From the author of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender comes a haunting maelstrom of magic and murder in the lush, moody Pacific Northwest.When Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island more than a century ago, her otherworldly skills might have benefited friendlier neighbors. Guilt and fear instead led the islands original eight settlers to burn the witch out of her home. So Rona cursed them. Fast-forward one hundredsome years: All Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life. She has reason to hope: First, her supernatural powers, if they can be called that, are unexceptional. Second, her love life is nonexistent, which means she might escape the other perverse side effect of the matriarchs backfiring curse, too. But then a mysterious book comes out, promising to cast any spell for the right price. Nor senses a storm coming and is pretty sure shell be smack in the eye of it. In her second novel, Leslye Walton spins a dark, mesmerizing tale of a girl stumbling along the path toward self-acceptance and first love, even as the Price Guides malevolent author Nors own mother looms and threatens to strangle any hope for happiness....
|Title||:||The Price Guide to the Occult|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
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The Price Guide to the Occult Reviews
3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm.
Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile.
Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book itself is beautiful-- all red and green with a design etched into the cover.
A false and deceptive look to pull you in and become trapped in its spell.
But haha, nice try book, nice try.
Its spell is pretty fucking weak, ...more
This was just so beautiful and wonderful and enchanting and love the fact that there’s helplines for self-harm in the back // 4,5 stars
On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour.
A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with its gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and rich atmosphere that made everything so damn emotional even when nothing much was happening. I have long awaited another book by the author but - and I feel so sad abo ...more
Leslye Waltons’s The Price Guide to the Occult is a captivating fantasy that pits its heroine against her own mother in a novel full of magic and pain. Nor is part of a long line of Blackburn women whose magical abilities have both beguiled folk on Anathema Island and caused them to regard these women with suspicion. Nor would like nothing more than to have everyone forget the notoriety of her family name even as the magic that courses through her veins grows harder and harder to ignore. When th ...more
2-1/2 stars, rounded down
Trigger Warning: Self-harm
Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book
This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of witches, the eighth generation in a line of daughters born on Anathema Island in the Pacific Northwest. Touches of the family "Burdens" -- each daughter's magical gift -- circle enticingly through the story and the writing, c ...more
It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which sets a nice basis for the story to build on. The cover of this book is beautiful and while reading the book the cover in all its black and yellow glory seems to have the same feel the book does
In this book we follow ...more