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Witches are real and each of us may be one in this all-new paranormal suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Pike.Heading off for a weekend in Las Vegas with her friends, Jessie Ralle has only one worry: how to make it through the road trip in the same car with her Ex, Jimmy Kelter. The guy who broke her heart five months ago when he dumped heWitches are real and each of us may be one in this all-new paranormal suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Pike.Heading off for a weekend in Las Vegas with her friends, Jessie Ralle has only one worry: how to make it through the road trip in the same car with her Ex, Jimmy Kelter. The guy who broke her heart five months ago when he dumped her for no reason. The guy who's finally ready to tell her why he did it, because he wants her back.But what Jessie doesn't realize is that Jimmy is the least of her problems.In Las Vegas she meets Russ, a mesmerizing stranger who shows her how to gamble, and who never seems to lose. Curious, Jessie wants to know his secret, and in response, alone in his hotel room, he teaches her a game that opens a door to another reality.To Witch World.Suddenly Jessie discovers that she's stumbled into a world where some people can do the impossible, and others may not even be human. For a time she fears she's lost her mind. Are there really witches? Is she one of them?#1 Bestselling author Christopher Pike offers up another classic edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that keeps you guessing right until the last page....

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Red Queen Reviews

  • Brooke Banks
    2019-05-25 00:11

    I won this in a First Reads Giveaway. I didn't like this book at all. Somehow despite it's drawbacks and flaws, I was hooked in from like page 10 to around 250. Then it quickly waned and it was a struggle to finish. I don't even know why I was hooked. It was mostly before the complete WTF started setting in but I had problems believing the story throughout. There's potential but ultimately I felt it failed. I'm definitely not pleased with it and am not going to continue the series. I might check out the author's other books because of the praise received but I'm wary. The writing was fine but this story, this world, this plot didn't work. It was convoluted, twisted in upon itself, gave no answers and there's logic problems all over the place. I liked some of the background characters but that's it. There's some inconsistencies and things that didn't make sense with the character as well. Also, I'd call it more sci-fi than fantasy with the scanner, parallel worlds and the reliance on genes giving super powers.I think the whole parallel universe could have been better done. I think it would have helped if we'd gotten the perspective of Jessica. Maybe lead into the book with Jessica for a chapter then switch to Jessie completely, or go back and forth until they merge. Something, anything to make the witch world to make more sense. If it began like witch world was normal, it might have helped. I really honestly still don't completely get it, even after finishing the book. Especially after finishing the book, since it raised more questions than it answered. Characters:I didn't like Jessie, the main character. Her confidence felt more like bragging, self-involved, self-absorbed bravado. Then there was the sudden switch to killer kidnapper with Kari. I mean the kidnapping didn't fit with her personality at all and then she kills Kari in self-defense but what did she expect? That Kari wouldn't fight or flee? How stupid is she? I mean clearly Susan was gone, why not try to get back her child right then and there? It doesn't make sense. They didn't know about her face changing powers then and if she was smart she could have pulled it off. Then she'd have her daughter. And where the hell was Huck when the kidnapping of Kari went on? They said they gave Huck back to Kari so Jessie kidnapped a mother from her child... Yeah, she's totally a good girl. I mean if that was the case, Jessie could have taken all three and been done with it then and there. WTF?Jessie and the gang didn't come off like 18 year olds. While I liked how grown they appeared, when they talked about college it made me do a double take. I kept assuming they were older based on their actions and had to be reminded they were only 18. Of course, I was in college at 17, so it's entirely possible and might just be bias against teenagers that's the problem. I don't know they just really didn't...feel like an 18 year-old today would act. While the scanner was sci-fi, there's some technology lacking in the day to day lives. Like texting, TV, the internet, books, music, things like that. The only interest that was mentioned was a passing comment about ComicCon. Maybe it was just assumed it was all the same as this world but not really knowing much about the characters interests and taste left me wondering. Jessie's instance her daughter was perfect because of her 10 witch genes creeped me out. She even said on page 264, "My daughter was superior to others because her genes were better but she wasn't some kind of goddess."Then went on and on about it through the book, eventually calling her a saint. Yet at the same time she says she wants her daughter to grow up normal. Yeah, keep telling her she's perfect because of her powers. That's really going to help Lara grow up to be helpful non-selfish power hungry asshole. *eyeroll* The use of perfect was overdone and annoying. With her attitude of 'superior genes, superior person' made me wonder if the Larpas had gotten to her first, if she would have believed everything they stand for from the get go. She kept asking every single person how many genes they had. I don't buy how Jessie was sold as good, nice girl. Letting her friend storm off alone, her drunken rudeness at the diner, her killing Kari because she made things complicated. It's like the whole story revolved around making Jessie the good girl but given her a ton of excuses for her terrible behavior. This coupled with her stance on her daughter being better because of genes doesn't make her look good at all. I'm a parent, and I know plenty of parents. Yeah, we brag about our kids and think they are perfect because they are our children, we love them. However, every time I've run into a parent talking about heritage and genes making their kid better, they are usually douches at least and racists at worst. It rubs me the wrong way and I really don't buy it. This book just pushes, and pushes, and pushes at my willingness to suspense disbelief at every turn and it's just too much. Couldn't the author at least toned it down and brought some sense into this book?Yeah, I'm not even going to bother going in depth with the other characters at this point, Jessie was enough.More Inconsistencies and Things That Didn't Make Sense:On pg 319, [ Cleo ]"A powerful witch, if not conceived and raised in love, cannot know love. All it can know is power. Balance is impossible for such a soul.""They had to be destroyed," Kendor said."While they were kids?" I gasped. "Younger," Kendor said.,Well, that's fucking great. What about the unwanted pregnancies and the child abuse? Kids gets screwed because their parent's weren't madly perfectly in love? There's no chance of a good kid coming from a bad home/family? What a crock of shit. The kind of love required to make a good witch doesn't happen hardly at all in real life yet we are suppose to believe it happens every time for witches or they are evil? Um, yeah don't buy it. Not with them being human and running around with hundreds of regular people and how love usually goes. BIG failure there and I quite honestly hate how this "you must be conceived in perfect love or you're evil" works. No choice at all? Then explain Jessie. Explain Jimmy and Kari making Huck. Are you saying Huck is going to grow up evil since his parents weren't in love? Explain Whip, he certainly wasn't conceived with love in this world yet he's nice in this world and evil in witch world. Clearly, environment plays a role. The logic doesn't even stay consistent in this book's universe. At the end Jessie delivers the speech about not worrying about Whip being evil since it was his nice personality in the real world that was activated and whatever personality is activated is the one that dominates.She then goes on to worry since she identifies more Jessica than Jessie yet it was Jessie that activated.Uh-huh. So either the theory is wrong, it doesn't really matter or the author is going to pull some bullshit to try make it so that it Jessica that activated, not Jessie. Of course, that last part was pure speculation but either the logic doesn't work or the story is going to get more convoluted and harder believe. This story already pushes the limit of parallel dimensions where everybody lives in both places and witches are aware of living everyday twice. Then there's the scanner, the witch genes, the mysterious other world that isn't parallel to either witch world or the real world but some how remembers and feeds off the suffering of people. Oh but love, perfect magical powerful love will save you. Then there's the people that can change their appearance and go invisible. Yet that doesn't appear to work on technology like cameras. Wouldn't that make it abundantly clear to the authorities? Oh, wait the Lapras are in control of everything like a conspiracy theory. Then there's the mysterious seemingly all knowing all powerful evil Alchemist who we know nothing about or understand. Oh, maybe he's the evil witch will all ten genes, like how Lara is the good witch with all 10 genes. Ugh. I don't care to speculate or think about it further. There's too much involved, too much that doesn't make sense and quite frankly, it pushes past my willingness to suspend disbelief. I don't see how any of this could come together coherently. I'm a fantasy fan and this book I just don't buy into at all. I don't think it was put well together or thought out completely. Or the next books are going to have it all make sense, but I don't see how that's possible; I have no reason to give the next book the benefit of a doubt to try reading it to see how far down the rabbit hole it goes.

  • Kat
    2019-05-19 17:02

    Won in a First Reads giveaway!Basic Plot: Jessie Ralle takes a senior trip to Las Vegas that introduces her to a new game, a new world, and a new life.I remember reading a few Christopher Pike novels back in his earlier career days. He was really popular in the early 90's for his YA horror. Judging by the excitement surrounding this book, he hasn't done anything like that for a while. Frankly, I think Pike needs to move on to adult books at this point. This book is labeled YA (In my opinion) because the main character is only 18 and there is no *graphic* sex or violence. It could have been an adult book very easily, though, and I'm not just talking about the sex or violence, I'm mostly talking about the attitude and voice of the narrator of the book. Jessie is supposed to be 18, but does not in any way sound like an 18-year-old (neither do any of the other characters): the slang is wrong, the cultural attitude is off, and the way they react to their environment/technology is WAY off. Pike seems out of touch as a result. I teach high school and thus know teens pretty well. When teens are using their cell phones ONLY to make calls, the book is out of touch. The characters were caricatures of teens and adults, with only vague descriptions and no real personalities.The plot was convoluted at best and downright frustrating at its worst. The title leads the reader to believe there will be an urban fantasy feel to the book, with witches and magic at the core. This is NOT the case. Witches in Pike's world are beings who have special abilities based on their genetics. Once "connected" to their powers, they become "witches" and have access to a parallel dimension referred to as "witch world." Plot-wise, there is a reason the book tops 500 pages: a LOT of crap happens. We have mystery men, near death, learning powers, plotting and scheming, meeting a missing father, finding a missing baby, and a lot of smacking my suspension of disbelief in the face. It ended with the promise (threat?) that Jessie's story would continue in Witch World 2.Overall, I didn't find a single character in the book to be likeable, and some of them were downright unbelievable. At over 400 pages into the book I found myself trying to evaluate what the plot/conflict of the book actually was. The fact that I didn't quite know does not speak well of the book. There were a lot of moments when a single, well-placed sentence would have justified various goings-on (why a character did/knew/didn't know something) but that sentence never came and I found myself getting more and more frustrated. Sheer stubbornness allowed me to finish this volume, and I have no plans to read its sequel. I'm sure there is someone out there who might like this book, but that person is not me.

  • Sarah Mac
    2019-05-26 16:54

    I'll be honest & admit I'm befuddled. As proof, I offer a brief text conversation with my friend Jessi (whose name just happens to be an alternate spelling of the Witch World heroine):ME: I have no idea how to write a coherent review of WW.JESSI: Then make an incoherent one!ME: See, this is why we're friends.So this girl named Jessie goes on a trip to Vegas. While on a Blackjack spree she meets a fellow named Russell who never seems to lose. She asks to learn his secret & he shows her how to play a game called Red Queen, which is slightly different from Blackjack...And that's where things get weird.Suddenly Russell whips out a DNA-scanning machine that launches a weird plot involving extra genes (Jessie has 7 out of the possible 10) & our heroine wakes up in an alternate dimension called Witch World. It's a reality that is very, very similar to our own, but you can't be connected to your alternate self until reviving after death...which means Jessie was murdered in a meat locker & left to wake up in Witch World. Who killed her? Well, it's complicated. But it involves the Cunning Plan(tm) of battling groups, loosely labeled good witches (the Tar) & bad witches (the Lapras). Turns out Jessie's boyfriend fathered two babies, one of which was on Jessie's alternate self, & that alternate child has a jaw-dropping ten extra genes, so the Lapras have stolen Jessie's baby in an attempt to harness her perfection. But the leader of the Lapras has decided to groom Jessie to become another Red Queen, which is some kind of conduit for an important equation: Pain becomes Pleasure when Power creates Pain. This equation is linked to a nebulous third realm, which is ruled by an equally nebulous dude called The Alchemist, who may or may not be dead...Confused yet? :P Anyway. The characters aren't very deep & have an action movie feel; they're okay so far as protagonists go, but not very stimulating in the long-term. Furthermore, WW is hampered by ENDLESS EXPOSITION IN DIALOGUE. While I understand that it can be awkward to unload a lot of scientific background on your readers, this particular tome spent half the text on Witch World mechanics & various related philosophies and/or historical tie-ins. These 'witches' are more like Marvel mutants than anything else, with a plotline involving the past & future of two dimensions, including the question of whether anyone connected to Witch World is really living two separate lives. It's a ton of alterna-worldbuilding to digest & I'd imagine most teenagers would be bored to tears. (Though classified as YA, the interactions felt pretty adult -- a necro medical examiner, rivalries for motherhood & fatherhood, drinking, gambling, sex, & violence (with the narrator killing two people herself) -- which only added to the bizarre feel.)Will I bother with eventual continuations? Eh...nope. I've read worse, but I don't care enough to continue slogging through.

  • Joy (joyous reads)
    2019-05-29 20:06

    This brand new series from Christopher Pike will have you wanting for everyone to leave you alone just so you could finish with little to no interruption. The writing and the story is that addictive, fast paced and full of suspense. For a book of five hundred some odd pages, it could've easily been a one-sitting read. But life disrupted my reading mojo so many times that it took me a week to finish. Admittedly, this novel had its claws on me - imbedded so deeply that I'd forgotten a blog tour obligation. For shame.The story begins with a group of teens on their way to Vegas for the weekend. After all, what better way to celebrate the end of High School than spending three days in Sin City? Jessie could barely contain her disdain when she finds out that Jimmy, her ex, will be in the same car and possibly, in the same hotel room. What she doesn't know is that, the boy who told her he loved her then dumped her almost in the same breath will be the least of her problems. What awaits in Vegas is an alternate world she doesn't know; powers beyond her imagination, and lovers transcending time and universe.Imagine a world where a person can exist in two dimensions - not at the same time, but in a seemingly dual persona. The real world shows characters leading normal lives; the witch world on the other hand, has the same characters walking the earth like gods with powers. Not powers borne out of magic but genetics. It's interesting, even if the author gave very little explanation as to how the extra gene equates to superpowers. If you can forgive that, then you'll most likely enjoy this book. I, for one, didn't care.You need to pay astute attention while reading this book in order to appreciate all its niches. There were two versions of characters and a parallel universe that you may have a hard time keeping straight in your head.At first, I was completely enraptured by the 21-esque ambiance of the book. But as I got deeper into the story, I realize, this is so much more than a couple of witches hustling Vegas.The powers alone got me hooked, as well the history of the ancient characters reaching as far back as the birth of civilization.This book was presented very maturely; and I mean that in a very literal way. The characters, though teens themselves, were a promiscuous bunch: gamblers, smokers, drug addicts and they have sex. Copious amount of sex. One could argue, however, that the teens here are immortals and therefore, ageless. I rarely read a book and get uppity about the lessons an author brings to the table with his or her work but I must admit that this one scares me a little. The characters - the witches - were shown in an über cool way that impressionable readers may take it the wrong way.Jessie/Jessica started off as an immature character; bitter and hateful of how her relationship with Jimmy ended. But she slowly grew on me as her character progressively matured. I guess motherhood will do that to ya. She was strong in her way and wasn't at all put off by the role she must play as soon as she's become aware of the witch world.I could talk about Jessie's love interest but there was another character that I thought was far more interesting than Jimmy. As soon as I was introduced to Russ, I was just as enamoured as Jessie was. He was every bit as charming as a hustler in a suit. And though he seemed like a major player in the book, I thought that Pike didn't really give him justice. In fact, I was a little turned off by what happened to him in the end. Though a love triangle was looking imminent in the beginning, rest assured that it didn't actually materialize.My introduction to Christopher Pike went swimmingly well. This mesmerizing book is sure to keep you entertained with its unapologetic risque situations that oddly fits well with the over all ambiance of the novel. If you're looking for a devour-able 528 page read, add this to your list and discover the ways magic can be explained by Science and Religion simplified as a state of mind.

  • Autumn Wind
    2019-05-26 22:17

    What sums this book up perfectly: WTF?!My main question is this: Was this book written by a ghost writer? Sure, Christopher Pike is not the best writer, but even for him this is low quality; one of Pike's worst books ever. Support for a possible ghostwriter pages, 93-94:“'How’s your book?' he asked.'The mystery part is excellent but it feels like the author wrote it in a month. All the paragraphs are short and jumpy.''If it holds your interest, that’s all that matters.''I suppose.' I frowned as I studied the cover....'What bugs me is the author is talented. She can turn it on when she wants to, but it’s like she can’t be bothered because she knows she’s only writing for a set amount of money and it doesn't matter how good the book turns out.''Don’t authors get royalties? The more a book sells, the more money they make?'I waved the book. 'You haven’t read about the new trend in publishing. This author pumps out too many books a year to write them all. She just sticks her name on stories that have been ghostwritten.''So the ghostwriter could be a he for all you know.''That’s right. But I read in a magazine that they never get royalties. They’re just out-of-work writers who need the cash.''It sounds like it bugs you.''I take back what I said a moment ago. I do respect the ghostwriter. He or she has to live. It’s the woman on the cover I dislike. She’s the one who is whoring her name.''Most successful people whore their names. It’s why they’re successful.'"

  • Misty
    2019-05-30 20:11

    Christopher effing Pike, man...I can't BEGIN to tell you how obsessed I was with him as a kid.

  • Amy
    2019-05-23 17:54

    Deja vu happens to us all, but never do we actually think it's because things have actually happened before. At least not for me. But in Jessie's world, that is exactly what it means. Jessie and her friends are graduating high school, and they decide to go crazy. Gambling, drinking, finding the right hook-up... it's all on the itinerary. What Jessie doesn't bank on is meeting a dark stranger who will change her life forever. And it all starts with the game of twenty-two.This is a book that I will pick up and read time and time again. And not just because Christoper Pike wrote it. The story was solid, the characters had depth, the pacing was spot on, and I never guessed the ending before I got there.When we first learn about Witch World, I was scratching my head, trying to figure out the mechanics of this world, especially with how the time works in this reality. What I really enjoyed was the imagery he gives to the readers. For anyone reading this who thinking about reading, or preparing to read, this book, remember the mirror scene. You will know what I'm talking about when you get there. How Pike describes things, and SHOWS us - it really gives us a great idea of what is going on, how the worlds work with one another.Jessie asks many of the same questions in the book that I had in regards to this new world. It was great knowing that I was on the same page as the protagonist. I really felt like I was able to connect with her. I felt her heartbreak, I felt her joy and confusion. After reading so many books that have disappointed me lately, it was nice to finally find one that satisfied me as a whole. Usually, I will find something in a book that I wish the author had done differently (who hasn't?), but there are few books that hit it spot on for me, and this was one of them.Anxiously looking forward to book two. Thanks, Mr. Pike, for another perfect escape.

  • Jason
    2019-05-24 18:52

    Gah, this book is terrible. Quite possibly the worst Pike book I've ever read, and I've read plenty of mediocre to bad books of his. I've already spent way too much time reading/thinking about this book which was shockingly written by someone who's written dozens of books and has shown in the past better than rudimentary understanding of what a novel is, so I'll just present my thoughts as I had them:Pre-reading notes: Christopher Pike is a writer who’s written quite a few books, and I’ve read almost all of them. Yet, I think he’s usually not that good of a writer. He throws everything at the wall and sees what sticks; how well this works highly varies. But a result of this method is that most of this books, even the ones that I couldn’t honestly label as “good,” have some intriguing elements that stick with me after I’ve read them – not necessarily for very long, but still. He’s better when he doesn’t go all weirdly New Age-y or rely heavily on his made-up mythology that carries through several of his books, like higher-density dimensions ruled by evil lizard creatures. And the only supernatural trope he consistently does well is vampires. Yet here I am, reading another of his books, though the first chapter alone makes me fear the worst and predict that all of Pike’s worst indulgences will come into play.(view spoiler)[This part reminds me of Mean Girls: “she had worked her butt off to put my father through medical school…to be one of the finest heart surgeons on the West Coast, she was kicked out of the marriage with barely enough money.” When I go to pop cultural refs, it’s either because I can connect the material easily to other works, which is good, or because I’m bored and want to think about other things, which is not as good. Here it’s probably the latter.I don’t like the sporadic flashes into present tense, as if she’s telling us her story after the fact. I mean, she is, but it’s distracting and telegraphs her not dying. Not that the protagonist often dies; still, I’d like some suspense. Plus I have a feeling I’m gonna hope she did die.“Graduating class barely topped two hundred…I had memorized the first and last name of every cute boy in my class, but I was seldom asked out. I used to puzzle over that fact.” – Okay, you could ask someone out. Also, maybe they don’t like how shallow you are; with that small of a class, you should even know the names of the *gasp* non-cute boys. I guess this is Pike trying to get into the mindset of a teen girl.I don’t see why Alex would want to be her best friend when this girl describes her as such: “She wasn’t as pretty as me but that didn’t stop her from acting like she was. The weird thing is, it worked for her…they had accepted her—supposedly—on the strength of her interview.” Maybe she is prettier than you, or else less hateful and conceited. You’re basically calling your bff a fugly slut. Oh, my 2nd Mean Girls ref already. I liked Sita’s confidence/arrogance, but that’s largely because she was awesome and she showed us that tons of people did fall all over her. Jessie, not so much. Maybe Alex will be a superwitch and kill Jessie.“We’re best friends! You’re required to listen to my whining. It doesn’t give you the right” – Now I’m thinking of when Carrie’s friends on SATC got tired of her whining about her breakup with…Big, probably? They broke up a lot.The writing feels quite forced so far.“I was not fool enough” – Do teen girls talk like this?“Christ, I thought. Her thirty-minute speech had been twenty minutes too long.” – Does Pike want us to hate her? I think this 300-page book might feel 200 pages too long. Also, do teens use Christ as a swear?Oh look, she calls her best friend a slut again. And again. “People might think “kind” an odd word to apply to a guy” – Yes, because there isn’t a phrase used ad nauseum about nice guys finishing last.He was married? “Had he died, I think it would have been simpler to bear.” – You’d rather he die than dump you? She is insufferable.“My best friend. I had to believe her.” – Mean Girls, again. I mean, you wouldn’t buy a skirt without asking your friends if it looked good on you.So if your friends are a prude and a slut, what are you – perfection?“Stunned…‘Plus he was our class valedictorian, which means he’s got to be a nerd.’” – Okay maybe I won’t like any of these characters. Also, they’re a class of 200; how does she not know anything about his personality?Aren’t minibars in hotels incredibly expensive even if you’re legal? One page ago you complained about how $50 for a hotel room was much for you.“I’ll remember it till the day I die…I should have been more important.” Melodramatic, selfish, and whiny too. I’m gonna call her Bella now until I have a reason not to. Also because this book is boring.This book feels like fanfic somehow; the characters seem like facsimiles of people without resembling anyone I know in real life, as if this is coming from a writer without experience writing people. Which…Pike isn’t. Unless secretly all his books were ghost-written, I guess. That Secret of Ka book sucked too. Maybe he’s no longer able to write well except for books about Sita.Do people normally have reservations for 200 people? Maybe for like special VIP areas…the only reason I’m asking is because this book is so boring. I should read faster, glaze over the details.“We probably cheated our classmates” – You suck.“Money and a dick” – At least Alex is somewhat fun. I shall call her…Anna Kendrick. Or not.Is his accent from Witch World? Let’s make this plot move along.“To hell with Alex” – Maybe you’ll go to hell, Bella.Hey, for once I got into the book, though it’s likely because if I had a shot at 60 grand and lost it, I’d be devastated.Okay, yes, UC is hurting for cash; no, if you show up at UCLA with a bag of cash they won’t just automatically accept you after the deadline. Well, as far as I know.“Who was I to argue with a man who wanted to pay for my college education?” – Sounds somewhat creepy.“I honestly felt I would die if he didn’t make love to me.” – How Bella.“Jimmy was the only real thing in my life.” – Bella.Al is magic.2 grand for an outfit? I thought you wanted to go to college, not blow it on overpriced clothes. Whatever.This preaching about the evils of authors who use ghostwriters because their books suck…your book sucks and it feels like it couldn’t, or at least shouldn’t, have taken more than a month.Y’know, there are women who go around kidnapping/molesting/killing too…like so.This scene was like that one in Kill Bill…My name is Buck (?) and I like to *uck. What a creepy test.Do people say “gee whiz,” even in sarcasm?Oh, her father’s in an alternate world. I guess that’s an excuse for being a deadbeat dad.She has a daughter named Lara? Better than Renesmee. But still, teen motherhood…So there are 10 possible witch genes. Makes me think of Digimon. She has 7 which is rare and Super Special Mary Sue-esque.Her dad is 500 years old. So she’s lived 2 parallel lives without remembering. That sounds exhausting. Your witch world name is just your formal name? What if your name doesn’t lend itself well to that? Or you already go by your full name in the real world? This seems stupid. And lazy of Pike.So these witches are just like Sparkling Vampires. Boo. Do they even cast spells, or are they just like super awesome at everything?Lapras are evil? But the Pokemon is adorable!The Tar are the good guys? Oh, and they help defeat the Nazis and nuclear weapon control. This book is so stupid.“The wrong people always seem to make the most money and get elected to the highest offices.” – Oh hai Christopher Pike preaching at us. How are you?So. Much. Exposition. Of Boring.“They have complete control of the American Medical Association and the Food and Drug Administration.” – Urg. Blurg. Gah.So her daughter is some Chosen One, unique. Like Renesmee Cullen. No weird werewolf romance though. I hope.Oh look it’s Pike’s attempt at film criticism. Boring.“If not conceived and raised in love, cannot know love.” – Oh now it’s Pop Psychologist Pike.I hate these people. They’re stupid and keep making Bella the center of the universe.Cleo=good boss lady. Susan=evil boss lady.Oh now it’s Pike on political theory, and why addictions start. Just stop, please, just stop.Whip is Susan’s. So…2nd in her class, got into Santa Barbara. Somewhere below that, got MIT. Hey, maybe Ted is a slut then, Bella, based on your earlier logic.Very fanfic…oh yeah Bella has a bff, let’s wave away her character by saying she already knew everything, now back to the regularly scheduled boredom.These names are so stupid. And Bella is so shallow.So she does kill someone. Al is Susan’s son? How…boring. Bafflement is not a cool-sounding concept.“Ever bring joy. Only love could do that” – No. You can have joy from non-love.Well she goes to college after all. Yay?Oh yeah btw Alex is a witch too. Yay? This is so badly plotted.“I found it curious that my new role…had raised no alerts…Then again, no one but my mother and father, and a few friends, knew” – Why would alerts be raised when almost no one knows? This is stupid and/or filler. What a sucky ending. The last line is just her responding to a mundane question: “I hesitated. ‘Yes.’” Ooh, I can see how one would be on the edge wondering how the next book will go. Will it start with “Really?” or “Are you sure?” (hide spoiler)]And the last page is entirely unnecessary except that Pike wants a sequel. Ugh, this book was so bad and felt so interminable I’ll probably actually skip a Pike thriller for once (unless you count his series for the under-10 set)as this is set to be a series. This book was thoroughly amateurish and excruciatingly dull. And the "witches" are about as properly witchy as sparklepires are vampires. Seriously, how is there such a quality disparity between this and last year’s Thirst #4?

  • Sarah
    2019-05-27 22:00

    erm. excuse me as I go bang my head against my bedroom door. Quoted from the book itself,"This is a mind-fuck" (274)But it isn't either. It's just so damn confusing. Complicated is good, but when there are HUMONGOUS holes it just becomes confusing. And Jessica, Jessie whatever the fuck her name sometimes morphs into different characters. Its hard to describe, but it's like she's five different people, and not in the whole two worlds paralleling eachother kind of way. Like Pike forgot who he was writing about. She said things like:"I liked to think I was pretty hot shit..." (291)and kill people, like go completely ape shit. But she's not really a bitch, she actually cares about people and doesn't come across as full of herself. So these moments just baffeled me. And am I the only one who wondered why Russell was none existant after page 200? Why make him such an important part in the first part of the book just to virtually remove him from the story line. There are just so many things wrong with this. I think I kept reading because it was like watching a slow motion plane crash, you can't help but watch even if you know it's going to end horribly, horribly wrong. I had a sense that NOT ONE character had ANY idea what was actually going on. That they were all being duped by this crazy evil person "The Alchemist". There was just too much going on, and by too much, I mean it would be like watching three movies at once, while trying to do calculus homework and practicing your violin all while standing on one foot and doing bicep curls. But Seriously. Did one person even write this?My mind is tired.But you know what they say, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. And I hope I forget this book in a blurry, confusing way, with no recollection of what happened.

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    2019-06-13 18:10

    Who didn't grow up reading Christopher Pike and loving and cherishing all of his bizarre stories and just not being able to get enough of them?The fact is, I remember loving them and devouring every single one my library got in. I couldn't read them fast enough and the wait until a new one was out, was quite frankly, torture (you can see not a lot has changed for me in my adult years either when it comes to an author I love). Having found one story of his I have never read felt like a treat, even some odd 20 years later from my Pike craze.And here is the thing, I was excited to start this. I wanted this story to be everything I remember loving from him but the thing is, after the first few chapters, I realized that my taste in books and writing styles has (surprise, surprise) changed drastically and I was having a really hard time getting into the story or connecting with the characters.Jessie isn't exactly a likable character. She doesn't have a whole lot of redeeming qualities to her. She is very immature for her age and her friends even more so.The story felt convoluted at times like parts that should have been detailed weren't and parts that didn't need detail were overly done. This book is over 500 pages and I couldn't honestly tell you why. It easily could have been slimmed down to around 300 and still of had a lot of substance to it.It did have great paranormal elements to it that were very classic Pike and I loved seeing them and it brought back fond memories of reading Remember Me and Witch but sadly, this just didn't live up to those memories.

  • Earl
    2019-05-22 17:20

    Witch World was a rollercoaster ride of a reading experience.Christopher Pike is my favorite writer and I’m always excited when he has a new book come out. But, reading the synopsis and then the early chapters for “Witch World” left me underwhelmed- add to that, the generic cover! One of the reasons I enjoyed his books growing up was that they seemed so much more mature than their intended audience despite the fact he was writing about ghosts, witches, and vampires. Of course, I was a kid then and am now an adult (duh!) so my expectations are different. I wish he would write up again and stop starting a new series without providing closure to the existing ones. Because of these little grievances, I was thereby surprised by how much I enjoyed reading “Witch World.” The beginning chapters seemed like a rather long set up because the (real?) story eventually moved along in a fun and fast pace. Some of his writing/storytelling style choices screamed classic Pike. There was a delicious anticipation of what was going to happen. And it was great to feel as confused as the character trying to figure things out at the same time. Again, though, I wish this was a standalone novel. The sequel better step up its game.I think it’s only because I know just how great Christopher Pike can be that makes it sound like I don’t like this book at all. But I do and casual readers will enjoy “Witch World.”

  • Morgan
    2019-06-10 00:14

    *CAUTION: read at your own risk, many spoilers, too many run-on-sentences to count, and lots of rambling/ranting/confusing stuff*This book is so messed up in so many ways that I don't know where to start. The first few chapters were boring. The next four or so chapters were confusing, but interesting, the entire last half of the book would be best described in three letters: WTF? So many things went wrong at the end, that I sounded like I was going to cry when I was describing it to my sister. *SPOILERS*Moral of the story? Don't have sex until you're married and out of high school because otherwise you'll have a kidnapped daughter in another dimension, and your boyfriend's ex girlfriend will have a kid, also kidnapped. And you'll find out that you're a witch with a large number of witch genes, and your father still loves you even though he divorced your mother when you were six and left you all with nothing while he's freaking rich. And you'll realize that some people are very gifted at card games like blackjack that don't exist in other dimensions because people only play red queen. You'll also find out that everyone is called by their real first name in this other dimension, Witch World, rather than their nickname in Real World. And you'll also figure out that gunpowder and the modern-day 52-card deck of cards were introduced to the Romans much earlier than historians have gathered, and it's all because a crazy person called "The Alchemist" saved the life of one of the only two cool characters, showed him how to play cards and use gunpowder, and then stole money from card dealers who won this game of cards that he taught people how to play.*SERIOUS SPOILERS* And the only two cool characters in the entire book will die, leaving the reader extremely upset, and then you're boyfriend will accidentally kill himself in Real World to try to become a witch in Witch World (because, as all witches know, the only way to be conscious of what happens in both Witch World and Real World is to kill yourself, but bring yourself back to life by possessing the witch gene that will give you healing powers, otherwise you'll just die in Real World and be conscious in Witch World, but with all your memories from Real World.) And then the two-hundred year old man that is dating you're best friend, Alex/Alexis (depending on what world you're in), will reveal that he is actually the son of the villain and one of the only two cool characters. And then the sadistic villain will try to make you as evil and psycho as she is by introducing you to a third world (in which red is everybody's favorite color), but the joy of love and family will save you, so don't sweat it!Still want to read Witch World?

  • Darth J
    2019-06-06 19:14

    Review originally posted on My Bookshelf is Ready.3.75 StarsI liked a lot of what this book had to offer, so I'll start with that.*For the most part, the teens talk like real people. I notice a lot of YA books have really stilted dialogue where the teens don't cuss - that isn't realistic. In this book, they did. Not only that, but the conversations felt organic (for the most part).*The explanation of witch powers being linked to specific genes reminded me of A Discovery of Witches.*Even though there are over 500 pages, it moves at a fast pace.Here are the things I didn't like:*The whole other dimension thing of "Witch World" made no sense whatsoever. They go to sleep and then they redo the same day again?*Monkey boy Whip.*Basically every character turns out to be a witch.Overall, it's a pretty good popcorn book.

  • hayden
    2019-05-18 22:50

    2 StarsWITCH WORLD is a classic example of a book that was under-edited before publication.There were too many plot holes and infodumps for a great reading experience. Many confusing things went unexplained and piled on top of each other, and when we got explanation, it came in huge bursts. There would be 100 pages of confusion and what-the-hellery, and then a 25-page conversation between two people that explained a few things, when Jessie wasn't being difficult. But not everything was explained. Pike took an interesting, quasi-original idea and sort of shot it in the face a couple times. But I had an advanced copy of the the second book, so I read it. Pike somehow figured things out a little bit more during the second WITCH WORLD adventure.

  • Catt A
    2019-05-17 20:10

    I have read Christopher Pike since I found thirst in 6th or 7th grade and I have LOVED him ever since, each one of his books has a little spark and a creative use of fantasy and a clever back story and its just so intelligently written like if you slapped christopher pike on any book name i would buy it without a second thought because he is really just that awesome but this book...I really liked that he was creating a series now that thirst is almost done (at least I think it is, I'm pretty sure it getting to the end) but the book was just...mehIt wasn't bad but it was...confusing at parts and I still am confused now if I try to look at things in detail the whole (I'm more of a big picture person so that wasnt too bad) but I also felt like too many things were being thrown to me at went from oh ha ha friends in vegas with ex boyfriend then oh look its a hot guy playing blackjack and then then freezers and necrophiliacs then when her dad starts explaining...I had to slow down and process everything...SPOILER ALERTThe whole "two worlds" thing wasnt that hard to understand but impacts on the events kind of mess me up like... 9and i could have missed something or misunderstood)Why was jimmy dead in the real world and not the witch worldokay then that means whatever happens int he witch world doesnt really effect the witch worldbut wasnt kari killed in the real world? and shes connected and Im going to assume 'Karla is dead too' right? RIGHT?!These are the moments that get to me when I think to hard about themAlso the part with Russ dying...I felt just came to fast. He was introduced then suddenly there is a death match and he's dead. I mean I'm sad he died but I felt it was done...prematurely. I don't know it might just be me but I felt Russ was supposed to play a LARGE roll in the overrall plot and course of the story and then he just died...its like he was built up to be something great then suddenly sayonara he seemed too imporant to be made expendable but at the same time if he was that important he would be killed much later in the story(something I've learned from other books, important people will eventually die)I'm going to assume that when the second book comes out everything will be made clearer and all the questions will be answeredWas I the only one who questioned who the heck Whip's father was? Because the second I found out his mother was Susan, but Kendor didn't have him it started bugging me throughout the book

  • Tea
    2019-05-24 20:03

    I loved this book! I have never read any of Christopher pike, I wish I had sooner. I can't wait for the next one to come out in 2014. I just want to say thanks to Christopher, for writing this book!

  • Taylor Knight
    2019-06-03 22:52

    I just couldn't get into this book. I was really bored and nothing really struck me as interesting or different from any other YA book with witches.

  • Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
    2019-06-09 18:17

    I have to start out by saying I have been a huge fan of Christopher Pike and his books for nineteen years. I started reading his books around the time I was 11 or 12, and if I'm remembering correctly, the first one I ever read was Whisper of Death. Unfortunately I don't remember that book very well, but reading it influenced me to purchase the first Pike book I would ever own (which is still either my #1 or #2 favorite, depending on the day you ask me), Remember Me.It's been especially exciting over the past few years to see The Last Vampire re-packaged for a whole new generation of fans to enjoy, and then to eventually see Pike start releasing brand new books such as Thirst No. 3 and Thirst No. 4--and now Witch World. Before I knew what Witch World was about, I assumed it would be another bind-up like To Die For, but I was ridiculously happy to find out it was totally new.Witch World begins with the graduating senior class of Apple Valley High planning a trip for a fun-filled weekend in Las Vegas. Jessie is still in love with her ex-boyfriend, Jimmy, and her drive to Las Vegas becomes uncomfortable after she finds out he'll be riding there in the same car with her. She still doesn't understand why he broke up with her, and it hurts her that he left her for his previous girlfriend, Kari. Jessie is hoping that while they are in Las Vegas she'll finally get the truth behind their break-up.Once in Las Vegas, Jessie and her best friend Alex break away from their classmates and head out on their own into the casinos armed with their fake IDs. At a 21 table, Jessie and Alex encounter a handsome stranger named Russ who doesn't seem to be able to lose the game. When Jessie is left alone at the table, she follows Russ's lead and begins to win at the game herself--the sum is astonishing, and will pay her college tuition. Later on that evening in Russ's room, he teaches Jessie a game called 22 and she learns another version of herself exists in an alternate reality called witch world.Alternate reality/time travel stories are tricky to follow, and it takes a very skilled writer to make it have sense to the readers. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to keep up with Christopher Pike's thought process in this book. Perhaps it's because I just had too many follow-up questions, I didn't pay close enough attention, or it simply hasn't been explained yet. I did learn that there is to be a sequel to Witch World, so I am hoping if we are purposely kept in the dark about certain things, then it will be explained in the next book.Pike's witches are actually pretty unique; there are no magic potions, spells, or anything generally associated with witches. I didn't quite grasp all of the scientific explanations, but there are genes that determine if a person is a witch or not. In Witch World, there appear to be two different groups of witches, a group call the Tars and another called the Lapras. Both sets are powerful, and both are dangerous. Once Jessie becomes "connected" to witch world, she slowly begins to recover Jessica's memories and learns that she and James (the witch world version of Jimmy) conceived a daughter together. Lara, their daughter, is the only witch to have ever been born that possesses all ten genes. This is why each group wants her in their clutches, but I think it still remains to be seen which side has the best intentions.As is tradition with Christopher Pike novels, many of the characters have very rich, fully fleshed out back stories. Their narratives sometimes can go on for pages and pages, but I felt with this particular title there were simply too many things going on. In the late 80s and 90s when Christopher Pike's books were first being published, they were at most 200 pages. In today's publishing, books in the YA genre on average are around 400 or 500 pages, so Pike now has to meet those publishing needs. In my opinion, it just made this story suffer. Too many characters, too many various plot lines, too many different settings and a world that just wasn't explained enough for readers to follow. Unfortunately most of what I'd want to expand upon are events which occur later in the books, and would be incredibly huge spoilers for people who haven't yet read the book. For those people, I'd strongly recommend taking notes on characters and explanations as they are provided, and then trying to make sense of it all once you've finished the book. I began taking notes, but wasn't always reading in a location where I had access to my notes or could jot any down. I feel as if there were some contradictions; they may have been intentional, since I seem to remember another Pike novel that discussed paradoxes.I've re-read nearly every Christopher Pike novel I own numerous times, but sadly I don't see myself wanting to read this again at any point. I'm interested enough in Witch World to read at least one sequel and then decide from there if I want to read any further novels in the series. As with any favorite author of mine, I'm bound to be on the fence about a title or two. I had high hopes for this one since it's the first novel in years featuring new characters, but it just wasn't for me. As always, I'll be eagerly waiting for whatever comes next.(I received an ARC from the publisher for review.)

  • Sarah
    2019-05-17 20:04

    (Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.)Jessie and her friends (including her ex-boyfriend Jimmy) are heading off to Las Vegas for a weekend, but spending time with her ex-boyfriend is going to turn out to be the least of Jessie’s problems during this trip.Using a fake ID to get into a casino and play blackjack, Jessie and her best friend Alex sit down to play, when a high roller comes to the table. His name is Russell, and his winning streak is unbelievable. When Alex storms off in a huff, Jessie moves closer to Russell, and with his help wins almost $60,000 (when she started with $20).On her way to see Russell again the next day, Jessie somehow ends up kidnapped, and locked in a meat locker – slowly freezing to death. Only to then wake up later in a morgue, about to get a front row set at her own autopsy!Somehow managing to wake herself up, Jessie leaves the morgue (giving the poor necrophiliac pathologist a heart attack), and makes her way back to the strip to find Russell. But things don’t seem right – the gamblers in the casinos are playing 22 ‘red queen’, rather than 21 ‘blackjack’.Eventually finding Russell again, Jessie finds out the truth – there are two parallel worlds – the normal world, and witch world, and Jessie is a witch. Jessie has 7 of 10 witch genes, and killing her and allowing her to return from the dead was a way to ‘wake-up’ her witch genes.Even more shocking is the reason that Jessie has been ‘woken up’ – she has a daughter – Lara, who was born with all 10 witch genes (which has never happened before), and has been kidnapped by the bad witches of Witch world. What is really going on though? What do the bad witches want with Lara? How is Jessie supposed to help get her daughter back? And what other shocks are in store for Jessie?When I started reading this book I thought I was going to love it, it instantly sucked me in, and the first 50 pages flew by. Unfortunately this was not the case for the rest of the book.After Jessie wins the money, things start to become strange. First Jessie gets frozen to death in a meat locker – I’m thinking ‘What? Where did this come from?’Then she wakes up as her autopsy is about to be performed, and I’m thinking ‘Seriously? Where did this come from?’The she starts beating people up, people start calling her ‘mother’, and when she eventually finds Russell again, he started telling her that she is a witch. So at this point I’m a little disbelieving of this storyline, but I decide to give it the benefit of the doubt.Then something even more unbelievable happens – Jessie’s father talks to her on the phone (who she hasn’t spoken to for years), and tells her that the reason that he had to have her killed to reawaken her witch genes, is because someone has kidnapped her daughter. Daughter? Seriously? I mean she’s only 18 herself – and suddenly she has a daughter? This just didn’t fit with the story at all, and I seriously wondered if I wanted to read the rest of this book.So, after a break I decided I’d give it the benefit of the doubt again, and keep reading. Things just got worse though, Jessie tries to convince Jimmy (her ex-boyfriend) that she’s a witch, and he’s a witch, and things get even weirder. They find some kid with a tail out in the desert surrounding Las Vegas, and take him back to the city for Jessie’s father (who has now flown in) to give him a physical, and then there’s a lot more discussion of who the bad guys are, what they want, what they hope to gain by kidnapping Jessie’s daughter etc. At this point I am seriously hitting my head into the wall just trying to get such a ridiculous story out of my head. I mean, I really wish I had never even started reading this drivel.I did try to finish this book, but I just couldn’t. I really could not bring myself to finish this, the story was just so unbelievable, and I was just so bored!I did read the epilogue, which just told me that the story didn’t end with a happily ever after, and that there is going to be a second book after this one! Believe me, I will definitely not be reading that!This was my first Christopher Pike novel, and will most probably be my last.Overall; unbelievable and ultimately boring. Someone else might enjoy this book, but I really didn't.3.5 out of 10.

  • Owen
    2019-06-16 15:54

    This one was a very peculiar book. I went into in expecting a story about magic and witches, but I would actually describe it as being more like science-fiction, with sci-fi magic.After graduating high school, Jessie Ralle goes on a trip to Las Vegas with some friends. The most important thing she has to worry about is being in the same car with her ex-boyfriend, Jimmy. Once in Las Vegas, she is seduced by the magical nightlife of drinking, gambling, and sex. At a casino, she meets a handsome man named Russ. Russ has extraordinary money collecting abilities and he helps her win over fifty thousand dollars. They go back to his hotel room and he begins to tell her about strange things. One of these things is a device that can somehow scan a person's genetic structure, and identify extra genes called "witch genes". After being abducted, dying, and waking up again, Jessie learns she is a witch and there is a parallel world called witch world. In witch world, she learns of the dangers that threaten her and the daughter she never knew she had.I liked it. I didn't love it, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It was kind of long and I think it could have used more editing to make it wrap up nicer, but the story itself kept be interested so I finished it in a short amount of time. All of the characters were very unique and not boring at all. I thought a lot of the concepts in this book were very interesting and original. You won't see anything like it in other books, and the author puts an interesting spin on magic: almost as if it is surreal. And the entire book has a sci-fi feel to it, which I don't usually like but Christopher Pike pulled off well here. I didn't realize this was going to be a series, and if I had known that I might have thought this first book could be shortened more. This isn't the typical paranormal romance-type YA that you always see now, probably because the author began writing in the 90s and 90s YA is very different from modern YA. If you are looking for a fast-paced book that makes you think a lot, read this.

  • Justine Winans
    2019-06-04 19:52

    I think I would actually give this more of a 3.5. I had a hard time deciding on how I felt about this book. On one hand, I thought some of the parents were very well written, and I especially liked it as the ending was within reach. However, there were other parts of the book that I just didn't like, although I am not entirely sure why. I'm not a big Jimmy/James fan, even though I feel like I am supposed to be.Actually, I was a big fan of Russell/Russ, although it is probably best that I avoid that part of the plot because talking about it will only make me angry. The character of the Alchemist is really interesting, and the fact of learning more about him is the majority of the reason that I would want to read the second book.This book was a reminder that if I like a character, especially a male character, I am giving them a death sentence. However, the idea was very cool. I especially liked the beginning with Russ in Vegas, and the ending.Not sure how I feel about the kids. That whole part seemed really weird. I get that Lara is special, but the whole man-when-we-had-sex-it-was-like-the-universe-aligned-and-the-angels-all-sang thing was a bit overdone.Whip is a very endearing character though and I hope to see more of him.In conclusion, the book has its ups and downs. I am not saying it is the greatest book ever, but it does have a very intriguing idea. I am not going to go out and recommend it to everyone I know, but I would not stop them from reading it either.

  • Erika
    2019-05-23 17:53

    DNFI tried I really did. I wanted to like this one but I just couldn't get into it. Not my cup of tea.BeforeMwahahaha this will be mine! As soon as it comes in the mail because I won it in a Goodreads giveaway! Super excited for this one. I love Christopher Pike's books! Edit: Just got this in the mail and the first words out of my mouth were "It's mine! All mine!"

  • Taneika
    2019-06-05 16:00

    Although I am a huge Christopher Pike fan, I am a little nervous after seeing a lot of negative reviews of this one. I'll have to see, hopefully it blows my mind like his other books have!

  • Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
    2019-06-06 23:19

    I'll preface this review by saying that I've not previously read any Pike so I'll be making no comparisons to his other work.When presented the opportunity to listen to this novel, I jumped:) I'd been seeing the book around the blogosphere a bit and had heard great things about Pike. could I resist. I was not disappointed.Pike builds an incredibly interesting, albeit complicated, world that we ever so slowly gain more insight and more knowledge of as the book progresses. Although I must admit that aspects of the parallel "Witch World" universe absolutely boggled my mind, I was also immensely impressed with Pike's creativity. His telling rather than showing us most of this new world did seem to make the story move at a much slower pace than necessary, but for some reason I was fascinated enough by his creation that this fault didn't bother me as much in Witch World as it usually does in other novels.The characters are also equally complex and that is magnified by the fact that there are in essence two of each character and the two may be similar but are rarely identical - at least until some time after becoming "connected." Jessie is especially hard to read sometimes. I was baffled by how easily she adapted and accepted her changing reality and begrudgingly admirous of how tough and brave she was under stresses that might have broken me. And by the end, I was desperately worried for far would she much would she change to adapt to this new life? The secondary characters each add something important to the tale and to the emotional quotient. Can Jessie really trust Jimmy again? Whose side is Russ really on? What is Al up to? And I totally fell for Kendor;)The narration was by Justine Eyre was smooth and a believable voice as an adult Jessica. As with all good narrators I became so drawn into the storytelling that I forgot the storyteller.Despite the slow pace, the suspense kept me riveted to the story...I needed to know more about the characters, more about the world, and how in the world this would all end. And then it didn't end...LOL I'll certainly have my eyes open for Book 2!

  • Belle Zimet
    2019-06-04 21:03

    I have been a fan of Christopher Pike for over 20 years, but this is the first book I've read from him since The Last Vampire. We broke up then because I felt that a majority of the time he got too out there for me, and there was no telling how intense, crazy or metaphysical the books would get once he had found his place in being an author and in the YA world. I was more interested in some of his more typical titles (Final Friends, Remember Me, Last Act etc) and I just kind of grew away from his material once he grew away from the stuff I liked. With him being on Facebook my interest had been renewed and I was glad I picked up this book. Does it have problems? Yes, but they are forgivable. as per usual he really shines in being able to give a character depth and personality. They are far more dual sided than even the premise of the book. He writes his main characters with humor, faults and all the things that come along with people I want to meet in life. The premise is intriguing and once you get a few chapters in, it is hard to put down. It's a very satisfying read and I will definitely be picking up the next in the series when it comes out.

  • Elana
    2019-05-23 21:55

    I really wanted to like this book, but close to the end of the book I started to not enjoy the characters and the way it was heading. The idea of two realms simultaneously existing was interesting to me. Some of the explanations by Jessie's father were long, but necessary to understand the connections between Witch World and The Real World. However, when Jessie killed Kari I started to loose interest in the book. I felt Jessie's character completely changed suddenly and I didn't like it. The ending to me was too much. There were already 2 realms and to add another world on top of it didn't seem to help strengthen the plot. Jessie giving into Syn's pleasure of pain may have been a good twist, but this just made me dislike Jessica and the direction of the book even more. I did like how historical events,such as the bombings in Japan, were tied in with the lives of the witches. But I personally did not get invested into the characters and do not think I will be reading the sequel to this book. But, I do think the book is worth a try for science fiction lovers!

  • Nancy
    2019-05-23 21:05

    I didn't hate it but I seriously question a ghost writer in the background. I read a rough copy which was somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 pages, deliberating over witchy fight moves and all of Jessica's and Jessie's flighty thoughts. Character development was sparse. I never really liked any of the characters. The protagonist waxed on about the love between her and Jimmy but I found little evidence of love and/or commitment. In fact, the lack of character and relationship detail led me to feel the writing was sophomoric. The story line was a little hard to follow, too. There were a number of holes logic. The protagonist was unpredictable as was everybody else. Jessie was supposedly a nice, good girl but turned so quickly I got whiplash and she had to keep reminding the reader that she was a good girl. Even after undressing for a few different men. Then she killed a couple of people. Mmmkay.On the positive side, it has promise to develop into an interesting story. So far, I'm not grabbed. It's Meh.

  • Glynnis
    2019-05-26 16:51

    Christopher Pike delivers once again! I loved it, and I am already dying for the next installment. Too many amazing quotes to include in this review, but here is an assortment:"It was unbearable, and yet I could bear it.""Once again, who was I to argue with a man who wanted to pay for my college education?""I had broken a promise to myself. That I would not sit down under any circumstances."

  • Kelly
    2019-05-16 18:04

    The plot kept me reading but at times I felt it was very obvious that a male was writing this female character, which did pull me out of the story quite a few times. Overall intriguing premise and characters. 3.5 Stars

  • Kate
    2019-06-06 23:19

    Ah, Christopher Pike. Still crazy after all these years...I've had this book lying around my apartment for a while, then I saw it had been re-released under the title "Red Queen" and there was a sequel, "Black Night." I remember not being too interested in reading this (strange, because I love Christopher Pike!) - first off, it's over 500 pages long, and the title just seemed dumb. The story starts off with recently graduated Jessie heading off to Vegas with all the other seniors, including her ex-boyfriend Jimmy. Jessie was devastated when Jimmy dumped her to be with his ex Kari for no apparent reason. Anyway, while in Vegas, Jessie meets a super hot billionaire named Russ who's on a winning streak and ends up back in his suite, discovering that he's a witch and surprise! So is she. He even scans her genetic code and discovers that she has witch genes. Jessie very nearly winds up in bed with Russ, but then she remembers the love of her life Jimmy.... ooops. Well, Jessie is now a hundred thousand dollars richer, although that's not the reason why she finds herself kidnapped and waking up in a meat locker. It's freezing and she's dying... and she dies, then wakes up on the autopsy table. I mean, somehow she needs to stop her dead body from being used by the necrophiliac autopsy doctor!Jessie returned to Russ to figure out what has happened to her. Apparently, once the witch genes are activated (which happens only by dying and coming back to life, thanks to the healing gene some witches possess), that gives them access to Witch World: what is basically a parallel universe. But what happens in Witch World doesn't stay in Witch World. After a day spent in Witch World, the next day in the real world is basically the same day. So what's different about Witch World? Well, they play Red Queen or Twenty-Two instead of Blackjack or Twenty-One. And they call each other by their full names. So now Jessie is Jessica, Jimmy is James, and Russ is Russell. Now that Jessie/Jessica can remember things - she remembers she gave birth to a daughter in Witch World, while in this world, Jimmy and his ex had a son named... wait for it... Huck. (I am thrilled the Pike's character naming ability continues to baffle me). But Jessie's daughter Lara was kidnapped, and Jimmy's son Huck died. In the true nature of an 18-year-old mom who didn't know she was a mom, Jessie is fiercely driven to get her daughter back, especially since her daughter has all 10 of the witch genes, making her some kind of saint.Lara was kidnapped by the bad witches, called the Lapras. Jessie proceeds to kick some ass (lifting cars over her head, killing a man with a staff, and going on a shopping spree) and have some other random adventures (taking a road trip to a nuclear test site and finding a boy with a tail) in her mission to get Lara back. There are lots of detours through history, as pretty much every witch Jessie encounters has to tell her exactly how he/she influenced Caesar, the Civil War, and World War II.Needless to say, this book was fairly amusing and had just enough crazy to make me nostalgic for Pike's earlier thrillers. The main character reminded me way to much of Sita from Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice, especially in the way she would have these super deep emotions one minute, then be totally devoid of emotion the next. At one point she told herself that she could never be a killer, then killed someone within the next 5-10 pages. Then 50 pages after that remembered how she had not grieved for that person. I had to revisit a post on Forever Young Adult charting all of Christopher Pike's favorite plot devices. This particular book contained a little bit of Faked Death (everyone has to die and come back to life, but there are also other deaths that aren't full deaths because WITCH WORLD), Baby Swap (sort of... it felt that way), Arson (or lighting people on fire), Illicit Sex (how many times did Jimmy and Jessie have to go over when was their first time, because neither seemed to remember it right?), and Shootout (naturally).