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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  95 reviews
The spellbinding tale of six queer witches forging their own paths, shrouded in the mist, magic, and secrets of the ancient California redwoods.

Danny didn't know what she was looking for when she and her mother spread out a map of the United States and Danny put her finger down on Tempest, California. What she finds are the Grays: a group of friends who throw around terms
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Candlewick
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I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Candlewick Press) in exchange for an honest review.

I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4.

I had such high hopes for this book, but it ultimately did not live up to my expectations.

Let’s start with what I did like.

I liked the diversity. There was a lot of sexual (lesbian, ace, etc.) and racial diversity. One of the girls was Filipino which I was super happy about since I’m Filipino. I love seeing Filipino representation.

I al
Thank you, Candlewick Press!

One of my most anticipated books of the year. Now...when can I start...



Check, please!

Elise (TheBookishActress)
between Spellbook of the Lost and Found, Wild Beauty, Toil and Trouble, and this, I'm just going to call magic gay now and have it done with

releases: May 14, 2019
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Lost Coast is the perfect book for the readers who have been looking for an f/f, not as male-dominated Raven Cycle. It's an atmospheric story set in a small town surrounded by magical redwoods, following a group of queer witches.
And I loved all of it.

The first thing I thought when I finished this book is that sometimes, stories that acknowledge your pain but aren't shaped around it are exactly what you need. I've read many contemporary books that dealt directly with homophobia and so contain
Without even having read The Raven Boys, I feel like I can safely make this my answer to "Do you have anything like TRB but wlw," aka a question that comes pretty much every single month to the LGBTQReads Tumblr. Atmospheric, romantic, and wildly gay. I love Amy Rose Capetta.
Julie Zantopoulos
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to come-but this was a good one.

"That girl might have magic in her heart, but never forget how much of her power is handed right to her by other people."

Imogen is lost and the Grays want her back and so they call for Danny and she listens. Rush, Hawthorn, June, Lelia, and Imogen are the Grays and Danny may be new to town but she's not new to magic or kissing girls. So, when Danny falls in with the Grays, the local witches that inspire a bit of awe and fear in the locals, she's right at ho
Lea (drumsofautumn)
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The Lost Coast is a beautifully atmospheric novel about witches, female friendship and being unapologetically queer.

“They were in love with each other, and that was good. Love wasn't the problem. It was losing it that could hurt the Grays.”

I usually don't feel very drawn to stories about (modern day) witches but The Lost Coast intrigued me because I loved Amy Rose Capetta's Echo After Echo and all things queer, so I honestly didn't even care that this was a witch story! And
Mar 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
the year is twenty-gay-teen and I am here for it.

Seema Rao
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magical ~ Immersive ~ Remarkable

tl;dr: This book keeps California weird

California is a country in and of itself. The landscapes and the people vary so drastically. There is so much California north of San Francisco, and so much of it is unspoiled. Having spent time there, I was thrilled to find this book. But, I wasn't even close to prepared. Capetta's novel is exceptional. Reading so many books, I rarely feel as if a book is truly novel. Capetta's story truly feel special and new. The writing i
i received an e-arc in exchange for my honest opinion. please be reassured this made me cry on merit alone and is now my favourite book ever

this was so beautiful i have -for the first time in months- an urge to make art or create something that mirrors the light from this book towards other people so they too, can be reached. instead i'm sitting here trying to write something when i only have tears and a heart that's full and a little bit broken and a lot patched up. maybe it'll come out better
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
DNF at 8%

This is another It's not you, it's me book.

I have a hard time enjoying books about precocious, artsy and altogether too whimsical and mysterious teens. It's why I hated The Raven Cycle, despite absolutely adoring The Scorpio Races, and why Truly Devious annoyed me as much as it did.

So why did I request it? Because I was getting strong The Craft vibes from the summary that overwhelmed my lingering sense of Oh boy it's The Raven Cycle all over again, and anything that is queer and set in
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Candlewick Press. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. 

Well. Well. It's been exactly a week since I finished this book, and I'm still not quite sure what I read. I'm going to do my best to try to make sense, but mostly I'm just going to be confused and probably revert to one syllable words.

There were
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

I want to thank Candlewick and NetGalley for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review

I really believe that this book is one of my biggest disappointments of this year, not because it's bad but because I thought I would love it, and I didn't, so I ended up a little sad after finishing it. Sometimes it happens, you know, you have a book that doesn't feel like it's made for you, and while everyone loves it you don't know what's going on, well, that's me, lol. The book has some g
Celia McMahon
May 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
When I first heard about this book and read "queer witches" I was there. I was there before it was written. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations.

First off, let me say how grateful that Candlewick and Netgalley approved me for this arc. Although I wanted to love it, the execution was way off for me, and it could not save it.

The setting of northern California was fantastic, and the atmosphere was magical. Throw in a group of diverse, queer witches trying to find their lost sister b
J.A. Ironside
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to Candlewick Press for the ARC

Initially, I found this a little hard to get invested in. The main pov character, Danny, is difficult to get a bead on initially and it feels like she is keeping the reader at arms length. As you read further, you see that this is deliberate. Danny is lost in her own life and she doesn't have answers for the reader - which is sorta ironic given what her talent turns out to be.

Danny and her mother recently moved from a conservative small town in Michigan
Emily (emilykatereads)
This book is magic in ways I've never read before. The atmosphere is incredible and we're introduced to a uniquely diverse group of queer witches. This book is everything I wished for and I was ready to fall in love, but it just didn't quite do it for me.

I won't lie, there are many amazing things about this book. The execution of the story just wasn't for me. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the story though. I enjoyed the journey and characterization, and it helped keep a confusing plot afloat
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
This might be a bit hard for me to review.  It's the type of book where not a ton happens, but what happens isn't really what I can write about.  I will say right off that it's a very magical book and it surprised me how much I liked it when I sometimes struggle with books like this.  I'm a fan of more fast paced books and this isn't one of those.  

Danny and her mom were living in a small town in Michigan.  Danny started to feel this weird pull.  She would wander without thinking about where she
Colleen Corgel
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, lgbt, fantasy, young-adult
Let me start off with the fact that I enjoyed a ton of the things Capetta was trying to do. There's a whole bunch of diversity here that spans race, gender identity, class, and sexuality. That diversity, while is important to each character, is not the defining characteristic of them. It centers around a group of teen witches who have lost a friend and are trying to get her back. That friend becomes the mulligan in a pretty unique mystery. There's magic creatures and people.

But the huge drawbac
First line from my Booklist review: "In Capetta’s dreamy, enigmatic tale, a restless teen finds friendship, love, and self-acceptance among a coven of queer witches."

I loved this book, though I think it's not quite what I expected. The writing captures the same dreamy, creepy, poetic essence that Nova Ren Suma or Frances Hardinge do, but has less actual plot underneath; it's a slow-burning character study of some fascinating, enigmatic people making up a supportive (though not conflict-less) fou
May 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 2.5

I was sent an eARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

This seems to be a clear case of "It's me, not you". But somehow, this book really didn't work for me.

Let me start by saying, I loved the writing style! It was so poetic, and I especially loved it combined with the LGBTQ+ rep, because this was honestly described beautifully and I really did love that.

However, it took a long time for the story to take off, and by then, the story became overwhelmin
Lina~Blackbird Queen
Sep 18, 2018 marked it as to-read
After the wonder that was The Brilliant Death, I will read anything this woman writes.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review:

I received this book, in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley from Candlewick Press, with thanks to both!

I throughly enjoyed this book. I didn't know what to expect from this book, and I know I say that a lot, but I genuinely didn't. I find some stories containing LGBTQIA+ characters can usually fall into being a cliche, where their identification label is their sole character trait, but this book wasn't that at all. This book explore
Rachel Macklin
Thank you to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is the most unabashedly queer thing that I've read in a long time. The Lost Cost centers around Danny, who moves with her mother to Tempest, California, and the Greys, a small group of witches who accept Danny as one of their own. The writing was gorgeous at atmospheric (if a little purple at times). This book felt a little slow at points, but the ending wrap up made the slow pacing feel worth it.
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I really liked this, but some parts fell flat for me. I really would have liked to see hawthorn, june, and lelia be more fleshed out. I got lelia and june confused sometimes and I think that tells you a lot about the characters lol. but it was wonderfully sapphic so uhhh love that for me.
Manon the Malicious
*3.5 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Did your hear that crash? That was my expectations falling to their doom.
I requested this book on Netgalley not having read the summary because in the first line of it there "queer witches" and that's all I needed to know. Or so I thought.
I'm being way mean which isn't fair because this book wasn't bad, not by a long shot, but I expected so much more.

Danny just moved to Tempest, California with her mom when she ends
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Here's what I liked about this book:

-Gorgeous cover art (shallow of me, I know, but LOOK at it!)

-Moody and atmospheric setting (love the drifting fog and stretching redwoods)

-Magical Realism

-Diversity (both racial and sexual) that feels natural to the characters, rather than stereotyped or tacked on as an after-thought

-Strong young women finding their own paths, through their own methods-- successes and missteps alike

Here are aspects I felt detracted a bit from the story:

-Disjointed at times du
ARC kindly provided by Candlewick Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I've heard nothing but amazing things about Amy Rose Capetta in the past, so I was excited to finally read one of her titles, but this was massively disappointing.

I know everyone discusses how hard it is to write reviews for three star books, but this is more of a two. If there was no diversity and discussions about being queer (the main character's identifier, not my u
Meaghan - Words Gremlin
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
"But sometimes lost is where you need to be for a while."

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.



CW: mild body horror, homophobia, smoking, nudity, disordered eating, death of a loved one, underage drinking, on page sex

Like I tweeted a few days ago: as a queer girl from Michigan, I needed and adored every last word of this. Every last word.

It’s a surprisingly quiet novel in some ways, despite the magic running t
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper

“One girl unreachable, one girl finally here, one boy dead.”

I was super excited about this book because I’m always down for a good witchy novel, and since the ones I’ve read before weren’t as I pictured or had in mind, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect witchy book for me.

I have to say that one of the first things I noticed about this story was the writing. It was very flushed and descriptive, and so lyrical that fit really wel
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Amy Rose Capetta, the author of Echo After Echo, holds a master of fine arts in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Vermont with her partner, author Cori McCarthy, and their young son.
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