Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Handbook for Hot Witches

Handbook for Hot Witches, by Dame Darcy.

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book; originally, I thought it was a graphic novel, but when I received it in the mail to review, I saw that it was something different. What it ended up being is more of a "handbook" for young women, complete with "spells," a few graphic novel-esque comics, and information about astrology, palm reading, and more.

Book synopsis from Amazon.com:
Combine a graphic novel with a dash of crafts, a sprinkle of feminist fairy tales, and a whole cauldron of spells—voilĂ !—Dame Darcy's Handbook for Hot Witches. This is the guide for girls who want cool things to do and great friends to do them with, who aren't afraid to be their different, awesome selves. It's a celebration of powerful, creative girls—the sort of girls who may have been called "witches" once, but who, as this book proclaims, are "hot," because of their talent and their uniqueness. With sections on banjo playing, beauty spells, palm reading, and much more, this fully illustrated handbook will send girls on their way to independence, creativity, and magic.
The palm reading section interested me the most, because I've always wondered how the palm readers do it. The book seems to be aimed mostly at teens, as it has a lot of "self-esteem"-type encouraging words throughout as well, but anyone interested in spells or "light" witchcraft will find something interesting in this book, most likely. I also liked the comics a lot, as they took Disney and fairy tale girl characters and changed their fates, usually so that they rescued themselves rather than waiting for a prince to come rescue them.

*Disclosure: I received an Advance Reader's Edition of this book to review. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.


  1. This looks fun! I'm not sure I would buy it to be honest, but a fun read to get at the library! Or to scan through at Barnes and Noble! :)


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