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About the Book
Author: Gabriella Lepore
Publication Date: December 21, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Maggie Ellmes is dogged by a case of chronic bad luck. She figures that’s just her lot in life—that is, until the psychic at Blackheath’s annual carnival reveals that Maggie’s problems are caused by more than just ordinary misfortune; she’s actually been cursed.
Desperate to shake the hex, Maggie has no choice but to seek out the help of Joel Tomlins, a rebellious classmate who’s descended from Blackheath’s most powerful line of witches. After breaking all of his coven’s conventions to help her, Joel discovers that the curse isn’t as bad as Maggie fears. In fact, it’s much, much worse.
About the Author
Gabriella Lepore lives on the coast of Wales in the United Kingdom. She began writing at an early
age and grew up with a passion for all things supernatural—especially witches! She currently has six Young Adult books in print: Evanescent, The Blackheath Witches, How I Found You, Secrets In Phoenix, and The Witches of the Glass Castle books 1 & 2.
My Review of Blackheath
Blackheath is a novel about powerful magic but more so just a story of two former friends who rediscover their friendship along the way. I feel like this story is more about relationships and how relationships they affect the lives they touch or influence. The relationship between Joel and Maggie is defiantly the focal point, but readers also get a sense of the how their relationships especially with parents have influenced their lives up until the point of the beginning of the story.
I like Joel even though his dislike for his brother’s new title or either of his parents, he still tries to do what is right and help raise his younger siblings. This caretaker role seems to fit him even if he does not realize it. Maggie on the other hand is an outgoing girl, who tries to fill the void of family with her closest friends, but still feels empty. While there is a faint hint of romance, I like the rekindling of friendship between the two characters is a valuable part of the story. I really hope to see more of their story in the future.
I really feel like Blackheath just skimmed the surface of the magic in the world, and I want to see more magic. I also want to see what Joel is capable of; because I have a feeling, he is more powerful than even he knows. Maggie also seems to have an important part in Joel’s story, and maybe readers will see just how much if there is another installment in this series.
I love the magic and mystery surrounding Blackheath, and there is a lot more to explore if the author choose to continue the story. I will have my fingers crossed hoping that happens.
**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book, in exchange for an honest review**