Published by Of Tomes Publishing on December 21, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Kindle Copy
Source: Xpresso Reads, Blog Tour, Review Copy
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Seventeen-year-old Maggie Ellmes is dogged by a case of chronic bad luck. She figures that’s just her lot in life—that is, until the psychic at Blackheath’s annual carnival reveals that Maggie’s problems are caused by more than just ordinary misfortune; she’s actually been cursed.
Desperate to shake the hex, Maggie has no choice but to seek out the help of Joel Tomlins, a rebellious classmate who’s descended from Blackheath’s most powerful line of witches. After breaking all of his coven’s conventions to help her, Joel discovers that the curse isn’t as bad as Maggie fears. In fact, it’s much, much worse.
Happy Monday! Today I am participating in a Blog Tour for Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. I was provided with a review copy of Blackheath in exchange for a fair and honest review. Expresso Book Tours is also giving away a $15 Amazon card, you can enter here! You can also click the image below to see the other scheduled tour stops.
Blackheath is a little over 200 pages and was an easy read for me but I loved the story. Paranormal stories are some of my favourites and I loved that Blackheath was focused on a family of male witches. More often than that it is a girl who is the magical one and I enjoyed seeing it from a guy’s perspective and the girl being normal. The transitions from Maggie’s to Joel’s viewpoints are smooth and the story flows naturally and has a well paced plot. There were some twists I did not expect and kept me on pins and needles. I would have loved to see more magical moments or to see more of what Joel’s brother Evan can do, but I am keeping my fingers crossed for the next book!
I like the relationship between Maggie and Joel and that they didn’t have an insta love type connection. They were friends before who had a falling out and even though they act like they hate each other, they never really stopped caring about each other. It’s refreshing to see a relationship that had more time to build up. Blackheath also focused on family relationships as well and the connection between Joel and his brothers especially his older brother Evan who is now the chosen one in his family. They have always looked out for one another and Joel doesn’t know how to deal with the rift caused by Evan being chosen. Maggie has to deal with her parents not being around at all and being on her own.
Overall I loved the world of Blackheath and found the story and characters to be funny, enjoyable and exciting. I want to learn more about Maggie and the Tomlin’s family and I will definitely be reading book two. Now I just have to wait until October, ugh! I recommend you pick up this book ASAP, you will not regret it!
I give Blackheath 4/5 stars for being a great magical ride!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 Reading Challenge