Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours and to the author for providing me with a free ebook in exchange for an honest review. This is Young Adult fantasy book, that came out on the 10th August 2021.
Content Warnings: minor body horror, threat of harm to animals and animal death. Some animal death is real and some is imagined.
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.
If you like fantasy, magic, or you’re looking for some Chilling Adventures of Sabrina vibes this novel is perfect for you!
Matilda uses magic to hurt people who also hurt her and then she get some scars on her face. Luckily she was given a spell that works like an invisibility cloak and no one can see those scars but she can definitely feel them. She also uses her magic to have friends, until she meets Oliver … He knows about the magic, and their friendship doesn’t need the help of a magic potion. Matilda’s life changes when terrifying death and sacrifices happens in her city. She wants to understand what is happening … and makes it stop!
I really enjoyed the whole story and plots, even though I had guessed everything really quickly. The characters evolution during the whole books is very interesting and I really loved all the characters. This whole magic, scars and Halloween/Spooky vibes were a delight! I highly recommend you to read it if you like Halloween (I personnaly don’t, and still enjoyed it!).
What made me want to join this tour and read this book is the cover, I think it’s gorgeous and actually once you’ve read it the whole cover makes so much sense! It’s perfect.
About the Author:
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.