Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Mark of the Wicked by Georgia Bowers. This tour is being hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.
Mark of the Wicked by Georgia Bowers
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: August 10, 2021
Content Warnings: minor body horror, threat of harm to animals and animal death. Some animal death is real and some is imagined.
A young witch tries to unravel the mystery of who is framing her for dark magic in Georgia Bowers’ creepy YA debut fantasy, Mark of the Wicked.
Magic always leaves its mark.
All her life, Matilda has been told one thing about her magic: You use only when necessary. But Matilda isn’t interested in being a good witch. She wants revenge and popularity, and to live her life free of consequences, free of the scars that dark magic leaves on her face as a reminder of her misdeeds.
When a spell goes awry and the new boy at school catches her in the act, Matilda thinks her secret might be out. But far from being afraid, Oliver already knows about her magic – and he wants to learn more. As Oliver and Matilda grow closer, bizarre things begin to happen: Animals show up with their throats slashed and odd markings carved into their bodies, a young girl dies mysteriously, and everyone blames Matilda. But she isn’t responsible — at least, not that she can remember. As her magic begins to spin out of control, Matilda must decide for herself what makes a good witch, and discover the truth…before anyone else turns up dead.
Matilda is pretty hard to like. Even a little. I was happy to see growth from her through the book though. Matilda is a witch and she’s not afraid of doing bad magic. She has names carved into her face of everyone she’s hurt, but she has a spell that can cover them up. Because of this, I think it makes it easier to hurt people with little thought ahead of time. She’s always used love spells for a relationship, but doesn’t have to with the new boy, Oliver. Not only does he like her, but he reveals quickly that he’s a witch, too. Just not from lineage like Matilda. He’s a learned witch. They are able to bond quickly over this. Animals start showing up dead with Matilda’s name carved into them. Then a person ends up dead. Matilda and Oliver start looking into things to see who would want to frame her and why. There are a lot of people Matilda has hurt over the years, so it could be anyone wanting revenge.
I was able to figure out the who and why quickly, but it didn’t take away from the book. I didn’t like Matilda at all. I adored Erin though. She was a bright spot for me in this book.
Huge warnings for animal torture and death. There is a lot of it and it was very hard for me to read. The book is a pretty quick paced read though.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my earc.
Other warnings for parental issues, dark magic, sort of bullying, and revenge. Also, blood and fire.
Georgia Bowers lives in Bedford, a small market town in England. When it was time to decide what to do with her life, she was obsessed with two things: books and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It seemed sensible to follow in the brogued footsteps of Rupert Giles, so she became a librarian, though sadly not the demon fighting kind. But there’s still time.
Ever since her mum told her that witches used to meet in the woods near their village, she’s been obsessed with witchcraft and the paranormal. When she was a teenager, a weekly habit of Point Horrors satisfied her thirst for chilling tales before she moved on to reading Stephen King. These days she likes to give her nerves a break every now and then with a good YA romance.
After completing a course in writing YA fiction she was a winner in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Undiscovered Voices. Since then she has dabbled with stories of chosen ones and ghostly best friends until she conjured up the magical ingredients for her debut novel, Mark Of The Wicked.
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