Review by Hanna Lou
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As I’ve gotten older I’ve become way more passionate about reading, but also much more nitpicky with the books that I read. I’ve particularly become more critical of YA books because I see a lot of the same tropes over and over. But A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens makes me want to read YA way more. Before I get into the gritty details I want to note that A Wicked Magic doesn’t come out ’til July (I was privileged enough to get an ARC), but it’s well worth the wait.
A Wicked Magic is a realistic fantasy-thriller about two best friends, Liss and Dan, who stumble upon a suspicious magic book that turns them into witches. Things get out of hand during a spell gone wrong, when Liss’s boyfriend Johnny is taken by an evil creature and eventually ruled as dead. After Johnny’s kidnapping, Dan and Liss’ once close friendship is ripped to shreds. It’s only when Liss makes a new discovery that Dan is thrown into their relationship again, dragging her new best friend Alexa along with her. Each girl is wrapped up in their own secrets and they must work together to rescue Johnny– and themselves.
I picked up A Wicked Magic mostly because the cover was stunning, but once I started I was absolutely hooked. I just wanted to keep reading and reading and reading. The characters are so well developed. You’re rooting for all three girls, yet each girl had their faults. The focus on female friendship is wonderful and truly shaped the story into something much deeper than your classic YA thriller.
The focus on female friendship is wonderful and truly shaped the story into something much deeper than your classic YA thriller.
Furthermore, the plot and mystery of the entire book is awesome. I would read this book for hours and not even realize it until I took a break. It was that good. There are a couple of things that bothered me, however; I felt like the ending was a bit rushed and some plot points felt glossed over and a little bit like fluff. But that’s me just being really nitpicky, because this book was truly stunning and I will 100% read it again.
I recommend this book to basically anyone, but especially to people who like realistic fantasy, a bit of mystery, and thrill. I’m honestly not a big fan of thrillers but I enjoyed this book immensely so I really think anyone can enjoy it.