Spell Fire, The Teen Wytche Saga #3 By Ariella Moon
New school. New friends. New reputation. High school sophomore Ainslie Avalon-Bennett works hard to hide her Crazy Girl past. But as long as her best friend’s disappearance remains unsolved, she can’t shake the depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder that once landed her in a mental ward. Ainslie’s tenuous control over her life shatters when her warring parents ditch her at Christmas. While they take a cruise to “work things out,” Ainslie must spend the holiday in Palm Springs with her aunt and uncle, owners of a struggling Mystery School and occult store. Plunged into the world of fire fortunes, dragons, entity eaters, and an ailing spell book, Ainslie is well beyond her comfort zone. Then she meets a boy who spikes her pulse and calms her OCD. But will she lose him once he discovers her past? Or will his deadly secret, hidden in plain view, be their undoing?
Thanks to two years of Junior Cotillion, I flashed the woman my most welcoming smile. "Hello. I'm Ainslie." I made eye contact for a few seconds, oozing graciousness as my gaze slid to include her husband. Then, with feigned detachment, I checked out Jett.
Long dark bangs angled across his forehead, obscuring his right eye. A stray lock slashed in front of his left eye. Our gazes collided. Faint attraction buzzed my insides. Jett gave me the once‑over, not pausing until he reached my black stilettos with the peep toes exposing my Drop Dead Red pedicure. His lips hardened. He glared at me with disdain.
Suddenly, he didn't look so cute anymore.
"Jett, this is Ainslie," Uncle Esmun prompted.
"Hey," Jett said. Not a pleasant, friendly, welcoming hey but a grudging, I'm‑only‑acknowledging‑you‑
Burned. The blatant diss kicked the mental locker where I stashed my hurt. I wavered, off kilter. Sucker‑punched. The tears I had held back since my parents' big announcement threatened to bubble to the surface like a toxic spring.
Inside my head, I heard Jazmin's voice say, "The guy's a jerk. Don't let him get to you."
I realized I had blinked several times in rapid succession and forced myself to stop. I cleared my throat. "Hey." I kept my voice low, almost neutral, but with a faint, bring‑it‑on edge I hoped would make Gong Li and Maggie Q proud.
Ariella Moon writes about magic, friendship, secrets, and love in her Young Adult novels, Spell Check, Spell Struck, and Spell Fire, Books 1, 2, & 3 in The Teen Wytche Saga. Ariella spent her childhood searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety, and taller students who mistook her for a leaning post, marred Ariella’s teen years. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. An author and shaman, she now lives a nearly normal life with her extraordinary daughter, shamelessly spoiled dog, and an enormous dragon.