Title: A wicked magic.
Author: Sasha Laurens.
Format: E-ARC (Thanks to NetGalley, all opinions are my own!)
Page count: 368.
Release day: July 28th 2020.
Genre: YA, fantasy.
Rating: 4 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
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.
Average: 8.00 (which means 4 stars!)
First of trigger warnings for: Self-harm, depression and anxiety.
I haven’t had much luck with reading ARCs lately.. So I have to admit I went into this book with low expectations. And then I ended up really enjoying this one!
We read this book from three POVs, and I enjoyed all three of them! If I have to choose a favourite, it would definitely have to be Alexa, I liked her view of the world and her background the most! Liss was slightly annoying at times, always assuming people would/have to do what she wants! Although she, and the other, definitely have some character growth throughout the book!
At the start of the book we read about how Dan and Liss become witches, and how this sparked a train of events. We read this in flashbacks, the current time is their Senior year and we kept going back to their Sophomore and Junior year! So we slowly learn how we get to the current events, and why they have to solve certain problems! This switching back and forth between times confused me a bit in the beginning, but after a while I understood the different timelines!
So something went wrong when Dan and Liss do a spell, causing Liss’s boyfriend to disappear and they stop talking. Dan becomes friends with Alexa, but then something happened and Dan and Liss are trying to get Liss’s boyfriend to return. And for this they can use Alexa’s help!
Every time I started reading this book I would be like ‘just 30 pages’ but I always ended up reading more! I was just enjoying the story so much and I needed to know what was going to happen! I just could not put the book down!
I just really enjoyed this book, and I really recommend this one!