In thirteen-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted . . . and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be.

When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help -- as a witch. It will take the encouragement of a new friend, the non-magical and non-conforming Charlie, to convince Aster to try practicing his skills. And it will require even more courage to save his family . . . and be truly himself.
October 31, 2017  |  224 pages
(Rated on Jan 13, 2021)
Grade: 4/5    (switch to letter scale)
L/E Ratio: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
Low High
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Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
This review was originally posted on Soulful Thoughts on August 8, 2019. This was such a sweet story about family, belief, gender roles, and loving yourself. Aster was an adorable main character and I loved watching his growth and developing passion and confidence. I think this was a great start to the series that let us learn about Aster, his family, and give some character development that leads into the next book. This wasn’t absolutely amazing, in my opinion. I loved it and thought it w