Goodreads: Witch Switch
Series: Witch Wars #2
Published: February 27, 2017 (USA), 2015 (UK)
Tiga Whicabim is settling in to the witchy, glitzy world of Ritzy City. Peggy is Top Witch, and Tiga is enjoying life at the Brews’ house with Fluffanora. But when Fran the Fabulous Fairy visits Linden House and finds Peggy has gone – leaving behind only a note to say she is ‘AWAY WITH THE FAIRIES’ and has left the evil Felicity Bat in charge – the girls realise something is very wrong. And then witches all across town start to disappear. Tiga and Fluffanora set out to investigate and discover an old, unsolved Sinkville mystery that might just be the key to it all.
I absolutely loved Witch Wars, so I was excited to continue following the adventures of Tiga, Peggy, and Fluffanora in Witch Switch. The series is a silly one, always upbeat and quirky even when the heroines are in a bit of danger, and it’s a great choice for those looking for a fun and lighthearted read.
I admit that Witch Switch did not impress me quite as much as Witch Wars. The story does not seem quite as cohesive as Book 1, and I think it’s missing a bit of the glamour of the reality TV premise that helped Witch Wars come alive. There’s also a lot of revisiting characters and places, rather than the novelty of seeing them for the first time. However, Tiga and her friends do delve a bit more into some of the seedier parts of town, which does add something new to the book.
Furthermore, the book is still immensely entertaining. It’s part mystery, part adventure, and always a bit on the cleverly ridiculous side, which is just what I love. The plot is not too obvious, which I find is sometimes a problem with middle grade mysteries, and while Pounder does give reasonable hints and leads, there’s also a nice element of surprise. It’s also cool to see a focus on friendship in all of this, particularly as the focus here switches from Peggy (she is missing, after all) to Fluffanora.
In my review of Witch Wars, I said that my only complaint about the book was that there were not enough cats. After all, apparently witches adore cats, but somehow they were not really present in Witch Wars. Witch Switch definitely picked up the slack on this matter and provided me with plenty of cats including, dare I say, wearable cats. I am all about the cat fashion that Witch Switch proposes.
This is a great installment in the series, and I am eagerly looking forward to getting my hands on Book 3. (And on Pounder’s new series, which will feature mermaids!)