I bought Spells & Sorcery by S. Usher Evans a few weeks ago when we were due to have a huge storm with power outages and I’d planned to spend the evening reading. The storm never materialized, so it took me a while to get through my “Great Storm” reading list.
Spells & Sorcery is a fun YA story about a teenage girl who abruptly comes into magical powers. Lexie Carrigan struggles with both controlling her magic and navigating those tough teen years when you’re not quite an adult and not quite a child. Add to it an unusual household dynamic–um, like family members who completely abandon her to her new, uncontrolled powers despite her begging for help–and you’ve got a lot going on in this quick read. Also, it’s a terrible idea to take advice from an unfamiliar middle-aged man in a park. That’s just a good rule of thumb.
Evans’ prose reads cleanly and the story flies by. I finished the entire thing in one sitting… luckily the new book in the series is out this week!