By Christopher Pike
Witch World was a roller coaster ride of a reading experience.
Official Description from Simon & Schuster
Witches are real—and each of us may be one—in this all-new paranormal suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Pike.
Heading off for a weekend in Las Vegas with her friends, Jessie Ralle has only one worry—how to make it through the road trip in the same car with her Ex, Jimmy Kelter. The guy who broke her heart five months ago when he dumped her for no reason. The guy who’s finally ready to tell her why he did it, because he wants her back.
But what Jessie doesn’t realize is that Jimmy is the least of her problems.
In Las Vegas she meets Russ, a mesmerizing stranger who shows her how to gamble, and who never seems to lose. Curious, Jessie wants to know his secret, and in response, alone in his hotel room, he teaches her a game that opens a door to another reality.
To Witch World.
Suddenly Jessie discovers that she’s stumbled into a world where some people can do the impossible, and others may not even be human. For a time she fears she’s lost her mind. Are there really witches? Is she one of them?
#1 Bestselling author Christopher Pike offers up another classic edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that keeps you guessing right until the last page.
Christopher Pike is my favorite writer and I’m always excited when he has a new book come out. But, reading the synopsis and then the early chapters for “Witch World” left me underwhelmed- add to that, the generic cover! One of the reasons I enjoyed his books growing up was that they seemed so much more mature than their intended audience despite the fact he was writing about ghosts, witches,and vampires. Of course, I was a kid then and am now an adult (duh!) so my expectations are different. I wish he would write up again and stop starting a new series without providing closure to the existing ones. Because of these little grievances, I was thereby surprised by how much I enjoyed reading “Witch World.” The beginning chapters seemed like a rather long set up because the (real?) story eventually moved along in a fun and fast pace. Some of his writing/storytelling style choices screamed classic Pike. There was a delicious anticipation of what was going to happen. And it was great to feel as confused as the character trying to figure things out at the same time. Again, though, I wish this was a standalone novel. The sequel better step up its game.
It’s only because I know just how great Christopher Pike can be that makes it sound like I don’t like this book at all. But I do and I think casual readers will enjoy “Witch World” as well.