From the author of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender comes a haunting maelstrom of magic and murder in the lush, moody Pacific Northwest.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 islands original eight settlers to burn the witch out of her home. So Rona cursed them. Fast-forward one hundredsome years: All Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life. She has reason to hope: First, her supernatural powers, if they can be called that, are unexceptional. Second, her love life is nonexistent, which means she might escape the other perverse side effect of the matriarchs backfiring curse, too. But then a mysterious book comes out, promising to cast any spell for the right price. Nor senses a storm coming and is pretty sure shell be smack in the eye of it. In her second novel, Leslye Walton spins a dark, mesmerizing tale of a girl stumbling along the path toward self-acceptance and first love, even as the Price Guides malevolent author Nors own mother looms and threatens to strangle any hope for happiness....
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The Price Guide to the Occult Reviews
Thanks to Walker Books Aus for sending me a copy of this book for review.
Trigger warning for self harm.
I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I guess it just wasn’t for me. The concept intrigued me at firs, as did the beautiful cover, but pretty much as soon as I started reading, I just couldn’t connect to it.
Some things that I enjoyed:
* Walton’s writing is really beautiful, poetic and captive. Despite not loving this story, she is a beautiful writer.
* It’s a fantasy book that covers topics ...more
Contains sensitivities such as abuse, post traumatic stress disorder and self harm.
Flames consumed Anathema Island as the Blackburn matriarch retaliated against the patriarchal society, men who colonised the small north western island. Accusations of witchcraft coincide with eight generations of Blackburn women, blighted abominations including the estranged Fern Blackburn.
Abandoned by her neglectful and abusive mother, Nor Blackburn is a wonderful young woman, friend and granddaughter, her grand ...more
After absolutely adoring The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I was ready to fall in love with anything Leslye Walton wrote. That is to say, I couldn't request The Price Guide to the Occult fast enough when I realized who the author was.
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
Happy book birthday to this great little read.
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
Ohhhh, this is so pretty in person! And the pages are edged in red!
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
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 abo ...more
I received this book from NetGalley and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review.
Nor Blackburn is a witch. A cursed witch. She is the descendant of Rona Blackburn, a powerful witch that was one of the first settlers of Anathema island. Unfortunately for Rona, she was not welcome among the other settlers and as revenge she cast a curse that ended up backfiring and affecting her bloodline. The Blackburn women now have to live with the curse that affects both their magic, and their love l ...more
"They’ve been called healers and seers, shape-shifters and conjurers. Wise ones. Heretics. Witches."
TW: self-harm, abusive parents, blood, gore, suicide
Actual rating: 2.5 ⭐
Before I start my Rather Random Review™ let me tell you one (1) thing.
Personally, I’m not triggered by self-harm, cutting and blood in general but I will say that sometimes this book made me uncomfortable. It didn’t shy away from the blood and the self-harm and everything was damn graphic so…I guess what I’m trying to say is: ...more