Author: Kate St. Clair
Publication Date: April 1st 2014
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
My Rating: 3 Umbrellas
Misfortune seems to follow the Sayers family. Georgia has tried to reestablish normality since her mother died, and she’s no closer to escaping her strange past when a mysterious fire destroys the only other high school in her tiny Texas town. Georgia is thrown into the company of Luke, a cryptic senior who brings her face to face with the truth about her heritage. Her loving, perfect mother created her family for the singular purpose of birthing five of the most powerful witches in the world, capable of terrifying magic. Now that she knows the truth, can Georgia keep her siblings safe? Who is behind the dark cult that’s after her family? And does Luke know more about her powers than even Georgia does?
This book started out with me having questions from the very first page. And to get the answers that I sought, I had to keep reading. Normally, that would be a great thing for me; a story that keeps you wanting more should have the reader engrossed, but this was not the case. Although it answered questions, I couldn’t get passed the way the story developed and the character that should have been the most vocal.
Georgia is great as far as teenage girls go. I love her perseverance at trying to keep her family safe. Although her obliviousness to what is really going on irked me a little, I still can get why the author developed her character that way. I really think that her brother, Wyatt, could have easily been a better main character than her. He seemed to hit the nail on the head when it came to the truth about his family’s secret. That being said, I think that I would have liked for this to be his story. Luke is a bit strange at first, but his character develops well. His interaction with Georgia adds some giddiness to the story, which I liked.
I’ve never read a book about witchcraft that was so well thought out. I can tell that the author researched the subject of witchcraft and gave it a nice flow throughout this book. I really wish that it had been longer. With this being a novella style book, it is packed with a lot of the story’s premise that gives a glimpse of what to expect with the upcoming books in this series. I plan to continue with this series to see how these characters adapt and to get more out of this world that the author has created. I would recommend for lovers of YA paranormal books and the like.
Kate was born in a tiny town outside of Austin, TX. At fourteen, she was accepted to a creative writing program at Oxford University in England. She attended boarding schools in Texas and California. When not writing, she’s contending with her activity ADD, which entails horseback riding, aerial silks, and playing with her menagerie or rescued animals.