TITLE: Price guide to the occult
AUTHOR: Lesley Walton
TRIGGER WARNING: multiple mentions of self-harm, actions of self-harm, cutting another person, vicious attacks
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: WalkerbooksAUS sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
The Blackburn women are cursed. Ever since the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight “original” settlers, Blackburn witches have been doomed to carry out a brief whirlwind affair with a descendant of the Original Eight. The vengeful curse, however, had unintended side effects: it diluted the Blackburns’ supernatural powers. That’s perfectly all right with seventeen-year-old Nor Blackburn. All she wants is a quiet, unremarkable life—her powers are blissfully unexceptional, her love life pretty much nonexistent. Nor hopes the curse has played itself out through enough generations that she’ll finally be spared the drama. But when a mysterious book comes out promising to cast any spell for the right price, Nor senses a dark storm headed straight for Anathema—and straight for her.
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 Guide’s malevolent author—Nor’s own mother—looms and threatens to strangle any hope for happiness.
The Price Guide to the Occult is a paranormal novel that focuses on the life of one Nor Blackburn, the descendant of a great witch. But just because she is a descendant, doesn’t mean she is a great witch herself, or does it?
This novel is in the best sense, your classic Paranormal YA that makes you feel like magic could be happening anywhere in your wold, but this one takes a turn for the worst. When Nor’s mother starts selling a book & making wishes come true, the world cries in happiness, but only the Blackburn woman know, that after Rona’s death, any form of magic outside of your natural talents, required a dark price, blood.
This novel was dark both in it’s subject matter & it’s constant theme of self-harm, while it is the story of a survivor of self-harm, of a girl who learns not to need the pain, it is still a very touchy subject for most and there are vivid mentions of it in this novel so I wouldn’t recommend it to people uncomfortable with the subject for their own safety.
Overall I found this novel pretty average in both writings, character development and plot. It was enjoyable the whole way through, and I’m glad it was such a short novel at 272 pages as I don’t believe I would’ve found it interesting had it been much longer. But it was a fun quick read, though I doubt I will remember much about it besides its gorgeous cover which has A LOT of meaning once you’ve actually read this book.
The ending of this novel definitely felt like it was leading up to a sequel which I’m personally not a fan of as I think with another 10 pages or so, this could have wrapped up the story and world quite nicely, however I might be interested enough to continue the next one if it is written.
I recommend this to fans of paranormal books, ones that deal with a little romance but not a lot, and people who like to see the dark side of things.
until next time,