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A charming new middle-grade fantasy adventure, about a young witch whose pinch of magic just might be more than enough, perfect for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service and Aru Shah and the End of Time. Sometimes all you need is a pinch of magic... Eva Evergreen is determined to earn the rank of Novice Witch before she turns thirteen years old. If she doesn't, she'll lose her mag A charming new middle-grade fantasy adventure, about a young witch whose pinch of magic just might be more than enough, perfect for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service and Aru Shah and the End of Time. Sometimes all you need is a pinch of magic... Eva Evergreen is determined to earn the rank of Novice Witch before she turns thirteen years old. If she doesn't, she'll lose her magic forever. For most young witches and wizards, it's a simple enough test: ONE: Help your town, do good all around. TWO: Live there for one moon, don't leave too soon. THREE: Fly home by broomstick, the easiest of tricks. The only problem? Eva only has a pinch of magic. She summons heads of cabbage instead of flowers and gets a sunburn instead of calling down rain. And to add insult to injury, whenever she overuses her magic, she falls asleep. When she lands on the tranquil coastal town of Auteri, the residents expect a powerful witch, not a semi-magical girl. So Eva comes up with a plan: set up a magical repair shop to aid Auteri and prove she's worthy. She may have more blood than magic, but her "semi-magical fixes" repair the lives of the townspeople in ways they never could have imagined. Only, Eva's bit of magic may not be enough when the biggest magical storm in history threatens the town she's grown to love. Eva must conjure up all of the magic, bravery, and cleverness she can muster or Auteri and her dreams of becoming a witch will wash away with the storm.


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A charming new middle-grade fantasy adventure, about a young witch whose pinch of magic just might be more than enough, perfect for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service and Aru Shah and the End of Time. Sometimes all you need is a pinch of magic... Eva Evergreen is determined to earn the rank of Novice Witch before she turns thirteen years old. If she doesn't, she'll lose her mag A charming new middle-grade fantasy adventure, about a young witch whose pinch of magic just might be more than enough, perfect for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service and Aru Shah and the End of Time. Sometimes all you need is a pinch of magic... Eva Evergreen is determined to earn the rank of Novice Witch before she turns thirteen years old. If she doesn't, she'll lose her magic forever. For most young witches and wizards, it's a simple enough test: ONE: Help your town, do good all around. TWO: Live there for one moon, don't leave too soon. THREE: Fly home by broomstick, the easiest of tricks. The only problem? Eva only has a pinch of magic. She summons heads of cabbage instead of flowers and gets a sunburn instead of calling down rain. And to add insult to injury, whenever she overuses her magic, she falls asleep. When she lands on the tranquil coastal town of Auteri, the residents expect a powerful witch, not a semi-magical girl. So Eva comes up with a plan: set up a magical repair shop to aid Auteri and prove she's worthy. She may have more blood than magic, but her "semi-magical fixes" repair the lives of the townspeople in ways they never could have imagined. Only, Eva's bit of magic may not be enough when the biggest magical storm in history threatens the town she's grown to love. Eva must conjure up all of the magic, bravery, and cleverness she can muster or Auteri and her dreams of becoming a witch will wash away with the storm.

30 review for Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Finished copy provided by the author (thank you so much)! ownvoices japanese influences + kiki's delivery service inspirations + the power of friendship and having people who will unconditionally love and support you = perfection! Blog | Instagram | Youtube | Ko-fi | Spotify | Twitch Buddy read with Maëlys! ❤ Finished copy provided by the author (thank you so much)! ownvoices japanese influences + kiki's delivery service inspirations + the power of friendship and having people who will unconditionally love and support you = perfection! <3 Blog | Instagram | Youtube | Ko-fi | Spotify | Twitch Buddy read with Maëlys! ❤

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Monica

    Eva Evergreen, daughter of a highly respected magical witch mother and a human father with no trace of powers, is beginning her mission to earn her Notice Witch status. Her parents couldn’t be prouder of their daughter and want to support her every step of the way, but unfortunately this is something Eva needs to do on her own. Not only that but she needs to start believing in her magic, even though she only has a tiny bit of it, and in herself. This mission is going to be challenging and Eva wil Eva Evergreen, daughter of a highly respected magical witch mother and a human father with no trace of powers, is beginning her mission to earn her Notice Witch status. Her parents couldn’t be prouder of their daughter and want to support her every step of the way, but unfortunately this is something Eva needs to do on her own. Not only that but she needs to start believing in her magic, even though she only has a tiny bit of it, and in herself. This mission is going to be challenging and Eva will face many obstacles along the way. Some she will see coming, others will creep upon her at the worst moments. When she arrives in the town where she is supposed to do good, she makes enemies. Luckily, she also makes friends who are willing to help her and stand up with her. Slowly but surely, Eva gains confidence in both her magical and non-magical abilities. It’s a darling story. Eva is a darling girl. Even the little images inside at the beginning of each chapter are quite charming. The writing is soft and engaging. The author made Eva’s new town seem so realistic and enchanting that I really believed I was in another world at times. If there’s one negative comment for me to make is that there could have been less description to allow for a more effective delivery of the action scenes. Eva’s thoughts seemed very adult for her age. But I did so enjoy getting to know her and follow her adventures. I’m impatiently waiting for the second book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fadwa (Word Wonders)

    this! was! so! cute! This book was an absolute ray of sunshine. It took me a little while to get through because of life but everytime I sat down to read it was a delight. It showcases the power of friendship, how much willpower and support can do and that we all have self-doubt that we sometimes need help to overcome.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maëlys

    ☆ 4 / 5 ☆ This book is a pure boost of serotonin.This whole story was such a happy experience and everything was so wholesome and sweet, but never faltered from approaching deeper emotional depth with nuance. Eva Evergreen is the daughter of a very powerful and renowned witch but she herself “only” holds a pinch of magic. Spells don’t come to her as easily as they do to other witches and wizards, they sometimes go awry, and using her magic makes her fall asleep. However, she is determined to go o ☆ 4 / 5 ☆ This book is a pure boost of serotonin.This whole story was such a happy experience and everything was so wholesome and sweet, but never faltered from approaching deeper emotional depth with nuance. Eva Evergreen is the daughter of a very powerful and renowned witch but she herself “only” holds a pinch of magic. Spells don’t come to her as easily as they do to other witches and wizards, they sometimes go awry, and using her magic makes her fall asleep. However, she is determined to go on her Novice Quest to prove herself and help out a town in need. Eva ends up in Auteri and she wonders how much she can help the townspeople before The Culling, an ominous magical storm, reaches them. She is however determined and sets up a semi-magical repair shop and while her techniques might not be 100% magical, doing things her own way might just be what will save them. Eva is such an easy character to root for! She is determined and passionate, and she just wants to do good. She wants to make life better for the people around her while still being realistically portrayed as a 13 year old with some mood swings and pouty moments. Ultimately she believes in herself and what she’s striving for and she won’t back down no matter how kind and accommodating she can still be to others. This story goes in a lot of depth when it comes to discussing the weight of expectations. Eva has to wrestle with her own expectations as well as the expectations of others. She looks up to her mother (who is by the way very encouraging, nurturing, and really believes in her daughter’s potential and power) a lot and wishes she could be that powerful. There is also the world’s expectations of what it means to be a witch and Eva does not quite fit in with those preconceived notions. Throughout the book she feels the gaze and judgment of many people but she slowly finds her own way, understanding how to put her magic to the best use possible, how her unique way of doing things works and is not to be dismissed. Despite the obstacles and naysayers in her way, Eva also finds true and strong friendships along the way. What I liked about all of them is that they were each a little different and the dynamics were distinctive between all these different characters. It made for a heartwarming and wholesome read where all these interactions made me feel a lot of emotions and happiness. I just love good friendships and this was spot on. The one character that truly stole the show though was Amber, Eva’s new flamefox. Amber is loyal, mischievous and a bit of a troublemaker which makes him into a perfect, very personable and lovable, sidekick. Amber’s and Eva’s bond also felt truly special and there wasn’t a moment where I doubted they loved each other fiercely and his presence brought me a lot of joy. The book does not shy away from darker topics as The Culling approaches and the townspeople start to worry about what could happen to them. There are also mentions of grief and absent parental figures and how they affect the children concerned. At the end of the day it was just heartwarming to see the power of everyone coming together, of believing in yourself and your abilities, and of relying on your friends and the people who support you. I’m honestly very excited for the next book to come out as the ending hints at broader issues in this world and I also just want to spend forever following Eva’s and Amber’s adventures with magic! Youtube ☆ Twitter Buddy read with Melanie ♡

  5. 4 out of 5

    CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨

    Wow, what a spectacular debut! Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch is a wholesome witchy middle-grade and I adored it! - Follows Evalithimus "Eva" Evergreen, a young witch who only has a pinch of magic. To earn her rank as a 'Novice Witch', Eva must travel to a distant town, help its townpeople, and 'do good'. - The world of this book is wonderfully realised and has a hint of Japanese influence. Readers will delight in how imaginative, charming, and visual the storytelling is. - Eva Evergreen is su Wow, what a spectacular debut! Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch is a wholesome witchy middle-grade and I adored it! - Follows Evalithimus "Eva" Evergreen, a young witch who only has a pinch of magic. To earn her rank as a 'Novice Witch', Eva must travel to a distant town, help its townpeople, and 'do good'. - The world of this book is wonderfully realised and has a hint of Japanese influence. Readers will delight in how imaginative, charming, and visual the storytelling is. - Eva Evergreen is such a wonderful character and I loved her. She faces many adversaries, doubts herself, and has many vulnerable moments, but I loved how the story embraces the validity of these doubts while also being incredibly empowering and heart-warming. - Though this story is incredibly wholesome, I was also excited by the ever-present threat of 'The Culling', a powerful and magical storm that threatens Eva's world every year, and how this tied into the overarching story, Eva's development, and the book's sequel. - I went into this book expecting this book to be heavily influenced by Kiki's Delivery Service - and I was wrong! Though superficial elements of both stories have similarities, the heart of both stories are very different. While Kiki is a coming-of-age about a girl who grapples with change and growing up, Eva Evergreen is more about fighting people's expectations of you and doing your best anyway and celebrates the friendships that empower us. Trigger/content warning: (view spoiler)[grief of losing a parent (hide spoiler)]

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Harry Potter meets Kiki's Delivery Service in this magical debut novel for young readers. I imagine the folks who grew up on a diet of Harry Potter probably have young readers tearing around their home now. This is one of the books you should be buying for them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    CeliaMcMahonReads CeliaMcMahonReads

    For such a long time I wished that someone would write a book sorta like Kiki's Delivery Service; a book similar to the magic I felt watching it for the first time, but not so close as to be a carbon copy. THIS IS THE BOOK, EVERYONE!!! Eva is semi-magical which causes a ton of problems. She's almost not even let in the Novice Witch trial and to top it off, she ends up in a town she may not even know is hers. Because you see, to complete her quest to become a Novice, she ust stay in a town for one For such a long time I wished that someone would write a book sorta like Kiki's Delivery Service; a book similar to the magic I felt watching it for the first time, but not so close as to be a carbon copy. THIS IS THE BOOK, EVERYONE!!! Eva is semi-magical which causes a ton of problems. She's almost not even let in the Novice Witch trial and to top it off, she ends up in a town she may not even know is hers. Because you see, to complete her quest to become a Novice, she ust stay in a town for one full moon and prove that she can do good there. When Eva lands in Auteri, she discovers more than just a pretty coastal town. She finds heartbreak and loss that even her repair affinity magic cannot fix. Along with her newfound friends, she preps the town for a storm that could cause major damage is left to its own devices. Will her small magic be enough to stop it? Reading this book put me right into a Ghibli film. If you follow my review you know that when I say that, I am probably going to give the book a high rating because of GHIBLI. The world that Julia Abe created took her child in me and brought her back to a time in her life where everything was magical and fun and amazing. I won't compare this to Kiki anymore than I have to because it does Eva Evergreen a disservice. This book has set its self apart and in all the right ways. The writing was easy to follow and super descriptive enough for us to fall into Eva's magical world. The side characters who help her along the way hold their own. I'd rec this book to anyone looking for a Ghibli inspired middle-grade or anyone looking for a witch book with heart. The only thing I did not like was the ending and that probably brought it down a star. But shoot, you know I'll pick up the second book in a heartbeat.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Enne (they/he)

    4 stars Books like Eva Evergreen remind me why I love reading middle grade so much. In this book, we follow Eva Evergreen, who is about to go on her Novice Witch quest, but unlike most other witches, she only has a pinch of magic, so she has to come up with clever solutions in order to pass her evaluations. Reading this book brought me so much joy. It’s really focused on the magic of family and friendship and finding smart semi-magical solutions for problems and I loved every second of it. I love 4 stars Books like Eva Evergreen remind me why I love reading middle grade so much. In this book, we follow Eva Evergreen, who is about to go on her Novice Witch quest, but unlike most other witches, she only has a pinch of magic, so she has to come up with clever solutions in order to pass her evaluations. Reading this book brought me so much joy. It’s really focused on the magic of family and friendship and finding smart semi-magical solutions for problems and I loved every second of it. I loved Eva and how determined and witty she is. I loved her character development. Honestly, Eva feels like a quintessential middle grade protagonist and I love that for her and also for me because I would die for her. I also really loved the side characters in the story and the friendships Eva forms with them are absolutely precious. I loved the magical small town atmosphere that’s really present throughout the story and how everyone in Auteri knows each other and takes care of each other. I love reading books about small towns and this one definitely filled that void for me. In general, I really loved the world that was developed throughout the course of the story. Not only is the magic system fascinating, but I also really loved the world developed outside of the magic. The atmosphere is developed so well throughout the story and it really transports you into Eva’s world. The plot felt really low-stakes for me, which I don’t think was the intention, but my anxious self really appreciated it because this was definitely a great story to lose myself in and try to distract myself from my anxiety. That said, I thought the pacing was really well done and there wasn’t really any point in the story where I was bored because there was always something happening or a problem that Eva needed to solve. It all made for a very fun read! I would also very much like a sequel because that cliffhanger of an ending left me anxious to know what happened next. I honestly can’t recommend this one enough, especially if you’re looking for a whimsical, magical middle grade with the most precious of friendship groups.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This was a very cute witchy adventure story!! Felt fairly original whilst also being comfortably nostalgic of other witchy fantasy stories. Ember the fire fox was so freaking cute!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lata

    This was delightful! Though this hits some of the same beats as Kiki's Delivery Service, this story is different. Eva has only a little bit of magic in her, unlike her Grandmaster witch mother, Nelalithimus Evergreen. The story opens with Eva getting ready to start her trial, which, if she passes, will allow her to call herself a Novice Witch. Hayato Grottel, Head of the Council, sees her pinch of magic as insignificant. Every witch in the land is necessary to deal with the Culling, an event that This was delightful! Though this hits some of the same beats as Kiki's Delivery Service, this story is different. Eva has only a little bit of magic in her, unlike her Grandmaster witch mother, Nelalithimus Evergreen. The story opens with Eva getting ready to start her trial, which, if she passes, will allow her to call herself a Novice Witch. Hayato Grottel, Head of the Council, sees her pinch of magic as insignificant. Every witch in the land is necessary to deal with the Culling, an event that isn't explained yet, but that seems dire. Grottel almost has her disqualified; however, Eva manages to convince him that she does have sufficient magic and can go through the trial. After he reluctantly agrees, Eva must, as part of the trial, travel to a town that lacks a witch, and spend a month there helping people by using her magic. Eva ends up accidentally in Auteri. which has no witch. She gets a bit of a rough welcome from the town mayor, and some others. She has a lot to prove, and over the month, does many little spells, all in keeping with her dominant skill for repairing objects. She makes a few good friends, and when the Culling occurs, she does everything in her magical and non-magical powers to protect Auteri. The value of persistence, friendship and kindness were prominent in this story. I particularly liked how Eva had to find her own way to do magic, and how her solutions to problems were unconventional and consequently innovative, being a hybrid of magic and non-magic elements. I can see how her approach could be very powerful (as demonstrated during the Culling) but also how her relying and collaborating with others strengthened her ability to handle problems, something her council would not expect from a typical witch. And something I suspect will be necessary for dealing with the nefarious happenings that close this story and I'm sure Eva will have to find a way to deal with in book two, which cannot arrive soon enough!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lemonbun

    I got the book because I saw really great reviews from people I follow. However I just didn't really like it. I did like the images created of the sceneries. I also appreciate what the author wanted to do and what emotions they wanted to invoke. Unfortunately it just felt quite forced and the writing in general came across as amateur. I noticed it early on in the book and figured I would just ignore it and have fun with the story, but I felt like I was breaking immersion all the time. I think this I got the book because I saw really great reviews from people I follow. However I just didn't really like it. I did like the images created of the sceneries. I also appreciate what the author wanted to do and what emotions they wanted to invoke. Unfortunately it just felt quite forced and the writing in general came across as amateur. I noticed it early on in the book and figured I would just ignore it and have fun with the story, but I felt like I was breaking immersion all the time. I think this works well as a children's book as the writing is simple and the reader is led along. It is also nice and lighthearted, with good messages for younger readers.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anandi Puritipati

    4.5 stars! THIS WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL, WARM READ!! Perfect for the fans of middlegrade fiction in general, and Kiki's delivery service in specific, Eva Evergreen simple stole my little, beating heart and I love her and her semi-magical world so much! This book is just a seretonin inducing story about a spunky little semi-magical witch and her quest to becoming someone more formidable! It's filled with the most loveable characters and has the cutest imagery ever! More than anything else, it is a c 4.5 stars! THIS WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL, WARM READ!! Perfect for the fans of middlegrade fiction in general, and Kiki's delivery service in specific, Eva Evergreen simple stole my little, beating heart and I love her and her semi-magical world so much! This book is just a seretonin inducing story about a spunky little semi-magical witch and her quest to becoming someone more formidable! It's filled with the most loveable characters and has the cutest imagery ever! More than anything else, it is a compelling story about friendship and love and belonging and a little witch learning to believe in her pinch of magic!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nicole M. Hewitt

    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction An utterly adorable fantasy adventure about finding and playing to your strengths. This reminded me a lot of The Worst Witch (a series that my daughter really enjoys) because Eva’s magic often goes a bit awry. Except this book is set in a fantasy world with hints of Japanese culture (rather than having witches who live in the regular world like in TWW). Eva only has a pinch of magic, but she’s bound and determined to f This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction An utterly adorable fantasy adventure about finding and playing to your strengths. This reminded me a lot of The Worst Witch (a series that my daughter really enjoys) because Eva’s magic often goes a bit awry. Except this book is set in a fantasy world with hints of Japanese culture (rather than having witches who live in the regular world like in TWW). Eva only has a pinch of magic, but she’s bound and determined to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a top-notch witch. One aspect of the book that I really loved is that it’s not about Eva suddenly discovering that she’s way more powerful than she originally thought, but instead Eva learns to lean on and trust in the strengths she’s had all along. While she’s at it, she makes some wonderfully unexpected friendships and finds a furry flame fox to love!! There were some interesting twists and turns when it came to The Culling, the magical weather disaster that has been plaguing their world, and I’m eager to see where the series will lead next! **Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review purposes. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Thank you to the author, Julie Abe, for this finished copy of Eva Evergreen. All thoughts are my own. This is such an adorable middle grade debut novel from Julie Abe. It has own voices elements and takes some inspiration from the wonderful, Kiki’s Delivery Service. I was in a reading slump (might still be, we’ll see) and this one was just so enjoyable. Eva Evergreen is ready to become a novice witch. This is the first step to joining the ranks of the best witches and wizards. She must venture to Thank you to the author, Julie Abe, for this finished copy of Eva Evergreen. All thoughts are my own. This is such an adorable middle grade debut novel from Julie Abe. It has own voices elements and takes some inspiration from the wonderful, Kiki’s Delivery Service. I was in a reading slump (might still be, we’ll see) and this one was just so enjoyable. Eva Evergreen is ready to become a novice witch. This is the first step to joining the ranks of the best witches and wizards. She must venture to a town in need and help them the best she can, gaining the approval of the head of the town and townspeople. One problem... Eva is only semi-magical. She summons heads of cabbage instead of flowers and can barely fly. What she is good at, is innovation and repairs. When she arrives at the town of Auteri, she is determined to do good. She sets up a magical repair shop in the hopes of helping the people of the town. The longer she stays, the more she falls in love with Auteri and her new friends. With a large magical storm predicted in the next couple of months, Eva is determined to figure out her magic and do what she can to protect the town from the storm. Eva is such a relatable character. I think many feel as though they may not compare to those around them, but really, they have many strengths and beautiful traits. She proves that you don’t need all the magic in the world to do good, “all you need is a pinch of magic”. I also really loved her, because she is innovative. The way she solves problems is brilliant and I love the creativity she puts into her spells. The story is also fun. I was drawn in by the comparison to Kiki’s Delivery Service, which Julie actually did say I probably would love it because of that similarity. But what I came to find, was that although there are elements, Eva Evergreen is its own story. It has magic, friendship, growth, and mystery. Definitely would recommend picking up this novel.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This gave me strong Kiki’s Delivery Service vibes when I saw a Instagram post featuring this book and, because of that, it played a big role in being added to my tbr. While I still am waiting for my hold of Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono, I saw this audiobook was available to checkout and went for it. The audiobook was well done and the story overall was cute with a pinch of charm to it. (Or should I say “with a pinch of magic?” ;) Alright, alright, back to the review.) I enjoyed this sto This gave me strong Kiki’s Delivery Service vibes when I saw a Instagram post featuring this book and, because of that, it played a big role in being added to my tbr. While I still am waiting for my hold of Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono, I saw this audiobook was available to checkout and went for it. The audiobook was well done and the story overall was cute with a pinch of charm to it. (Or should I say “with a pinch of magic?” ;) Alright, alright, back to the review.) I enjoyed this story for the most part. There were a few moments which felt a little out of place to happen during certain scenes, but that’s just my opinion. So really, for me, it’s more like a 3.5 out of 5 stars rating.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tatyana

    Eva Evergreen is on a journey to prove herself. She is known for being a subpar witch. Her magic manifested late, her spells tend to make messes out of situations, and she falls asleep after casting a spell. But she’s off on a quest to become a Novice Witch to a town that doesn’t know her reputation and desperately needs a witch to protect them from the Culling. Eva has to do good for the town or lose her magic forever. Julie Abe does a beautiful job of setting the scene. The town of Auteri is fu Eva Evergreen is on a journey to prove herself. She is known for being a subpar witch. Her magic manifested late, her spells tend to make messes out of situations, and she falls asleep after casting a spell. But she’s off on a quest to become a Novice Witch to a town that doesn’t know her reputation and desperately needs a witch to protect them from the Culling. Eva has to do good for the town or lose her magic forever. Julie Abe does a beautiful job of setting the scene. The town of Auteri is fully developed. As the book progresses, the reader can almost map out the setting without having ever seen it. The relationships Abe creates are complicated and earned. The friendship between Eva and Charlotte in particular seems like it could happen to any girl. Though the stakes are high for Eva, this book flows smoothly and calmly. There are lots of misadventures, but it is never overwhelming for the reader. Eva herself is easy to root for and the reader will from almost the first page. Realizing that Eva is growing and becoming better is rewarding. I read this as an ebook and I haven’t seen the final product, but the length of it may intimidate some kids from trying. I’d recommend this to grades 4 and up and especially to kids that have an interest in fantasy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brooks Benjamin

    This book was so phenomenal! I can’t wait for the next book. I need more Eva and Ember in my life. 😄

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathie

    Thank you to the author and publisher for sending an ARC of this book to #bookportage. Eva was late to get her magical gift, and when it showed up, she got just a touch of magic. Many around her don't believe she's worthy of being called a witch, but she's determined to fight to keep what magic she does have, and gain her status as a Novice witch. When she arrives in the coastal town of Auteri, the townspeople are disappointed that she's not an experienced witch that's come to help them prepare f Thank you to the author and publisher for sending an ARC of this book to #bookportage. Eva was late to get her magical gift, and when it showed up, she got just a touch of magic. Many around her don't believe she's worthy of being called a witch, but she's determined to fight to keep what magic she does have, and gain her status as a Novice witch. When she arrives in the coastal town of Auteri, the townspeople are disappointed that she's not an experienced witch that's come to help them prepare for The Culling, an enormous magical storm that's scheduled to arrive in approximately 6 months. But Eva believes there must be something she can do to be useful to the town, and so she sets up a shop for semi-magical fixes. As Eva begins to understand her magic and how its unique to her, and makes friends with people in the town, she begins to hope that maybe a pinch of magic will be enough...or maybe it won't. The author created such a fascinating world, and I really liked the creative ways that magic were used. Eva was an endearing character, and I loved watching her build relationships with the people of Auteri (I was particularly fond of Eva's companion, Ember). As her confidence grew and her magic started to do what she intended it to, I was inspired by her tenacity to learn by trial and error. I would eagerly read another book about Eva's next stage in her journey to become a Grand Master like her mother, which is a sign that a book has really appealed to me. This book comes out in August 2020, but I recommend you add it to your TBR list now.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ali (readbyali)

    This story is such a fun middle grade fantasy adventure! As the blurb mentions, I think it is a good fit for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service. Eva is a young witch with little magic. Her mother is a powerful witch, and magic seems to be dying out within this world, so she needs to work even harder to test her limited magical abilities. She must prove herself by going on her Novice Witch quest, or risk having her magic taken away forever. Eva is determined to help her new town and new friends that This story is such a fun middle grade fantasy adventure! As the blurb mentions, I think it is a good fit for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service. Eva is a young witch with little magic. Her mother is a powerful witch, and magic seems to be dying out within this world, so she needs to work even harder to test her limited magical abilities. She must prove herself by going on her Novice Witch quest, or risk having her magic taken away forever. Eva is determined to help her new town and new friends that she meets along her quest. At first, this seems like a simple story but it grows into much more. There are so many characters and side stories that get introduced along the way, and it made me as the reader so much more invested in where the story was going. The characters are all unique, and form such interesting bonds with Eva. She helps the townspeople with simple problems such as fixing a sprinkler system, to more complex issues as fixing relationships. And she adopts an adorable firefox friend named Ember. The plot expands throughout the story, as well. There is a magical storm called the Culling that ravages different parts of the land each year, adding more complexities and hurdles for the characters to overcome. After the cliffhanger of this book I will be eagerly awaiting the sequel!

  20. 4 out of 5

    delph ✨

    Full review on my blog: here EVA EVERGREEN is the story of this girl, EVA, who only has a pinch of magic. She departs from her town, to carry out a quest and become a novice witch. But even if Eva has the best intentions, she discovers that she’s not welcomed in the town she’s supposed to help and on top of that, the Culling (a magical storm) is coming and she has to do something about it. Julie Abe wrote an enchanting and whimsical story. She has such a way with words it made me wish I could jump Full review on my blog: here EVA EVERGREEN is the story of this girl, EVA, who only has a pinch of magic. She departs from her town, to carry out a quest and become a novice witch. But even if Eva has the best intentions, she discovers that she’s not welcomed in the town she’s supposed to help and on top of that, the Culling (a magical storm) is coming and she has to do something about it. Julie Abe wrote an enchanting and whimsical story. She has such a way with words it made me wish I could jump in the book and go on a novice quest myself. Reading this book and how Julie wrote it made you feel like you were living what Eva was going through. The author imagined such a wonderful world you almost wish it was real (or at least the food, I wish the food was real). EVA EVERGREEN is pitched as the perfect book for fans of Kiki’s Delivery Service and if I didn’t watch this movie (yet), I can tell you that the book has this subtle fantasy anime vibe that will made you love it if your into animes. Diversity tag: all asian cast (japanese-coded), japanese author, #ownvoices, disabled side character (in a wheel-chair).

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe, 382 pages. Little Brown, AUGUST 2020. $17 Content: G BUYING ADVISORY: EL – ESSENTIAL, MS - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Eva Evergreen has just one month to prove that she is worthy of becoming a Novice Witch. Her powers are small and using them exhausts her. The town she arrives at, Auteri, doesn’t seem to want her – the Mayor’s reception is much more than cool. And her apprentice challenge seems to be unsurpassable – prepare the town to weather Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe, 382 pages. Little Brown, AUGUST 2020. $17 Content: G BUYING ADVISORY: EL – ESSENTIAL, MS - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Eva Evergreen has just one month to prove that she is worthy of becoming a Novice Witch. Her powers are small and using them exhausts her. The town she arrives at, Auteri, doesn’t seem to want her – the Mayor’s reception is much more than cool. And her apprentice challenge seems to be unsurpassable – prepare the town to weather The Culling – a mysterious force that has been sending deathly weather aimed to destroy towns all over Rivelle Realm. With only a few kind souls to support her, Eva will need every ounce of her magic and every encouraging word to prepare herself and her new town. I think this is a perfect book for a nighttime read aloud with children. Eva’s challenges are not as action-packed or dangerous as some of the more popular fantasy books, but her story is steady and interesting and kept me coming back to finish the story. And, as there is set –up for a second book, I am very much looking forward to continue. Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2020...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bridgette

    I am biased as I was an early reader for this book, but my opinion stands: go read this charming, character driving MG fantasy, perfect for fans of Morrigan Crow. Eva Evergreen wants nothing more than to go on her Novice Witch quest and become an official Novice Witch. The daughter of a Grand Master witch, this shouldn't be a problem for her, but there is a catch: whenever Eva uses too much magic she falls asleep. With only a pinch of magic, Eva is unsure if she'll really be able to do good in th I am biased as I was an early reader for this book, but my opinion stands: go read this charming, character driving MG fantasy, perfect for fans of Morrigan Crow. Eva Evergreen wants nothing more than to go on her Novice Witch quest and become an official Novice Witch. The daughter of a Grand Master witch, this shouldn't be a problem for her, but there is a catch: whenever Eva uses too much magic she falls asleep. With only a pinch of magic, Eva is unsure if she'll really be able to do good in the town she's sent to complete her quest, but she knows she has to try, no matter how inadequate she feels. This is a character driven middle grade fantasy, perfect for ages 8 and up. It would work well as a read aloud for families and for anyone doing a book club for these ages. The world building is lush and deep, full of delights and the best food descriptions of any kids fantasy around. Seriously, someone get me some cloudberry popcorn. Eva is plucky and determined yet also unsure of herself, as we all are at times. There in lies the true magic and heart of the book: no matter how little magic we have, no matter how poorly we feel about ourselves sometimes, we can still do good in the world. That little voice saying we're not good enough, that Eva isn't good enough, isn't the truth. Eva overcomes this and helps her down in the most semi-magical and wonderful way. With a bit of a cliffhanger, this series opener is perfect for fantasy lovers and even those who think they might like fantasy. This would be a great fantasy starter for a kid who hasn't tried fantasy before. I can't wait for read more of Eva's adventures.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cori // ghostlightbooks

    Eva Evergreen is the daughter of one of the most powerful witches in the Realm and, as a late-blooming witch, that's a lot to live up to. All Eva wants is to use her bit of magic to uphold the council's number one rule: Do Good. But that might be easier said than done when Eva takes on her Novice quest while also trying to figure out how to save her new home, Auteri, from the yearly Culling, a powerful storm system no one seems to be able to scry the location of, all while chasing around a rambu Eva Evergreen is the daughter of one of the most powerful witches in the Realm and, as a late-blooming witch, that's a lot to live up to. All Eva wants is to use her bit of magic to uphold the council's number one rule: Do Good. But that might be easier said than done when Eva takes on her Novice quest while also trying to figure out how to save her new home, Auteri, from the yearly Culling, a powerful storm system no one seems to be able to scry the location of, all while chasing around a rambunctious and hungry flamefox. Eva flies through Auteri helping all she can, but will her pinch of magic be enough? I absolutely adored this book! It had me from the first page in the bookshop with Eva. She has so much heart and is such a clever main character. I was honestly pulling for her from the moment we met her family. There is so much good in this book but I especially wanted to mention that the characters were written so genuinely, it was hard not to fall in love with even the most prickly. They were all fully fleshed out people with growth throughout the story and you really rooted for them all to succeed. Another piece of the story that was wonderful is the setting. Auteri is beautiful and I want to go there so bad! The descriptions of the town, the bay, and the sea were extremely well done and I often felt like I was alongside Eva walking down the cliff. Finally, I'd like to mention I would eat any and all food mentioned in this book. P.S. There better be a sequel to this because I have QUESTIONS and I need MORE. P.P.S I read this from the library on ebook but I am totally buying it to hold in my hands!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    4.75 stars This is the first book in the Eva Evergreen series by Julie Abe. Wow, how fun was this middle grade book. Loving this new series featuring a witch with only a pinch of magic. This reminds me a lot of Harry Potter. Oh, not in the storyline or anything but the type of person Harry is at his core. Eva is like that too. She has been looked down upon for her whole life. No one ever had her back. And now while on her novel quest, which she had to fight to receive, she learns to trust herself 4.75 stars This is the first book in the Eva Evergreen series by Julie Abe. Wow, how fun was this middle grade book. Loving this new series featuring a witch with only a pinch of magic. This reminds me a lot of Harry Potter. Oh, not in the storyline or anything but the type of person Harry is at his core. Eva is like that too. She has been looked down upon for her whole life. No one ever had her back. And now while on her novel quest, which she had to fight to receive, she learns to trust herself and what she can really do in the world. This will be a great inspiration for young people. This will give them hope and courage. I can’t recommend this one enough. Looking forward to book two! If you like middle grade books, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe Summary Eva Evergreen is ready to set out on her novice quest. There is only one problem, her magic is exhausting. Eva has trouble performing any kind of magic without immediately falling into a deep slumber. Luckily her determination outweighs her exhaustion. Eva fights for her right to go on a novice quest even the whole council seems to be against her. Eva inadvertently winds up in the town of Auteri where she immediately feels like she isn’t wanted Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe Summary Eva Evergreen is ready to set out on her novice quest. There is only one problem, her magic is exhausting. Eva has trouble performing any kind of magic without immediately falling into a deep slumber. Luckily her determination outweighs her exhaustion. Eva fights for her right to go on a novice quest even the whole council seems to be against her. Eva inadvertently winds up in the town of Auteri where she immediately feels like she isn’t wanted. Although Eva does feel the weight of this on her shoulders, she continues to try and find a way to save the town from a large storm referred to as The Culling. Along the way Eva finds herself befriending orphans, pirates, and flamefoxes. Thoughts This was a bit of a slow starter for me, but I think this was more of a personal issue for me (I might have been reading five books at a time). It really picked up for me when Eva reached Auteri (This was probably when I told myself, Miranda, you should probably only read one book at time so you don’t get confused when you write your review). I basically played the whole book out as an anime movie in my head while I was reading. This was helpful because I was able to fill in details about setting that were necessarily fleshed out. As I continued to read I really became attached to the people of Auteri. They all led such different lives, but Eva finds a way to connect with all of them. The book does end with a tasteful cliffhanger that provides closure while leaving readers ready for book two.

  26. 5 out of 5

    hallie bertling

    this was cute and would probably be a great read-aloud at bedtime/storytime! eva is on her novice witch quest... but kinda falls asleep after every spell. and if she doesn't help the town in a month (if she even got off the boat in the right harbor), the council shall take ALL her magic from her. touches on topics of friendship, loss, having a famous mom, and getting better at what you were born to do. plus, you know, magic and innovation, and a seaside town full of eccentric characters and shops this was cute and would probably be a great read-aloud at bedtime/storytime! eva is on her novice witch quest... but kinda falls asleep after every spell. and if she doesn't help the town in a month (if she even got off the boat in the right harbor), the council shall take ALL her magic from her. touches on topics of friendship, loss, having a famous mom, and getting better at what you were born to do. plus, you know, magic and innovation, and a seaside town full of eccentric characters and shops! it was charming (buh-dum-dum!) and atmospheric without being heavy-handed with wordy lush prose. definitely for fans of miyazaki or studio ghibli, and yes please, where can we get a well-behaved firefox? :D

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    4.5 stars. When I first saw the beautiful cover for this book, I gasped in delight, and I was just as enchanted with the story! Twelve year old Eva Evergreen is the daughter of a renowned Grand Master witch, but Eva herself only has a little bit of magic know-how under her belt when she sets off on her quest to earn the rank of a Novice Witch. At first the residents of Auteri, her new seaside home, are skeptical of her and her abilities. Will she be able to hone her powers and prosper in a new t 4.5 stars. When I first saw the beautiful cover for this book, I gasped in delight, and I was just as enchanted with the story! Twelve year old Eva Evergreen is the daughter of a renowned Grand Master witch, but Eva herself only has a little bit of magic know-how under her belt when she sets off on her quest to earn the rank of a Novice Witch. At first the residents of Auteri, her new seaside home, are skeptical of her and her abilities. Will she be able to hone her powers and prosper in a new town? This is the first book in an adventurous and inspiring new series! Fans of Kiki's Delivery Service will be charmed. I'm eager for more!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Quarantine Brain means this one took me a lot longer than it should have, but oh my goodness it was exactly the heartwarming middle grade witch story I needed. Definitely got some of the Ghibli vibes the cover promised, but also a warm-fuzzies exploration of friendship, self-confidence, and finding your own way to succeed. I loved it. BUT BE WARNED there is a heck of a sequel hook! More please!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aentee

    3.5 stars, a spirited take on a witches’ journey that is as filled with excitement as it is with friendship and love. I love the influences from Julie Abe’s Japanese background, and the nods to Studio Ghibli movies. But the book is more than its influences, and Eva’s adventure is all her own. The ending left me on the edge of my seat and I can’t wait for the sequel!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ariel (Ariel Enchanted)

    This was very cute and charming. I really liked the second half of the book when more things began happening. It was at times a little slow-paced for me and I wish we had more meaningful interactions with some of the characters but it tied well together in the end. I look forward to the sequel. Solid debut middle grade. Ember reminds me of my own cat lol

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