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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  442 ratings  ·  113 reviews
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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
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
Colleen Houck
Talk about your bad curses. This is not one I'd want to have. Yesh! I'm all for hunting for buried treasure but these poor kids did not get what they bargained for. Love the glimpses of the past through the knife. Those peeks into history were fascinating.
Rachel Harris
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is an adventure! LOVE it <3 Full review to come soon!! ...more
Laurel Wanrow
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Zoe Forward
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a gem of a find on my Kindle TBR. Loved this story and didn't want to put it down. The hoodoo is fascinating. The author's characterizations for these teenagers was delightful.
Shy The WidowMaker
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Melissa Landers
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Lea Nolan's Conjure (The Hoodoo Apprentice #1) is a fun story full of mystery, intriguing supernatural elements, and cute romance.

Fourteen year old twins Emma and Jack Guthrie are spending their summer like they always do, with their father on the coast of SC, hanging out with their neighbor and best friend (and Emma's secret crush), Cooper Beaumont. But a mysterious 18th century message found inside a bottle turns their boring summer into one of life or death. Opening the treasure they find unl
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Genre* Action, Adventure, Romance
*Rating* 4

*My Thoughts*

Shy, quiet, artist type Emmaline (Emma) Guthrie is in for one hell of a summer away from D.C on St. Helena Island in the South Carolina low country alongside her fraternal brother Jackson, and her secret crush Cooper Beaumont who she has known ever since she started coming to South Carolina to visit her father 8 years ago.

What turns out to be a fun filled summer, ends up being an intense chase towards finding a cure when Jack comes down w
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
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
Andrea: BookStoreFinds
Conjure is about a group of young teen in South Carolina. Emma and her twin brother Jack, 14, spend their summers in the south with their father. One day on the beach with their best friend Copper, Emma, finds an old bottle with a note inside. The note, over 300 years old, speaks of long lost treasure and the curse that follows it. The boys are intrigued and set off to find it on the grounds of the old plantation owned by Coopers family. Emma has a bad feeling. When disaster strikes, Emma along ...more
Amber at Fall Into Books
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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
A Canadian Girl
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, 2012, entangled
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
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 19, 2012 marked it as to-read
I'm sorry. But the word hoodoo just made me laugh so hard.
Julianna Helms
Along with the cover reveal, I'm holding a giveaway of ARCs for Conjure here on my blog! ...more
Shirley Frances
Oct 15, 2012 marked it as not-finished
Shelves: read-2-review
Could not get beyond the teenage language. Sorry.
Anastasia シ
Full Review on my blog!

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

Conjure intrigued me beyond my expectations. I enjoyed it. Conjure is a unique read that you won’t want to miss. It’s enchanting and entertaining with history weaving its way through the curses. The cover is beautiful and this book is fun, adventure, and magic all rolled up into one!

Conjure is the first book in The Hoodoo Apprentice series by Lea Nolan. This is a very adventurous book told from Emma’s point of view. Her, and her twin broth
D.L. Kelly
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good one!

I found this book to be exciting, romantic, funny at times, scary at times, and well worth the lack of sleep from staying up to finish it. I've read about the Gullah people, boo hags, root doctors, and haints and find the information fascinating, so when I read the blurb for Conjure, I was hooked. The characters are great, especially the heroine, Emma. I am planning to read the next two books in this YA series even though this reader is way past being YA!
Kathleen Adey
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lea Nolan's HooDoo Apprentice series is a unique treat. Set in the deep South, Emma Gutherie, her twin brother Jack and her crush, Cooper, get in over their heads with HooDoo magic. It's up to Emma to save her brother and Cooper with the help of her mentor, Miss Delia. But every time Emma seems to make headway, she encounters another road block. It's a race to save the ones she loves, and made me want to start book #2 as soon as I finished this book.
Susan Harrowa
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting. Fast paced. Suspenseful.

A superb blending of history, magic, and legend. Three friends battling not one curse, but two that have stood for over 300 years. It will take trust and the strength of their bond and well as the help and knowledge of new friends to battle what they're up against. Especially since not everything or everyone is what they seem.
Dana Wood
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good teen book about finding a treasure and releasing a curse that leaves Emma trying to figure out how to rescue her twin brother. Lots of light vs dark elements. Liked the characters. And even her jerk brother. Leaves the reader wanting to find out what happens next
Catha Reese
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Wow what a great story, imagine that you can see dead people and do magic by using spells an plants. Trying to save your twins life from a curse, this is a great story and will keep you reading to the end. A fan, Catha Watkins Reese
3ish stars out of 5

Overall this was pretty good. I liked Emmaline and her character growth but couldn't stand Jack and Cooper was generic. I was surprised (and delighted) over how gruesome the curse was considering the young age of the characters.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely good. Great characters, great plot, good execution. Bravo.
Cherry McKenzie
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the Hoodoo magic. I thought Jack was some times over the top annoying.
I found this to be incredibly tedious and juvenile. Could not get behind any of the characters, and eventually had to put it down.
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