The Witches of Santa Anna by Lauren Barnholdt & Aaron Govine

Kindle Size: 383 KB
Published: 13th March 2011
Publisher: Lauren Barnholdt
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal

Natalia Moore is the new girl at Santa Anna Prep, and all she wants to do is fly under the radar -- get to her classes, meet a few friends, and try not to make a total fool of herself in the meantime. But when handsome and popular Campbell Elliot goes out of his way to be nice to the new girl, Natalia's plan to go unnoticed flies out the window.

Cam’s hot, but he’s completely off-limits. Raine Marsden, the most popular and meanest girl in school, has had her eye on him ever since the summer. And Raine doesn’t like competition.

When Cam goes as far as inviting Natalia to the exclusive weekend party at Raine's house, Raine sets her sights on a new victim. But what Natalia doesn't know is that Raine and her friends are no ordinary mean girls. They have powers most people can only dream of, and nobody will stand in the way of what they want. And what Raine wants is Campbell.

The Witches of Santa Anna series of novellas, proves just how far true love will go and that nothing--not even pure evil--can change your destiny….

I had seen these book for a while. They seemed to be very popular for Kindle. So when I seen this one I decided I would buy. As buying them all separate would have have more expensive. This Edition Consists of storys 1 - 7. CLAIMED, TRICKED, RUMORED, HUSHED, PURSUED, ENTICED, and RUINED. They are all short stories. However put together and they make a averaged sized book.

The story follow Natalia as she comes to Santa Anna to start a new school. She quite quickly attracts the attention of the hottest guy in School, Cam. It is very clear that they have chemistry between them. However, Cam is off limits as Raine the most popular girl in school wants Cam and she will stop at nothing to get him.

Basically that is there is of the story. Its not really the most unique story or most interesting. However, it quick and enjoyable for some light reading. The characters themselves are quite one dimensional. Nothing really interesting and intriguing about them. Although I do like the chemistry between Nat and Cam. They are really sweet when they are together and sometimes poor Nat didn't know whether she was coming or going. All she wants is to be with Cam but Raine is making it very hard. Raine I have to admit, yeah she was a witch, yeah she was Evil but she was probably the most interesting character in the whole story. I would have loved to have seen more of the Witches and have some background information on them. However, there wasn't any at all.

As I mention that story isn't unique. Its not much different to the many YA stories out there at the moment. New Girl/Boy in school falls in love within 2 minutes with the hottest Boy/Girl. Add another Boy into the mix for that love triangle that seems to be in everyone book just now. Add some evil/bad guys and there go. The simply plot to make a good YA book. However, where some authors take this simple plot and twist and turn it into their wonderful and mesmorizing story. This just seems to stick the basic plot with nothing special added.

My big negative about this whole series is how they are getting released. Each book is very very short. Around 30-50pages. The author is releasing the whole story bit by bit charging between 70p and just over £2. If you had to buy them all separate you are talking around £10 for the set and its not even finished yet. Ruined was meant to the final book. However it ended with cliff-hanging that sets up the next book. Or should I say season two. Yeah there is going to even more "Books". I probably won't be buying them until they all released. I won't waste my money.

Overall, I still did enjoy it. The story was good and very light. Nothing to really make you think. So perfect for some bedtime light reading.

Rate: 3/5



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