A Wicked Magic is a book about teens who venture into the witch world. From the synopsis and cover I knew this was a book for me. If you like books about magic, familiars, the dangers of magic you will like A Wicked Magic.
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.
Wicked Magic is a book with witchy vibes with not so much magic. I was hoping for a darker witchy story, but A Wicked Magic is not quite that. BUT you should still give A Wicked Magic a read! A Wicked Magic focuses on all of the messy aspects of friendship with a dabble of magic.
The story shifts perspectives between Liss, Dan, and Alexa. Each girl offers more to the story as it progresses. You will be eagerly awaiting Alexa’s chapters, I promise. I loved how Laurens presented the evolution of a teen friendship, it was refreshing all the way up to the end. Personally, I loved Alexa and disliked Liss. Each character is very different, yet relatable. Liss, Dan, and Alexa face their own problems which they all deal with. I liked the rawness of their reactions, but know A Wicked Magic touches on mental health, abuse, and self-harm. This added a depth to each character.
There as so many little things I liked about this book. Frist, the cover! Who doesn’t love that cover! The characters, the chase of the “bad guy,” and the consequences of magic. If you are looking for a spooky book to get you in the mood for halloween, this is for you. Or you love the witchy vide, check out A Wicked Magic.
As much as I enjoyed this book, I thought there was going to be a more developed magic system with more magic. Laurens gave just enough details to keep me interested, but I wanted more. My biggest complaint, was not the lack of magic, but the flashbacks/pacing and the “bad guy.” The girls witchy tribe made for an interesting adventure, but the threat didn’t seem that bad in the end. Overall the lack of magic, order of events, and slow start are why I gave A Wicked Magic 3.5 starts. You might read A Wicked Magic and love every aspect, which I hope you do!
There is potential for this story to continue and I hope is does. I enjoyed A Wicked Magic and hope dive back into the girls witchy tribe. I would recommend A Wicked Magic to anyone who enjoys the fall/halloween vibe.
About the Author
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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