Book Review: Jody Gehrman’s Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft


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Title: Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft
Author: Jody Gehrman
Published: June 29 2012
Publisher: Magic Genie Books
Format: Kindle Edition
Series: Audrey’s Guides
Acquisition: Free Download on Amazon

Purchase at: Amazon

Falling in love, baking a magical cake, fighting an evil necromancer—it’s all in a day’s work for Audrey Oliver, seventeen-year-old witch-in-training. When her mother goes missing and her mysterious “cousin” shows up out of the blue, Audrey knows something’s gone horribly, dangerously wrong. Now it’s up to her to get her own magical powers up to speed before everyone she loves is destroyed by the sorcerer intricately connected to her mother’s secret past.


I do not even know how to begin writing this, but I will straight out say that I did not like this book. It took me almost 2 weeks to finish it because I did not like reading it at all. This was part of my Random Reads challenge, and I am really disappointed because I thought Jody Gehrman was a pretty okay writer. I liked her book, Babe in Boyland, well enough.

I like the title and the cover, but they do not really relate to the story much. I don’t really know the context for the red dress. And this isn’t really much of a guide to anything. There were some parts where Audrey was actually writing notes about being a witch, but I feel like that aspect was not exploited enough for the overall story. This book could have turned out a lot better. Sometimes, the writing reminds me too much of Harry Potter – “You’re a witch, Audrey.” I feel like she wrote this after reading Rowling’s famous works. That, however, did not make the whole thing any better. Don’t worry – there’s no magic school or whatever. It’s just the feel of the whole thing. I guess there were some good parts in the story, but I cannot really pinpoint any part that I specifically like.

What I really hate about this book was Audrey herself. She was annoyingly stupid, yet things always conveniently fall into place for her. We all want good things to happen to our main characters, but it would be nice if they actually deserved it. She kept on thinking and acting irrationally that I could not find myself to care for her, although it was pretty nice that she wanted to save her mother. I am amazed out how easily Julian accepted the strange things that happens around Audrey. It’s almost too unbelievable that a normal human being could so easily accept the unknown, even though Julian knows that Audrey is hiding all the explanations from him. I do not really understand what his deal is, and the author kept on hinting on something that was never answered until the end. Maybe you can find out on the next book. Meg, Audrey’s younger sister, was acting like such a brat, maybe with reason but it doesn’t make me like her any better.


OVERALL, I am sorry to say that I just really hated this book. It was overly frustrating and boring. This book leaves a lot of unanswered questions, which may be saved for the next book, but I disliked the first one too much to care for what happens next. Maybe it’s just not the book for me so you can try it out for yourself. It has high ratings on Goodreads. The only consolation for me would be the desert recipes in the book, although I have never tried them, Audrey claims them to be delicious.




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  • This review is not meant to hurt the author in any way. This is my honest opinion on what I have read.
  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.

4 thoughts on “Book Review: Jody Gehrman’s Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft

  1. I tried so many times to get into this book and each time I put it down for another book. I figured it was me having a bad book day. I was looking for a guide type story. Not a total bullet point list but a cool interesting how to story.

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