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Review: The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

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The Price Guide to the Occult
The Price Guide to the Occult

by Leslye Walton
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Synopsis
When Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island more than a century ago, her otherworldly skills might have benefited friendlier neighbors. Guilt and fear instead led the island’s original eight settlers to burn “the witch” out of her home. So Rona cursed them. Fast-forward one hundred–some years: All Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life. She has reason to hope: First, her supernatural powers, if they can be called that, are unexceptional. Second, her love life is nonexistent, which means she might escape the other perverse side effect of the matriarch’s backfiring curse, too. But then a mysterious book comes out, promising to cast any spell for the right price. Nor senses a storm coming and is pretty sure she’ll be smack in the eye of it. In her second novel, Leslye Walton spins a dark, mesmerizing tale of a girl stumbling along the path toward self-acceptance and first love, even as the Price Guide’s malevolent author — Nor’s own mother — looms and threatens to strangle any hope for happiness.

What I thought
Price Guide to the Occult is a young adult urban fantasy stand alone novel. This book came out in the beginning of this year and since then I have heard more disappointing reviews than positive ones so even though I had already purchased it I was a little weary about reading it. I have learned this year that I need to trust in what I think I will like and not by what others reviews say. Since this sounded like something I would like I gave it a chance, and I am happy that I did. This may not have been the most action packed book but it was perfect for me when I read it.

The writing of this book is absolutely beautiful. This is the first book that I have read by this author but I am going to have to give her other book a chance just for the writing alone.  This story opens with a backstory that lays the ground work for the whole story. Yes the back story is important please do not skip it just because its before chapter 1. I am very happy you get this upfront instead of through out the story. It made everything make so much since from the beginning and there was no flipping back and forth trying to figure out what was happening.

I’m sorry I don’t have any really deep thoughts about this book and I am not going to go into too much detail due to the fact that it is a short book and would be very easy to spoil. This is not meant to be be a fast pace book, which is where I think most of the bad rep came from.  I read this coming out of a reading slump and it was the perfect time for me to read it.

There is a Trigger Warning for cutting and self harm.

If you are on the fence about reading the book because of all of the reviews I say you should give it a chance.

My Rating: /54 Stars

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Wrap Up

October 2018 Wrap Up

Monthly Wrapup

Good Afternoon Everyone! It’s Halloween!

So where I am working now we get x amount of holidays and then we get to choose a holiday to take from a list.  Yep, I take Halloween.

So October seems to have just flown by in the blink of an eye.  Yes, that may be due to me running around like crazy. Really my daughter has to be somewhere after school every day. So that is when I read. If any of you follow me on Instagram you have seen how I spend the non-raining football games. My daughter is in the band so I only have to pay attention during halftime and pre-game.

FB Reading 2018

When I am not running around for that she is also in the orchestra.

String Rreading 2018

So I was looking at what I read in September and October and I could not figure out why my reading had gone down so much from July and August.  Well, I keep needing to remind myself that I am much busier now that school is in full swing. And I should be happy if I just read one book. So that is something that I am working on. Just being happy with what I can accomplish and not focusing on what I didn’t. I know this seems like a simple concept but I am truly my own worst enemy.

But you are not here to hear me ramble about all of that you are here to see what I read this month so here we go!

I finished 10 books this month and DNF’d 2.

Books Read

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
5 Stars
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The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton
4 Stars
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Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
4 Stars
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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
4 Stars
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Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
5 Stars
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Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz
2 Stars
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Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black
4 Stars
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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
5 Stars
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Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening
5 Stars
by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
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Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
5 Stars
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Books DNF’d

Mem by Bethany C. Morrow
DNF
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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
DNF at 57%
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Well, that wraps up this month.

How was your reading this month?

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