Blog Tour and Review: ‘Be Careful What You Witch For’ by Thomas Hoobler

Title: Be Careful What You Witch For 
Author: Thomas Hoobler 
Magic is a tricky thing. Especially when it comes from an ancient book of spells that jumps off a shelf into Olivia’s hands. Bad news for the popular girls in her new school who don’t like Olivia. But hey–now she can get the attention of her crush who’s more interested in comic book superheroes. And when she finds out her aunt is a witch, she imagines all her problems are solved. Unfortunately, not quite–what she conjures up is trouble. And the only one who can help her is an 800-year-old woman.
My Review

Well this goes down as another book to mark off my own 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge board – A book with magic. I was almost tempted to mark it off as ‘A book that made you laugh out loud’ as there are quite a few funny moments throughout but decided to just stick with the magic part. I am loving the cover of this one as well – very well designed.

Olivia’s parents are famous actors and after its decided that she can’t come along with them for their latest film together she has been given choice about whether to go skiing or not. Olivia has no intention of going skiing but feels like she could get away with asking for anything as her parents look like they are worried she would be upset about not coming with them. Inside Olivia is jumping around like crazy as she hates all the attention she gets when out with her mother. Her decision is to stay with her Aunt Tilda in New York. Even her parents telling her that she will have to go to school there isn’t enough to change her mind. By using her aunt’s surname she wants to go somewhere where no one knows who she is and just be a normal kid for once. Little does she know that this trip is going to turn out as far from ‘normal’ as you can get.

Olivia’s aunt isn’t quite as she seems and soon Olivia is starting to question what is really going on in her house. She always seems to know just what Olivia is thinking – hard to keep a secret in this house – and she has strange naked gatherings in her garden. There’s Julius the cat who likes nothing more than to stare at and torment her. Although her aunt just insists he is curious and to think of him as nothing more than her pesky little brother. Then there is the strange old book of spells that seemed to just jump out into her hand that has her intrigued, even though its been giving her weird dreams. Her aunt’s friend Eva is just as strange with her funny quirks and sweet tasting tea. When she gets Olivia to hold a crystal ball and think of her crush Alex, he appears in it and seems to hear her. A connection is formed and soon Alex becomes Olivia’s sidekick in figuring out how to decipher and use the book – this is where all the fun begins.

Witches and magic are real and from the moment Olivia gets the book everything changes. Something seems to have awoken in her and what starts out as just a little fun with getting back at a mean girl turns into a whole lot of chaos when people start turning fury. Olivia is soon going to learn that there are some spells you just don’t mess with.

Magic, mayhem and a schoolgirl crush all mixed together to make one funny read. I got a bit of a ‘Mean Girls’ vibe throughout this book with how Olivia and the other characters interacted with each other which I liked – made it that much more funny to read. Alex was a bit dim in places but in such a sweet way that you couldn’t hold it against him. All he wanted to do was help Olivia, which she is grateful for. It was left at a point where another book could easily follow on from this one. It would be interesting to see what other antics Olivia could get up to while Tilda and Eva start up her training.


4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Be My Book Boyfriend for my honest review

Thomas Hoobler has written nearly 100 books with his wife Dorothy, and some more by himself. The Hooblers are the co-authors of the Samurai Detective Series, which tells the adventures of a boy in 18th century Japan who helps his samurai father solve mysteries. The third book in the series, IN DARKNESS, DEATH, won an Edgar as the Best YA mystery of 2004. The Washington Post also chose the book as one of the Best Children’s books of that year. Tom won $500,000 on the quiz show WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE, making it easier for the Hooblers to follow their career. They have written history for children, young adults, and adults.

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