Espresso tour ARC review: Spells & Sorcery

Posted October 21, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 3 Comments

Espresso tour ARC review: Spells & Sorcery

Espresso tour ARC review: Spells & SorcerySpells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans
Series: Lexie Carrigan Chronicles #1
Published by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing on October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 386
Format: Paperback
Source: Free for Review
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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.

I read a few reviews (when will I learn?!?) and I talked to a few people. It made me a little concerned. I really wanted to like this book. Now that I’ve read it, I see their concerns. I really do. There are a few issues. This book is a really slow starter. I see that some people have chosen to not finish it and I totally get it. The first 50 pages or so are full of set up and back story but not much happens. However, the end totally makes up for it. Stick with it to the end! It’s worth it.

At first, Lexie’s relationships with her Aunt and her sister’s were difficult for me to understand. I think it’s because it is very rocky. I’ve always had a great relationship with my parents and my sister. However, it would be totally different if I had to move in with an aunt. You can bet it would have been contentious. That realization completely flipped the way I saw Lexie’s interactions with her family.

This book was so much more than I expected.

For a long time I wasn’t sure where it was going. I could tell that something was building but I honestly had no idea what. This book had a solid ending that made me anxious for the next book.


About the Author

Whitney Evans Sush

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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3 responses to “Espresso tour ARC review: Spells & Sorcery

  1. This book sounds fun, and I’m glad it had a great ending for you, but I’m not a fan of books where I have to power through the beginning to get to the good stuff. It is rare when I like a book like that, and it probably depends on my mood. However, this book still sounds fun to me, and I might give it a go.

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