My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have been following S. Usher Evans (a.k.a. Sush) for awhile on social media sites, like Twitter, and when I saw Spells & Sorcery, I thought it looked like a fun read.
Lexi Carrigan is a teenage girl with two older sisters—bitchy Marie, and the nicer Nicole. They’re raised by their aunt Jeanie, a woman who was only in her early 20s when she took the girls in. The story starts off with Lexi being told, on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, that she has magic. Of course, she thinks her family is messing with her, but it’s not long before she believes them. They keep telling her it’s no big deal, but the whole thing is shrouded in all this secrecy and it’s not until Lexi meets Gavon fairly early on, that the older man begins to teach her to actually use her magic, and to also teach her the history of magic. Before long, Lexi can literally poof herself from place to place, summon her schoolbooks from her backpack, and have duals with Gavon on the beach. But why is this man teaching her when her own family won’t? Why has her grandmother abandoned her and refused to allow her to meet her extensive, magical family? What really happened to her mother? Why the hell won’t anyone tell her anything?
There’s some fairly exciting twists at the end that I did not see coming (like, um, yeah…let’s just say there’s this whole other world and story beyond what you think you know), as well as one character’s death that still pisses me off. Overall, Spells & Sorcery was a quick read, and I enjoyed the world that Lexi was from, and the way her magic manifested itself. It was fun to watch her grow stronger, and more sure of her abilities. If I have a complaint, it’s that I was not completely invested in any of the characters until further on. It would have been nice if Lexi had a friend or two—she’s a complete loner, and she was in her own head a lot. I didn’t always feel connected with her, or her connection to the rest of the characters Her family was frustrating at times, and I didn’t realize until later in the story why. Despite those things, I’m excited to continue on with book #2 and find out exactly what will happen to Lexi and those she cares about.