Published November 30th, 2011 by Crush Publishing [Paperback version]
Brainiac Tessa McClean’s newly discovered magical powers give her an escape from her self-absorbed parents. But the thrill of being a witch fades when she learns of a rival coven and begins to suspect her own coven’s motives. Evidence tells Tessa to trust one side, but instinct drives her toward the other. When the school’s scrumptious delinquent, Hayden Anders, offers Tessa self-defense lessons in exchange for tutoring, his timing couldn’t be better. Although hanging out with him is a necessary evil in Tessa’s fight to stay alive, resisting a bad-boy she secretly yearns for might be more than she can manage. Together, Tessa and Hayden work to unravel the mysteries behind the two covens to discover why they’ll stop at nothing to lure Tessa to their side. She must form an alliance with one of the covens before it’s too late. But the wrong decision could cost Tessa the lives of all who she holds dear — including Hayden.
Honestly, even after almost a week, I'm still not sure what to say about this book. I understand why some people could . . . not enjoy this book. I had plenty of issues while I was reading it, yet I still enjoyed it.
Something Witchy This Way Comes is told in two points of view - Tessa and Hayden. While their actions made them easy discernible, I wish the writing style for their POV's had been a little different. It sounded pretty much the same for both of them. Sure, I could tell them apart, but they sounded the same.
The relationship between Hayden and Tessa is also extremely redundant. There's plenty of attraction, and the chemistry between them is awesome - but it felt like every five seconds Tessa was thinking about how hot Hayden was but how he was such a bad boy she could never love, and every six seconds Hayden was thinking about how hot Tessa was and how he could never be with her because she was a good girl. It was like Blade was trying to build up the tension but she didn't know how to after she got to a point, so she just continued to do the same thing.
That's not to say I didn't like the romance, because I did. Tessa and Hayden are one of those couples you find yourself captured by and rooting for through the entire book. I would get angry whenever they got into a fight. I liked how realistic the relationship was in the beginning - there was no insta-love, but there was instant attraction, which is something that happens constantly in life. Tessa and Hayden probably would never have crossed paths if they hadn't been forced to by the principal, but they're the couple you like to think would have ended up together no matter the case.
Something Witchy This Way Comes is also full of plenty of surprises. While the essential "bad guy" in the book was kind of predictable, there were enough other surprises and shocks to make up for it.
I'm not sure how I felt about the actual "witch" part of it all. The witches in this book definitely aren't like most - in fact, they're not even actually witches to me. I was expecting magic like the stuff in Rachel Hawkins's books or something, but it wasn't like that at all. The title kind of threw me off.
My only other complaint is that the ending seemed rushed and anticlimactic. Here we've waited this entire book for a good action scene, and it ended so quickly I'm still not even sure what happened.
Overall: Something Witchy This Way Comes was a fun, light read full of plenty of chemistry. I give it 3 stars because while I enjoyed it, there were issues I couldn't overlook. It's one of those books you should probably get from the library, if it sounds interesting to you.