Check out these reviews of Adele’s second novel, Witch Ball:
Great, easy read (5 stars)
I just finished reading Elliott’s WITCH BALL and would like to recommend it without reservation for a thoroughly entertaining, easy read. I’m generally a slow reader but gobbled this one up in less than a day.
It’s definitely not heavy literature, and if that’s what you need, then go read one of the classics. But if you want to be entertained by believable characters from a small Southern city, read WITCH BALL.
This is Elliott’s second book in less than six months, and I think that she’s on a roll. In this story, Truly (Gertrude) Moore becomes involved in the life of a “tranny aunt” who is despised by a city full of Baptists who don’t tolerate those who are not like themselves. “Who’s yo mama and where do they go to church…?”
It’s a story about creating your own life, living to fulfill it, and seeing the dangers of what can happen when witch hunts are standard behavior. It’s about family dynamics and covering up harmful “secrets.” As Elliott states, “WITCH BALL asks us to be careful who we deify, and who we vilify.”
A good, quick read with important lessons.
Another great book by Adele Elliott! (5 stars)
I thoroughly enjoyed Adele Elliott’s second book and can’t wait for the next one! Once I started reading it, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I couldn’t put it down.
Review for Witch Ball (4 stars)
Narration: First Person through Truly
Character Development and Plot: In some ways, this story reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird. It has discrimination, a trial, and a young girl’s view of the events. However, it revolves around a different discrimination – transgender and transvestites. Truly is a fifteen year old girl on summer break in the South. She adores her aunt and seeks advice from her. At the beginning of the book, Truly has a crush on Eric, a college boy who works at the local library. Things turn upside down with a death of a local boy and then the murder of the track coach. Secrets come out not only in the community but also in Truly’s own family.
The book focuses on sexual orientation and discrimination within the South. Truly grows up during the summer. She must learn to stand up and go against the crowd. She forms her own opinions on what is considered right or wrong. She also learns about forgiveness. In today’s world where gay rights are on the news more often, this book focuses on how society is hard to change their views. It lightly brings in religion – specifically Baptists – as well as the law.
The book is written for young adults but adults might enjoy it, too.
Standalone or Part of a Series: Standalone
Great Summer Read! (4 stars)
by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed the story or Truly’s adolescent struggle of trying to understand situations and people as she grows older. Truly is going through the age where she question a lot of things, and learns that being naive is not always the best route. Overall, it lead up to the end of the summer and the trials for the murder and other incidences that occurred in their town. Truly had people in her life that showed her new ways of life and the danger of options in life. I thought the story was a good read and read it only in a couple days, because I wanted to know who was connected to the murder and other mysteries that unfold throughout the book. There were some surprising turns, which also kept the book entertaining. This may be originally intended for a younger audience, but I still enjoyed it in my mid/late 20’s.
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