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The Scapegracers

(Scapegracers #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  52 reviews
An outcast teenage lesbian witch finds her coven hidden amongst the popular girls in her school, and performs some seriously badass magic in the process.

Skulking near the bottom of West Highs social pyramid, Sideways Pike lurks under the bleachers doing magic tricks for Coke bottles. As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, shes had a hard time making friends. But when
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Expected publication: May 12th 2020 by Erewhon
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Aug 05, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may-2020, 2020, lgbt-2020
god is there any better combination of words than "lesbian witch"?
Dec 28, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read-2020
Lesbian witches cursing dudebros & complex female friendships? Hell yeah!
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I guess my point is that teenage girls arent supposed to be powerful, you know? Everybody hates teenage girls. They hate our bodies and hate us if we want to change them. They hate the things were supposed to like but hate it when we like other things even more, because that means were ruining their things. Were somehow this great corrupting influence, even though weve barely got legal agency of our own. But the three of us the four of us, counting you were powerful.

On my blog.

Rep: lesbian
Oct 13, 2019 marked it as released-2020  ·  review of another edition
witch lesbian + finding a gf + high school cliques + found family + female friendships + casting curses on dudebros? love that for us in 2020 !
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didnt love this book but I didnt dislike it.

The book started off fast pace but then the story to me went really slow and was a bit repetitive. Maybe as it Is the first book in the series in will pick up more in the second book.

I did like some of the characters though. We have Sideways (that is her nickname) whose really name is Eloise who is a outcast and has been practising magic for years. The three others of the group that Sideways joins are Jing, Yates and Daisy. At the start of the book
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teenage girl gang, witches, lesbians and queer girls, what more can you ask for?

It took me some time to get used to the first person POV and the writing, but once I got to know Sideways a little better I fell in love with her and her crowd. I loved reading about the girls growing friendship, how they were all ride or die, how they all had one another's back no matter what. Friends groups in books are one of my favourite thing, romantic relationships are nice of course, but friendships are what
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, lgbt-recs
This book is everything I would have killed to read when I was a teenager. Its very girl power, very witchy and very queer and I loved every second of it. I cant wait for the second book in all honesty, I think its gonna be killer perhaps quite literally.

I love books with mean girl type characters who genuinely care for each other and look out for other girls. I love it even more when theyre Witches. The Craft film was my jam, although admittedly that didnt quite end as fairytale found family as
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
[Thanks to Erewhon for the ARC]

An unfortunate attempt to cash in on the queer teen fantasy market. Poor prose, shallow characterization, oddball factual errors.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

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Delaney 🏳️‍🌈
Thank you Netgalley and Erewhon for the advanced readers copy to read and review!

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars! I highly enjoyed this wonderfully witchy read! I was drawn into the plot from page one! This book is about Sideways, a lesbian witch who was hired by the popular clique of girls at her school to preform a spell at a house party. The night of the house party everything goes haywire and Sideways life is now intertwined with the lives of the popular girls (Jing, Daisy, and Yates).
Anamelia Regan
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will be posting a full review soon on here and my blog, but for now I want to say that I really loved this book! There were some amazing friendships, female empowerment, an interesting magic system, some brilliant rep LGBTQ+ and POC rep, and excellent characters. Teenage me would have obsessed over this book and it's depiction of female friendships and queerness, and I think it does an amazing job of capturing teens at their best and messiest. This was a really great read, and I can't wait for ...more
Amanda Mae
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Were friends now. Blood is truly thicker than water, is it not? We spilled some blood between us with that glass. If Yates is your sister, Im your sister, too. And now I have to fucking kill those assholes. Boys dont touch my girls. I swear to god. I can be a fucking monster when I wanna be. Im not good at a whole lot, but Im spectacular at terrorizing people until theyve literally lost. I can ruin people like you wouldnt believe. And I wanna wreck their sorry lives.

Oh, yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. This
Maybe I went into this expecting too much.

Scapegracers begins when the cool girls at school invite Sideways to perform real magic at their party which she thinks is a one night trick with no strings attached but when her power triggers something connecting them all she finds that maybe she no longer has to spend her teenage years standing on the sidelines and when witchfinders come lurking at her door they must band together to protect the coven.

This book plays to elements of The Craft and AHS
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read.

This has easily become one of my favorite books.

THE PROSE *chefs kiss*


The world!

Did I mention the prose? I made it to page 16 when I decided that I needed to read it again.

I love the relationship between these four friends. The way they quietly and loudly show understanding for each other even when they dont understand.
I cant pick a favorite character because theyre all my favorites. My GOD they are so well written.

The magic was treated with respect, it felt
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, *loved* this.

I feel like this is what I was hoping These Witches Dont Burn would be. While I enjoyed that one, it was too fluffy for me. I wanted darkness, power, edge, urgency, sisterhood, sigils and occultism, all that fun spooky stuff - Scapegracers delivered big time.

The comparisons to The Craft are pretty spot on without the story being copied in any way - but the magic is so deep and dark and powerful - the girls are diverse and edgy and real - the setting is chilly and grey and
Kristin Sledge
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an eARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"We're inviting the liquid night, the molten magic. We're inviting the star-spiked darkness inside and calling it to this circle.  Our hands entwined are a chalice, flow through us and spill.  All this dancing is in triumph and our booze is all libations.  We've brought you beats, lights, and glamour; we brought fresh meat, new blood, and booze.  In return, we want some chaos, we want havoc; bring us hell"

Sideways Pike has a
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Scapegracers Review

Hannah Abigail Clarkes THE SCAPEGRACERS is a magical book filled with witches, spells, magical books and an incredible cast of characters.

This book swept me off my feet! While witches arent usually a huge favourite in books personally, I adored this one and was itching to continue reading the whole time! This book is all about a newly-formed coven of witches who are determined to show the world that theyre not to be messed with; and youre sure to absolutely fall in
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review can also be found at Snow White Hates Apples.

*Ive received a copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Queer and diverse characters, witches and magical creatures The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke sounds like an answer to my I need more books like this! after I read Rory Powers Wilder Girls last year. Unfortunately, my expectations were perhaps too high and this book fell short of those expectations.

The Scapegracers starts with a bang that quickly softens
Mar 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
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Mandi Lynn
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is... visceral, in terms of language and story. I admit it seemed a bit much at first, the description of organs and feeling things in a strange way in strange parts of the human body, but as the book progressed it began to make sense. The magic in this book is visceral and requires the use of descriptive and at times uncomfortable language to describe how it affects the characters and the world they inhabit. For the first few chapters the book reminded me a quite a bit of Foul is Fair ...more
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC from Our Town Books, Jacksonville Illinois for review purposes ...thanks Jessica Gale!
🤩Possible small spoilers but nothing major revealed.🤩
The beginning chapters were a little rough around the edges; Loud, Proud, Angry Outsider teen was DECLARED with great adjective use within internal musings. I stuck with it because the setting was unique & turned the usual teen tale inside out; probably 20% of the characters were the straight white male variety & they arent the
Dawna Ofstehage
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sideways is a self-professed witch that is into the Occult. She is a loner and has never been blessed in the friend department and she is fine with that. She calls herself Sideways, because shes never been straight a day in her life. Jing, Daisy, and Yates are the most popular girls at school, everyone wants to be them and yet everyone fears them. They give Sideways $40 to cast a spell at their Halloween party. Sideways pulls of an incantation that blows everyones minds, along with the trio and ...more
Julia Brogdon
**Thank you to Erewhon and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

What the four of us could do was something else. I felt seasick and disgustingly in love with it, with them.

A girl gang, witches, and LGBTQ representation? This book had it all! Unfortunately, it fell a little flat for me. The concept was amazing, but the execution was shaky. There were several times when I was reading that I felt like there was dissonance between the writing and
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Scapegracers is a fast paced thrilling book following Sideaways, a teenage witch who was always the outsider in high school due to acting all goth-like. She find friends through demonstrating her powers and finds herself trying to navigate the struggles of now being in a coven-
like situation. The Scapegracers kept me hooked and excited to read more, although some of the plot twists were a little predictable it was able to keep me reading chapter after chapter.

I liked the fact it fits into
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was my honor to be able to read an ARC of this book. Scapegracers is a wonderland of teenage angst, rebellion & wonder, boiled and condensed into powerful sorcery. Teenage girl weirdness and rage have not only a place to see themselves in Sideways, Daisy, Yates & Jing, they are given truth to power, weird girl wholesomeness, and the beginning of something thrilling.

With a down-to-earth look grounding its atmosphere in small-town Americana, and a sharp, analytic eye to queer youth and
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5/5 stars

It pains me to do this, as I had really high hopes for loving this book! The synopsis gave me everything I never thought I needed, and I was all on board. Unfortunately, the characters, pacing, and the writing style fell flat for me. The flow of the story was odd to me, and I never truly got into it. There were moments that it piqued my interest, but they were few and far between. The writing style wasn't my cup of tea either. I'm not one to lean towards a certain POV, but this book
Ariel (ariel_reads)
I really love the premise of this book. Witches, high-school drama, friendships, queer and poc rep? Sign me up! If this type of book sounds appealing to you-- it's worth the read. However, the major issue I had with it was pacing. I wanted to enjoy this book so much, but often found myself frustrated or confused because there were whole sections where nothing was happening or developing. I also think there might have been more depth to the book if the side characters had been explored a little ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Sideways is a lesbian, a witch, and an outcast. When Jing, Yates, and Daisy, the most popular girls in school, invite her to do some magic at their Halloween party, its her chance to show off and be cool. But something goes wrong that brings the girls together.
The way the girls take Sideways into her group is one of the sweetest examples of friendship between girls Ive ever seen in fiction. All four girls have interesting and distinct personalities that made me wish I had friends like that in
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq-rep, arc
Im not actually sure how I feel about this book. There were some parts that I liked and there were some parts that I didnt like. I found myself enjoying myself and then I found myself skimming through parts because I was a bit bored. But that seemed to leave me as we headed towards the end of the book. I really did love the interactions between the MC and her newly built coven, so every part they were not together I wasnt interested in. Those I think were the strongest moments in this book.

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