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Invoking Nonna (Triple Goddess Series)

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4.56  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Maggie Sloan is a free-spirited teenager growing up in rural Georgia. Unlike her peers, Maggie is a witch and so is her mother. In addition to normal teenager rites of passage, she must learn about her family lineage and witchcraft. Her mother, Laura, keeps a tight lid on their family secrets - like the mysterious life and death of her grandmother who passed away before Ma ...more
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published February 21st 2014 by Sweet Candy Press (first published December 2013)
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Lyndsay Johnson
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Invoking Nonna was a magical read, with a wonderful woven tapestry of female relationships. Maggie, a teenage witch just coming into her own, was believable and relatable. I was initially drawn in by the fact that this book took place in the 1990's, when I was also a teenager. So I could immediately connect with Maggie's world, and it was fun to relive the high school scene from a distance. I enjoyed the authentic wiccan details, and sense that magic can be something real, attainable—not just a ...more
Michael McLellan
Admittedly, I don't read a great deal of young adult fiction. Having said that, I still know a good story when I read it, and I've read enough to know that Invoking Nonna qualifies as one on a lot of levels.
It's a coming-of-age story centered around a teenager named Maggie, who just happens to be a witch. Her awakening to this little fact affects her already difficult relationship with her mother and complicates things with her friends. Maggie's journey of self-discovery begins with following c
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Danielle
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
I don't have a lot of experience reading paranormal, so Invoking Nonna by Sage Adderly was a little bit outside my comfort zone; however, it was an enjoyable read with a lot of themes common in YA literature that made it completely identifiable to me as a reader, no matter the genre. While Invoking Nonna could be classified as your standard YA coming-of-age story about a teenager dealing with friends, family and identity issues, the special twist is that Maggie is a witch and she must come to te ...more
Lipsy
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014, ya
It's been a while since I've read a good 'Witch' book and Invoking Nonna didn't disappoint. I was seriously hooked from the beginning as protagonist Maggie starts to tell us about how she discovered witchcraft via her secretive mum, Laura.

It's clear from the off that the star of this show is going to be Adderley's characterisation skills. Take maggie's frenemy, Gillian for example:


She had thin brown hair that hung around her face. Sadly, she battled with acne and would try to cover the many bu
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Elisa
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

Make sure to stop by my blog on February the 13th to see the book tour: http://liisadventuresinbookland.blogs...

This book was a very interesting one for me, mostly because I have not read that many books that have this 'real' view on witches. Usually, when it comes to witches, they are evil and deal with the type of magic that is more common to be seen on wizards.

With 'Invoking Nonna' Sage presents us with the real Wiccan witches, who feed on positive energies, the four natural elements
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Celia
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Original review posted at my blog Book Fidelity

Okay - I'm going to just be honest with you dear reader - I'm biased when it comes to this book. Why, do you ask? Well, for one, the author (the lovely Ms Sage) is a dear friend of mine and two, I helped edit this book. See? Aren't you happy how honest I am?

With that said, if I DIDN'T like this book, I would be very vague so as not to hurt my dear friend's feelings. HOWEVER, that is not the case because I loved this book!

Maggie is an honest, true-to
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Cassandra
Such an interesting book. I look forward to reading parts two and three. Invoking Nonna is a fun and thoughtful read and I enjoyed it.

I wanted more development of the motives for Rhiannon and Gillian, and more time spent on Ruby and Rhiannon's sisterly relationship. I hope those things are explored in more depth in subsequent books. I thought it was interesting that Gillian and Maggie were both fat, and about the same size. I was intrigued that Gillian, deeply unhappy with her appearance and env
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Vanessa
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Invoking Nonna was an intriguing and unique read. Although some of the topics in the book have been used before, they are written in a totally different way.

I enjoyed how Adderley was able to inform the readers about the Wicca religion. For example, Maggie wasn't just a girl learning how to perform spells. Maggie learned about the actual Wicca religion and learned how it should be used for good and not evil. Speaking of Maggie, I thought that she was a pretty great character. She was a typical t
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Lexi
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Originally written for Book Bliss book blog. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review**

Review: 4
General: Invoking Nonna is a great addition to the YA paranormal world. It has a great plot with a unique world that makes it fun and entertaining while still having the elements that make YA great - a coming of age story. The world building in this was great. I felt the topic of Wicca/ being a Wiccan was handled very respectfully. Things were described with great
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Bradley Knox
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now, generally, books geared towards younger readers or along this vein of subject matter are not first choices in reading material for me. But INVOKING NONNA absolutely captured my imagination and left me wanting for more. This is the first book in a trilogy about an alienated 15 year old girl who is discovering hidden secrets about the long and sometimes dark history of her ancestors in witchcraft.

Ms. Adderley’s character development in the heroes and protagonists enthralled me, and I ran thr
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Jessica Rachow
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed the multiple points of view in Invoking Nonna. Each character is unique, with different motivations and weaknesses. The teenagers felt like teens, and there weren’t any of the typical YA tropes flooding the story. Sage has written a coming of age story that feels real.

I loved the themes of this book. I think religion can be a touchy subject to touch on in a YA novel, but Sage Adderly handles it brilliantly. There’s good and bad shown on in both sides of the religions touched
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Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour, which can be found at Donnie Darko Girl.

INVOKING NONNA is a tale of a young girl named Maggie who begins searching for answers regarding her family history and who she is. Told from multiple POV, the story is mostly from Maggie's point-of-view and explores the issues with which she comes face to face - finding out who she really is and her family roots, handling the different reactions to her beliefs, a
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Shelley M.
I really liked this book. It reminded me a little of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, with the witchcraft being practiced among family members, but it was a more realistic type of witchcraft, more Wicca and less fantastical. The two practicing witches in the family, Maggie and her mother Laura, were also much more secretive about their actions. I felt for Maggie and her quest for knowledge that she needs from her mother who keeps shutting down. I also really felt for her grandmother, Sophia, ...more
Noemi Martinez
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Invoking Nonna is a YA lit book written by newcomer to the YA genre Sage Adderly that is part coming of age and part magical empowerment that shows us the way dysfunctional families tend to live under a roof, loving each other and at the same time living estranged from each other. Adderly tells us the story of Maggie Sloan and her discovery of her witchy powers and sets up the family timeline for the rest of the two books that will make up a trilogy. Through well-crafted time jumps, we are taken ...more
Mary
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though Invoking Nonna is listed under the Young Adult genre, I think anyone of any age could pick up this book and thoroughly enjoy it. It is also the perfect length for a story of its kind. It was a quick read, to the point (the plot didn’t drag out nor did it circle off topic) and had just enough riveting narrative that I was glued to the pages the whole time.

What captivated me most about this book was the underlying theme of Wiccan culture/tradition. It’s definitely a coming of age stor
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Gale Hamby
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Invoking Nonna - right from the title, this book intrigues and delights. I loved the people that live their lives in these pages. Maggie and her mother have a difficult relationship, and yet, the love they have for each other shines through clearly. It is wonderful to see the connection between them improve and deepen as the story unfolds.

I will be 60 in a few months, and yet I did not find the book childish or condescending in any way. Sage Adderley, the multi-talented author, clearly expects h
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Kirsten Campbell
Invoking Nonna is engraved forever in my mind. I read it and was pleasantly surprised at the pacing of the book as I quickly got to know the young protagonist and her "friends." The author weaved a fascinating story about young Maggie coming of age and about the young girl's discoveries about her mother and her dabbling with Wicca. Maggie must deal with several things; all the pressures of being a teenaged girl, the clicks in school and jealousy amongst friends, as well as facing the fact that h ...more
Joe Canzano
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of high school student Maggie Sloan, and how her blossoming interest in witchcraft affects the relationships in her life. In some ways she’s a typical kid trying to survive high school. In other ways, she’s a girl with a unique past - a past filled with magic and tragedy and maybe even murder. I especially liked the evolving relationship between Maggie and her mom.

This book has a spooky vibe in places. There are a few detailed passages about witchcraft. No, you won’t learn how
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T.B. Markinson
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This is a delightful YA paranormal novel. And it’s refreshing that a YA novel dealing with witches centers on Wiccans and not fantasy type witches. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But it does make for a refreshing read. One aspect that’s always tricky with YA novels is having a believable main character that stays true to teenagers. It’s hard for adult writers not to slip and make their characters act too grown up. Adderley is able to stay true to her main character and still have her ...more
Jenn H
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those that can handle a bit of teenage drama
I had my reservations going in with the main character being so young but all of them quickly slipped away. I couldn't help but empathize with some of the characters in this story because it pulled you back into how high school was growing up. From deviousness to insecurity, all the elements of teenage drama was there. And with the added bonus of Laura and Sophia's history! I love the depth it adds to Maggie's situation. Congrats, you have added yet another fan. I can't wait to read about the re ...more
April Wood
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Teenager Maggie Sloan wants nothing more than to bond with her mother, Laura. After a surprising discovery, they develop an alliance over a religious commonality. However, as the emotional distance between mother and daughter closes, not everyone is accepting of Maggie’s religious identification.

Invoking Nonna by Author Sage Adderley-Knox is an addictive Wiccan-themed coming-of-age tale. I breezed through it in one sitting. I loved Maggie’s “voice” and enjoyed being along for the ride on her inc
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Diane Coto
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laura is Maggie’s mom. Laura is a witch, but she doesn’t talk about it with Maggie. But, Maggie has noticed ‘things’ all her life, and now that she’s fifteen-years-old, she’s pretty sure her mom is a witch. The ‘things’ included candles and incense; incantations; a manmade circle of large rocks; and four equal points in the circle representing Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Not every chapter in the book is told through Maggie’s perspective. In an early chapter through Laura’s perspective, she’s ou ...more
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Sage Adderley-Knox is the proud mama of three humans and a homestead full of animals. She is passionate about kindness, coffee, mental health advocacy, fat activism, and the DIY lifestyle. Sage is the owner of Sweet Candy Distro & Press, Sage's Blog Tours, and writes the personal zine Marked For Life. She is also the creator of the body-positive zine FAT-TASTIC! Sage currently resides in the m ...more