Author: Kim Chance
Release Date: January 30th 2018
Publisher: Flux books
When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.
After consulting a psychic, Lainey discovers that she, like her mother, is a Keeper: a witch with the exclusive ability to unlock and wield the Grimoire, a dangerous but powerful spell book. But there’s a problem. The Grimoire has been stolen by a malevolent warlock who is desperate for a spell locked inside it—a spell that would allow him to siphon away the world’s magic.
With the help of her comic-book-loving best friend and an enigmatic but admittedly handsome street fighter, Lainey must leave her life of college prep and studying behind to prepare for the biggest test of all: stealing back the book. (Taken from goodreads)
** spoiler alert **
First off I want to start by saying the author of this book is so super sweet and I love being in her street team, and my thoughts toward this book obviously are nothing against her personally! I will continue to help spread the word about this book because even though it wasn’t my cup of tea, I think that there are people who will enjoy it!
Things I liked
- the way the romance played out.
- I liked that the friendship between Maggie and Lainey played a significant role
- The idea of the plot
Things I didn’t like
- tons of cliche kids/ teen book stuff thrown in randomly to make one story, the sensei at the bottom of the hidden room behind the secret passageway bookshelf, and oh my gosh, Lainey’s uncle is a fairy, and Lainey you ARE the grimoire.
- I liked the idea of the plot, but I felt like the writing was very juvenile and was aimed more toward a preteen audience or older kids instead of young adult.
- Maggie’s character annoyed me; I thought she acted like she was 12 rather than 17-18 years old. I also did not like how many pop culture references Maggie made...a few are okay, but basically, every scene Maggie was talking had one shoved in there.
- I felt like the ending was rushed or like you were supposed to feel like Lainey made this big sacrifice for the grimoire by killing the already dead uncle, but that had little to do with her escaping with the grimoire.
- I felt like if I was new to the reading world and hadn’t been exposed to a lot of top-notch writers and writing styles I might have liked this book more. Overall I thought the writing was hard to read (it took me three months to read this) but I think a younger audience would enjoy this book more or someone who just doesn’t read as much.