Conjure (The Hoodoo Apprentice, #1)
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Conjure (The Hoodoo Apprentice #1)

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Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry--hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lur...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (first published October 8th 2012)
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Andrea M.
This e-arc was provided by Elana Johnson, (Entangled Publishing) thank you!
One word: Fabulous.
I love a good Hoodoo magic book, and Conjure by Lea Nolan did not disappoint. Nolan did an outstanding job capturing the mysterious and sometimes gross elements of Hoodoo, which made the book so much more enjoyable. Nolan created a fantastic world filled with danger and adventure that at some points left me saying out loud, “I don’t know anymore.” Needless to say, I enjoyed reading Conjure.
Emma, the...more
I read an pre-pub version of Lea's fabulous creative Hoodoo story and am so excited it'll be in print soon. Can't wait to dive into its magic again!
Rachel Harris
This book is an adventure! LOVE it <3 Full review to come soon!!
Shy The WidowMaker
First off I want to say this book had me from the first page and didn't let go until the end. I loved everything about this book especially the Gullah history part of it. I wanted to read this book after I learned it was about the Gullah world being a Lowcountry native I love books that tell out awesome history and the author didn't disappoint me at all. I loved the world building that she created with all the descriptions and the amazing back story she gave us about the town the story was set i...more
Hoodoo, South Carolina Low Country, a cute love story, pirates of a sort, a curse, what is there not to love about this book?

I was drawn in by the setting. I spent my first visit to Charleston last weekend but didn't get to do much traveling around because it was a Boy Scout visit to the USS Yorktown. That was a wonderful trip, but I must admit I was intrigued by the low country because my parents visited Charleston the year before and brought us back some spices from the market from the Gullah...more
CONJURE was a unique story about a girl whose brother is struck by an ancient curse and their journey to cure him. The story started a tad bit slow but picked up and stayed on a nice course a few chapters in. The characters were easy to like (or dislike in some cases). You tend to forget the Main character and her brother are only 14 at some times when they are thrust into situations that a normal 14 year old wouldn't be able to handle, then you turn around and feel that they are extremely immat...more
CONJURE was a nice book that took me on an interesting journey into the world of hoodoo. This story is full of magic, a cute romance that will make you smile, and a race against time to save loved ones. Nolan’s debut novel is a quick read fully of fantastical elements.

The characterization in this book, for the most part, is incredibly strong. My one problem with this novel is that the characters seem to completely disregard their intuition, specifically Emma. Her gut would be telling her the pro...more
Amber at Fall Into Books
Conjure is a unique read that you won't want to miss. I'll admit the characters are a bit young for my tastes, but the leading character was not annoying. I still enjoyed this book immensely. The characters were well-developed and progressed along with the story, the plot was intriguing, and the pacing was perfect. This book will suck you in.

Emma was a terrific leading character. The book was told from first person POV, and I never got tired of hearing from Emma. She wa brave and selfless and e...more
A Canadian Girl
Although Conjure by Lea Nolan is a YA book, it can easily be read by older MG readers because its tone felt a bit younger, particularly since the main character, Emma, was only fourteen and repeatedly thought about how dreamy her crush was. While I liked Emma, I found her twin brother Jack to be whiny and kind of selfish. To me, the most interesting and unique thing about Conjure was the incorporation of hoodoo. I’m not going to lie: before I read the book, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you...more
Stacey O'Neale
This review was written by Amber Hansford, staff reviewer with the Fantasy Book Addict.

There are always books that will grab you from that initial read of the blurb, and Conjure by Lea Nolan was one of them. I’m a Southern gal who happens to love YA and Fantasy, so this seemed like the perfect book to review for my debut on this site, and I wasn’t disappointed to find that while there were a couple of things that left me with some mixed feelings at the end, this was a highly enjoyable read.

You c...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Valerie
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

For anyone familiar with South Carolina’s Lowcountry, this paranormal book will be a treat. While I wasn’t familiar with the setting of the story, nor the hoodoo magic, there was plenty of background information provided and rich details to the point that I felt that I was there.

Out of the three main characters, Emma was the most interesting heroine who had a lot thrown at her right from the...more
Melissa Landers
Disclaimer: the author and I are blogging buddies at Honestly YA, but don't let that stop you from believing me when I say this is a great book! I love the coastal history, the hoodoo connection, and the nonstop action. Also, I want Cooper Beaumont to be my boyfriend. If only he weren't fictional...and I weren't old enough to be his mom.
Julianna Helms
Along with the cover reveal, I'm holding a giveaway of ARCs for Conjure here on my blog!
Aug 19, 2012 Carmen marked it as to-read
I'm sorry. But the word hoodoo just made me laugh so hard.
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 10/17/12:

I was originally drawn to this book because of its roots in the South Carolina lowcountry and Gullah traditions. I have long been fascinated by both topics. I am so glad that I decided to give this book a try! It was a magical adventure with a dash of southern flavor. It's also one of those books that I would feel comfortable recommending to my middle school students.

Emma Guthrie is a fourteen year old girl who spend...more
Jessica (Step Into Fiction)
Review originally posted at Step Into Fiction

I will start out with the one thing that bothered me the most. The ages of these characters. Every YA book I've read, the characters have been anywhere from 16 - 18 so coming across the main characters who are 14 & 15 are a little off putting. I understand, with the story, why they're so young but I don't know. I would have liked to seen these characters a bit older than what they are. But alas, it is what it is. I just find myself having a hard t...more
Casse NaRome
Before Conjure came out I was lucky enough to be a part of the cover reveal. The cover was gorgeous but more on that later.

Now is the time when a lot of YA mistake/misrepresent strong heroines for/as hard-headed and stubborn I was leery of reading a novel from a new author. It is always a bit like Russian roulette. I loved Emmaline (LINE not keen or Lynn). She was such a realistic character. Young but already a glimmer of the person she will grow into. That person will make mistakes but is more...more
Emmaline and her twin brother Jack are spending the summer at their father's with best friend Cooper when the teens discover a message in a bottle. He ancient message speaks of pirates, plunder, a horrible curse, and treasure. With some encouragement from beautiful stranger Maggie the kids go in search of the treasure on Cooper's family estate, originally a plantation, High Point Bluff. When faced with the reality of the bottle's message the kids must seek help from a local woman versed in hoodo...more
Josie Malone
Mar 20, 2013 Josie Malone rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens, New Adult, Paranormal readers
Recommended to Josie by: on YA loop
This debut novel by Lea Nolan is a fun read for people who enjoy paranormal teen books. Terrific characters, a well-described setting keep readers entertained as the fast-paced story continues. Emma may question
herself quite a bit as she begins to learn the “hoo-doo” craft and practices white magick with her teacher, but it doesn’t distract from the dangers that her twin brother faces – no spoiler here. As the blurb for the book says,she must rescue him from the flesh-eating disease that spells...more
Stephanie Ward
'Conjure' is the first book in a young adult fantasy/paranormal series that follows teenage main character Emma Guthrie along with her twin brother Jack and their best friend (and her secret crush) Cooper Beaumont, are convinced that this summer is going to be like all the others. They were wrong. The three of them find an old bottle in the sand with a letter inside warning about a curse and speaking of a hidden treasure on the Beaumont estate. Emma and the guys decide to try to find the treasur...more
The Book Breeze
Soon to be 15, artistic Emma Guthrie has summer-time dreams that she hopes will come true when she and twin brother Jack visit their father in South Carolina. Maybe, her long time crush Cooper Beaumont will finally see her as something more than a friend. However, a day on the beach sparks a mystery when the three of them discover a hidden bottle, complete with a message from an old-time pirate. A mysterious girl appears and Jack’s smitten, but is she for real? Or just another piece of the puzzl...more
I went into this book knowing next to nothing about Hoodoo or the Gullah. Learning about all of that is what makes this book so interesting. The moments with magic are fun to read and there is enough mystery to keep you turning pages to the very end.

The characters are kind of hit-or-miss. They are described as being younger than a lot of YA characters (14 and 15) but they really read like 16 or 17 year olds. I really liked Emma. She was the logical character that kept everyone calm and thought o...more
Amy Fournier
After doing the cover reveal for this book a while back, I was excited to be part of the blog tour. First off, the cover is gorgeous, and then the book description is awesome!! Hidden pirate treasure, an old curse, and magic!! This sounded too good to pass up. I really loved the adventure and the hoodoo magic in this book. This was a very fun and quick read.

So Emma is the main character in this and I really did like her. She was a little obsessive about her crush on Cooper, but I totally get it,...more
Kelsey Ketch
Conjure wasn’t exactly the page turner I expected from other reviews and cover blurbs, especially at the beginning. It was slow to develop. I was waiting for things to happen, things to be explained. But once everything finally fell together, I was complete captivated by the story.

I have to give the author, Lea Nolan, some extra props. Just reading Conjure reveals how much research she put into the magic of hoodoo. The detail of hoodoo and spells brought realism to the novel. I felt a part of th...more
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
I really liked this YA paranormal. There is a little action, more towards the end, but my favorite part was following Emma as she learns hoodoo to try to save her brother.

The book is fast-paced and I found it an engaging read. It starts a little younger than many YAs - the three main kids are all 15, but the tone will progress as the series does, which makes sense for this Middle School-YA crossover. There are some dark aspects, and enough creepy without being really gory or too scary.

Jack is...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
3.5 Stars
With Halloween just around the corner what better way to start off the season than with a little magic and mayhem? Add in a nice story filled with creepy monsters, hoodoo, hexes and skeletons and you have one heck of a fun story perfect for the spookiest season of them all.

A small dash of romance doesn't hurt either.

This really was the perfect read to add a little mystery and creepiness into the atmosphere and totally get me in the mood for Halloween. I loved all the detail about the H...more
Jenea Whittington
Conjure is the first book in The Hoodoo Apprentice series. I read the synopsis and thought that this sounded intriguing. I haven't read anything with Hoodoo magic, and I was pleasantly surprised when I finished reading this.

We have a brother and sister duo and Hoodoo and ancient curses. Emma, Jack and Cooper are planning on spending a fun summer in South Carolina. Boy, were they in for a surprise. After finding the bottle that not only contained a message but a terrible curse. A mysterious girl...more
Sadly, this one was a “miss” for me. I seriously couldn’t get into the story at all. Yes, I did like the idea of the hoodoo magic and learning more about that, but that’s the extent of my interest in this book. The characters were so immature, the pacing dragged on and on, and the storyline was a bit too underdeveloped for my tastes. Everything was too predictable and mediocre for me and this was yet another book I had to force myself to finish.

When it comes to characters, I don’t think I’ve eve...more
Big Book Little Book
Caroline for
Copy received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Emma Guthrie lives for the summers her and her twin brother Jack, spend visiting their father on the island of St Helena. A quiet and self-contained loner, happy to live in the shadow of her more popular brother, Emma spends the school year counting down the weeks to her lazy summer of sunbathing, swimming, and sailing. The biggest pull however, is not the weeks of freedom from school or even the...more
Julie G
Emma Guthrie is spending the summer with her twin Jack and their best friend (her secret crush), Cooper Beaumont, in the South Carolina Lowcountry. After a year apart, her and Jack in D.C. and Cooper at boarding school, she can't wait for a whole summer together.

But, her vacation is about to take a shocking turn when the three teens discover an ancient message in a bottle - telling of a hidden pirate treasure. Finding the treasure chest, in the ruins of the old manor, unleashes an eighteenth-cen...more
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