Book Review: A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens

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Hello and welcome to my stop on the A Wicked Magic blog tour! My stop is a review stop – but be sure to check out the other excellent posts for the rest of the tour here: TBR & Beyond Tours. Without further adieu, my tour stop:

Summary:

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?

Book CoverMonths 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.

Review

I was recently approached by Sasha Laurens and TBR & Beyond Tours to read A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens. It’s been a really long time since I last had the opportunity to read a book about witches, and so naturally I was very excited and dove in pretty much right away.

One of my favorite parts about this book was how atmospheric the writing was – it took all of ten pages before I felt fully immersed in their small town in Northern California. That level of atmospheric writing worked really well for this kind of story: it helped the magic shine and put the focus on the characters. A Wicked Magic had witchy vibes in all the best ways – you should definitely read this book on a cozy, dreary day with a good tea.

My favorite character by far was Alexa – I thought she was a fantastic friend to Dan and really exemplified what I like in friendships in YA books. She had by far the best growth arc, and really elevated the rest of the characters. Even though she wasn’t necessarily one of the main characters, she still felt fully fleshed out and well developed.

As several other reviewers have found, I found the main villain to be a bit lackluster. Without treading too close to spoilers, I was expecting them to be a bit more intimidating. Altogether, I found the ending to be the weakest part of the book – after all the build up, the story really didn’t payoff the way I hoped it would.

If you have a witchy void in your life (RIP Charmed and The Secret Circle) – A Wicked Magic will definitely hit the spot for you. Be sure to check out the trigger warnings here before diving in. Overall, I’ll give this one a 4/5, and I’m looking forward to whatever Sasha Laurens writes next.

 

Get the book here:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48675479-a-wicked-magic
Amazon: https://amzn.to/3dchWC4
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-wicked-magic-sasha-laurens/1134672639?ean=9780593117255
Bookdepository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Wicked-Magic-Sasha-Laurens/9780593117255

About the author:

Photo of author Sasha LaurensSASHA 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.

Find Sasha here:

Website: https://www.sashalaurens.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19707476.Sasha_Laurens
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sasha_laurens
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sashalwrites/

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