The Demon Notebook by Erika McGann (Review)

December 18, 2013 Book Reviews 4 ★★★½

The Demon Notebook by Erika McGann (Review)The Demon Notebook by Erika McGann
Series: The Demon Notebook #1
Published by O'Brien Press on September 1st 2012
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

Grace and her four best friends, Jenny, Rachel, Adie and Una, are failed witches – and they have a notebook full of useless spells to prove it. But one night, they stumble upon real magical powers – and their notebook takes on a diabolical life of its own.
The girls watch, helpless, as, one by one, their spells start to work, moving relentlessly towards the worst one of all …

Can Grace and her friends stem the wave of powerful magic … before tragedy strikes?

THE DEMON NOTEBOOK is an entertaining book full of thrills, spills and lots of witchey goodness sure to delight any fan of middle-grade fiction!

Grace, Una, Adie, Rachel and Jenny are firm friends and have been dabbling (and failing) in magic for months with no success. Writing spells in their favourite notebook, the girls are on the brink of giving up when Rachel encourages the girls to try a Ouija board and the five are shocked to unearth magical powers after all. Suddenly Una is acting weird and those spells scribbled in their notebook? One by one, they are coming true with diabolical results. Panicked the girls are forced to recruit the help of crotchety old Mrs. Quinlan who knows more about the magical world than she lets on. Will the girls reverse the spells or will disaster strike?

This was such a fun, quick read with tons of action and great characters that MG readers will enjoy. I loved the dynamic between the five girls and their interactions were hilarious. The tone was youthful and fresh and I loved how unique each of the girls’ voices and personalities were. My favourite character was Mrs. Quinlan, I adored her snarky tone and I can name at least three people that are just like her in real life, she was instantly recognisable without being cliché. The character development was great and the pace moved smoothly with the tension building nicely to the action packed climax. On another note I adored the illustrations in the paperback copy, the addition of the magical symbols were a fun bonus. Fans of witches who love solid female friendships and plenty of adventure and mayhem are sure to love THE DEMON NOTEBOOK!


4 Responses to “The Demon Notebook by Erika McGann (Review)”

  1. Oana

    The title drew my attention instantly! As someone who tried to do some spells in her childhood (yes, I know… lol), I’d love this book. Unfortuna… I mean FORTUNATELY, none of my spells worked. 🙂

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