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A high school nemesis. A misuse of powers. An Unexpected Consequence.   Sixteen-year-old Charley Cooper is furious when her cousin Danu uses her powers to get back at a high school nemesis without considering the consequences.   When someone attacks the other girl and she ends up in a coma, Danu becomes the prime suspect. As annoyed as she is at her cousin, Charley doesn't wan A high school nemesis. A misuse of powers. An Unexpected Consequence.   Sixteen-year-old Charley Cooper is furious when her cousin Danu uses her powers to get back at a high school nemesis without considering the consequences.   When someone attacks the other girl and she ends up in a coma, Danu becomes the prime suspect. As annoyed as she is at her cousin, Charley doesn't want her to go down for something she didn't do.   Even though Charley has never had magical abilities of her own, when she has what she believes is a vision about an attack on Danu, she's forced to investigate. Can she find the guilty party before her cousin pays - one way or another?    If you enjoy magic, quirky characters, and small-town mysteries with a touch of romance, you're sure to enjoy A Witchy Mistake!


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A high school nemesis. A misuse of powers. An Unexpected Consequence.   Sixteen-year-old Charley Cooper is furious when her cousin Danu uses her powers to get back at a high school nemesis without considering the consequences.   When someone attacks the other girl and she ends up in a coma, Danu becomes the prime suspect. As annoyed as she is at her cousin, Charley doesn't wan A high school nemesis. A misuse of powers. An Unexpected Consequence.   Sixteen-year-old Charley Cooper is furious when her cousin Danu uses her powers to get back at a high school nemesis without considering the consequences.   When someone attacks the other girl and she ends up in a coma, Danu becomes the prime suspect. As annoyed as she is at her cousin, Charley doesn't want her to go down for something she didn't do.   Even though Charley has never had magical abilities of her own, when she has what she believes is a vision about an attack on Danu, she's forced to investigate. Can she find the guilty party before her cousin pays - one way or another?    If you enjoy magic, quirky characters, and small-town mysteries with a touch of romance, you're sure to enjoy A Witchy Mistake!

30 review for A Witchy Mistake

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Smith

    When I started reading I was introduced to so many characters in the first two chapters that I wondered if I would be able to remember them all. However, as I read on, I was soon able to sift through them as the unimportant characters drifted out of the narrative. But this is only a minor criticism. This is a prequel to what promises to be a very entertaining series. The story is well targeted at the 13 to 18 age group. It comes across with a very authentic feel, with the thoughts and typical emo When I started reading I was introduced to so many characters in the first two chapters that I wondered if I would be able to remember them all. However, as I read on, I was soon able to sift through them as the unimportant characters drifted out of the narrative. But this is only a minor criticism. This is a prequel to what promises to be a very entertaining series. The story is well targeted at the 13 to 18 age group. It comes across with a very authentic feel, with the thoughts and typical emotions of high school students in what could easily be a cozy community in Texas – – which of course was outside my experience, but with which I very quickly became acquainted and to thoroughly enjoy. The author has a deft touch when it comes to describing the hopes and feelings of teenagers enjoying some of the best years of their lives but also some of the most confusing, set in the years when distinct identities are developing rapidly. The mystery is introduced quickly, which is as it should be, following immediately from the opening scene, the latter being totally engrossing. Without a doubt this is the work of an author in her prime. If I might make a suggestion based on the fact that this is simply a prequel, as a reader I was left with a hankering for a little more magic to take place – – why? Because the magic which did happen was absolutely riveting, so good that I was almost convinced it could happen. And more familiars like Babette, the little pig with blue eyes, please! It was a pleasant surprise to find a great sense of humour. For example: Jackson maneuvered around me before I even knew what was happening. No wonder our opponents were frustrated by the end of football games. And this: Grandma Ruby waved him off. “That was some big bang, wasn’t it? Not sure exactly where it came from, but it nearly took 20 years off my life.” She lied so easily it was frightening. But above all I really enjoyed the characters, what they wore, what they ate, the way they talked, the tensions between them, the suppressed longings, all that one loves to find in typical teenagers. Not for one moment does the reader lose sight of the mystery, which is central to the narrative, with more than enough interest in it to carry the reader forward. I can see this series doing very well, and even though I’m not in the target readership I’m sure I would enjoy another book in the series – – yes, that’s how good it is!

  2. 4 out of 5

    McKenna Zinke

    This is our first introduction to the world of Whispering Pines where magic is abound and flying under the radar of humans. Our main character is Charley, who is trying to find the person behind the attack of her cousin's nemesis. In between her investigation, she is dealing with her feelings for Jackson, her best friend. What could go wrong? This book is such a good introduction to the main story and has intrigue and teen romance to keep you wanting more! This is our first introduction to the world of Whispering Pines where magic is abound and flying under the radar of humans. Our main character is Charley, who is trying to find the person behind the attack of her cousin's nemesis. In between her investigation, she is dealing with her feelings for Jackson, her best friend. What could go wrong? This book is such a good introduction to the main story and has intrigue and teen romance to keep you wanting more!

  3. 4 out of 5

    S.K. Holmesley

    "A Witchy Mistake", the first book in a new series by Ronda Hopkins, introduces us to Charley, a typical teen with typical teen problems: does she like Jackson as more than a friend; does Jackson like her as more than a friend; can she save her cousin from jail; can she keep the rest of the school from finding out that a number of her family members are witches; and then there's Nate. To add to her angst, her mother's pig has taken to talking to her by casting messages into her mind. But, whatev "A Witchy Mistake", the first book in a new series by Ronda Hopkins, introduces us to Charley, a typical teen with typical teen problems: does she like Jackson as more than a friend; does Jackson like her as more than a friend; can she save her cousin from jail; can she keep the rest of the school from finding out that a number of her family members are witches; and then there's Nate. To add to her angst, her mother's pig has taken to talking to her by casting messages into her mind. But, whatever happens, just don't make Grandma Ruby mad. A fun read that introduces a most unusual family. Told from Charley's point of view, we know what she knows, so can follow along while she, somewhat ineptly, follows the breadcrumb trail of clues as she attempts to clear her cousin. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    What an adorable story. I really loved all the characters. So many things they said made me laugh. This is a great beginning to the Witchy mystery series. A little teen romance makes it even sweeter.

  5. 5 out of 5

    P.A. Rudders

    An enchanting and magical tale in every sense of the words … It has been several decades plus since they were personally relevant to me, but I can still imagine and remember all the young adult themes and teenage angst this story addresses. The opening scenes are pretty much those you might expect to happen upon in almost any school-corridor the world over and were it not for the title/cover you might easily be lulled into thinking this was going to be just another schoolkid growing up or coming- An enchanting and magical tale in every sense of the words … It has been several decades plus since they were personally relevant to me, but I can still imagine and remember all the young adult themes and teenage angst this story addresses. The opening scenes are pretty much those you might expect to happen upon in almost any school-corridor the world over and were it not for the title/cover you might easily be lulled into thinking this was going to be just another schoolkid growing up or coming-of-age type story, though not for long. Despite the ‘seemingly’ normal and unremarkable opening, with all the skill of one of her magical characters, the author transports the reader into a literary magical realm that treads the waters between the likes of JK Rowling’s ‘Hogwarts’ and the ‘earthlier’ issues that confront the pupils of your more typical UK/US High school, confronting as it does issues of bullying, young relationships, race, family, and peer-pressure, etc. I must say, I enjoyed this novella-length story way more than I expected or, indeed, should have. Amid all the magical shenanigans, the reader is also plunged into a cosy whodunnit type mystery that falls to our lead character, school reporter, and narrator, Charley, to investigate, albeit in tandem with her Chief of Police father, and minus any magical ability herself given that with her half-human parentage, the ‘magic’ gene seems to have bypassed her? The overall story isn’t too demanding, but rather pitched at just the right level of complexity for the young or teenage reader looking for something more challenging as their tastes and understanding mature and is sure to hit the right note with many of the elements of growing up youngsters are faced with no matter what their background. Quite apart from a fun and easy to absorb writing style, as well as the usual villains of the peace such as teenage bully, Tiffany, the author treats you to several larger-than-life characters i.e., the slightly incorrigible and almost scary Grandma Ruby, the equally formidable Aunt Nadine, and Charley’s dad, a fully human non-magical Chief of Police. Although clearly aimed at a younger or teenage market, ‘A Witchy Mistake’ is an intelligently written tale that addresses many of the current and historical issues relevant to its intended readership without any hint of patronage. I liked too its eventual ‘feel-good’ factor and the ongoing sense that everything will turn out for the best, an important factor given the intended readership, I think. An added bonus is that this is part of an ongoing series with lots of room for more character development and complimentary storylines, something the emerging young reader can invest their time, effort, and interest in ... an easy and well-deserved five-stars!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Reynolds

    In A Witchy Mistake, Charley is from a family of witches, though she doesn't have any powers of her own, at least she's never exhibited any before. When her younger cousin, Danu, casts a small, harmless curse on the school bully, Tiffany, who later ends up in the hospital due to a blow to the head, Charley goes on the hunt for who really hurt Tiffany before Danu gets in even more trouble. In her search, Charley discovers a few hidden secrets and gets a surprise of her own. This novella was adorab In A Witchy Mistake, Charley is from a family of witches, though she doesn't have any powers of her own, at least she's never exhibited any before. When her younger cousin, Danu, casts a small, harmless curse on the school bully, Tiffany, who later ends up in the hospital due to a blow to the head, Charley goes on the hunt for who really hurt Tiffany before Danu gets in even more trouble. In her search, Charley discovers a few hidden secrets and gets a surprise of her own. This novella was adorable. It has a pig, an angsty great-grandmother, magic, and normal teenagers dealing with normal teenage stuff. It was a relief to read something for young adults that wasn't full of sex and foul language. I'm not a prude, but in so many books I read the kids are using profanity that I don't even say at age 41, and I use a great deal of colorful language, and they are all always worried about having sex. Charley is a relief. She's too caught up in her family and her friends, and trying to figure out if she even likes the boy next door, to be thinking about sex, which was a huge relief. I'm far from the age the kids in the story are, but I do remember being that young and the things we talked about and wondered about, so I know its what kids do. It was nice to have a story that showed kids that they didn't have to think that way, that they can be modest in the dress, and that could act like gentleman and people, the right people, will still like them. As I said, I really enjoyed the story. It is entertaining, suspenseful, and has a nice little twist or two at the end. My favorite character was the great-grandmother who is determined to hex everyone who looks at her family the wrong way. I want to be her when I grow up.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kim Loomer

    Charley who has never had any magical abilities is very upset when her cousin Danu uses her witchy powers at school to get back at her nemesis. Then when the girl who has annoyed Danu winds up in the hospital in a coma, Charley knows that she has to help prove Danu didn't do this to the girl no matter how annoyed she is with Danu. Can she find out what happened and prove Danu isn't responsable before she is punish one way or another for this girl's state. It is an intriguing prequel to the book Charley who has never had any magical abilities is very upset when her cousin Danu uses her witchy powers at school to get back at her nemesis. Then when the girl who has annoyed Danu winds up in the hospital in a coma, Charley knows that she has to help prove Danu didn't do this to the girl no matter how annoyed she is with Danu. Can she find out what happened and prove Danu isn't responsable before she is punish one way or another for this girl's state. It is an intriguing prequel to the book of the same name which will be out next month. I truly enjoyed this book and you don't need to be a young reader to enjoy this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Stuart

    My niece will find this book downloading onto her kindle on Christmas morning, and I’m willing to bet she will follow the author to be sure she doesn’t miss the rest of the series! She will absolutely love the school setting, so different from her own in the UK, but with students she’ll recognise… or wish she knew. The element of magic takes it above flying way above the average story for teenagers, there’s a mystery and enough comic moments to make it an easy, captivating read. January 6th. She My niece will find this book downloading onto her kindle on Christmas morning, and I’m willing to bet she will follow the author to be sure she doesn’t miss the rest of the series! She will absolutely love the school setting, so different from her own in the UK, but with students she’ll recognise… or wish she knew. The element of magic takes it above flying way above the average story for teenagers, there’s a mystery and enough comic moments to make it an easy, captivating read. January 6th. She did enjoy it!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    I really enjoyed this prequel to The Witches of Whispering Pines. Nice way to introduce the characters to the readers and you get a short mystery as well. Charley and her friends Jackson and Grace plus her cousin, Danu, and her sister, Deanna. Charles comes from a family of witches but her father is human, which may explain why Charley has not come into her witch powers. The mystery that is in here is about the mean girl and who hit her plus all of the normal teenager going on. I would recommend I really enjoyed this prequel to The Witches of Whispering Pines. Nice way to introduce the characters to the readers and you get a short mystery as well. Charley and her friends Jackson and Grace plus her cousin, Danu, and her sister, Deanna. Charles comes from a family of witches but her father is human, which may explain why Charley has not come into her witch powers. The mystery that is in here is about the mean girl and who hit her plus all of the normal teenager going on. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes cozy mysteries/or young adult books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    A really cute cozy mystery, with a family of witches trying to keep their talents secret. Charlie, the main character and a teenager getting ready to graduate from high school, is trying to keep her cousin out of trouble. She is always trying to make things right and frequently misunderstanding romantic things around her. Witches, bullies, suspicious happenings make this an interesting read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Jacobs

    A who done it, with a twist and a few laughs Young or old, this story will entertain you. There is teen angst, bullying, a mystery to keep you guessing, toss in the witchcraft and a talking pig, it's got it all. It's a great start to what will be a fun series to read over and over. A who done it, with a twist and a few laughs Young or old, this story will entertain you. There is teen angst, bullying, a mystery to keep you guessing, toss in the witchcraft and a talking pig, it's got it all. It's a great start to what will be a fun series to read over and over.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kim Davis

    A FUN READ, WITTY AND CHARMING, THIS LOOKS TO BE A GREAT SERIES. A FAMILY WITH UNUSUAL PROBLEMS, A GRANDMA AND A PIG..WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT..

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julie Zinke

    A Witchy Mistake sets the stage for a great series. I loved the characters. There is a good mix from teens and their friends (and rivals) to a very sassy granny. If you have readers that like fun magic and suspense mixed with some laughs and sass this is for them. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kori

    Magic? Mystery? Family? Let's goooo Perfect book for ages 12-17. The author did really well capturing teenage drama, crushes, bullying, and the importance of family was really strong. I loved the miniature pig, I always liked the idea of having one so that was a nice surprise. I do wish there was more magic in the book, as well as a bit more of the witches background. But all in all, it was a pretty good book! I'm excited for book 2 😊 Magic? Mystery? Family? Let's goooo Perfect book for ages 12-17. The author did really well capturing teenage drama, crushes, bullying, and the importance of family was really strong. I loved the miniature pig, I always liked the idea of having one so that was a nice surprise. I do wish there was more magic in the book, as well as a bit more of the witches background. But all in all, it was a pretty good book! I'm excited for book 2 😊

  15. 5 out of 5

    Keridak Silk

    Cute Story I am not the target audience for this cute mystery being a grandmother not a teen. It was an enjoyable read and I did love the witchie magic woven in. There were well developed characters that were fun to read about and a surprise ending.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Layne

    Secret witches that keep their power hidden I felt that the witches are friendly and keep their talent from people. So they could exist among the people

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paul Tokarski

    Enjoyed the story

  18. 4 out of 5

    Josie

    Teenage angst I'm not a fan of high school or college books, but this did very well. Not only the bullying, but the teenage crush emotions were conveyed very well and made for an enjoyable read. Teenage angst I'm not a fan of high school or college books, but this did very well. Not only the bullying, but the teenage crush emotions were conveyed very well and made for an enjoyable read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    A Witchy Mistake, the first book in my Witches of Whispering Pines young adult paranormal cozy mystery series, is now available at all major retailers for FREE. It's also available in paperback. I hope you enjoy it! A Witchy Mistake, the first book in my Witches of Whispering Pines young adult paranormal cozy mystery series, is now available at all major retailers for FREE. It's also available in paperback. I hope you enjoy it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  21. 5 out of 5

    peter

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angie ☯

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary Jane Romano

  24. 5 out of 5

    gary kenneth thomas

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diana Fleming

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ghostwatcher11

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Ellis

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shelli Carew

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

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