Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore
Publication date: December 21st 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Maggie Ellmes is dogged by a case of chronic bad luck. She figures that’s just her lot in life—that is, until the psychic at Blackheath’s annual carnival reveals that Maggie’s problems are caused by more than just ordinary misfortune; she’s actually been cursed.
Desperate to shake the hex, Maggie has no choice but to seek out the help of Joel Tomlins, a rebellious classmate who’s descended from Blackheath’s most powerful line of witches. After breaking all of his coven’s conventions to help her, Joel discovers that the curse isn’t as bad as Maggie fears. In fact, it’s much, much worse.
I really didn’t think it possible for me to read this book and not fall in love. I was right. There’s magic, mischief and the overwhelming strength of love, not to mention the overwhelming choices Maggie must face with her powers and so much more. I’m no newbie when it comes to ya paranormal so I was pleased this one seemed to really nail the “girl coming into her own against all odds” trope. Whenever you can take a story that seems so familiar, and make it feel completely new and exciting, you’ve got me hooked! I am really excited that this isn’t a standalone, although there is a big cliffhanger so it will be an anxious wait. With beautiful prose and a strong female lead, this story will appeal to many young and old!
Gabriella Lepore lives on the coast of Wales in the United Kingdom. She began writing at an early age and grew up with a passion for all things supernatural—especially witches! She currently has six Young Adult books in print: Evanescent, The Blackheath Witches, How I Found You, Secrets In Phoenix, and The Witches of the Glass Castle books 1 & 2.