Monday, October 17, 2016
After Reading: SPELLS AND SORCERY by S. Usher Evans
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. (Goodreads)
Ms. Evans is easily one of my favorite Indie authors of late and I was eager to delve into a world she'd created that included magic. Because, well, magic :) And this novel does not disappoint. Lexie, while a little younger than I normally read about, is faced with an earth shattering, mind bending revelation...and then just left to deal with it on her own. I felt her frustration and couldn't believe that no one was stepping in to help her out. Gavon was a great character in his own right, and I am eager to learn more about him as the series continues. Lexie's family dynamics are unique and I enjoyed seeing her relationship with her sisters especially--it comes across as both very real, and very difficult to deal with. Lexie is the perfect nerdy girl who handles these situations as one might expect for a 15-year-old, but also with the grasp of someone who will grow into great power. Overall, a great story, fun characters, and an enjoyable read. Highly recommended!