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Spells and Sorcery

(Lexie Carrigan Chronicles #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  87 reviews
You have magic.

One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I'm not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing.

Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb —
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing
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Irena BookDustMagic
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
It has been awhile since I read ya fantasy, but when I saw the cover for Spells and Sorcery and read it's synopsis, I knew I wanted to give it a try.

The story follows Lexie who, on her 15th birthday, finds out she has magical powers.
She and her sisters are witches. They lost their parents so their aunt (who is also a witch) took them under her roof.

I went into this book without high expectations, but with a lot of adrenaline (not literary, but you know what I mean).
I was on, ready to love it to
Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
So here I am, the day before my review is supposed to go up for the blog tour trying to write my review. I think I read this book over a month ago now, but I have put off writing this review. Even though I knew I had to write it since I promised it for this tour. But I couldn't. I am not even sure I can now....but I must as I am running out of time.

Are you wondering why I didn't want to write this review? Are you afraid it is because I hated the book? What could possibly keep me from wanting to
Fourteen year old Alexis Carrigan is a smart, hard-working and high achieving student. She and her two older sisters and they have all been brought up by their aunt after their mother died when Alexis was born. Everything seems fine, though Alexis (Lexie)'s sister Marie always seems to pick on her. That's until the evening before Lexie's fifteenth birthday. That's when Lexie discovered that she will be able to do and control magic as soon as she's fifteen - starting from midnight. That's when Le ...more
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
Actual rating: 3.5 Stars

*This review can also be found on The Reader and the Chef. Huge thanks to the author for the review copy in exchange of my honest opinion.*

When I heard that S. Usher Evans was starting a new YA fantasy series, I knew I just had to get my hands on the first book pronto. If there's something that Sush can do is create magical worlds with their own set of awesome new rules.

So really, it was no surprise that one of the biggest things that I enjoyed of Spells & Sorcery was how
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

DNF @ 22%

I know I typically go to 25% before DNF-ing a book, but even getting to 22% was a bit of a stretch for me. I started having issues at 7% of this one because of characterizations and the way that the magic was being handled. Mostly because I really disliked all the characters tbh.

It seems as though all of the characters are acting the way they do to fill a stereotypical role that we see in Fantasy: Marie is the
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases, magic
After DNFing this book at first, I knew I’d eventually go back and give it another shot. It just wasn’t the right time for me to read it. I’m glad I brought it with me on my trip though because it’s one of those easy to read books that fit with all my running around.

I like Lexie. I feel like she could be a younger me. Yes she’s immature and doesn’t think things through. Name me a teenager that does. I’ll wait. She fits the book perfectly and that’s all that really matters.

Her family though. Oh
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on RecommendsBook

I read it every day on the bus to and from school because that was like my only time in the day to read. Now my bus ride is less than 10 minutes every day but I was able to get 2-5 chapters done a day. It took a few weeks but when I was done I was really sad that I wouldn’t have anything to do on the bus now. Luckily I now have like six unread S. Usher Evans books on my phone (I think I might actually have all her books.) and I’m going to read them every day un
Anna (Unquenchable Reads)
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-published
******** I received an e-arc from the author. These are my 100% honest opinions.*******

So…….. I loved this book. The book drew me in, grabbed my attention, and didn’t let go. The characters had such different personalities which was really nice to see in a novel. Usually, when I read a book, only two or three personalities stick out to me. But with this book, I could honestly say that everyone character is different from the other. And I love that so much. It just making the novel more interesti
Blodeuedd Finland
At first (well a long time) things did annoy me. Like why was her sister such a bitch! Trust me, such a bitch, that girl needs a slap in the face. And why couldn't they just teach her magic? And tell her things? For the love of magic tell her stuff! Also everyone So over reacted. Chill people, chill.

BUT, in the end there was a reason why they did not teach her and tell her everything. Though I still felt they could have chilled a bit and told her some. Though why her sis was a raging bitch beats
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, arc
*I received a free e-arc from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way.

I found this book so good and intriguing that I managed to read it in two days—and I believe by now that everyone knows that that doesn’t happen very often with me! With every page I turned and every plot-twist (or weird thing) that I encountered, I was left wanting more and more until, you know, it ended. And even in the end I was left wanting more! And I need more!

Jennifer Y.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
*I received a free digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.*

Spells & Sorcery is just pure magic! Not since Harry Potter have I enjoyed a book on teens with magical abilities more and I could definitely see the influence that Rowling’s work had on the author in this book.

In this fabulous book, we meet Lexie, a teen who has just learned that she is a magical with special abilities that will kick in on her 15th birthday…oh, which just happens to be tomorrow. Lexie struggles with h
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved Spells & Sorcery – it’s my first foray into the books out S Usher Evans, but it won’t be my last (not least because there’s another #LexieSpells book coming in April next year). It’s one of those books that you just fall into right away, and it reminded me so, so much of my favourite TV show when I was younger, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, they’re very similar. Learning the have magic as a teenager (Lexie is 15, Sabrina 16), living with an Aunt (although in Sabrina’s case it’s 2 and in Lex ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie
So, there are other magical coming-of-age stories out there, but here's why you should read this one. Lexie Corrigan's discovery that she has magic comes on top of all the maddening teenage problems that even adults can identify with, like a charmingly dysfunctional family, the stresses of school, and the frustration that comes when it seems like everyone but you has everything figured out. She's a very real girl with very real problems, when whomp! she has to figure out how not to screw up with ...more
Katie Carroll
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Lexie Carrigan's world is turned upside down when she learns she is a witch, and all signs point to her being a very powerful one as she almost blows up her room her first night with magic. But her aunt and sisters refuse to help her rein in her power, or even talk much about it. Luckily she meets Gavin, a kind stranger, who seems to know all about being a witch and Lexie's particular brand of magic. Even with a mentor, it seems nothing will ever be simple in Lexie's life again.

S. Usher Evans pu
Amanda Perry
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I was on the fence about reading this one for a while, mostly because the main character was so young. I don't typically relate to YA geared toward the younger half (13-15) but decided to go for it anyway.

Throughout most of the book Marie, the bitchy older sister was my absolute favorite! I can't say why really just that I enjoyed her and always felt she knew way more than she let on. I think the oldest sister could have been more fleshed out, we really didn't get a lot from Nicole. I enj
Meradeth Houston
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Evans is easily one of my favorite Indie authors of late and I was eager to delve into a world she'd created that included magic. Because, well, magic :) And this novel does not disappoint. Lexie, while a little younger than I normally read about, is faced with an earth shattering, mind bending revelation...and then just left to deal with it on her own. I felt her frustration and couldn't believe that no one was stepping in to help her out. Gavon was a great character in his own right, and I ...more
Allen Shepherd
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been a big fan of S Usher Evans since I picked up her first book, but never have I been so enthralled with a book. Spells and Sorcery takes you on a magical journey following young Lexie as she discovers that her life is not all it has seemed to be. She is trying to find herself in this brand new world and is trying to figure out what is true or not. It has been a long time since a book has wrapped me up in it and made me not want to put it down. I tore through this book within 24 hours o ...more
Tamara Nelson-Fromm
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had the opportunity to beta read this book and I thought it was wonderful! Overall enjoyable, fast paced, and intriguing. I definitely recommend keeping this one on your radar for a fun, quick read with a great plot.
Amanda Linsmeier
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy

I have been following S. Usher Evans (a.k.a. Sush) for awhile on social media sites, like Twitter, and when I saw Spells & Sorcery, I thought it looked like a fun read.
Lexi Carrigan is a teenage girl with two older sisters—bitchy Marie, and the nicer Nicole. They’re raised by their aunt Jeanie, a woman who was only in her early 20s when she took the girls in. The story starts off with Lexi being told, on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, that she has magic. Of course, she thinks her family is
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Emily Reads Everything

I read a few reviews (when will I learn?!?) and I talked to a few people. It made me a little concerned. I really wanted to like this book. Now that I've read it, I see their concerns. I really do. There are a few issues. This book is a really slow starter. I see that some people have chosen to not finish it and I totally get it. The first 50 pages or so are full of set up and back story but not much happens. However, the end totally makes up for it. Stic
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

This book actually surprised me - I went into it fully expecting a light-hearted young YA read full of reminiscing about my childhood of "Charmed" and "Sabrina The Teenage Witch." and what is great is that I got that; but I also got a well plotted story and interesting world building right alongside the magical coming-of-age of Lexie Carrigan.

That's not to say that I didn't have some issues with this book - I did, but the overall enjoyment factor leads me to a 4 star rating.

The main characte
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review was originally post on Piplup's Shadow.

Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Okay when I heard Sush was creating a YA novel with magic, I knew it was going to be the best thing ever. Why? Because her politics and world buildings are absolutely amazing and definitely continue to shine in her new trilogy with Lexie! Her characters and settings were really damn realistic. I loved Spells and Sorcery and rate it with a 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Let's start off with Lex
Liz Meldon
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, series
I've read a few of Usher's books, and, honestly, I think YA is where she shines. By far this was one of my favourite narrative voices of any of her works. Lexie read like a very real, very tangible 15-year-old protagonist to me. I knew people like her in high school, the somewhat awkward, anti-social folks who buried themselves in work. You didn't realize they had a whole shitstorm happening in their personal lives because they kind of just shuffled in, shuffled out, killed it on exams, and then ...more
Taylor Winsor
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. While I had my issues with it, such as pacing and character fleshiness, it is a solid start to a new S. Usher Evans series which will definitely be finding a home on my shelf.

First off, Lexie is a brat. But, honestly, can’t a lot of teenagers be brats at times? She’s already dealing with all of the normal teenage stressors, like keeping on top of school work and putting up with an older sister who is prone to being mean, when on top of this, *BAM*, she suddenly gets powers tha
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't tell you how many times I would have given anything to be told "You have magic"!!
That is what happens to Lexie! I am so jealous!
Lexie finds this out the day before her 15th birthday. Getting told this out of the blue and to have a million questions with no answers makes for an interesting story. Typical teen rebellion happens!
This was a fun book, Lexie is just frustrated, her aunt and sister are no help at all. Then she meets a Gavin who is willing to help her. But is he really helping
Sandy Blackwell
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
A GREAT FIND. I loved it and can't wait for book 2. A young girl discovers magic and her life is turned upside down. Mystery, intrigue and excitement. I couldn't put it down. ...more
Spells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans is a YA paranormal novel about a young girl who learns, rather suddenly that she is about to come into magic. All her life, she’s been the smart one, adept at handling book situations and coming out on top when it comes to her school work. Granted she’s struggling a bit with chemistry, but only because her sister convinced her to take it because it was so simple for her (the sister). Lexie is the youngest of three sisters. Now…one would think…well, why didn’t ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, witchy-magic
I have a soft spot for books and TV shows about witches, especially witches who are also sisters. I don't know if it's all tied into the notion of witchcraft as a very female dominated sphere and the way in which it empowers women, but in any event, this book should have been a huge hit with me but it wasn't.

This is probably one of those "it's me, not you" things to an extent. It's a lot more fantasy than I thought it would be, which sounds stupid when said in reference to a book that's clearly
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The night before she turns 15, Lexie learns that she has magic. She learns her sister Marie is a healer and that her sister Nicole is a potion maker. Her aunt Jeanie, who has raised all 3 girls from the time Lexie was born, is also magical. While it's hard to believe she is suddenly going to have magic at midnight, Marie flaunts her own magic right in front of her, but it's still a hard pill to swallow.

As far as her sisters, Marie took the cake. She was absolutely flat out cold and mean to Lexi
Michelle Randall
Reviewed for Readers Favorite

For the most part Lexie is your typical teenager. She has two older sisters, one who annoys her to no end, and they live with their aunt, after their mom passed away when Lexie was born. All that typical life is about to change at midnight, when Lexie turns fifteen. Her aunt and oldest sister inform her that she has magic, and Lexie is distraught at the idea. Her whole world is turned upside down. Then there is the fact that no one is really explaining this whole mag
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S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a "real job" as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for ...more

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