells. No, like I said before she was more after the knowledge of magic. She had Grimoire which she kept hidden. Or tried. Goth becomes her new friend who invites her to a coven. She has never been but wants to so she does. For awhile she sneaks out to go and she is starting to feel guilty for lying about where she is and what she is doing. Anyways, on her journey and near the end it becomes clear she won’t be able to hide it all for long. Does she eventually tell her parents the truth and become herself or does she stay hidden, always being the good obedient military brat? That is just something you will have to find out for yourself.

Overall, it was a good read while reading it. It is definitely not what I thought it would be. For a book about Wicca I would have liked more magic in it but it was still good nonetheless.

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