Book Title: Crushed
Author: Kasi Blake
Series: The Witch-Game
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Date Read: 08/10/2016
Release Date: First published July 1st 2011
The Noah girls have beauty, powers, and brains.
They use all three to play their games.
They blow the dust,
the boys are crushed,
and no one is ever the same.
Each year the Noah girls play a secret game— Crushed. The rules are simple.
1. Use wisdom to pick your target. The boy can’t be too weak or too strong-willed.
2. Blow the enchanted dust into your target’s face to enchant (Crush) him.
3. Give verbal commands and assign them tasks to perform throughout the year. The more tasks completed, the stronger the witch’s power grows.
4. At the end of the year, the witch with the most power wins cold, hard cash.
As if being a witch in high school isn’t complicated enough, Kristen picks the wrong boy to Crush. Zach is tall, handsome, and a little scary. Her Crush spell isn’t working on him like it has with the others. In fact, he is behaving the opposite of every other boy she’s Crushed, hating her instead of adoring her. Something is definitely wrong. After someone attempts to kill her, Kristen realizes there is more at risk than a few hundred dollars. She may be betting with her life.
This book was such a fun, easy read. I love witch stories and this one was well written and fun.
The storyline was fast paced and enjoyable. Most of the ‘twists’ throughout the book are obvious and predictable. The combination of high school drama and magical issues reminded me of ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’.
The characters are cliché and rather horrible at the start, however I really enjoyed seeing them develop into decent people throughout the book.Especially the sisters, they really need to grow a conscience.
The sisters in the book are like any other sisters, although slightly more dangerous. There is jealousy and rivalry over who is the stronger witch, they constantly fight and bicker yet when shit hits the fan they still have each others backs.
Kristen’s and Zach’s hate / love relationship was obvious and predictable, yet still an enjoyable aspect of the book.The insta-love was a bit annoying. Zach goes from absolutely despising Kristen to thinking he has feeling for her in the blink of an eye, he attempts to fight the attraction but clearly not very hard. I would have enjoyed a more drawn out frenemyship between the two of them.
Overall this was a predictable yet enjoyable read. I will be reading the rest of this series and other work by Kasi Blake.
I voluntarily read a copy of this book, thanks to Clean Teen Publishing
About Kasi Blake…
Born and raised in California, I fell in love with writing while reading The Outsiders. Then I fell in love with Stephen King’s writing style. I enjoy reading many types of books, but YA Paranormal is my favorite. I used to write for Harlequin under a different name. So that’s my background. Exciting, no?
I have seven books out now: Vampires Rule, Werewolves Rule,Shifters Rule, Crushed, Witch Hunt, Bait, and my only adult novel, a romantic suspense called Pandora’s Box.
You can find links to all books here on my blog: