Spells and Sorcery
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.
What a refreshing ya paranormal to not have the distraction of romance always tugging you away from the story. Don’t get me wrong, pnr is one of my favorite subgenres, however, I do like to have something more to the story as well. Spells and Sorcery also had a delightful mc, one who was smart but didn’t know she was gifted with other abilities until she turns 15. What a wake up call! She doesn’t handle things very well, and even as she’s learning more, things get out of hand once in a while. Which is a lot like regular puberty-after all hormones are completely unpredictable, just like budding magic.
I enjoyed the progression of the few relationships in the story, and even though the big secrets were completely predictable from the get-go, I did find myself surprised by a couple items none the less.
As with most first in series books, there are many huge questions left unanswered, though there was a certain feeling of concluding one part of the story while setting up the next. So, while this was definitely ended with a cliffhanger, I didn’t feel jipped. I’m definitely going to continue this series- I loved the historical side of it and the action and the fact that Lexie is coming into her own by the end of it, ready to take on the next task. This was a completely clean book so I’d be comfortable recommending it for ages 13 and older, especially if they like certain wizards and assassins 🙂
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.
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