Spells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Format: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
You can pre-order the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Spells-Sorcery-Lexie-Carrigan-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B01HYZ3MOE#nav-subnav
Currently, the pre-order price is 99 cents for the kindle and I’m pretty sure that the price will be going up once the book is published so secure that price and pre-order now!
You have magic.
One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I'm not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing.
Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb--she's magical.
Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he'll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her.
Spells and Sorcery is the first YA fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series, the Madion War Trilogy and Empath.
Ever since I saw the synopsis on S. Usher Evan’s website a while ago when I was reading and reviewing Razia for her, I just knew that I had to get my hands on this and read it. The beginning is sort of like Harry Potter (and if you saw my post for PotterheadJuly, you’d know my status on the HP books. If you haven’t read that post, you can find it here: PotterHeadJuly Post.) Waking up one morning and then discovering that you have magic.
To my surprise, this idea is actually really original (not that I thought that it wasn’t). I do like how it alludes to some things that happen in Harry Potter in that the original backstory is really similar to JK Rowling’s Harry Potter, which I totally get; and is actually a big reason what I really wanted to read this book.
There is a character, Gavon who give Lexie a book explaining everything that she may need tp know. But while he seems to have good intentions, in my gut, I don’t trust him. I think there’s something that he was going after and saw Lexie as a easy target, as she was absolutely confused about everything that happened since her 15th birthday. It’s a little suspicious for someone to be giving her all the information without wanting anything in return.
Then Lexie finds out that she has this entire clan of family that she never knew about but when she finally is granted permission to visit them, no one would tell her the truth about anything. There were definitely ups and downs of the book. It’s one heck of an adventure for sure.
Without giving too much away, I can only say that the ending is shocking. We find out more about Lexie’s background, a little more about her mother’s death, who she really is and why she was conceived. It really was an overload of information that actually took me a while to digest it all. And as always, I still have so many more questions that were left unanswered.
I really, really did like this book. It’s different from what I normally read and I liked that I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone.
Also can we take a moment and just admire the cover? I absolutely love the purple on that shade of blue, and the the brown from the girl’s hair absolutely stands out and is just so pretty.
As this is the first book in the Lexie series, I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book. And you know it, I will probably review the next book whenever it become available for me to review!
Overall, I give the book a 7/10 (4/5 stars). I really enjoyed the book and I know for sure that I will read the next on in the series when it comes out. I recommend the book to people who enjoy reading in the fantasy genre, and if you liked Harry Potter, you might want to give this book a try as well, although it may or may not dissapoint you (depending on how strong your feelings are about HP). Again, the book’s pre order price for Kindle is only $0.99 so it’s definitely a steal. Go over there and get it right now! The link to it is at the very beginning of this post.
What did you think about the review? WIll you go and pick it up? Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. I will be back tomorrow with the SBPT wrap-up post. I have so much to share about what I learned from the tour and such!
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