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"I used to be one of those girls. The kind who loved to deliver bad news. When I colored my hair, I imagined it seeping into my scalp, black dye pooling into my veins.
But that was the old Lacy. Now, when I cast spells, they are always for good."
16-year-old Lacy believes that magic and science can work side by side. She's a botanist who knows how to harness the healing power of plants. So when her father dies, Lacy tries to stay with her step-mother in Chico, where her magic is good and healing. She fears the darkness that her real mother, Cheyenne, brings out, stripping away everything that is light and kind.
Yet Cheyenne never stays away for long. Beautiful, bewitching, unstable Cheyenne who will stop at nothing, not even black magic, to keep control of her daughter's heart. She forces Lacy to accompany her to Sacramento, and before long, the "old" Lacy starts to resurface.
But when Lacy survives a traumatic encounter, she finds herself faced with a choice. Will she use her powers to exact revenge and spiral into the darkness forever? Or will she find the strength to embrace the light?
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Lyrical, dark, and beautifully twisted- I couldn’t put this book down. It was a refreshing piece of word-art among a market crowded with by-the-book wordsmiths. I can’t wait to read more of Tricia Stirling’s work.
What a dark and magical treat this book was.
Despite it’s brevity, this book will leave a lasting mark in my psyche because of the author’s vivid and poetic word painting. This is one of those books that you would refer to as ”a piece of art”. It’s dark, and beautiful, and abrasive, and lucid, and abstract, and heart-breaking all in one.
Tricia Stirling is a sorceress with words. She spins them all lyrical and heady like they’re crafted from moonlight. Her character-heavy tale tells the journey of a girl who must find herself in between all of the bad and good experiences that have shaped her life and her idea of herself.
There isn’t really a plot to this book, just a hint of macabre mystery and some dark secrets that unravel themselves by the end. The pacing and over all tone and flow of the story reminded me of another book I really enjoyed called All Our Pretty Songs.
Beautifully imagined and crafted phrases that were so raw and powerful are scattered like stars against midnight. The subject matter is intense and veers towards mature young-adult, and all I could think after finishing this book was: I really want to pick this author’s brain.
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