Hello Bookish lovelies! And welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Wicked Magic! This is the first book tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours! I’m sitting in the box of shame this Tuesday, because I wrote the date down wrong for this blog tour on my list of blog tours. I was supposed to post this yesterday but I wrote down 8/4 instead of 8/3. If you are interested in the other stops on the tour you can check them out here.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Title: A Wicked Magic
Author: Sasha Laurens
Release Date: July 28, 2020
Published By: Razorbill (Penguin)
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 368 pages
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, Book Depository, Chapters/Indigo, Waterstones
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The Craft when modern witches must save teens stolen by an ancient demon in this YA fantasy-thriller debut.
Dan and Liss are witches. The Black Book granted them that power. Harnessing that power feels good, especially when everything in their lives makes them feel powerless.
During a spell gone wrong, Liss’s boyfriend is snatched away by an evil entity and presumed dead. Dan and Liss’s friendship dies that night, too. How can they practice magic after the darkness that they conjured?
Months later, Liss discovers that her boyfriend is alive, trapped underground in the grips of an ancient force. She must save him, and she needs Dan and the power of The Black Book to do so. Dan is quickly sucked back into Liss’s orbit and pushes away her best friend, Alexa. But Alexa has some big secrets she’s hiding and her own unique magical disaster to deal with.
When another teenager disappears, the girls know it’s no coincidence. What greedy magic have they awakened? And what does it want with these teens it has stolen?
Set in the atmospheric wilds of California’s northern coast, Sasha Laurens’s thrilling debut novel is about the complications of friendship, how to take back power, and how to embrace the darkness that lives within us all.
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
Content Warnings: Self harm, Depression, OCD tendencies, neglect/abandonment of parent, talk of depression, death of a loved one, suicide, gore, abortion, inappropriate relationships with minors.
Thank you to the publishers and Edelweiss for a copy of this book!
The premise of this book sounded really good, but it fell kind of flat for me when I read it. Liss and Dan find this witchy black book that turns them into witches and their friendship dissolves after they cast a spell that made Liss’s boyfriend, Johnny, disappear. They find out however that he hasn’t disappeared after all, he’s being held prisoner by this ancient force or creature. However, they are forced to work together along with Dan’s new friend Alexa.
It took me a minute to get into the story and I never really connected to the characters. The story seems to run itself into circles with no development. The pacing of this book was very off and I did not like the writing style at all. A lot of it was repetitive. I definitely would’ve preferred more of a focus on the magic than the teen drama between the characters. The climax and the villain were to put it simply, not cool. I was expecting more from the end of the story and it was a letdown.
The book had a lot of potential but it just fell short of accomplishing what it set out to do. It felt like there were some things the author wanted to add to the story but just couldn’t commit to and the story just felt too long. The changing POV’s certainly didnt help this story, especially if there are POV’s that are stronger than the others. Is it okay? Yes. Is it anything to write home about? No.
SASHA LAURENS grew up in Northern California, where she learned to drive on Highway 1’s switchback turns and got accustomed to the best weather in the world. After studying creative writing and literature at Columbia University, she lived in New York for years and, at various times, in Russia. She currently resides in Michigan, where she is pursuing a PhD in political science.
You can find her at: Her Website, Goodreads, on Twitter, on Instagram
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