Witch World by Christopher Pike

Publication Date: November 13th, 2012
Simon Pulse
Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars

Witches are real—and each of us may be one—in this all-new paranormal suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Pike.
Heading off for a weekend in Las Vegas with her friends, Jessie Ralle has only one worry—how to make it through the road trip in the same car with her Ex, Jimmy Kelter. The guy who broke her heart five months ago when he dumped her for no reason. The guy who’s finally ready to tell her why he did it, because he wants her back.

But what Jessie doesn’t realize is that Jimmy is the least of her problems.
In Las Vegas she meets Russ, a mesmerizing stranger who shows her how to gamble, and who never seems to lose. Curious, Jessie wants to know his secret, and in response, alone in his hotel room, he teaches her a game that opens a door to another reality.
To Witch World.
Suddenly Jessie discovers that she’s stumbled into a world where some people can do the impossible, and others may not even be human. For a time she fears she’s lost her mind. Are there really witches? Is she one of them?

This brand new series from Christopher Pike will have you wanting for everyone to leave you alone just so you could finish with little to no interruption. The writing and the story is that addictive, fast paced and full of suspense. For a book of five hundred some odd pages, it could’ve easily been a one-sitting read. But life disrupted my reading mojo so many times that it took me a week to finish. Admittedly, this novel had its claws on me – imbedded so deeply that I’d forgotten a blog tour obligation. For shame.

The story begins with a group of teens on their way to Vegas for the weekend. After all, what better way to celebrate the end of High School than spending three days in Sin City? Jessie could barely contain her disdain when she finds out that Jimmy, her ex, will be in the same car and possibly, in the same hotel room. What she doesn’t know is that, the boy who told her he loved her then dumped her almost in the same breath will be the least of her problems. What awaits in Vegas is an alternate world she doesn’t know; powers beyond her imagination, and lovers transcending time and universe.

Imagine a world where a person can exist in two dimensions – not at the same time, but in a seemingly dual persona. The real world shows characters leading normal lives; the witch world on the other hand, has the same characters walking the earth like gods with powers. Not powers borne out of magic but genetics. It’s interesting, even if the author gave very little explanation as to how the extra gene equates to superpowers. If you can forgive that, then you’ll most likely enjoy this book. I, for one, didn’t care.

You need to pay astute attention while reading this book in order to appreciate all its niches. There were two versions of characters and a parallel universe that you may have a hard time keeping straight in your head.

At first, I was completely enraptured by the 21-esque ambiance of the book. But as I got deeper into the story, I realize, this is so much more than a couple of witches hustling Vegas.The powers alone got me hooked, as well the history of the ancient characters reaching as far back as the birth of civilization.

This book was presented very maturely; and I mean that in a very literal way. The characters, though teens themselves, were a promiscuous bunch: gamblers, smokers, drug addicts and they have sex. Copious amount of sex. One could argue, however, that the teens here are immortals and therefore, ageless. I rarely read a book and get uppity about the lessons an author brings to the table with his or her work but I must admit that this one scares me a little. The characters – the witches – were shown in an über cool way that impressionable readers may take it the wrong way.

Jessie/Jessica started off as an immature character; bitter and hateful of how her relationship with Jimmy ended. But she slowly grew on me as her character progressively matured. I guess motherhood will do that to ya. She was strong in her way and wasn’t at all put off by the role she must play as soon as she’s become aware of the witch world.

I could talk about Jessie’s love interest but there was another character that I thought was far more interesting than Jimmy. As soon as I was introduced to Russ, I was just as enamoured as Jessie was. He was every bit as charming as a hustler in a suit. And though he seemed like a major player in the book, I thought that Pike didn’t really give him justice. In fact, I was a little turned off by what happened to him in the end. Though a love triangle was looking imminent in the beginning, rest assured that it didn’t actually materialize.

My introduction to Christopher Pike went swimmingly well. This mesmerizing book is sure to keep you entertained with its unapologetic risque situations that oddly fits well with the over all ambiance of the novel. If you’re looking for a devour-able 528 page read, add this to your list and discover the ways magic can be explained by Science and Religion simplified as a state of mind.