Veronica Twitch is indeed a fabulous witch and has some equally fabulous friends with their own quirky characters too. Erica-Jane has written a lively story with strong characters and a good storyline.
The story will undoubtedly appeal to readers who like magic, a bit of sparkle, fashion and reading about friendships with a baddie in it for good measure. Veronica, Figgy and Pre work at Twitch magazine and are very excited when they are able to meet a band that they all like for an interview in ‘Witch City’. What I particularly liked is the subtle steering of making sure that this isn’t about celebrity chasing but about talking to the band about being successful female artists. The band ‘Double-Bubble’ have chosen Twitch Magazine rather than their rival magazine ‘Nosy Toad’ because they have more integrity. The author doesn’t use that term but I like that it’s implied! ‘Nosy Toad’s reporter is called Belinda Bullfrog who is then behind the subsequent kidnapping of Double Bubble. The reporters have to rescue the band and secure their interview.
The front cover of the book is rather fun as it has lots of the key colour purple-a recurring colour throughout the book-but additional sparkly bits too. The illustrations are humorous and eye catching; in two tone blue and purple. I love the drawings of the little pet chihuahuas the Twitch team have. They feature on lots of pages along with lots of great detail from our life that is adapted to their witchy life such as mini cauldrons and mini witches’ hats everywhere. At one point the witches have to catch the ‘Broom tube’. This is a refreshing story about strong girl characters with a sass and personality.