WITCH WAY TO VEGAS by Mark Rosendorf
Fiction, YA Paranormal, 4th in series (286 pgs)
Blurb: The war with Wiccan vampire, Valeria, is over. Despite a battle that spanned multiple timelines and realties, fifteen-year-old witch, Isis Rivera, and teenage magician, Zack Galloway have survived. Along with Isis’ adopted family, they now reside in peaceful New Salem, a hidden community of witches. They should be living happily ever after, but the battle, along with memories from the original timeline fill Isis and Zack with emotional trauma that negatively affects Isis’ Wiccan power. A decision is made by the family. Before settling into New Salem, they will return to what is most familiar to them, the Vegas stage. But another show has already taken their place. The Wiccan Circus, a performance run by a powerful witch named Erisa Cross, is now number one on the Vegas Strip. But is there more to her than meets the eye? The Wiccan Circus’ teenage performers are headlined by Erisa’s daughter, Amelia Cross, a rebellious witch who is used to getting what she wants. And what she wants is Zack. Isis will find her relationship with Zack tested like never before. With her family’s lives hanging in the balance, can they discover the true agenda behind The Wiccan Circus before it’s too late?
Thoughts: This is a good addition to the series and leaves you with enough dangling threads to let you know more is coming (Yay!). This is the fourth book in the Witches of Las Vegas series – but… it is not a stand alone. You really need to read all four books in order so you know what is going on and why.
What I liked: Isis and Zack are back as teenagers with Sebastian, Sasha, and Serena. They go back to Vegas and to putting on their show, but there’s a new witch show in town and they mean business. Amelia goes after Zack with a vengeance whichh immediately lets us know that there’s something more going on. I even liked Simon (though his humor is definitely in need of help!).
What I didn’t like: There was an awful lot of shrieking/screaming/yelling/etc. in this story. To the point where it almost became distracting for me. I understand there was a lot of angst going on, but not everything has to be screamed.
Recommendation: As part of the series, this is a good addition to the story. But you definitely need to read the other books in the series to understand exactly what is going on and why. Overall, I recommend the series. Great imagination and interesting challenges that Isis and Zack face.
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