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  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Re-read 10/25/18: This series hasn’t aged quite as finely as I had hoped it would, but I still REALLY enjoyed it and will definitely be making my way through the rest of it over the next few months. Especially since Hunter is the OG Aaron Warner and I will not be told otherwise lmao

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I first read this series when I was about 12, and I ADORED it. It was taken out of my public library due to poor circulation (so sad), so I forgot about it until I came across it on Amazon a little over a year ago. I couldn't find it in any public library system anymore, so I decided on a whim to buy the entire series (which I ended up getting for about 30$). I read the entire series last summer and was blown away. I had completely forgotten the entire thing with the except of Morgan being a wit I first read this series when I was about 12, and I ADORED it. It was taken out of my public library due to poor circulation (so sad), so I forgot about it until I came across it on Amazon a little over a year ago. I couldn't find it in any public library system anymore, so I decided on a whim to buy the entire series (which I ended up getting for about 30$). I read the entire series last summer and was blown away. I had completely forgotten the entire thing with the except of Morgan being a witch. That was pretty much it. I loved it all over again. I absolutely adore the first 6 books of the series, and then I feel like it loses a little of its momentum in the middle and then really picks up again at the end. There are so many great twists and turns, fantastic character development, and I felt that it is extremely believable (minus the over-exaggeration of Wiccan magick). I loved that they were easy to read without feeling like I was reading a book written for a 13 year old. I loved the incorporation of Wiccan practices (I'm Christian, btw) and how we get to experience it as Morgan learns so much of it for the first time. I think it's great that some of the books are written from other character's perspectives which keeps them interesting and fresh. I would absolutely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys paranormal or coming-of-age novels. ********* SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES ************* I did get a little sick of the dark wave showing up left and right. It just seemed like it always came back to "Look, we've defeated someone! And they were trying to do a dark wave! Oh crap it's still going to happen!" And I found that aspect of it a little too repetitive.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا

    Goodreads!! Most of my old Shelfari reviews are missing! WHY?! (T_T) SWEEP I: Love. Danger. Magick. Book 1: Book of Shadows Morgan isn't a special girl or so she thought; she is loved by her friends and family, her life is basic and normal until a new guy enrolls in their school in the beginning of their school year named Cal. He is every girls' crush including Morgan. He befriends every clique in high school and invites them to a party where he introduces them to wicca and magick! Morgan is more t Goodreads!! Most of my old Shelfari reviews are missing! WHY?! (T_T) SWEEP I: Love. Danger. Magick. Book 1: Book of Shadows Morgan isn't a special girl or so she thought; she is loved by her friends and family, her life is basic and normal until a new guy enrolls in their school in the beginning of their school year named Cal. He is every girls' crush including Morgan. He befriends every clique in high school and invites them to a party where he introduces them to wicca and magick! Morgan is more than intrigued and it's not only about Cal for her, magick calls to her. She buys books, learns more and even does a spell that works, her obsession send her into a revelation that she is not who she thinks she is. Book 2: The Coven So Cal finally kissed Morgan, his intentions and those of his mother are obviously not pure especially that we learn that Morgan is adopted, a Blood Witch and is descended from a very powerful clan. Bree and Raven and many other girls hate Morgan who they view as less than them and wonder how she caught Cal, Morgan wonders about that as well, but her emotions blind her judgment. The spell she worked on Robbie turns out to be amazing and her magick too powerful; her family doesn't accept that and don't want any part of it. Morgan learns more about her birth mother Maeve. Book 3: Blood Witch Morgan discovers that Cal's mom Selen hided her birthmother's Book of Shadows, she claims it and learns many things about her mother, family and origins: She is a Woodbanes, but her clan revoked evil Wicca, unlike Cal, who happened to have a step-brother who evokes the strongest feelings in her, who also is a Seeker hunting wicked witches like his name "Hunter", Hunter has a friend, her name is Sky and she makes a new coven with Bree and Raven joining her, looking to dissolve Cal's coven. Morgan misses Bree but doubts her especially when someone runs her over the road. Then she scries in fire like her mom used to and finds her tools. Meanwhile her sister is dating a guy who attacks her and she sends a witch's bolt to hurt him, she also helps her friend Jenna who has asthma, and discovers that Raven and Matt (Jenna's boyfriend) have an affair, also that Robbie has been in love with Bree for years. By the end, I think Morgan must suspect that Cal is using a charm and love potion on her, controlling her and her powers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stacey O'Neale

    This review was completed by Amanda Harbin, staff reviewer with the YA Fantasy Guide. Overview of Volume 1: I made a mistake with this book(s). Usually, when I read a series of books I find that it is best to read and review each book as I go, otherwise plots and characters get a little screwy in my head. Well, I’m good and screwy on this one because I read the first book, then because I lack any self control whatsoever, I dove right into the second book, then the third, the fourth, the fifth…oh y This review was completed by Amanda Harbin, staff reviewer with the YA Fantasy Guide. Overview of Volume 1: I made a mistake with this book(s). Usually, when I read a series of books I find that it is best to read and review each book as I go, otherwise plots and characters get a little screwy in my head. Well, I’m good and screwy on this one because I read the first book, then because I lack any self control whatsoever, I dove right into the second book, then the third, the fourth, the fifth…oh yes…all the way to book NINE before I slammed on the brakes and forced myself to STOP reading. This book is/was like an addiction. I need rehab! So, long story short I really like this book, volume, series, etc. You might be wondering why I have rated it as a 4/5 instead of a 5/5, so let me get that out of the way first, I actually don’t have anything bad to say about the book. It’s just that for a book to hit 5/5 for me it has to have emotional depth as well as be a delicious read. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this is a shallow series; on an emotional depth level it leaves other YA series in the kiddie pool. It’s just that it never really gets to the deep end, and that’s actually okay, because if it tried to, it would stop being such a terrifically fun read. This author does a phenomenal job of walking that ever so finicky line of not taking oneself to seriously while still being clever. If I had to liken it to anything I would say it’s like one of those state fair apples that’s dipped in caramel, rolled in M&M’s, redipped in chocolate, then rolled in nuts. It’s mostly junk food but deep down there’s a nutritious apple, which is how you rationalize eating the whole thing, in one sitting. Okay, now you’re all probably trying to figure out whether you want to read or eat…sorry. Book 1 – Book of Shadows This was a great introduction to the series and the characters. Most of the characters are worthwhile and well developed in the sense that they behave in ways that I would expect kids their age to behave. Their poor decision making skills and the resulting consequences reflect the sometimes tenuous friendships of high school girls. I like that the characters possibly with the exception of Raven, are not caricatures of people. They come across as sincere and this is very important to my reading experience. Wicca itself is a kind of character and the introduction of Wicca is at first believable, which under many circumstances would make the transition into a fantasy version of witchcraft a little awkward. There was one moment in particular (I won’t say when) that I kind of went “….ummm really???” but it passed easily enough and after that it was smoother sailing into the more fantastic realms of witchcraft. Book 2 – The Coven This book pushes the reader and the main characters deeper into the realm of witchcraft, while also developing some important character conflicts. In this book my distrust and dislike of Cal as a character deepened. Every time I thought that I had caught him in something, I turned out to be wrong, but I know he’s not all he’s cracked up to be. The characters, friendships, romances and triangles balance each other nicely. This makes it difficult to completely take sides in the conflicts even though you want to be rooting for Morgan; it was hard to fully disqualify the emotions of the other characters. I liked that I couldn’t always root for Morgan, it helps keep her character real in the midst of all of the fantasy. The element of witchcraft really starts to develop in this book. In terms of Wicca as a religion, I like that Morgan has to struggle with her identity as a Catholic and as a Wiccan, but sometimes the line between her fantasy witch heritage and her choice to be a Wiccan seem kind of non-descript and I would have liked to have seen the choice to pursue the Wiccan religion be more about her belief system and less about her bloodlines. The conflict with her parents as a result of Wicca is believable and helps to propel the story. Book 3 – Blood Witch While books 1 & 2 were a lot of background information and conflict set – up, the third installment of the series brings on the action. Two characters that were briefly introduced in the second book make bigger appearances and are definitely here to stay. I know that I am supposed to dislike them, but I can’t help but like and trust them, which is confusing because Cal has been a pretty decent guy thus far. Throughout the series the author uses the journal entries of other character to illuminate their point of view, but in a clever twist, the journals are all signed with the characters Wiccan name, this works because it allows the reader to see other sides of a story without completely giving away the stories secrets. This was especially true in this book. I was certain I knew who was writing each entry, but since I couldn’t be completely certain I was left guessing about some of the characters intentions. This final book in the volume was a great end, because I was so involved in the nail biting action of the end, I had to know what happened next and instead of waiting for it to come in from the library….I ordered it from my Kindle….Ahhhh instant gratification….and well you know how it went from there!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chelle (crazytrinket)

    This is a bind-up version of sweep series. 1) Book of Shadows; 2) The Coven; 3) Blood Witch I am surprised that I was able to finish this book. It took me 5 days to read it and it is so frustrating because I endured reading that long and yet the book did not get any better. I think the writing is too juvenile. Hate the characters… Morgan is so annoying, and sometimes selfish. Cal is arrogant and I did not like him at all. Mostly the characters are too childish and irritating. I think the plot has This is a bind-up version of sweep series. 1) Book of Shadows; 2) The Coven; 3) Blood Witch I am surprised that I was able to finish this book. It took me 5 days to read it and it is so frustrating because I endured reading that long and yet the book did not get any better. I think the writing is too juvenile. Hate the characters… Morgan is so annoying, and sometimes selfish. Cal is arrogant and I did not like him at all. Mostly the characters are too childish and irritating. I think the plot has a lot of potential, the Wicca stuff is good and the mystery involved with it. However it is not executed properly. There are no good explanations about the Wicca stuff. Or it was not explained further. I found it weird when Cal invited them into a party and then out of the blue he decided to perform the ritual. WTF??? Just like that? No reasons or explanations about that stuff and the kids just jump in with the idea. Are they that stupid? I don’t know but I find it to weird for my standards. Reading this book is like I’m reading a Cult forming. With that nonstop Wicca ritual and stuffs. The books are short and I’m kind of expecting it to get better after the second book. The third book really frustrates me. There is no development in the plot, yeah Morgan discovers something about her past but I don’t think it suffice the need for good plot development. I completely wasted my time reading this book. Heard so many great things about it but I am not one of those who love this series. The only good thing about it though, I bought it a bind up book so I only paid it for the price of one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Miller

    I have mixed feelings about this series. Maybe I waited too long to read it, I probably would’ve been smitten if I’d read it in highschool. I do know this bind up wasn’t BAD and packs a lot of interesting information into each of the three books. However, most of the dialogue and utterly obnoxious teenage drama was a huge turn off of the series for me. I’m not sure yet whether or not I’d like to continue onto the next bind up. We shall see.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    I read the Sweep series for the first time last year, around this time. While my husband was away at Basic Training, I finally had peace and quiet to finally read! And it was this series that got me back into reading again. So in that sense, this series will always have a special place in my heart. And besides that, it's a pretty awesome series! I could related a lot to Morgan. I grew up Catholic but I never really thought I fit in there, it just never really felt like it was for me. I was always I read the Sweep series for the first time last year, around this time. While my husband was away at Basic Training, I finally had peace and quiet to finally read! And it was this series that got me back into reading again. So in that sense, this series will always have a special place in my heart. And besides that, it's a pretty awesome series! I could related a lot to Morgan. I grew up Catholic but I never really thought I fit in there, it just never really felt like it was for me. I was always interested in Greek Mythology and their goddesses and gods, ironic. A few years ago, I decided I didn't want to be Catholic anymore. I was looking into Wicca and Paganism, my mom questioned me about it about a year or so ago and she was not happy when I said I was Pagan. He exact words were "You're lost. It's not nice to hear that, you need to find yourself." I was offended, but I expected her to say something like that. So I could imagine how Morgan feels about her parents not wanting her to dabble into Wicca. And like her parents, mine won't hear me out. And while we're still on the subject of her parents, I think keeping a very important secret from her was just wrong. Not to mention the way they reacted! I'm not a fan of Bree, I think she's incredibly selfish and self absorbed. She just, annoys me. I love the twists and mysteries in this series, it always gives me anxiety, but good anxiety! I do highly suggest this series, it's a great read and cover a religion that I think is commonly misunderstood!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    Hm. I'm not going to get that much into it. I didn't connect with the characters and therefore I didn't care. AT ALL. I didn't care for the characters, for the story and I don't care how the story continues. I'm honestly quite surprised that I finished it that fast. I mean I don't quit books. I belong to those who force themselves to finish a book. I guess the only good thing that comes to my mind is that it was fast-paced and easy to read. But overall it was a total letdown. My reactions througho Hm. I'm not going to get that much into it. I didn't connect with the characters and therefore I didn't care. AT ALL. I didn't care for the characters, for the story and I don't care how the story continues. I'm honestly quite surprised that I finished it that fast. I mean I don't quit books. I belong to those who force themselves to finish a book. I guess the only good thing that comes to my mind is that it was fast-paced and easy to read. But overall it was a total letdown. My reactions throughout the whole book were: ''Aha. I don't care. Hmm-mm...I still don't care. I don't like her, I don't like him and SURPRISE I don't care what happens to either of them. '' In general it's not a bad book, I think if I'd have connected with the characters I would have enjoyed it. Sadly, I didn't.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Krysta Mathews

    This book is about a girl named Morgan Rowland s. She was a normal teenager, starting her senior year of high school, with the same group of friends. Everything was normal to her in widow's val. Until Cal Blair moved to town. Cal was the hot kid at school everyone liked him, including morgan, and her best friend. Cal was also the cool kid, Cal was also a witch. He practiced the religion of Wicca and most found it stupid or scary. Morgan and several others found it magikal ( and no the spell is c This book is about a girl named Morgan Rowland s. She was a normal teenager, starting her senior year of high school, with the same group of friends. Everything was normal to her in widow's val. Until Cal Blair moved to town. Cal was the hot kid at school everyone liked him, including morgan, and her best friend. Cal was also the cool kid, Cal was also a witch. He practiced the religion of Wicca and most found it stupid or scary. Morgan and several others found it magikal ( and no the spell is correct) . Morgan is known as the star student in Cal's circle but also the crazy one too. She has strange headaches and gets dizzy even sees peoples auras. The more and more morgan does magik with Cal the more the discorves she changing along with other things around her .for the better or worse is the question? Being a person who supports the Wiccan religion i believe this book is also a good way for people to learn about the religion in a cool way. While reading this book i also found new things out too, like Wiccan runes and the seven great clans. I also think the book is a very interesting book, there is many twists and turn, lots of fighting and also love. You don't have to be into to read this book by the way, if you don't know something it easily explains what is is. For example morgan talks about seeing auras, then cal explains that their people energy displayed in colors around them only certain witches can see thins. I think more girls than boys would like this book because most of it is in the opinion of a girl and her falling in love with someone and the struggle she goes through. I think most girls would like this book because it defiantly is a good love book along with a good Wiccan book. To me best of both worlds. :) I give this book 4 stars only because the way the last fight ended was kind of ... boring? i guess, the final fight wasn't as great as i expected it defiantly ended in a big cliff hanger, but i guess that makes you want to read the next book which i defiantly do! I also think some one the author describes 7 clans was to short, and i wanted to read more, but i understand that she didn't wanting it turning into an information book. All in all i give this book a 4 and recommend it to most girls but if guys wanna read it to i say go ahead.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Sheppard

    This book was supper fun do to the Wicca elements. While reading this all I wanted was to have magic and discover Wicca as did Morgan. However, the romance and friendship were very tropish and immature. Also knowing the plot twist of the second book I couldn't help but roll my eyes. It also took me like 3 weeks to read the last 35 pages, I kinda just thought it dragged so in the future I wont read the whole bind up. This book was supper fun do to the Wicca elements. While reading this all I wanted was to have magic and discover Wicca as did Morgan. However, the romance and friendship were very tropish and immature. Also knowing the plot twist of the second book I couldn't help but roll my eyes. It also took me like 3 weeks to read the last 35 pages, I kinda just thought it dragged so in the future I wont read the whole bind up.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Coudeville

    Okay, Cal is shady as hell. I want to like Morgan but she's so naive when it comes to him. I don't like how little answers this book gave though. You'd expect them to at least answer some questions but it's like this series has to be read as one big book. Okay, Cal is shady as hell. I want to like Morgan but she's so naive when it comes to him. I don't like how little answers this book gave though. You'd expect them to at least answer some questions but it's like this series has to be read as one big book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Reread from when this was first published in the UK (2001?) via Puffin under the series name of "Wicca", not "Sweep". It hasn't aged well, but is a light, fast beach read. * Write-up taken from The Pewter Wolf Morgan Rowlands is an ordinary girl in the small New York state town of Widow’s Vale. She has a loving family, great friends - till Cal and his mother moves to town. Cal becomes the centre of attention and invites several students to a house warming party - including Morgan and best friend, Reread from when this was first published in the UK (2001?) via Puffin under the series name of "Wicca", not "Sweep". It hasn't aged well, but is a light, fast beach read. * Write-up taken from The Pewter Wolf Morgan Rowlands is an ordinary girl in the small New York state town of Widow’s Vale. She has a loving family, great friends - till Cal and his mother moves to town. Cal becomes the centre of attention and invites several students to a house warming party - including Morgan and best friend, Bree. Expect this house warming party ends with Cal revealing he and his family study Wiccan and he invites his peer to do a circle to celebrate Mabon. Morgan and Bree start and Morgan slowly begins to realise that she has a connection to Wicca, and the more her connection to Wicca grows, the closer she grows to Cal even though Bree has fallen for him… But where will Morgan’s newfound connection to Witchcraft take her? So… thoughts! Ok, this is a reread and I only read up to book three in the series, but I remember devouring these books (even though the UK covers are… well… I’ll show you!) and I’m not sure what made me decide I fancy rereading these, but am kinda glad I did as they were a perfect summer beach read. They are light, easy to read stories. They are a bit of what I would say is a candy-floss read - addictive to read and yet nothing too heavy. Due to this and the size of the font and each instalment, I could quite easy say I could read this by the pool within a day if left to my devices. Now, I do have one or two things I want to talk about. I might not be the bets person to point these out but I want to put them out there. As I was reading this volume with all the instalments, I couldn’t help thinking that these instalments were quite short and fast and felt, at times, like chapters or episodes in a TV show. I researched a little and realised that this series was connected to Alloy Enterainment, the people behind Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, The Secret Circle and The 100. With this in mind, it makes sense to me that I made the connect of “This could work as a TV show similar to Vampire Diaries or Pretty Little Liars”. When this was being created, this could have been in mind for several people within the book packaging company. The second thing I want to mention is that I can’t escape the feeling that this hasn’t aged well. Ok, I get that this was first published in the early 2000, when YA was beginning to find its feet. But you can tell this was written and published when YA was beginning to find its voice (remember,Twilight by Stephenie Meyer wasn’t published till 2005) and trying to fill the void between the releases of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003). Some of the troupes and characters attitudes are outdated - and I will given an example in my next paragraph. The third and final thing I want to talk about is Cal, the main romantic lead in these three books. I remember when I first read these that I got caught up in the romance. I got swept along with it, very much in the same way I do with Bella’s and Edward’s romance in Twilight. And, similar to Twilight, when you take a step back and look at the male leads, you notice that their behaviour is a little disturbing. A good example of this is a scene in Book of Shadow. After the characters do a circle (their second, I believe), they decide to skinny dip in Cal’s swimming pool. Morgan doesn’t want to do it and says no. Cal asks and, when she refuses to change her mind, walks out of the pools, picks her up and carries her into the pool, while she is fully clothed and still saying no. He ignores her contest and, if I read that in an up-to-date novel, I would expect someone to call Cal out of his behaviour but no one does. Not even Morgan’s best friend, Bree. Teens now are more vocal on issues, so the fact that this happened and not one person thought what Cal was doing was wrong is very worrying. Plus, I can’t help but feel that, reading this as a thirty-something, that Cal is quite emotionally manipulative. Maybe this is going to be addressed in the next volume, but I can’t help wondering why male romantic leads in early 2000 teen fiction have unhealthy traits. So, am I going to get the Sweep: Volume 2, which will have books 4, 5 and 6 (I believe the titles of these are Dark Magick, Awakening and Spellbound)? I think I will. Now, I stopped reading this series at book 3 for some reason so, if I do continue forward, I will be entering new territory so will be intrigued/nervous to see what’s going to happen next… But if I do decide to read on, I think I will read this bind-up in a similar way to how I plan to read my The Modern Faerie Tales: Tithe; Valiant; Ironside by Holly Black and The Chrestomanci Series: Entire Collection series by Diana Wynne Jones, which is read one novel at a time…

  13. 5 out of 5

    Siri

    eh wtf did I just read? i was so exctied to read this serie because i loved tiernans other serie. But I got really disapointed, the characters are childish and selfish. I disliked morgan, she was so annoying cause she was so insecure with herself. She was just a plain girl who followed a popular girl. the whole book was soo unrealistic, a new boy make a circle and says that he is a freaking blood witch and everyone accept that anf doesn’t think that weird... and Morgan out of the blue starts to eh wtf did I just read? i was so exctied to read this serie because i loved tiernans other serie. But I got really disapointed, the characters are childish and selfish. I disliked morgan, she was so annoying cause she was so insecure with herself. She was just a plain girl who followed a popular girl. the whole book was soo unrealistic, a new boy make a circle and says that he is a freaking blood witch and everyone accept that anf doesn’t think that weird... and Morgan out of the blue starts to like the new boy Cal who also is the witch. okay i don't know what to say anymore. even tho i didn't like the first volume i am actually gonna read the next book cause I read in the comments that this serie is gonna be better when Cal is out of the picture as you can say or out of the book I guess.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Beth Grenfell

    blah!! I think this has got to be the most boring book I've ever read! The characters were boring, the plot was predictable and just when you think tiernan is leading up to something profound, it fizzles with something rediculously unimaginative. I honestly have no idea how on earth this book got the ratings it has. blah!! I think this has got to be the most boring book I've ever read! The characters were boring, the plot was predictable and just when you think tiernan is leading up to something profound, it fizzles with something rediculously unimaginative. I honestly have no idea how on earth this book got the ratings it has.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa-Books Smiles

    totally obsessed with this series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Grimmsnaught

    Sweep vol.1⭐⭐1/2 (Look! A Cardboard Boyfriend!) Read full review at: https://grimmsnaughtblog.home.blog/ Story: I read the first book when I was 14 and loved it back then! This is how I feel today; Morgan is a normal high school student. Just kidding! She’s actually a witch, and did not know it before a delicious looking guy moved into town and invited her and friends to a circle! Wow.. How exciting.. What do you mean my tone is dripping with sarcasm? No, this book has not aged well since I read Sweep vol.1⭐⭐1/2 (Look! A Cardboard Boyfriend!) Read full review at: https://grimmsnaughtblog.home.blog/ Story: I read the first book when I was 14 and loved it back then! This is how I feel today; Morgan is a normal high school student. Just kidding! She’s actually a witch, and did not know it before a delicious looking guy moved into town and invited her and friends to a circle! Wow.. How exciting.. What do you mean my tone is dripping with sarcasm? No, this book has not aged well since I read it years ago.. Every theme I grew tired of during my teens is here in one neat edition. Top of that list is ”High school drama”. But overlooking the mean best friend and the other ”let’s make this an issue because teenagers are nasty creatures” parts, the story is not too terrible. Or at least, I like the Wicca stuff and would like to see where it goes. Characters: I’m not sure they have much of any personalities except for the roles they have in the book. Hot guy, evil bitch, supportive friend etc.. And all the conflicts centres around the new guy at school that is just perfect and everyone wants. And he happens to have as much personality as cardboard outside the fact that he’s into Wicca. Morgan herself is just oh so sweet, special and misunderstood. Bleh! She bores me to tears. Sometimes there’s an effort to make it look like they are more, but that fails harder than hot-dog flavoured ice cream(It’s a real thing!). The characters did become a bit more interesting towards the end of the book, but that was way to late to save the book. But hopefully the next one will have some more depth. Conclusion: It mostly feels shallow and nostalgic in the bad way. But it’s not so bad that I can’t read the rest of the series. There are some things that can be really fun if the story will focus on them and not the overdramatic and fake-feeling teenage drama. But there’s two key points to me having problems with the book. And that is that we don’t have the same school system here in Sweden, so I can’t relate on a personal level with the social structure of that hellish-sounding place. Also, I might just be too old for this shit. If you’re a teenager or like high school dramas, give it a go! I loved the first book when I read it the first time. 2,5 stars from me, but I can see why others might love this.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mina Mirosavić

    Wow! I really REALLY liked this book! So you’re probably wondering why the 4 stars instead of 5? Well, I’ll start with the good stuff. First of all, the book is so easy written that you’ll just sweep threw the pages. At times I had to force myself to stop reading! I also loved the storyline. It wasn’t just like “BAM” it happened. Everything was nicely built up. For the characters, I normally have a hard time with them. In some books they’ll have zero personality and in some books they’re just to Wow! I really REALLY liked this book! So you’re probably wondering why the 4 stars instead of 5? Well, I’ll start with the good stuff. First of all, the book is so easy written that you’ll just sweep threw the pages. At times I had to force myself to stop reading! I also loved the storyline. It wasn’t just like “BAM” it happened. Everything was nicely built up. For the characters, I normally have a hard time with them. In some books they’ll have zero personality and in some books they’re just too much. But Cate did a really good job with them in this book. I liked that she really took the time to introduce them to us. This allowed me to empathize with them quickly. I just wished Morgan was more confident. I hate that she just lets some things go. It makes me sad but I do understand her thinking. I just hope that she’ll gain more confidence in the next book and that she stands up for herself! ——- SPOILER ——- —————————- So the thing that bothered me the most was Morgans “relationship” with Cal. From Morgans perspective it just seemed like she was obsessed over him. Everytime she’d discover something or she’d feel upset or even just happy about something, she would start about Cal and be like:”Cal would make me feel better” or “I can’t wait to tell Cal about this” and “I want Cal here”. These things repeated itself every chapter, so after a while I was like “okay, I GET IT. You like him, gosh”. The thing with Cal is that I don’t trust him. Like not a tiny bit. I was skeptical in the beginning about their “relationship”. They saw each other a few times and talked and then all of sudden he likes her so much and wants to be with her and all that crap. But I was like, okay, MAYBE their “relationship” will develop over the next few chapters and I’ll be like OEH I LOVE IT! But no. The more I got into the book, the more I realised he’s a lying, manipulative and controlling person. And this got confirmed when Hunter showed up. As for now, I’ll be starting volume 2 and hoping that Morgan will open her eyes and see Cal for what he is. A shitbag.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa McFeeley

    I usually don't go for these kinds of books, but i do love a good witch story. I bought this series not expecting much from it, but i finished all 5 volumes (15 books) in roughly 2 weeks. When i started the series i thought it was going to focus on romance the whole time and portray Morgan (the main girl), as nothing but a teenage girl who's goal is to find her own prince charming. I was proven wrong. Throughout the series you see Morgan struggle with aspects of her life - whether that be school I usually don't go for these kinds of books, but i do love a good witch story. I bought this series not expecting much from it, but i finished all 5 volumes (15 books) in roughly 2 weeks. When i started the series i thought it was going to focus on romance the whole time and portray Morgan (the main girl), as nothing but a teenage girl who's goal is to find her own prince charming. I was proven wrong. Throughout the series you see Morgan struggle with aspects of her life - whether that be school or typical teenage problems, being a witch, or the fact that her life isn't turning out the way she thought - and I quickly became enraptured in finding out what happened next. While the story does have romance aspects, i found myself enjoying the rare moments of joy that Morgan actually got to experience. Additionally, I felt the heart ache that Morgan felt during some of her struggles. I also felt that Cate done an excellent job of keeping me enthralled in the story, to the point i had read a whole book and it hadnt felt like it. While some of the plot is predictable - maybe more so to an older audience - i was still at the end of my seat reading what was happening, and finding myself panicking when i thought Morgan was getting herself into a situation she might not get out of. I had my reservation when i reached the final book of the series, and it was slightly tedious at the beginning, but once again Cate was able to captivate me again and the book was finished in one night, even though i could have read on. I feel that the final book did a good job of rounding up Morgan's life and how the challenges she faced helped her become the woman that she is at the end.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    I have a problem. I loved this omnibus to pieces. But there is a major, and i mean MAJOR, plot inconsistency between book two and three. I'm putting it behind a spoiler tag. (view spoiler)[ In book two, Morgan finds out that she's a Woodbane, and then she finds out that Cal's a Woodbane, too. They have a discussion about it where he asks her, "It doesn't bother you, does it? It doesn't change the way you feel about me, right?" And of course she says it doesn't. Then in book three, one of the major I have a problem. I loved this omnibus to pieces. But there is a major, and i mean MAJOR, plot inconsistency between book two and three. I'm putting it behind a spoiler tag. (view spoiler)[ In book two, Morgan finds out that she's a Woodbane, and then she finds out that Cal's a Woodbane, too. They have a discussion about it where he asks her, "It doesn't bother you, does it? It doesn't change the way you feel about me, right?" And of course she says it doesn't. Then in book three, one of the major end-of-book reveals is that Cal's a Woodbane and that he hasn't been honest with her. And she is SHOCKED to find out he's a Woodbane. Girl, you already KNOW he's a Woodbane. (hide spoiler)] . Oh, you mean the author forgot her own plotting? WHERE WAS THE COPY EDITOR ON THIS, Y'ALL?? I just cannot let that slide. It completely ruined the entire end of the third book for me, and so I am knocking off an entire star. This book was originally published in 2001. This omnibus volume came out in 2010. NINE years passed and nobody caught this. It is INEXCUSABLE. I have the second volume of this so I will read that and then decide if I want to continue. I adored Balefire by this same author, so I hope there are no more mistakes of that magnitude because shit like this makes me seriously RAGE.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Megan Leigh

    Absolutely loved this Volume! Each book pulled me deeper and deeper into the story. It’s a read that you simply cannot put down. With each unraveling plot line, more questions arise that make you keep coming back, wishing you could jump to the end to find all the answers but not wanting to miss a single detail. Cannot wait to start Volume 2.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Delphine Salu

    Nostalgia trip honestly <3

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Reads a little young for me but of course I’ll continue on...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Essence

    Uggghhhh!!! Why do my friends keep doing this to me? I loved this book and how it makes you feel like your going through everything with the characters.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tippy

    Loved loved loved it so much. I couldn't stop reading I just wanted to continue and get lost all day in the book. I felt so connected to the character. Just absolutely loved it. Loved loved loved it so much. I couldn't stop reading I just wanted to continue and get lost all day in the book. I felt so connected to the character. Just absolutely loved it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shazard G

    Much respect to the author for all the work put into Sweep, but this is the worst book I've ever read. Three books in one volume and almost nothing happens - it feels like they were written with the intention of selling a collection of books rather than telling satisfying stories. Sweep is an ocean of boring characters living boring lives, with drops of somehow even more boring magic. Much respect to the author for all the work put into Sweep, but this is the worst book I've ever read. Three books in one volume and almost nothing happens - it feels like they were written with the intention of selling a collection of books rather than telling satisfying stories. Sweep is an ocean of boring characters living boring lives, with drops of somehow even more boring magic.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** In honor of Halloween, I decided to dust off an old witch series and do a review of the entire series. There are 15 books in the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan. I started reading the Sweep series probably about 6 or 7 years ago (before my blog) when my Borders was going out of business. They had the first three bind up volumes for next to nothing so I grabbed books #1-9 (there are 3 books in each bind up) for I think $5 **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** In honor of Halloween, I decided to dust off an old witch series and do a review of the entire series. There are 15 books in the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan. I started reading the Sweep series probably about 6 or 7 years ago (before my blog) when my Borders was going out of business. They had the first three bind up volumes for next to nothing so I grabbed books #1-9 (there are 3 books in each bind up) for I think $5-6 total. Once I started reading I really got into the witchy atmosphere and elemental vibe of the magic in Sweep, so I went back to Borders and grabbed the rest of the books that were out. Books 10-15 I had to get individual novels because their bind up wasn't out yet, and consequently my series doesn't match, which makes me kind of mad. The Sweep series started out really strong. I read the first 4 books in no time at all and I couldn't get enough of them. I read them all back to back, which I find myself doing more and more when I have a bind up. I will read the whole massive tome as if it were one super long story. Morgan, Cal, and Hunter completely drew me in. I think the first 4 or so books were close to 4.5 or 5 star reads for me, but then as I hit book 5 and beyond, I started to lose interest. The characters started to annoy me in rotation, and the plots started to drag on. I think this was a case of the series going on too long for my liking. The later books started focusing more on side characters, and that didn't really do anything for me. Especially since we were right in the middle of the overall story arc, so the side stories (books 11, 14) were distractors from me and I would have preferred them to come after the series was done, or put in as novellas. Looking back on my notes from books 11-14 they all centered around the same thing- not enough Morgan and Hunter. Here is my snippet of what I thought of book 13 when I was reading it. "This book was a side storyline from the main characters, and personally I don't enjoy those as much. Morgan and Hunter were barely in the book at all. Alisa was the focus of this installment and we got to learn about her family. It was a good story but with only two books left in the series I had hoped to have more about Morgan and Hunter." In book 14 we finally got back to the main storyline and I liked that more. It dealt with a growing discontentment with the council, which was something that I was waiting for the entire series. It was the one plotline that I was hoping would turn up more and a main reason I stuck with the series. My sticking point with the series, other than the side plots that were literally full books long, were the fact that Morgan and Hunter have not really developed as a couple. They started out with a lot of character growth but for the past 3 or 4 books they have kind of been stuck in the same place. Overall Series: this series is very long and it has a lot of highs and lows. Some of the books are really great, and others were a total snoozefest for me. The magic and the council elements were really well done and they were the highlight. Read the Sweep series if you love all things wiccan and witches and cann't get enough books about them. You can probably get some pretty good reals on the bindups. But in my opinion this series was only average overall, and got worse as it went on. It picked up at the very end (books 14 and 15), but it took too long to get there. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs

  27. 4 out of 5

    Edienna

    This series is my favorite series of all time. I read this series first when I was about 14/15 and it was love at first sight. I was completely captured by the story and characters, and above all the magic! A few people complain about how Morgan was annoying or "not confident enough" but what teenager is? I felt like I related so well at that age to all of her struggles with getting to know who she was. So rereading this series is like glimpsing into a part of my coming of age. Even if I wasn't This series is my favorite series of all time. I read this series first when I was about 14/15 and it was love at first sight. I was completely captured by the story and characters, and above all the magic! A few people complain about how Morgan was annoying or "not confident enough" but what teenager is? I felt like I related so well at that age to all of her struggles with getting to know who she was. So rereading this series is like glimpsing into a part of my coming of age. Even if I wasn't as much of a nostalgic person I thoroughly enjoyed rereading the characters when I recently picked the books up again. I know every time I pick one of these novels up, I'm about to get "swept" away. Pun whole-heartedly intended.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelly C

    I would recommend the book, Book of Shadows, by Cate Tiernan because it taught me new things, was interesting, and I could kind of relate to the main character. One reason why I would recommend this book is because not a lot of people now about the religion Wicca, and this book introduced it to me. Some people might think that kids should only learn about the religion they practice, and some might just not like Wicca, but the book isn’t all about Wicca, it is about a teenage girl’s life. “I pra I would recommend the book, Book of Shadows, by Cate Tiernan because it taught me new things, was interesting, and I could kind of relate to the main character. One reason why I would recommend this book is because not a lot of people now about the religion Wicca, and this book introduced it to me. Some people might think that kids should only learn about the religion they practice, and some might just not like Wicca, but the book isn’t all about Wicca, it is about a teenage girl’s life. “I practice a form of Wicca.”(24) This is when Morgan is first introduced to Wicca by this boy named Cal. At first she didn’t know what it was, but now she is learning about it and feels a connection. Like Morgan, I hadn’t heard of Wicca before I read this book. Although the book doesn’t go deep into, or only talk about Wicca, it taught me new things about the religion. The second reason why I would recommend this book is because they perform some magic in the book, so it is interesting. Some people might say magic isn’t real, kids should be learning. The book is fiction, and I think it was written to entertain, not inform. Magic will keep the reader entertained. “At exactly midnight I read the book’s spell words in a whisper.”(136) Morgan is performing a magic spell that she had learned from a Wicca book. Morgan, Cal, and their friends also do Wicca circles because they want to become witches. Most people are fascinated by magic. Magic is one element in the story that will keep the reader wanting more. Lastly, another reason why I would recommend this book is because I could kind of relate to the main character. The main character is a young girl. The author describes what is going on in her life with great details. “Hey junior. ... me- ordinary girl.”(1, 2, and 3) Morgan is a junior in high school. We are also both girls. Because we are alike, we have similar problems. Readers will enjoy the book if they know what’s going on. I think teenage girls will enjoy this book because of that. I would recommend this book because I enjoyed reading it, and I think others will too.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    [May have spoilers through this review] Book 1 – Book of shadows This was a great Start to the series and to the characters.. It was really fun to read about Morgan finding out about Wicca stuff and it was well written also the mystery involved with in the first book was really good.. I enjoyed reading this and also it was a fast paced story.. Everyone was happy and then Cal comes to town.. Then you got to see that every girl wanted him and so does morgan but she does not know why.. you could see [May have spoilers through this review] Book 1 – Book of shadows This was a great Start to the series and to the characters.. It was really fun to read about Morgan finding out about Wicca stuff and it was well written also the mystery involved with in the first book was really good.. I enjoyed reading this and also it was a fast paced story.. Everyone was happy and then Cal comes to town.. Then you got to see that every girl wanted him and so does morgan but she does not know why.. you could see how happy she is when she finds out that she love reading about witches and wants to be one.. characters that i loved: ⦁ Morgan ⦁ Robbie ⦁ Mary k [ morgan’s sister] ⦁ Tamara ⦁ Alyce [from the bookstore] There is a funny part where she try’s to do a spell and then helps Robbie, Now i thought that was a sweet part because you can see that she wants to help her friends and she always try’s to be there for each of her friends even when she is trying to forget about cal because she does not want to lose her friendship with Bree her best friend.. Its sad to see that Bree is acting funny around morgan because cal does not want Bree and Bree can not see that and she is taking it out on Morgan which is not morgan’s fault.. If Bree was a true friend to morgan then she would not have acted like the way she is at the min.. characters that i started liking but then started to dislike: ⦁ Cal ⦁ Bree ⦁ Raven I think Morgan is better off without Bree and if Morgan was smart i also think she should stay away from cal because i don’t think he is right for morgan and he has not told morgan why he wants her to be a witch.. ____________________________________________________________Book 2 – The Coven The second book gets the reader deeper into the book, the witchcraft and also you learn more about the characters, while also developing some important character backgrounds. In this book my dislike of Cal as a character deeper. Every time I thought that I had worked out what him and his mum is keeping from morgan, cal ends up finding away to keep everything from morgan, but I know he’s not all he’s cracked up to be. The characters, friendships, romances and triangles balance each other well which i find it more easy to read because it makes the story better having so many amazing characters.. I liked the way the author uses the journal entries of other characters of their point of view, but with a twist because the journal notes are all signed with the characters Wiccan name.. which is really kool to read because it allows the you to see other sides of a story without giving away any spoilers.. I would love to learn more about Morgan’s mum and dad.. characters i liked: ⦁ Morgan ⦁ Mary K ⦁ Robbie ⦁ Jenna ⦁ Alyce When i was reading book 2 i can see that cal likes morgan but i think he likes it more because she is a blood witch and is adopted so that means she does not know her real family or how powerful she really is.. if she was not a witch i don’t know if he would like her in a romantic way. which i feel sorry for morgan because she is awesome and really could use some love from someone who really loves her.. i can’t wait to read the 3rd book and see how things go with morgan and cal.. I am so happy to see that Morgan made up with her mum and dad and also her sister.. That part in the book that she became close to her sister again it made me smile and happy because Mary K was glad to get her sister back to being her best friend again.. Characters i disliked: ⦁ Bree ⦁ Raven ⦁ cal ⦁ selen ____________________________________________________________ Book 3 – Blood witch The third book of the series brings on the action.. I thought it was kool to see that the author puts bits of journal entries of other character to show their point of view with a clever twist because the journals are all signed by there Wiccan name so it helps well in book 3 to see other sides of the story without getting spoiled and also so you have to guess which clan morgan belongs too.. while reading each book i still don’t know what to think about cal because it sounds like he cares about Morgan but then he also is keeping things from her and i just can’t stop thinking as i read about morgan and cal, that he might be the wrong guy for her, because he set his eye on her the moment that he moved to town so that makes me think the cal and his mum is keeping things from morgan.. Morgan has been told that cal is not a good person but she does not listen and she can not let anyone say anything about cal which makes me think that maybe she is under a spell.. I thought it was kool to find out that cal has a half brother called hunter and seeing how different these two characters are was amazing.. Hunter is a awesome character so far and he is a seeker hunting wicked witches. Characters i liked: ⦁ Morgan – awesome and looks out for her family and friends ⦁ Mary K – sweet ⦁ Robbie – funny and amazing ⦁ Jenna – makes you smile through the book ⦁ Alyce – so sweet and helpful ⦁ Hunter – he is kinda odd but i think he is a funny character I can not stand bree’s character because she is being nasty to her old friends and morgan and she thinks that everyone should love her and only her which is not good personality to have.. I feel sorry for robbie because of how he feels for bree and i am hoping he does not get hurt.. I am glad that morgan found her mum’s book and took it without taking no for a answer and i think that selen should never have kept it from morgan which makes me think there is more to cal and his mum that they are trying to keep from morgan.. Its nice to see morgan learn more about her mother, real family and origins from her mums book and i am glad that she now knows what clan she is from which is woodbanes, her clan envokes evil Wicca. unlike cal.. It was fun to see that she found more items that belong to her mum and it made her happy.. All i have to say is WOW the ending was epic and full of action and also it left with a cliff-hanger.. So i can’t wait to start book 4 to see what happens next.. Morgan at the end of book 3 suspects that cal used a charm or love potion on her to control her and her powers but she still saved his life.. Characters i dislike: ⦁ Cal – because he is keeping things from morgan and there is just something off about him and his mum ⦁ Bree – loved her character in the 1st book but now after reading the 3rd book she seems like a bully sort of ⦁ Sky – i could not like her character, so i can’t wait to see what her character does in the 4th book ⦁ Raven – don’t like her character and she thinks that everyone should love her This book is amazing and packed full of actions and a lot of weird and awesome characters.. The author did amazing job with the story, the characters and the whole world building in these 3 books.. everyone should read this series and i am totally obsessed with this series now..

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dr.Mandi Fessler

    I have seen this book in various bookstores for the past couple of years, but the first volume was never available. I could have ordered it, but I am impatient like that. when I want a book, I want it right away! :). Anyway, I finally bough this volume at a grocery store! I couldn't wait to read it, because I love books about magick. the book doesn't have a lot of boring introduction or a slow entry. It grabbed my attention instantly and I have been "swept" ever since. I don't like writing long I have seen this book in various bookstores for the past couple of years, but the first volume was never available. I could have ordered it, but I am impatient like that. when I want a book, I want it right away! :). Anyway, I finally bough this volume at a grocery store! I couldn't wait to read it, because I love books about magick. the book doesn't have a lot of boring introduction or a slow entry. It grabbed my attention instantly and I have been "swept" ever since. I don't like writing long reviews discussing every detail of books. I will say, however, that the book has about 527 pages (because there are 3 books in each volume, as they have been condensed), and I read it super quickly. The characters are fun and relatable. Morgan, the main character, is going throng a lot of transitions in her life. She falls in love with this boy, Cal, and the two become inseparable. We can all relate to this experience....our first love and the ups and downs that come with that. the intensity of emotions that are both felt and expressed to one another. Rifts between friendships, becoming friends with others that are not inside your typical "clique" you hang out with...all are very relatable experiences that are conveyed with candor and felt by the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. it was a wonderful introduction to the series. Cate Tiernan, the author, is able to wonderfully depict events with such detail that it sucks you into this world of love, friendship, magick, challenges, and experiences that test ones strength and character. I am excited to continue the series, as Tiernan leaves you wondering what will come next.....

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