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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,436 ratings  ·  436 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
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Candlewick
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Andrea Yes; but if you're wondering if there's any m/f relationships, then no.
Iridium I think Tempest is fictitious, but the lost coast is a real region of California, encompassing two counties: Humboldt (the second northernmost coastal…moreI think Tempest is fictitious, but the lost coast is a real region of California, encompassing two counties: Humboldt (the second northernmost coastal county in California, after Del Norte) and Mendocino (directly south of Humboldt, north of Sonoma). The Eel River is a real river in Humboldt county, just south of Eureka, CA.(less)

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Elle (ellexamines)
me talking about my ideal book: so like, it’s the raven cycle, but it’s SAPPHIC, and also about community and love as a radical force
this book: exists and is published
me, not able to process how blessed my life is: holy shit

On the drive up to Tempest, these redwoods broke the rules. A tree could be so alive it felt like a challenge. It could turn sunlight into long knives and stab them right through you.

4 1/2 stars. The Lost Coast follows Danny, a girl who moves to a small California
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megs_bookrack
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs-read
((me: heavy sigh...))



Danny and her Mom move to Tempest, California, after randomly selecting the location on a map. Because that's something that parents let their kids do...

There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it, or any reason evident as to why her Mother would up and move anywhere her teenage daughter suggested, but who needs reason?



The Grays, a group of high school girls, who happen to be queer witches, also live in Tempest.

One of their group, Imogen, has recently turned up without her pe
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C.G. Drews
Look if you need a book that has a heart full of fierce love for trees and queer girls -- just go read this book and dissolve your soul into it. It was the witchy tale I really wanted The Curses to be and it's a love letter to intersectional rep (there's black, queer, bi, nonbinary, Philippine, fat, and ace). It definitely goes for a ethereal style, more whimsical and untethered. I really felt for Danny (I feel like she might've been undiagnosed adhd but the book doesn't say that) and her wander ...more
Jessica
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
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Tatiana
This novel is indeed about queer witches, that's true, but you should read it ONLY if you enjoy magical realism smothered in purple prose and quirkiness, which I don't.

Capetta's flowery prose is good, and I don't mind shifting POVs and time lines, even chapters from POV of crows or trees, which are ultimately pointless, don't bother me. But this story is more style than substance - a major turnoff for me. Realism and relatability are definitely lacking here. The impression I am left with after
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Helen Power
Synopsis
The Lost Coast is a highly literary coming of age tale of a group of teenage witches, self-named the Grays.  Their leader, Imogen, has gone missing, and they’ve tried nearly everything to find her. But when Danny moves to town, she brings with her a unique type of magic that might just be what they’re looking for, in more ways than one.

~My Thoughts~
This book is beautifully written, and the words are like poetry on the page.  It reminds me a little bit of a literary versio
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Acqua
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
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Danika at The Lesbrary
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful, queer, west coast story. I mean, six queer witches amongst the California redwoods? I was already hooked. But this story is told in a dreamlike way that mirrors the magic the characters have. Each chapter jumps between time periods and perspectives (Danny--the main character, The Grays--the witches, the Ravens, the Trees, the students at their high school, etc), giving a piecemeal account that lowed remarkably organically. I spent this book waiting to reread it, because I was l ...more
Renee Godding
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
Actual rating: 2.5 stars
Many thanks to Candlewick Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

“Spellbooks tell you how people have done magic in the past” June explains. “they’re pre-made. Magic is like love. You see how other people do it, you have the stories and instructions they leave behind, but then you have to figure out how you do it.”

Imagine equal portions The Raven Boys and Spellbook of the Lost and Found and sprinkle in a little dash of The Craft and a hint o
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Rebecca McNutt
The Lost Coast is an intriguing book in many ways. I love occult fantasy, it's one of my favourite genres, and it's great to see some recent books being released that fit into this type of story. It also has a wonderful setting; California's redwood forests make for an incredible backdrop, and The Lost Coast really embraces it. It's a change of scenery from the typical New England tourist traps that serve as settings for many contemporary YA witchcraft novels.

While I liked this book's scenery an
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Dahlia
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.
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
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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
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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
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Boston
May 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2019
3.5 stars
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
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Iris
I honestly don't have the slightest clue what to make of this book

it was gorgeous

it was one of the weirdest books I've ever read

I think I need some time to process this one

but I liked it. I liked it a lot.
Claudie Arseneault
DISCLAIMER: I got my hands on a ARC of this in exchange for a honest review!

THE LOST COAST is my latest stop on my never-ending quest to keep up with the asexual and aromantic rep available out there. This is a thrilling and utterly unique book, with an eerie writing style that really adds to the ambiance. It also has an amazing high content of queer girls haha. To some extent, the slippery POV made it difficult to distinguish all the witches in the Grays--like their characteristics blended toge
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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
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Elke
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
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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
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Ashley Owens
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
100% what I was in the mood for! Full review to come :)
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
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avaa
Wow.

I did not go into this with high expectations but I should have.

-the characters: every single character is AMAZING. they are all so loveable and distinct and important. (My favorites were Leila and Danny)

-the diversity!!

-the writing! The writing is beautiful and adds a slight surreal tone to the story, which i loved (even though i normally hare surrealism)

-The setting!! I am a sucker for small town supernatural and this was that at its best!

-the plot. The mystery was action packed kept the r
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elise p
Jan 22, 2019 marked it as on-hold
"the spellbinding tale of six queer witches forging their own paths" SOLD.
Jaguar
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is weird... but it's good! I found it interesting that the book switched between the past and the future. It gave the book a more mysterious sense when reading it. Sometimes I get confused if it is in the past or in the present. (That's partially my fault because I don't like reading title chapters.) The story gets a bit graphic at one point, my friends and I laughed aloud a lot during that part because of how weird it was.

It took me forever to write this review even though I finish
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Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
There were so many things I loved about this book. The characters were amazing, the writing was beautiful and littered with metaphors and imagery which I adored. I loved the whimsy of the concept and the story. The only thing I would criticise is that at times the plot felt a little bit messy, and didn't really flow perfectly. But aside from that, this book was so good and I definitely want to try more books from this author!
Andy
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A whimsical love letter to Redwoods, forests and queer girls.

I absolutely love this author because of Once & Future, which is amazing. After reading that duology, I knew I had to read everything ever written by both Amy Rose Capetta and Cory McCarthy.

When Danny picks out Tempest, California on the map, she and her mother pack up their car and are on their way. Danny soon meets the Grays, a coven of witches who summoned her to help them find their most powerful member, Imogen. When two boys sho
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Melanie  Brinkman
Can she find what the woods took?

Danny has no idea why she picks out Tempest, California when she and her mother try to find a new place to live. When they get there, she doesn't just find a new place to live, she finds the Grays. This diverse group of friends who are comfortable throwing around terms like queer and witch, cast a spell that called her halfway across the country. The Grays are missing one of their own, Imogen, and they they need Danny's help to find her. When Danny and her new fr
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BadassCmd
This is a really weird book. And I mean 'weird' in every possible dimension, so I apologize for overusing that word in the review (tho I don't mean that in a bad way).

The book has an overall weird aesthetic that shows itself in every aspect of it: the writing style, the characters, the perspectives, the plot, the dialogues.

I am always all for weird as hell queer witches hanging out in the woods, kissing in the shadows and solving dangerous mysteries. That's why in some ways I appreciated the uni
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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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