Saturday, February 5, 2011

Witch Ball

Witch Ball (The Seer, #3)
Witch Ball

Series: The Seer, #3
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA Paranormal
Published: January 1, 2006

Overall Rating: 4/5
Cover Rating: 3.5/5
Cover Comments: A simple cover. It doesn't really stand out to you or anything, but I love blue. Heh.

This one is definitely my favorite of the series so far. I said I liked the second more than the first, and now I like the third more than the second. I think there's a pattern going on... 

This book definitely had the most "OMG. WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?" factor in it. Especially when you find out that Sabine's going to die in five days. Oh, dear. That's not a good thing. At the end of the second book, Sabine is given a witch ball, which is just a glass ball that is supposedly harmless. It keeps witches out. Good? Yes. It doesn't keep ghosts out. Good? No. 

At the beginning of the novel, Sabine and her friends are at the carnival, where Sabine's friend Mystic Manny (Another of my favorite characters. He's hilarious.) gives predictions. He knows Sabine's secret, and even uses her sometimes to give somewhat true fortune tellings. So when he is accidentally given the witch ball to use as his prop at the carnival, he gives very true predictions. Ones that seem ridiculous and very unlikely to happen. Until Sabine chases down the fortune-tellees and discover that they're coming true... when she's around. Terrified, Sabine is unsure what to do, because she can't even see the ghost that's hiding the witch ball. Then Day 5, aka DD (Death Day) comes along. Well, you'll have to read to find out that happens next.

Teaser/Favorite Quotes:

"Even in cold weather, when everyone else layered on warm clothes, Manny preferred shorts. When I asked him about it once, he said wacky shorts would be his trademark when he became a TV journalist. Then he added with a grin, 'Besides, I gotta show off my great legs.'"

"'Extra protection... just in case.' Worry creased in her forehead as she slipped her arm around my shoulder. 'Good luck, my dear. You'll need it.'"

"'Those things she said about you were horrible.'
     Horrible... but not untrue."

"'Sabine... stay with me... I won't let you go!'" 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sabine is finally starting to feel accepted at her new high school. She's friends with the popular girls and even has a cute boyfriend. But Sabine also has a dark secret-she's psychic, and was forced to leave her old school after she accurately predicted the death of a football player.

Volunteering with her friends to help run the psychic booth at their school's fundraising carnival, Sabine discovers too late that the fake crystal ball she meant to bring has been mysteriously switched. In its place is the strange "witch ball" she locked away after her grandmother refused to have it in the house. Now the haunted witch ball's predictions are coming true, and Sabine must solve the mystery before its final prediction-her own death-becomes a deadly reality.

Finalist for the Coalition of Visionary Resources Award for Best Visionary Fiction Book


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