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A Wicked Magic
by Sasha Laurens
Publishing date: July 28th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
A Wicked Magic was one of my most anticipated releases for 2020. The first half of the book didn’t do it for me, but the second half was so much better.
I had a hard time connecting to Dan or Liss. Alexa’s chapters were my favorite and I’m glad there were more as the story went. This was a pretty strange book, but I loved the focus on friendship. Liss and Dan found a Black Book in the free box and did a spell “A Spell for the Making of Naive Witches”. After that, they were able to ask the book for the type of spell they wanted and they would find it. Liss started dating Johnny, even though he and Dan kissed. When Liss brought him along for a spell, things went really bad. A woman showed up and took Johnny with her. Dan assumed he was dead, but Liss wouldn’t give up on him. Both girls pretty much stopped talking to each other. Liss went to a private school. Dan met Alexa and they became best friends. Both both girls felt guilty for what happened.
Alexa was living with her aunt, Lorelei. Lorelei was investigating what she believed to be a cult run by a man named Keith. When Lorelei makes it home, barely alive, Alexa learns that Lorelei is a Warden, a type of witch. Their powers are gifted from one witch to another. When a girl, Zephyr, goes missing, Dan and Liss wonder if it’s related to Johnny’s disappearance. Liss had “heard” from Johnny and he mentioned a name, Kasyan. Alexa knew that Kasyan was a demon who granted wishes. There are a lot of old stories about Kasyn, but it’s impossible to find anything online or in books. Because Alexa mentioned the name, Liss and eventually Dan, think that Alexa may be able to help them. Each of them is keeping secrets and they find out that magic is something dangerous, not something fun.
The first half of the book was maybe a 3 star read. The second half was a solid 4+. So I rated this 3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4 on Goodreads. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my review copy.
Warnings for depression, anxiety, cutting, parental abuse, cults, talk of an underage relationship.
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.
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