Lily’s Scary Book Review: Well Witched by Frances Hardinge

Ryan, Chelle, and Josh just missed their bus back from a town they weren’t supposed to go to and don’t have enough money for new tickets to a different bus, so who could blame them for stealing a handful of coins out of a wishing well? After that incident though, things get a bit weird. Ryan grows eyes on his hands, Chelle speaks the thoughts of others uncontrollably, and machines break around Josh. It turns out that they have to fulfill the wishes of those whose coins they stole. Things start off lighthearted enough, but as things escalate and one of the trio gets a little too into it, wish granting takes a sinister twist into the terrifying.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes Coraline by Neil Gaiman. They’re both captivating and complex adventures that borrow elements of horror. It isn’t quite as scary as Coraline, but there are moments that send shivers down your spine(the hand eyes have eyelashes!). The book starts off a bit slow, but things pick off once the kids become more and more proactive in their mission. This author, like Gaiman, also does an excellent job at capturing those emotions in our life, like the feeling when you’re in a trio of best friends but you want to be THE Best Friend.

Lily rates this book 4.5/5 stars.


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