Monday, January 2, 2012

Review Beswitched by Molly Snow

by Molly Snow
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When a magical black cat, Surla, runs away from her bombastic witch, Idis, she has no idea that she will soon be living as a teenage girl, confronting both the mean girls and the popular—and very cute—guys of Washington High on a daily basis.

While Surla may look like Cathy, her peers notice a dramatic change in her personality when she starts standing up for herself, dressing differently, snagging dates, and picking up strange habits. Meanwhile, the witch Idis is a flaming red-haired fury as she awkwardly tries to fit into society. She must hunt down her familiar in order to be able to continue performing spells. In spite of their circumstances, Surla and Cathy learn more about themselves and gain great self esteem by being each other. Not only this, but the usual drama and young love in high school life is kindled in BeSwitched as Todd, the handsome quarterback, shows sincere interest in Cathy. The "curse" of being BeSwitched winds up being the most purr-fect secret these new best friends could ever have! (Synopsis from Good Reads)

I received a free copy of this novel for review. I was not compensated for my review in any way.

So, as the synopsis tells us, we have a bit of a Freaky Friday situation going on except it's between a cat and a human.  Now the cat doesn't know acceptable human behavior, after all, she's been living with a mean witch for the past several hundred years and the human doesn't know acceptable cat behavior.  What ensues is a learning experience for both of them.  Cathy, the human is your typical shy girl who doesn't know that she's actually pretty.  There is a mean girl, of course, Tiffany who bullies her with her posse  of friends.  Cathy just tries to avoid Tiffany.  Easier said than done, especially when they walk home the same way.

But, when Surla possess Cathy's body, things change and Cathy starts wearing makeup and showing her full potential.  Now I don't think you have to wear makeup to look pretty or tight clothes to look good, but Cathy is no longer hiding in plain boring clothes and wan looking skin.  That's Cathy/Surla.  But Cathy/Surla doesn't really know what acceptable behavior is so she gets into trouble, like not knowing what a phone number is and licking a boy when he wants to kiss her.  Yeah, gross!  But it's kind of funny, too!  But this lack of knowledge gets her into real trouble.

The first half of the book seemed a little predictable to me until Cathy/Surla got into trouble and up until that point I would have said it was an MG book, but not that kind of trouble.  Got your interest now, haven't I??  Well, let's just say I'd never have wanted to get caught like that!  Neither would you!
From mid point on, the book takes some unusual twists and Cathy as in they cat is in danger of being discovered.

Mix Idis, the witch that owns Surla who can't do magic without her, with Cathy as a cat and Surla as a human and  Surla's cousin together along with 13 witches and black magic and there is bound to be a lot of trouble.  And guess what- there is character growth, even though Surla working as Cathy does most of the work, Cathy changes.  And Surla's circumstances change for the better as well.  And you actually do get to see a lot into the characters of Cathy and Surla (even if she is a cat). 

This is a short, fun book to read and there is a follow up novel I'll review later in the week.  I recommend it when you want something light and enjoyable that won't be keeping you up at night.  I'd say the 13+ crowd is just right for this.  And don't you just love the cover??


  1. The cover is adorable! The book sounds fun and I love Freaky Friday plots. Sounds like something my daughters will like too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. Paige- I love Freaky Friday scenarios too! Molly Snow is going to have a big Kindle Touch giveaway which I should be posting later in the day. She's just getting the hang of things.

    I saw Hellsbane is published by Entangled. I'm really beginning to love them. Can you email me and tell me just how adult Hellsbane is?


  3. Cool!! I'll check back to enter. YAY!!! I'll email you soon as I can find an email link.
    Paige = Blogger challenged.

  4. I'm glad you enjoyed the book as well. Love it, too! :)
    I'm going to be featuring a guest post from Molly Snow later in the week. Hope you'd be able to catch that. ^_^

  5. The cover reminds me a tad of the BEWITCHED credits from the old sit com. Sounds like a fun read.

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  7. It sounds like a lot of fun. And yes, the cover is cool too - kinda reminds me of Josie & The Pussycats comic style!
    - Jessica @ Book Sake


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