Friday, April 20, 2018

REVIEW: The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton - Erin

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 9:00 AM

The Price Guide to the OccultThe Price Guide to the Occult
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Candlewick
ISBN: 9780763691103
Net Galley ARC

The Blackburn women are cursed. Ever since the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight "original" settlers, Blackburn witches have been doomed to carry out a brief whirlwind affair with a descendant of the Original Eight. The vengeful curse, however, had unintended side effects: it diluted the Blackburns' supernatural powers. That's perfectly all right with seventeen-year-old Nor Blackburn. All she wants is a quiet, unremarkable life—her powers are blissfully unexceptional, her love life pretty much nonexistent. Nor hopes the curse has played itself out through enough generations that she'll finally be spared the drama. But when a mysterious book comes out promising to cast any spell for the right price, Nor senses a dark storm headed straight for Anathema—and straight for her. 

In her second novel, Leslye Walton spins a dark, mesmerizing tale of a girl stumbling along the path toward self-acceptance and first love, even as the Price Guide's malevolent author—Nor's own mother—looms and threatens to strangle any hope for happiness. (Goodreads)


Not what I was expecting. I picked this book to read because of it’s witch story line and I was not disappointed.  I loved that it took place on an island in the Pacific Northwest, which gave it a unique and beautiful background. The story line with the witches and a curse on them was interesting, but it wasn’t quite explained. There seemed to be some holes in that plot line. The characters themselves were fun and heroic, and the villains were a bit mysterious mixed with pure evil. The end of the book is where it really loses a star for me. I’m not sure if the author was trying to set it up for a sequel or what, but the end just leaves parts of the story hanging. They’re not quite cliffhangers…. It’s just unfinished. This book will interest Teens who are into the witch/supernatural genre or who are looking for a thriller. Expect them to ask you if there’s going to be a sequel though!

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