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 like a bit of paranormal reading in my literary diet. It adds a bit of flavour. And this book was a lovely hint of spice.
I enjoyed the world that the author created and the misdirections she sends the readers’ way. The main characters are eminently likeable and their interactions are reminiscent of every awkward conversation between teenagers you can think of – in short, wonderfully observed.
This is a quick read, with a suggestion of romance and hint of threat and tension, which I found worked well with the narrative. If it had been a darker, more overwhelming situation, I think that the story would have lost some of its readability. I look forward to the next in the series.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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.