Choosing Melvin Burgess first new YA book for 5 years as her Children’s Book of the Week in The Times on Saturday, Alex O’Connell wrote:
Melvin Burgess, the Carnegie medal-winner and godfather of the British young adult genre, has returned with the first in a new witch series, which, as you would expect from the realist who wrote the 1996 drugs novel Junk, mixes fantasy with a very recognisable reality of what it is to be a teenager in the modern world.
Burgess builds this world with relish and Bea is a girl to root for. There’s a thrilling final scene in which Bea must use all her powers — and trust a friend — to get her family back. Burgess is a master storyteller and this series could fly and fly.