Author: S.P. Sipal
Publisher: BookFish Books
Publishing date: March 24th, 2015
Synopsis: Cilla Swaney is thrilled to return stateside, where she can hang up her military-brat boots for good. Finally, she’ll be free to explore her own interests–magick and Wicca. But when she arrives at her grandma’s farm, Cilla discovers that life in the South isn’t quite what she expected. At least while country hopping, she never had to drink G-ma’s crazy fermented concoctions, attend church youth group, make co-op deliveries…or share her locker with a snake-loving, fire-lighting, grimoire-stealing Goth girl.
I had very high hopes for this book. Whenever I find a book about Wiccans or pagans I’m always ecstatic. “Southern Fried Wiccan” had the promise of witches and fun, instead of this the protagonist was a bored rich brat, Cilla, which I was unable to connect to.
Wicca in the book is contrived, and considering this is a nature nourishing religion, she should approve of her grandmother organic ways rather than despise them. Instead of really dish out on the spiritual ways f wicca everything is contrived into Greek Mythology, which could have been acceptable has it not been for the desperate search for her inner-goddess.
Cilla drops big words all around her to show how intelligent and worldly she is, while what she actually conveys is that she is a very narrow-minded american. All the other characters around her are very much like stereotypes: the Jock, the Goth, the Queen Bee, and I wish they had come off as more three-dimensional characters. The only character that was soulful was Mother Faith, which has some truly insightful segments which helped me to continue reading. The book is rather short, and I believe that the other characters could have been better if this had been a book of greater length where they would have more time to develop.
The book cover for this book is very eye-catching, and beautiful, but completely wrong for the book’s story. Both the cover and the book info hints to a story with fantastical elements, while it’s more a book about spiritual growth. Both those element mislead me to believe this was a very different book that what it was, which is why it was so disappointing.