I’m so excited to be part of TBR and Beyond Tours‘s first Blog Tour! When I saw this was their first book, there was no way I couldn’t sign up! Check out the others on the tour (Tour Schedule) and don’t forget to click the link at the bottom to enter the giveaway (USA and Canada).
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.
About A Wicked Magic
Title: A Wicked Magic
Author: Sasha Laurens
Publishing Date:July 28, 2020
Page Length: 368
Age Range: YA
Synopisis: 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.
Trigger Warnings: Talk of depression, OCD tendencies (no diagnosis), Depression, Self-harm, death of a loved one, neglect/abandonment of parent
A Wicked Magic really did give off The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Craft vibes! Set in a northern coast small town really helped with the atmosphere of the book and added the overall witchy/occult vibe. The story was less about the magic though and felt more about the girls and their friendship. Don’t get me wrong, there were magical elements, but I felt the focus was more about the three girls navigating their own circumstances and friendship amongst the magic.
I enjoyed Sasha’s writing style. It had a lot of atmosphere within it, without feeling overly flowery or descriptive. It never felt drawn out or info-dumpy. I love that we got to follow all three girls – although I hadn’t expected Alexa’s perspective. Each girls reads differently too. Alexa feels edgier, more independent and older. Liss felt more selfish and self-centered. Dan always felt darker, more internal. But when they came together, despite differences in personalities, they all seemed to complement one another.
Speaking of characters, I felt they were a mixed bag of enjoyment. Alexa was by far my favourite of the bunch. I found her story line more interesting and I always wanted to go back to her. Dan was probably my next favourite. Dan, although was interesting, I found her darker moods and depressive state a little harder to read. Liss was by far my least favourite, although she had her moments. I just found her selfishness and self-involvement annoying. Everything was always about her and she was always the victim – despite it never being the case. I never felt sympathy towards her and I found myself wishing to be with another character during her parts.
The plot was interesting too. There seemed to be two separate plots in play, again one I found more interesting than the other. When they merged, as I figured they would, I was genuinely hooked – I needed to see the end and I needed it now! Honestly, for the first part of the book I was mostly interested in the one and I desperately wanted to read the story from a side character because I was starting to worry we wouldn’t get more from it. Honestly, I’d be happy to get a novella or something following Lorelei during her investigation.
Overall, I rather enjoyed A Wicked Magic. Would I have loved more magic? Yes, but I can always do with more magic. If you love The Craft, Charmed, or The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and love stories with female friendship then I highly recommend this book.
I decided to try out making a mood board for A Wicked Magic.
Prize: Finished Copy of A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens (US/Canada Only)
Start date: July 28th, 2020
End date: August 3rd, 2020a Rafflecopter giveaway https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js