The Price Guide to the Occult
When Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island more than a century ago, her otherworldly skills might have benefited friendlier neighbors. Guilt and fear instead led the island’s original eight settlers to burn “the witch” ...more
However, I agree it will be very evil with an ending like this to have no sequel! :D(less)
On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour.
A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with its gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and rich atmosphere that made everything so damn emotional even when nothing much was happening. I have long awaited another book by the author but - and I feel so sad a ...more
In this book we follow Nor ...more
“Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own?
Or would they swallow her whole?”
I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was searching for the day earlier when on the look-out for fictional characters with the name Noah, for some inexplicable reason. (I never did find anything other than the biblical story, so please let me know if you have any so ...more
Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile.
Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book itself is beautiful-- all red and green with a design etched into the cover.
A false and deceptive look to pull you in and become trapped in its spell.
But haha, nice try book, nice try.
Its spell is pretty fucki ...more
Yes, I know, this was not exactly on the same level as The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender but you guys, an average rating of 3.41? That's just unfair.
The Price Guide to the Occult is a magnificent, whimsical and bloody tale set on a wondrous island with a long history. A history that includes witches and witch-hunts and people who regret ever ...more
Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read it on multiple occasions. So needless to say I was very eager to read her next book and luckily enough I was granted an eARC on NetGalley. Happy days!!!
And I am delighted I read it as I found the storyline to be highl ...more
⚠ Trigger warning: Self harm ⚠
"The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran under her feet were one and the same."
"Any decent human being, witch or otherwise, has the capacity to do good in this world. It's merely a case of whether one chooses to do so."
"Courage, once found, should always be encouraged to stay."
Nor lives on a small island called Anathema. She is a direct descendant of Rona Blackburn who lived on the island over a century ago and who was attacked by the other settlers on the island for being a witch. Rona cursed the settlers but in doing so she cursed her own family too.
Now back in the present day, Nor knows all about the curse. She knows only too well via her own mother what the curse can do. She hasn’t seen her mother in many years a ...more
Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. Nor wants none of this. She's happy to hang out with her friends, remain inconspicuous and hopefully bypass the curse altogether. But fate may have other ideas.
This is well written, with some beautiful prose, but the ...more
This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like any other YA paranormal romance about witches. I think Emily May said it best in her review: it felt like Leslye Walton had a cool idea for an intergenerational story about witches, and then an editing team swept in and ...more
I mean, there has to be. That ending..
As for the book, I liked it. I didn't really like the turn it took but oh well..
Witches and family curses = Tinja has to read it. ...more
If you’re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I’m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing.
Also, it’s about witches, and that aspect was great.
I haven’t read a book as atmospheric since Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle. The Price Guide to the Occult is set in the Pacific Northwest, on a rainy island with its own history and secrets. I loved the des ...more
Trigger Warning: Self-harm
Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book
This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of witches, the eighth generation in a line of daughters born on Anathema Island in the Pacific Northwest. Touches of the family "Burdens" -- each daughter's magical gift -- circle enticingly through the story and the writing, c ...more
Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life that go hostile and people start acting strange? I'm in.
Unfortunately, the writing in this book was different, and not in a good way. This didn't feel like a follow up to her debut Ava Lavender novel, this felt like a ...more
For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way of plot. I felt there was much more to be explored and I would have appreciated a larger focus dedicated to the witchcraft elements, with an explanation and exploration of their use. Protagonist, Nor, displayed some u ...more
Trigger warning: (view spoiler)[ self-harm, abuse, violence, torture, murder (hide spoiler)]
There was something coming, something to fear.
The disappointment is so real with this one I can’t deal. Before picking this book, it never even occurred to me that I won’t like it and even when I was reading it and I wasn’t getting the magic I expected I kept telling myself that it will get better, It didn’t. I think I loved her debut book so much that I couldn’t really acc ...more
Yet, though the introduction is a beautiful start to a story filled with potential, the story went downhill form there. The writing is as gorgeous as I had expected it to be, narrated in an almost whimsical quality that is Walton's trademark. The a ...more
With YA nowadays, it’s very hard to come up with something unique and surprising. I haven’t read Walton’s debut novel yet, but I really think Walton evoked that effect of bewilderment here. I hadn’t heard about The Price Guide to the Occult before, but the cover is so gorgeous I couldn’t put it down in the bookstore. The shady glimpses of an eerie forest don’t even do the atmosphere justice enough.
For centuries, the Blackburns have been attached to Anathe ...more
Read for O.W.L.s Magical Readathon 2020, History of magic: a book that features witches
April’s winning streak continues. Although I can understand how this wasn’t a hit for everybody but I actually really loved it. Leslye Walton is a master of atmospheric settings and this was no exception.
I hope to write a full review at some point but at this moment I really can’t plan for anything.
I cannot tell you how many times I've read and fallen in love with a book that I found to be nicely plotted and paced and plenty compelling, only to pop over to Goodreads and find that people are describing it as slow. . . So add this to the list of books I champion under t ...more
Gorgeous presentation and some gorgeous wording. Overall not what I expected, and it had elements that had been done before, but other elements still that were definitely intriguing.
In the end, it feels as though this is maybe not the end of the story, and I would definitely read more from this universe, but it stands alone perfectly fine as well.
Nothing... earth shattering, with the exception of the look at self-harm and abou ...more
I LOVED IT, has nurtured my love for witches even more, it's such a beautifully atmospheric book, I feel that it was exactly what I needed. Deal with sensitive issues such as self-harm and abuse, so I want to warn you about that.
You can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought.
The story follows Nor Blackburn, she's the descendant of Rona Blackburn who was, long time ago, a very powerful witch who came to the island of Anathema with the hope of creating ...more
When this says "Price Guide," it literally means "price guide."
I may have been a little misled because I was under the suggestion that the Prices could have been some witchy family & they wrote some book about the occult? How did I get so misled? What happened?
But, I was so pleased with the results, and even though it really was a literal price guide (like $10 for a healing spell!) I had a lot of fun with this novel.
This had ...more
Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned! Even while feeling quite well this book threw me. It's pretty intense.
Also, I liked it, but not a lot. It's witchy and has a cool setting, but I think Leslye Walton had big shoes to fill following up Ava Lavender a ...more
I paused this almost a year ago, and honestly just forgot I had ever started this one. I haven't thought about it in a long time, and need to be honest with myself: I will not finish this book in the near future.
I wasn't invested in the story, the main character's name (Nor) was repeated so many times that it became annoying for me.
“The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran under her feet were one and the same.”
The Blackburn women have lived on Anathema Island for nine generations and are plagued by a curse. Rona Blackburn was scorned and left abandoned by a lover who felt guilt over having affair. To assuage his guilt, he decided to take it out on Ro...more
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