Title: The Changeover

Author: Margaret Mahy

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: April 4, 2017 (originally 1984)

Genres: YA Contemporary

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ to review.

Star rating:★★★☆

Summary: Carnegie medal-winning supernatural romance from Margaret Mahy.

The face in the mirror. From the moment she saw it, Laura Chant knew that something dreadful was going to happen. It wasn’t the first time she’d been forewarned. But never before had anything so terrible happened. The horrifyingly evil Carmody Braque touched and branded her little brother – and now Jacko was very ill, getting steadily worse.
There was only one way to save him. Laura had to change over: had to release her supernatural powers. And that meant joining forces with the extraordinary and enigmatic Sorenson Carlisle…


i haven’t read many books by new zealand authors and i love when i find one. i was sent the changeover to review from hachette nz and was surprised when it arrived (i don’t recall requesting it, but i’m not complaining either).

i liked this book more than i thought i would. i’m not really a fan of older books (the language/writing style/etc tends to throw me off and makes it harder for me to really get into the book), but i found this book was quite interesting. i wish it was longer, with more worldbuilding. i found i didn’t know much about the witches, i didn’t even properly understand the changeover process. being a short and simple read, it wasn’t too much of a problem, but it’s something that i wish was explained more.

i like how family is an important thing in this book. i mean, the whole story is about laura trying to save her brother. i absolutely love how laura’s mum gets a boyfriend and later on her father comes back into her life. i thought it was very important that there was no hate between the two older men in her life (i’ve read so many stories where either the new boyfriend is hated on or the biological father is shunned. i love how both men are given a fair chance).

i wasn’t a fan of the romance in this book. (yes, i know it’s promoted as a “supernatural romance” but that’s not the point okay). i found sorry, the love interest, quite difficult to like. he was a ‘mysterious boy with a dark past’ type of love interest, except not much of his dark past/mysteriousness was really explained.

i did find this an entertaining read. it was vastly different than anything i’ve read before (in a good way). there are some things i would’ve changed but it’s a worthwhile read nonetheless.

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