The Price Guide To The Occult by Leslye Walton
The Price of The Occult
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 island’s original eight settlers to burn “the witch” out of her home. So Rona cursed them. Fast-forward one hundred–some 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 matriarch’s 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 she’ll 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 Guide’s malevolent author — Nor’s own mother — looms and threatens to strangle any hope for happiness.
It took me longer than usual to finish this book. First, I love the look of the book. The cover is gorgeous in black and yellow and the pages are colored in red. Such a stunning presentation.
From the first few pages I was intrigued and captivated. Leslye is a fine storyteller. The history of the "witches" of Anathema Island sets the story up nicely so we can follow the ancestors of the original Rona Blackburn.
The Blackburn witches have been cursed to live their lives with only 3 days of love. Enough to keep the bloodlines going. Nor, our current Blackburn's mom tried to kill her when she was young. There is no love lost there and they haven't had contact for years but now dear old mom has written a book called The Price Guide To The Occult and her followers are eating it up. The spells work and she is being hailed for it. What can Nor do? Who is paying the price for these spell? What can Nor do to stop this and right her mother?
OK...let's start with this. I loved the first half of this book. It took long to finish because somewhere in the book I got confused with so many characters and none of them were fleshly enough. Honestly, I really wanted to love it but it wasn't there for me. There was so much going on and felt very much like two very different books. With that being said, I think Leslye definitely has the skills. She definitely had my attention in the beginning and I found myself reading out loud because I really wanted to hear the words. It all just didn't come together and the end felt very rushed.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.