Tuesday, May 21, 2013

That Witch! #HAHAT

Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Ladies and gentlemen - readers of all ages....Guilty Indulgence Book Club is pleased to participate once again in the annual Hop Against Homophobia And Transphobia (#HAHAT for those social media savvy) Last year we reviewed some great books and paid tribute to a beautiful author who left us too soon.  This year we look forward to bringing more great authors, stories and romances to our Indulgent readers.  

While our book club has that modern mix of women and men, straight and gay, our focus has always been on romance and Love in all its forms.  One of the most important aspects of Love has to be it's connection to Hope. For those who have Love, who love and are, in turn, loved, Hope resides in the heart and mind.  Hope allows one to celebrate the good times and weather the bad ones. Hope allows one to succeed and to fight and to give others Hope.   For many GLBTQ youth, Hope is hard to find.   It is our greatest wish that all who read these reviews this week take the time to spread the message of Hope at all times.  Be the message to our diverse youth population that fear, hatred and intolerance are not acceptable.  Help us spread the message that it does get better, there will be equality, they are accepted and give them Hope!  

Please feel free to click on the following links for other ways to get involved:


And by all means, stick around for the next ten days during the Hop Against Homophobia - make a comment on the Guilty Indulgence blog site daily for chances to win great reads and find new and fabulous authors!  And then, jump back on the Hop main page to visit each and every site for more chances at prizes, hear stories, read reviews and much, much more!

And now for the good stuff:

That Witch! Zoe Lynne, Harmony Ink
Cassidy Ryan and Brynn Michaels attend the same high school, but they live in different worlds. Cassidy’s a popular cheerleader, and Brynn’s the social leper. One is all sunshine and rainbows, while the other could’ve been carved from an Edgar Allan Poe book.

Both girls have their problems, though. Cassidy is coming into her birthright—a long line of ancient magic Cassidy isn’t ready to have. Brynn is coming into her sexuality—something that will definitely cause problems with her very conservative family.

When a teacher assigns Cassidy and Brynn to work together on a project, the girls find themselves in a heap of trouble, because what they feel for each other can’t be denied. If they have any hope of changing ignorant and frightened minds, they’ll have to listen to their own hearts first.

So the first thing that drew me to this book was the cover and it really could not have fit the description of the MC's better. I had their images in my mind the whole time I was reading.

This book read very true to the hierarchy and cliques that I remember from high school. And the verbiage that the author used sounded a lot like my own teenage daughter and her friends so that was spot on.

Cassidy at first comes across as a bitch but as you get further into the story you realize that most of it is a defense measure. Her protective nature really comes out once she admits her feelings to herself and from that  point on you messed with Brynn at your own risk.

Brynn's shyness was adorable and I was so happy when she finally found her voice and stood up for herself. My heart broke for her at the betrayals that she experienced on several different fronts. She was a much more forgiving person than I think I could have been in her shoes.

The secondary character's played such an important role in this story, some good and some bad. I wish every teenager could have a Nana in their corner no matter their sexual orientation.

This is a sweet, emotional story of first love and the heartache that comes when not everyone is accepting. Would be a great read for any teenager in your life!

RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.  This book was given to us by Dreamspinner/Harmony Ink Press. Many thanks.

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