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The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta
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((heavy sigh...))

Danny and her mom move to Tempest, California after Danny picks it out on a map. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the choice but things are not always as they appear. What is drawing her there?

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 personality and with sea glass eyes. What happened to her?

Then she wanders into the woods and doesn't come back. She's their Regina George, so obviously this is upsetting to the rest of the Grays.

They basically recruit Danny into their group and discover she has a power for 'finding' things. They begin a quest to get Imogen back. All of her; mind, body and spirit.

I love this cover.
I love the representation.
I am intrigued by the premise.

The format did not work for me.
I was as lost as Imogen most of the time.
I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I had to start a chapter over because my mind was wandering and I had no idea what was going on. There were so many perspective jumps and time jumps. I normally do not mind that at all but this just was all over the place.

The writing is pretty but is it possible to be too pretty?

In my opinion, the substance of the plot got buried under all the whimsy. I am sure there will be many readers who will absolutely adore this story. I just unfortunately was not one of them.

If it weren't for the great rep and lush atmosphere, I most likely would have given this two stars. It hurts my heart to write this as I have been greatly anticipating this release. Alas, there is a reader for every book and I am just not the reader for this one.

Thank you so much to the publisher, Candlewick Press, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I always appreciate the opportunity to provide my opinion on new releases.
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Reading Progress

November 26, 2018 – Shelved
November 26, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
May 25, 2019 – Started Reading
May 27, 2019 –
12.0% "Confusing AF. Let's hope that clears up 😧😪"
May 27, 2019 –
16.0% "No clue what's going on...

May 28, 2019 –
26.0% "Still pretty clueless but I'm liking it???

May 28, 2019 –
40.0% "Yep.
Still pretty clueless...
Hahaha -- maybe it's me?

May 29, 2019 –
58.0% "What's up with Haven?
Little sister be creeping me out!

May 30, 2019 –
May 30, 2019 –
75.0% "Actual footage of my brain trying to keep track of these storylines, timelines, names, dates, relationships...

May 31, 2019 –
89.0% ""
May 31, 2019 – Shelved as: arcs-read
May 31, 2019 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Aisling Zena (new)

Aisling Zena Terrific review Meg! Shame about the format..

megs_bookrack Aisling Zena wrote: "Terrific review Meg! Shame about the format.." Thank you, Aisling! I know a ton of people are going to love this and honestly, I would even consider rereading it someday. Just didn't work for me right now. I am interested to read everyone else's reviews though...maybe I will be the lone wolf...

Joni (Jonez) I am so glad I read your review first. I really wanted to read this and my fear was it would be too "whimsical" for my taste. This makes me hesitate. I will make this a library check out before I commit to buying. Thanks Meg!

megs_bookrack Joni (Jonez) wrote: "I am so glad I read your review first. I really wanted to read this and my fear was it would be too "whimsical" for my taste. This makes me hesitate. I will make this a library check out before I c..."Thank you, Joni! I do like some whimsy for sure but this one overpowered the story for me. I definitely hope you read it some day and I would be happy to hear your thoughts! xo

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