Hanging out in the Sausalito Harbor and counting down the best witch books in YA Literature.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Book: Half Wild, Sally Green; Lace tunic shirt, jean shorts, and hat: Forever 21: Embellished cage heels: Sergio Rossi (Photos by: Ellian Raffoul for Moanalani Jeffrey Photography & Rektok Ross)
Location: Sausalito Harbor
Inspired by my most recent trip to the Sausalito Harbor in San Francisco and my new library book — Half Wild (the sequel to the Witchy Half Bad trilogy), I decided to put together a countdown of the best witch books in YA literature. Hope you enjoy and please make sure to comment if I missed any of your favorites! PS my current shoe obsession is pretty, embellished sandals like the Sergio Rossi ones pictured here. They go with EVERYTHING during the summer.
1. The Secret Circle series by LJ Smith
You’ve probably heard of the CW’s hit show The Vampire Diaries, but LJ Smith has a whole slew of other books. This series, about a newcomer misfit who learns of her witchy super powers after she moves to New England, is one of my favorite series of all time.
2. Witch by Christopher Pike
Julia is a witch gifted with a healing touch and the power to glimpse the future. When she sees a vision of her best friend’s boyfriend, Jim, shot and bleeding to death, she does her best to keep him out of danger. I love pretty much anything Pike does. Maybe not the best of his books (Remember Me, The Last Vampire, Whisper of Death, See You Later, Fall Into Darkness, are probably his finest) but a pretty decent witch novel.
3. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
I mean, what do I really have to say here? Most of you have read these and if haven’t yet, you should.
4. The Witches by Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl can do no wrong, can he? This is a super funny and entertaining quick read about a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches. It’s probably more aptly classified as Middle Grade but what the heck, I love it so much I had to include it.
5. The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
I feel like this book makes all my lists but, honestly, it’s just that good. The White Witch character in this book is one of the nasties witches in literature. This one is not-to-be-missed.
6. Hex Hall seres by Rachel Hawkins
Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. When she attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, her parents exile her to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. I haven’t finished the series yet but the first book in the series is a pretty fun read.
7. Bloodlines by Richele Mead
Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. I’m not sure if this book is technically about “witches” but there is magic. I’m a huge fan of Mead’s Vampire Academy series and while this spin-off series isn’t my favorite series of hers, it’s still an enjoyable read.
8. Jinx by Meg Cabot
Bad luck seems to follow Jinx around everywhere. When she suddenly moves to New York, she hopes her bad luck stays behind until she starts to realize it isn’t just bad luck but something far more sinister. A great read if you love romance and magic and Cabot’s books in general are a pretty safe gamble.
9. The Half Bad trilogy by Sally Green
Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. His only hope for survival is to escape before it’s too late. The first book in this series was one of my favorite reads this year.