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A Wicked Magic

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  248 ratings  ·  111 reviews
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The Craft when modern witches must save teens stolen by an ancient demon in this YA fantasy-thriller debut.

Dan and Liss are witches. The Black Book granted them that power. Harnessing that power feels good, especially when everything in their lives makes them feel powerless.

During a spell gone wrong, Liss's boyfriend is snatched awa
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Razorbill
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Angela Staudt
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you Penguin Teen for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I was really looking forward to this book because of the synopsis. Liss and Dan are best friends and discover this mysterious black book that turns them into witches. Everything is great until they cast a spell that makes Liss’s boyfriend, Johnny, disappear. Having to deal with what they have done, they can’t be friends anymore and move on with their lives. A couple months later Liss figures out Johnny is just stuck in a magical
NAT.orious reads ☾
Nov 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
cover * intriguing and mischievous*
Sasha Laurens
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Thank you so much for your interest in my book about sad chaos witch-girls!

As a lot of reviewers have noted, this book deals with some heavy content and it might not be for everyone. Content warnings are posted at
Nicole| Booklover.zzz | Zamudio-Roman
Ever just read a book and go 🤔 ‘that wasn’t what I was expecting’ ... If you have then you and I have been on the same boat. Most recently I finished Sasha Lauren’s YA debut fantasy A WICKED MAGIC. The opening had a great hook to it and the author used detailed writing to build scenes in the beginning. I felt that as the novel went on, however, her orientation and organization of the story and some of the characters fell apart. There were good ideas started but not finished and an overall plot s ...more
Oh where to start. First of all, if you are going to read A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens, I would highly recommend going with the actual physical copy and not the audio. Although I loved the audiobook as far as the narrator went (Amy Dannenmueller), for some reason I found myself incredibly confused about who everyone was. I had an eGalley as well, but unfortunately I don't think it helped me as much as looking at a copy of the book would have. Maybe if I would have made a list of the character ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
*I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


This book deals with some incredibly heavy subject matter as shown by the content warnings, so it's hard to say that this was enjoyable per/se, but I found the story engaging. The characters are each dealing with their own trauma/mental health struggles and I appreciated how it was done.

The characters are definitely flawed and some people may have an issue with that because the
Caidyn (he/him/his)
CW: self-harm, kidnapping, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and alcoholism

I picked this book up not really knowing what I was in for. Didn't know much besides that this was a witchy book with demons that get summoned by accident, along with a group of young women who have to figure out what the hell they did.

Dan and Liss were friends until Liss's boyfriend disappeared in a spell that went wrong. That night, they lost their friendship and stopped talking. Months later, Liss finds out that her boy
I was pretty underwhelmed with this book. It was fine, and the teenage friendships that were good were great. I felt like this book attempted to say something about difficult subjects, and while I did appreciate some of the way those subjects were wrapped up in the end, I didn't love how they were portrayed throughout the story. I also felt like the friendship between Liss and Dan wasn't worth saving so the entire interpersonal part of this story was just meh.

The magic was cool, although I also
Jun 27, 2020 marked it as dnf
i'm going to dnf this one at around 30%, because I honestly don't think me and this book are quite hitting it off :(

a huge thank you to the publisher for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Nov 26, 2019 marked it as youve-been-forever-shit-listed
Great cover. Tacky ratings.

Bye, bye, A Wicked Magic!
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Such a strange story.
Jay G
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

2.5/5 Stars

Dan and Liss discover a magical black book that makes them witches. They try to cast a spell to change their lives, but it goes wrong, causing Johnny, Liss's boyfriend to go missing. The girls friendship falls apart until they realize they need to work together, with the help of Dan's new fri
Mac (bookshelfpalace)
TW: Depression and self-harm.
Thank you Penguin Teen for providing me with an e-arc of the book.
I found this book to be slow paced at the beginning, which made it difficult to get into. I just felt like it took awhile for the plot to really start moving and get interesting. That being said, once the search for Johnny started, the book did quickly became more enjoyable and I couldn’t put it down. Alexa’s POV was the most grasping at first, but as I progressed further into the book Liss and Dan’s P
Paula M
Jul 22, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Hello everyone, just sharing that you can get to know the characters more of A Wicked Magic HEREin my Author Takeover with Sasha and we're giving away a copy too! Open INTERNATIONALLY!

Simon Fennex
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’m so freaking hyped about this title! It’ll better be good :O
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
The cover, the title and the Blurb was great than the story. I was so intrigued by seeing the synopsis about witches and magic. But nothing more happened than what is in the synopsis. Not much impressed with the writing style.

The story mainly focuses on teen drama and it revolves around three friends. Liss and Dan were best friends. Liss was more obsessed with the magical book and couldn't even bother to know what was happening in Dan's life. She was such a self-obsessed, toxic character I have
Savannah Porter
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This book has all the witchy, spooky vibes. When Dan and Liss become witches, they try to change their lives with magic. But magic has consequences, and a spell gone wrong takes Liss's boyfriend away. The story is set on the northern Pacific coast, and at its core, the book tells the story of friendship.

I enjoyed learning about the magic, and I particularly liked Alexa, Dan's friend, and her growth through the story. I almost wish the whole book was just about her. I liked the atmospheric setti
Zoe and MB
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was very good. It definitely took a little while to get into, but once you did it was great. It deals with a lot of different mental health issues, which were interesting to read through and learn about through a magical world. The main characters deal with OCD, anxiety, depression, and parental abuse. It was a great storyline, where you also get to see the characters deal with their personal issues as well. The friendships in this book were so strong and amazing, I loved them!

Celia McMahon
Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm having a bad run of books this month. This one didn't hit the places I expected to. It felt like a watered-down version of Sawkill Girls without the tension. I felt like I was reading a dragon book without seeing the dragong for 300 pages and then having him make a brief appearance at the very end. Sigh.
Nicole (FearYourEx)
First of all: Trigger Warnings include self harm, depression, and anxiety. There's also a cult, parental abandonment, suicidal thoughts, death of a loved one, and kidnapping. This book also has some pretty heavy stuff going on like a high school girl dating a homeless guy twice her age. So avoid this book if those will bug you.

2.5/5 stars
Thank you to the publisher for the early copy via netgalley.

I read to escape reality as I am a Veterinary Technician and deal with a ton of heavy stuff in my da
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it

I finished this book but even after, I'm still not sure if I really liked it. Things I appreciated tied together with things that annoyed me. A breakdown:

Dan and Liss are two high school best friends who find a magic book that has a spell for turning them into witches (of course, they cast that spell and it is successful). Eventually, something (several somethings) goes horribly wrong and their friendship breaks apart. The book then picks it up senior year of high school, with the two cha
Leslie Lutz
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
A WICKED MAGIC is a mind bender of a book. After I finished it, I found myself going back to the characters and their dilemmas and wondering what's next for them--always a good sign that a story has done its job.

Books about witches are usually about power—power that intoxicates, power that tests the mettle of the characters, and power that poses interesting questions about the human potential for good and evil. But this book is also a book about girl relationships. Flawed characters like Liss,
Leslie Baker
Jul 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dani (Paperback Wishes)
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Magic gave you gifts, but it took from you too, and although it had seemed fantastic and fun when she and Liss first tasted that world, they had learned better.”


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

With my favorite character being Dan, Daniela, a young Mexican girl with depression and a love of rock music; I’d say yeah this book was kinda hard to relate to. Nope nothing to relate to here…

Okay, but seriously I never read a book with my name in it when I was a teenager so this was kind of huge for me. Especi
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Sasha Laurens' debut A Wicked Magic promised to be a dark and spooky read with magic, demons, and why you shouldn't mess with dark magic. It had all that, but it seemed to have a different focus for the story. The story was more about friendships and the problems teenage girls can have during high school.

One day best friends Liss and Dan find a book of spells and decided they wanted to be witches but when a spell goes horribly wrong and a demonic woman steals Johnny, Liss' boyfriend, Liss is hel
Sophie M
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens for free by the author and the publisher Razorbill in exchange for an honest review. It will be published on the 28th July 2020!

Content/Trigger Warnings: self harm/ anxiety / depression / drug use / brief mention of a relationship between a 17 year old & 31 year old.

In A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens we join our protagonists, Dan & Liss, as they find a book of magic and find a spell that will turn them into witches. However, they soon realise that mag
Paige Green
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: A Wicked Magic

Author: Sasha Laurens

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For...: fantasy, ya, magic

Publication Date: July 28, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (slight romance, violence, death, slight gore)

Publisher: Razorbill

Pages: 368

Synopsis: Dan and Liss are witches. The Black Book granted them that power. Harnessing that power feels good, especially when everything in their lives make
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
A Wicked Magic is a story of two best friends who find a mysterious book containing a spell that transforms them into witches. It all seems like fun and games until one night they cast a spell and Liss’s boyfriend gets taken. This causes Liss and Dan’s friendship to fall apart, as Liss is desperately trying to find a spell to save her boyfriend but Dan wants nothing to do with magic. When Liss discovers a spell that helps her speak to her boyfriend, she draws Dan back into the world of witchery ...more
Elisa (The Overflowing Bookshelf)
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
If you’re looking for a spooky read involving modern witches and ancient demons, then look no further! Sasha Laurens’s debut novel, A Wicked Magic, is a spell-binding YA fantasy-thriller that is out today that will have you wrapped up in every twist and turn.
Set in the wilderness of California's northern coast, this novel has all the witchy/spooky vibes any reader would want in a book about self-made witches. The plot was engaging and will keep readers intrigued as to what will happen next! Addi
Anna  (The Bursting Bookshelf)
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was recently approached by Sasha Laurens and TBR & Beyond Tours to read A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens. It's been a really long time since I last had the opportunity to read a book about witches, and so naturally I was very excited and dove in pretty much right away.

One of my favorite parts about this book was how atmospheric the writing was - it took all of ten pages before I felt fully immersed in their small town in Northern California. That level of atmospheric writing worked really well
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Sasha Laurens grew up in Northern California, where she learned to drive on Highway 1’s switchback turns and got accustomed to the best weather in the world. After studying creative writing and Russian literature at Columbia University, she lived in New York for years and, at various times, in Russia. She currently resides in Michigan, where she is pursuing a PhD in political science.

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