** I received an e-Arc of "Mark of the Wicked" by Georgia Bowers from the publisher for the book tour conducted by TBR and Beyond tours. All reviews are my own and unbiased.**
Minor body horror, animal death, harm to animals, bullying.
About the book:
A young witch tries to unravel the mystery of who is framing her for dark magic in Georgia Bowers’ creepy YA debut fantasy, Mark of the Wicked.
Magic always leaves its mark.
All her life, Matilda has been told one thing about her magic: You use only when necessary. But Matilda isn’t interested in being a good witch. She wants revenge and popularity, and to live her life free of consequences, free of the scars that dark magic leaves on her face as a reminder of her misdeeds.
When a spell goes awry and the new boy at school catches her in the act, Matilda thinks her secret might be out. But far from being afraid, Oliver already knows about her magic – and he wants to learn more. As Oliver and Matilda grow closer, bizarre things begin to happen: Animals show up with their throats slashed and odd markings carved into their bodies, a young girl dies mysteriously, and everyone blames Matilda. But she isn’t responsible — at least, not that she can remember. As her magic begins to spin out of control, Matilda must decide for herself what makes a good witch, and discover the truth…before anyone else turns up dead.
I found the whole concept of the book quite unique and intriguing from the beginning. The way Matilda was portrayed did render her unlikable, but her character evolved throughout the book and I think that was beautifully done. I was particularly a fan of Matilda and Oliver's connection, and one such moment in the book just left me spellbound.
The whole book is filled with wild twists and turns and it is a ride! From the moment Matilda finds out about the incidents, the incredible journey begins which takes us through a ton of emotions, twists, and just keeps us guessing and on the edge. Although I would say that it was really difficult for me at times to deal with all the animal deaths.
All the characters were really well done, and each had their part in the story. Erin was a breath of fresh air, and I really liked her character along with Matilda's lead. Also, how perfect is it that the climax of the story happened on Halloween? I mean...that's just the perfect ending!
Overall, I really liked the book. Although it's August, this book has got me started for an early Halloween.
4 / 5
Georgia Bowers lives in Bedford, a small market town in England. When it was time to decide what to do with her life, she was obsessed with two things: books and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It seemed sensible to follow in the brogued footsteps of Rupert Giles, so she became a librarian, though sadly not the demon-fighting kind. But there’s still time.
Ever since her mum told her that witches used to meet in the woods near their village, she’s been obsessed with witchcraft and the paranormal. When she was a teenager, a weekly habit of Point Horrors satisfied her thirst for chilling tales before she moved on to reading Stephen King. These days she likes to give her nerves a break every now and then with a good YA romance. After completing a course in writing YA fiction she was a winner in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Undiscovered Voices. Since then she has dabbled with stories of chosen ones and ghostly best friends until she conjured up the magical ingredients for her debut novel, Mark Of The Wicked.
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