Christopher Pike is a bestselling author of young adult novels. The Thirst series, The Secret of Ka, and the Remember Me and Alosha trilogies are some of his favorite titles. He is also the author of several adult novels, including Sati and The Season of Passage. Pike currently lives in Santa Barbara, where it is rumored he never leaves his house. But he can be found online at Facebook.com/ChristopherPikeBooks.
"[A] suspenseful thriller, with frank handling of such topics as sex, alcohol, violence, gambling, and witchcraft...a well-written, interesting, unpredictable story."--VOYA
Gr 11 Up-Jessi Raleigh and her friends are looking forward to a high school graduation party in Las Vegas. They have fake IDs and are ready to gamble and drink the night away. However, the party ends when Jessie meets Russ. He teaches her how to win at blackjack and Jessie plans to use him to help her forget her ex-boyfriend, Jimmy. From Russ, Jessi also learns about Witch World. There is an alternate world in which Jessie is Jessica, and her daughter is a perfect witch with extraordinary powers-and the daughter of James, Jimmy's other half. While coming to terms with Witch World, Jessie must also decide about her true feelings for Jimmy. Both are important if she wants to rescue her daughter, who has been kidnapped by the Lapras, evil witches who find pleasure in pain. The concepts of Witch World are confusing, particularly the rules of the alternate place, and Jessi is a contradictory character who seems good one minute and then is brutally killing someone the next. Justine Eyre's narration of Pike's novel (Simon Pulse, 2012) has a paranormal feel to it and her portrayal of all the witch characters is believable. The language, sexual situations, and sexual humor make this more suitable for older teens, but the plot, diatribes on the evils of society, and tone will appeal more to adult readers. While it's best a as crossover title, the author's diehard fans may pick it one up.-Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.