Title: Spells and Sorcery
Author: S. Usher Evans
(Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: October 4th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
MY RANTS AND RAVES OF SPELLS AND SORCERY
Spells and Sorcery is a modern-day witch story that follows the life of Lexie, a teenager who is thrown into an unknown world of magic and witchcraft. I loved that Lexie is not only focused on self-discovery in this book, but she is also adventurous. Unbeknownst to her, she is tossed into a world where she has to discover her own witch powers, deal with school problems, while also trying to uncover the secrets hidden from her by her family.
Because there is SO much miscommunication and lack of communication between the characters, Lexie is positioned into a world of chaos. Often times, when Lexie is frustrated with the idea that no one is explaining her powers to her or how to use them, I was also becoming irritated with the mysteries surrounding her family, her past, and her current witch powers. This book requires patience, and at the end, you are crying out for more backstory, more chapters, and more of Lexie’s sassiness.
In regards to the author’s take on witchcraft, I really enjoyed the background story that connects Lexie’s powers and her family to Salem, Massachusetts. The Salem Witch Trials have always fascinated me, and I love that Evans brings in a new and refreshing backstory to her own book of witches. In Evans’ next book, I am really looking forward to learning more about Lexie’s Salem ancestors and how their magical secrets affect Lexie as a 21st-century witch.
If you love coming-to-age stories with angsty teenagers, mystical witches, and mystery with a dash of sisterly and strong familial bonds, Spells and Sorcery is the book for you. As each chapter unravels, the magic in Lexie’s world becomes more and more intriguing.
S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.
Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.