The Book of Spells

The Book of Spells The year is when sixteen year old Eliza Williams arrives at the Billings School for Girls in Easton Connecticut Her parents expect her to learn the qualities of a graceful dutiful wife But Eliz
  • Title: The Book of Spells
  • Author: Kate Brian
  • ISBN: 9781442412361
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Book of Spells
    The year is 1915 when sixteen year old Eliza Williams arrives at the Billings School for Girls in Easton, Connecticut Her parents expect her to learn the qualities of a graceful, dutiful wife But Eliza and her housemates have a dangerous secret They re witches After finding a dusty, leather bound spell book, the Billings Girls form a secret coven Bonded in sisterhood,The year is 1915 when sixteen year old Eliza Williams arrives at the Billings School for Girls in Easton, Connecticut Her parents expect her to learn the qualities of a graceful, dutiful wife But Eliza and her housemates have a dangerous secret They re witches After finding a dusty, leather bound spell book, the Billings Girls form a secret coven Bonded in sisterhood, they cast spells cursing their headmistress with laryngitis, brewing potions to bolster their courage before dances, and conjuring beautiful dresses out of old rags The girls taste freedom and power for the first time, but what starts out as innocent fun turns sinister when one of the spells has an unexpected and deadly consequence Magic could bring Eliza everything she s ever wantedbut it could also destroy everything she holds dear.
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  • Kate Brian

    Kate Brian is the author of the SHADOWLANDS TRILOGY SHADOWLANDS, HEREAFTER ENDLESS , as well as the New York Times bestselling PRIVATE and PRIVILEGE series, and the wildly popular MEGAN MEADE S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS She also writes teen fiction under the name Kieran Scott.

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  • I ve never read any of the Private books, nor do I wish to but I was impulse shopping in the grocery store this pretty winter centric cover caught my eye It reads quickly the characters are equally flat, but there was enough substance to hold my interest Despite the characters ages 16 17 it reads in a simpler, younger style, neither as creepy magical as Gemma Doyle or sexy dramatic as The Luxe Though most YA is roughly PG 13, this one is barely PG Though the subject matter has potential for high [...]


  • I thought I would enjoy reading about Elizabeth and how the curse had originated, but I didn t I really didn t I should note that I dislike period texts such as Sense Sensibility, Pride Prejudice and Jane Eyre, where women just roll around trying to find husbands or are schooled in how to be a lady They bore me to tears The Book of Spells is set roughly during this period, and as such it bored me to death I think I have some sort of reflex where I instantly fall asleep as soon as I pick up one o [...]


  • 5 Words Magic, selfish, silly little girls, tragedy, love.When I first started this, I wasn t so sure about it But by the end, I knew I d loved it.I haven t read any of the Private series itself, but I want to, especially if the writing s as immersing as this Pity that not a single library in three whole counties near me have the first books They have books 9 14 though Is it worth reading, fellow readers Although the characters appeared to be 15 16 the writing was much younger But it was refresh [...]


  • Honestly, when I decided to read this book I had very low expectations I didn t even expect myself to finish it See, I m not a huge fan of books that are set in the past They ve just never really drawn me in, I guess However, the intriguing cover and great synopsis filled with tantalizing witchcraft drew me in OH THANK WHOEVER THAT IT DID I m officially addicted to this book Everything about it is just perfect to me Each and every character had a distinct personality just because they are suppos [...]


  • To be truthful, I was disappointed by this book I think I knew in the back in the mind I would be, but I decided to buy it anyways since I had read all of the other Private novels, and Kate Brian is one of my favourite authors But as I said, I was disappointed The book was extremely cheesy The spells were simple rhymes, which girls said holding hands in a circle Nothing like Harry Potter where the spells are in different languages with actual meaning I suppose it had a good plot line, though it [...]


  • Holy CowI didn t think I d ever get through this book Don t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Kate Brian and the Private Series but this book was terrible Maybe it s because I don t like the whole super natural thing, I don t know I got bored in the middle and though I can see why the Billings House is like it is after this book, I just wish there had been a different twist, not the supernatural Now I am wondering what Vanished will be like, is it going to turn supernatural too



  • The Book of Spells Kate Brian 1 I decided to read this book cause i really really really really enjoy reading fantasy books because their awesome Its like being totally absorbed in another world where i don t even have to think about anything including READING LOGS The vivid details of the setting, charters,the atmosphere and the fashion of the 1915s made the book feel so surreal It made me want to travel back in time and live the characters lives, it was like going on a secret adventure This bo [...]


  • Set in the early 20th century Book of Spells introduces Eliza Williams a modern thinking teen ahead of her time She has of a romantic view on education and what unladylike books she can read then the silly notion of finding a husband As she enters the Billings School Eliza is excited for the freedom to learn whatever she wants without thought to decorum only to learn Billings is of a finishing school for proper ladies than the cultivating institute of academic knowledge she craves Still Eliza [...]


  • This book was amazing and I think that any true fan of Kate Brian s series Private will appreciate it just as much as I did When I first read that there was to be a prequel to the Private series , I was intrigued as I have grwon up reading the whole series and enjoying it I would love to see this set of books made into a tv series as it s similar to Gossip Girl but in my personal opinion , I couldn t get that into the Gossip Girl books, though thats not to say I havent read them, just that if an [...]


  • As an avid reader of the entire Private series I eagerly anticipated reading the Book of Spells however I am sorry to say that I was quite disappointed Firstly why Kate Brian felt it necessary to completely ruin the perfectly credible murder thriller plot which had me on the edge of my seat for the first eight books is beyond believe and further could there have been a plot twist as radical and unconvincing as introducing magic Also, one of the most appealing characteristics of main character Re [...]


  • What an utterly frustrating book Brian can write well and has a lot of good ideas, but she rarely completes any of the things she introduces I was ready to pitch this through the window when I was done.In this story we follow Eliza off to finishing school It s 1910, and Eliza s from a wealthy family Her older sister, May, came back from this school vastly altered but we never get to see why May s been home all summer and hasn t bothered to tell her sister just why she s turned into a doormat She [...]


  • Hmm what to say about This book It s was an entertaining read I liked Catherine and was sad when she died This book ended kind of weirdly so Eliza doesn t end up with Harrison That s a really odd thing to do especially with all the weight it put in them and their insta love I like that Theresa and Eliza ended up becoming friends I m not sure if I liked the time period in which this book took place Again this ended in a weird way as if it could have used a couple of chapters to really end it I d [...]


  • loved it ok so there s this girl her name is Eliza and she is sent to a private school here she meets new friends like Alice and gets a new BFF her name is catherine then there s this really mean girl who basically owns the school cause her family founded it her names Theresa and shes a real b ugh so on the first day Eliza wants to prove to everyone that she s not her sister May who also came to this school and was basically perfect little princess sitting on a thrown so she sneeks out with the [...]


  • As a practicing witch myself, I wanted to like this I wasn t expecting anything on par with the actual occult practices of the Victorian Edwardian era, but when the girls uncover the chest of spell books that highly resemble modern Wiccan practices, I was done.I mean, a quick Google search can confirm that Wicca didn t even coalesce into an actual structured practice until the mid to late 1950 s And the Victorians thought making their own Ouija boards and talking to spirits was fun anyways.But [...]


  • The Book of Spells A Private Novel By Kate Brian Personally, I loved this book I think it that it was very well written I have not read any of the other Private novels so I can t compare this to any of Brian s other works As a stand alone novel, The Book of Spells, is exceptional I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA novels like the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, or Clockwork Angel In The Book of Spells, Kate Brian manages to bring protagonist Eliza Williams to life Eliza is a very real character, [...]


  • Eliza s not like ordinary girls She knows love s not a contest, and she s won first prize Eliza s not like ordinary girls She prefers books to boys, and when a boy validates this, she knows she s made the right choice Eliza s not like ordinary girls She can fall in love with a stranger at thirty paces without exchanging a word Eliza s not like ordinary girls She d never dilly dally with another girl s fianc , unless that girl was rude to her, and then she definitely would, immediately Eliza s no [...]


  • SPOILERS I was a bit stand offish about reading this book when I realized Kate Brian was going to introduce witchcraft into the series this late My friend and I actually discussed if we wanted to keep reading the series if it was going to turn into another one of those teen girls find out they re sister witches series We decided to give it a shot and I was plesantly surprised that it didnt turn out that way If Kate Brian felt the need to introduce witchcraft into the series then this was deffini [...]


  • I thought this book was really fun and bright It did get a little dark and scary at the end, but it was really great the way the author ended it The main character, Eliza, was a really smart character I loved her Even Theresa was growing on me throughout the book, even though she did whine a lot about Harrison The sad part of the book was when Catherine died, but it was good when they finally solved the problem with the books and locket because of what Catherine tried to do with Eliza But overal [...]


  • This book disappointed me a bit Normally I love Kate Brians books, im a big fan of privilege and private series both, but this one just seemed stale i guess I feel like the ending felt rushed to me, that may of been because of my fast reading pace, but I dont know I felt like she just wanted to finish the book and be done with it For example, the ending with Harrison, i thought that maybe we would get some insight into what happened with him, but it just ended where it ended I did not like that [...]


  • This YA novel is very interesting It follows three girls, Eliza, Theresa, and Catherine who find a few trinkets, among other things, that lead them on what appears to be a fascinating journey At the Billings school for girls, they create a coven and invite others to join At first things are exciting and fun, then slowly darkness inches in Then the worst thing happens The girls wonder if they can fix it Things get even creepier This tale cleverly reveals life lessons, with one of them being there [...]


  • This book reminds me of why I liked the private series to begin with I love the fact that it takes place almost 100 years ago A great YA boarding school book with a supernatural twist It was a quick read The ending was not a total cliffhanger, but did leave me wondering if she is going to write a sequel to this prequel


  • I LOVED this book Once I saw the cover, I knew I wanted it I loved it so much that I finished it in one sitting when I was on vacation Right that moment, I knew I wanted to read the Private series AMAZING


  • If I could give this an even lower rating I would If you want to write about witchcraft at least make it right and interesting a la Rowling And you know a book is bad when its cover looks like a cheesy romantic novel and when you re looking how many chapters there are left till the torture is over Eliza is basically another Reed, an annoying Mary Sue type who falls for a stupid Thomas Hollis carbon copy I couldn t keep the characters straight, while the writer obviously could Like we re supposed [...]


  • This book was very good There is one thing that is puzzling to me This is supposed to be a prequel to The Private series however it doesn t have anything to do with what is going on in the series Hope that makes sense I am reading the third book of the series right now and I have yet to see anything that relates to this book.


  • Unlike most people who ve read this book, I am not familiar with Kate Brian s PRIVATE series of YA novels THE BOOK OF SPELLS takes place nearly a century earlier The Billings School for Girls is fairly new and, paired with the neighboring boys school, acts as a sort of marriage market for the offspring of wealthy families Eliza Williams, 17, starts Billings in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, who graduated with an engagement ring to go along with her diploma Though bookish Eliza insists [...]


  • Retournons dans le temps, en 1915, alors que l Easton Academy et le Billings College taient deux entit s diff rentes, l une pour les gar ons, l autre pour les filles son arriv e au Billings College, Eliza Williams fait la connaissance de Theresa Billings et de Catherine White Les filles feront la d couverte d un pendentif ainsi que d indications les menant au sous sol de la chapelle de l cole, l o elle d couvriront qu elles peuvent devenir des sorci res Elles formeront, avec huit autres femmes, [...]


  • My Summary In 1915, Eliza Williams is sent off to the Billings School for Girls by her mother with hopes that the school will change Eliza as it has changed May, Eliza s perfect older sister But Eliza is not like her sister She craves adventure, loves to read tragic novels, and would rather die than become a demure clone of her sister Upon arrival, Eliza quickly bonds with Catherine White and Alice Ainsworth, which also unfortunately means she has to spend time with Theresa Billings, Catherine s [...]


  • WARNING SPOILERS This book was very slow and boring in the beginning but once Eliza got to the boarding school it got better Elizas thoughts and attitude were sort of relatable with how she held herself, reacted towards meeting new people and making friends, towards Theresa s bossy and rude attitude, and fluttery happy highs with meeting a cute boy She was fun at her new school and was being rebellious with sneaking out at night to the boy s boarding school with the other girls After those initi [...]


  • I highly enjoyed this book it s one of those nice easy reads I kept it in my backpack for easy leisure reading time it s got a nice plot and storyline, characters are pretty generic but otherwise I enjoyed it because it was just a fun little fantasy


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