Review: The Scapegracers (Scapegracers #1) by Hannah Abigail Clark (ARC)

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Title: The Scapegracers
Series: Scapegracers #1
Author: Hannah Abigail Clark
Publisher: Erwhon
Release Date:
September 15, 2020
Page Length: 400
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal (Witches)
Age Range: YA
Rating: 4⭐
Goodreads Synopsis: An outcast teenage lesbian witch finds her coven hidden amongst the popular girls in her school, and performs some seriously badass magic in the process.

Skulking near the bottom of West High’s social pyramid, Sideways Pike lurks under the bleachers doing magic tricks for Coke bottles. As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, she’s had a hard time making friends. But when the three most popular girls pay her $40 to cast a spell at their Halloween party, Sideways gets swept into a new clique. The unholy trinity are dangerous angels, sugar-coated rattlesnakes, and now–unbelievably–Sideways’ best friends.

Together, the four bond to form a ferocious and powerful coven. They plan parties, cast curses on dudebros, try to find Sideways a girlfriend, and elude the fundamentalist witch hunters hellbent on stealing their magic. But for Sideways, the hardest part is the whole ‘having friends’ thing. Who knew that balancing human interaction with supernatural peril could be so complicated?

Rich with the urgency of feral youth, The Scapegracers explores growing up and complex female friendship with all the rage of a teenage girl. It subverts the trope of competitive mean girls and instead portrays a mercilessly supportive clique of diverse and vivid characters. It is an atmospheric, voice-driven novel of the occult, and the first of a three-book series. 

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Thanks to Edelweiss and Erwhon for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

First off, let us drool over this cover – I have been since the moment it showed up on Edelweiss. And the cover of the sequel!? YES! More of the same gorgeousness!

Clarke’s writing style too a little getting use to, but once I did I fell in love it it. They did a great job at writing funny, sarcastic, dry humour (so my kind of humour). The characters were interestingly written and they were easy to tell apart. At no point did I get the main characters confused – I did find it difficult to keep the different boys straight, but I believe that was the point.

Clarke wrote an amazing close circle of friends. I especially loved Sideways, but I loved each of the girls for their own reasons! I loved each of the represent something – the badass, the sweet (more innocent) one, and the caregiver. Clarke wrote these characters so well that I want to be part of this amazingly close friendship group! Just Sidesways, Yates, Brink, Jing, and Heather – we can make a star instead of representing the 4 corners! I want to protect these girls and have them there to protect me – oh and I want witch powers!

That was another thing I loved about Clarke’s writing, they were able to make the powers diverse and have us questioning what other powers could exist in this world, while still having feel realistic. I think this is largely due to the fact that the world and atmosphere felt like it had inspiration from The Craft meets Clueless. It also reminded me of Bunny by Mona Awad (but less weird).

What made me not give this book perfect – and it had the potential to be a 5 star – was the easy to predict twists. I figured out the twist as soon as a character was introduced. Although satisfying to figure it out, it seemed to be too easy.

The LGBTQIA+ rep in this book is amazing! We have lesbian, bi and queer characters in this book and I’m loving it!

I really enjoyed Clarke’s first book and I can’t wait to devour the rest of the series. If you liked Clueless and wished it was witchy, or The Craft then I highly recommend this one! If you enjoyed Bunny for the close knit friendship group but wanted it to be a little less weird, then you’ll love this one.

I regret not picking this up sooner, when I had first gotten the eARC, but I’m so glad I finally did. Did you read this? What did you think? What about the cover?! Would you buy this for the cover alone (trust me the story is worth it, but the cover (。♥‿♥。)

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