[Review] The Okay Witch – Emma Steinkellner

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(Emma Steinkellner, 2019)

Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Roller Girl in this hilarious, one-of-a-kind graphic novel about a half-witch who has just discovered the truth about herself, her family, and her town and is doing her best to survive middle school now that she knows everything!

Magic is harder than it looks.

Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she’s about to discover that witches aren’t just the stuff of movies, books, and spooky stories. When some eighth-grade bullies try to ruin her Halloween, something really strange happens. It turns out that Founder’s Bluff, Massachusetts, has a centuries-old history of witch drama. And, surprise: Moth’s family is at the center of it all! When Moth’s new powers show up, things get totally out-of-control. She meets a talking cat, falls into an enchanted diary, and unlocks a hidden witch world. Secrets surface from generations past as Moth unravels the complicated legacy at the heart of her town, her family, and herself.

In this spellbinding graphic novel debut, Emma Steinkellner spins a story packed with humor and heart about the weird and wonderful adventures of a witch-in-progress.

(via Goodreads)

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What I Liked

  • Atmosphere
    • The Okay Witch gives you all the Halloween vibes without being spooky or an outright horror. The description on Goodreads is fairly accurate in comparing it to Sabrina (and not the new Netflix version) because this is just wholesome cuteness with a witchy undertone. Moth is a teenage witch! She doesn’t fit into her stuffy Massachusetts town that oddly seems obsessed with their history of stamping out magic. Coincidence? I think not. It’s got just the right amount of magic to be fun without stuffing it down everyone’s throat.
  • Artwork
    • The art for this book is just so eye catching and stunning. It is reminiscent of other art styles like Reina Telgemeier and Victoria Jamieson, but with it’s own spin. I love the use of bright pastels for the “witch world.” It was a nice way to differentiate between them. I also love that all the characters didn’t look the same. Overall, the art was a rather enjoyable aspect of this story.
    • It’s just cute. Nothing more to say really. I loved the layout of the story. It felt so wholesome and sweet…BUT WITH WICHES! It reminded me a lot of the kinds of witch stories that made me fall in love with the (sub?) genre. I love witches (clearly) because of stories like these. Little bit of magic, little bit of real life. GIVE ME ALL THE WITCH STORIES!

What I Disliked

You ever notice how every witch-y story takes place in Massachusetts? It has become so cliche so I wouldn’t mind a different setting once in a while, you know what I’m sayin?

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Final Thoughts

I can’t quite describe why I liked this book so much other than to say it was so cute. And it was! It was the perfect blend of magic and adolescence. Just the right mix of Halloween vibes without being too spooky. Yes it’s a story about witches, but really it’s a story about a 13-year old girl trying to find her place, her voice, when she feels all alone.

5 thoughts on “[Review] The Okay Witch – Emma Steinkellner

  1. Haha I live in Mass so I’m all for books set here. But I do feel like ~only~ witchy books get set here and nothing else. I want to read this one though. I had an e-arc but it expired cuz I’m terrible. Lol.

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  2. I did like this one, though I’m not sure we needed another book that was clearly based on the Salem witch trials (while kind of pretending it isn’t?). I also found the noses oddly distracting. But, altogether, it is a cute read!

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