Title: Witch Ball
Author: Linda Joy Singleton
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Series: Seer, Book 3
Paperback: 341 pages
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
Sabine is finally starting to feel accepted at her new high school. She’s friends with the popular girls and even has a cute boyfriend. But Sabine also has a dark secret-she’s psychic, and was forced to leave her old school after she accurately predicted the death of a football player. Volunteering with her friends to help run the psychic booth at their school’s fundraising carnival, Sabine discovers too late that the fake crystal ball she meant to bring has been mysteriously switched. In its place is the strange “witch ball” she locked away after her grandmother refused to have it in the house. Now the haunted witch ball’s predictions are coming true, and Sabine must solve the mystery before its final prediction-her own death-becomes a deadly reality.
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5
This is a cute, fast read that continues the Seer series with Sabine. Her grandmother’s dementia continues to worsen, and since Sabine is in the popular group at her high school, she’s deathly afraid of her friends finding out her secret about being psychic. That fear is multiplied by the fact that she somehow has inherited a haunted witch ball that is causing all sorts of supernatural mayhem with her and her friends.
Overall, I found this to be a decent paranormal mystery; it has all the elements of a fun series: a bit of romance, some mystery, and some magic. The action in this book doesn’t stop, which makes for a real page-turning experience. I liked that we got to see more character development for some of Sabine’s classmates, and especially have some development between the relationship between Sabine and her grandmother’s handyman, Dominic. Some family stuff gets thrown in as well and we finally get to know more about Sabine’s sisters and mother and have some page time with them, which is great.
The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so you might want to have book 4 ready if that bother’s you. I enjoyed this for the most part and while there’s a lot of action, the conflict seemed to be stagnant throughout; it was the same high-stakes conflict again and again, leading me to roll my eyes at Sabine sometimes because she kept making a huge deal over the SAME THING and nothing really moved forward. With that said, everything was resolved by the end of the book, so it wasn’t a total loss. I’m still looking forward to reading the sequel!