(This story takes place ten years before the events of The Witching Pen Novellas.)
Fifteen-year-old Elena hides her magical abilities from everyone, except her best friend, Karl. Inseparable since they were very young, they've always shared everything together, including the darkest parts of their lives.
Elena's beginning to realise that her feelings for Karl are growing into something more. But her mother's about to drop a bombshell on her – one that will change the course of her life, and heart, forever.
This UK-based story is suitable for YA readers, but it should be noted that The Witching Pen Novellas series is aimed at adult readers.
For fans of the series, this story includes two parts of Elena's past that were made reference to in The Witching Pen: 1) The moment that Karl turns up on Elena's doorstep having been beaten and 'jumped on' by his father and 2) "The Sex Talk" between Elena and her mother.
My rating: 8 out of 10 stars
(Source: downloaded for free from Amazon.co.uk)
This is a short story about a young witch called Elena, her best friend Karl, who she secretly has feelings for, and some bad news that she receives from her mother.
This book is surprisingly well written, and gives a great feel for the characters and what trials they are likely to face in the following books of the series. I really liked Elena, and her strength in the face of adversary, and I'm interested to find out how she will deal with the challenges facing her.
This story is short and sweet, and definitely leaves you wanting more!
8 out of 10