(The Parliament House, Coming Fall 2020)
Young Adult Fiction/Southern Gothic
When Jenna’s beloved father dies in a tragic accident, the sixteen-year-old must move to the quiet suburb of Koush Hollow outside New Orleans to live with her mother. Although a misfit, Jenna is a legacy candidate of her mother’s exclusive social club, but Voodoo secrets and regatta balls are an unwelcome change for a STEM student who prefers being an eco-warrior and wearing grungy clothes.
The club members enjoy timeless beauty and wealth, but at a cost she never dreamed she’d be interested in paying. After much resistance on her part to becoming a socialite, she’s dealt several emotional blows and becomes entangled in her mother’s seductive world. When she and Hayden, a bayou boy whom she has sworn to hate forever, learn they have strange commonalities, their curiosity leads them to Mama Ismay, a bayou witch who seems to know a lot about Jenna. While she is drawn into the soul-binding pact between the club members and Mama Ismay, her curious nature and growing concerns urge her to dig deeper. As time runs out, she races to uncover the club’s deadly and environmentally corrupt secrets that stretch deep into her past and threaten the future of the bayou and those mystically connected to it, which now includes her and Hayden.
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Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy
The last thing Hannah wants is to be a witch.
Five-star ratings from reviewers…
“This is a powerful tale of self-acceptance with magical elements. There are characters you grow to love, and others you grow to hate. An incredible read, one that I couldn’t put down.”
“There was also a lot of mystery that kept me on my toes and a huge plot twist in the end. To say the least, I was mesmerized from the first page to the last!”
“I was blown away…I read all the Harry Potter books and loved them and lo and behold could not put this one down until I finished it. I am really impressed and want to buy some hard copies!”
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When an ancient prophecy reveals the rise of a young, powerful Chesapeake witch and the impending death of another, sixteen-year-old Hannah Fitzgerald realizes she can no longer repress the magic that has taken away so much. She chooses to play the game of fate, but without knowing whom her true rival is, she isn’t certain she’ll survive, and if she loses, she may lose everything including the mysterious, star-crossed boy who loves her.
C. Busick’s 5-Star Review on GoodReads
Bewitching Hannah is a page turner about 16-year-old Hannah. It tells an amazing tale of how her life changes, challenges she faces, and survival. Hannah has lost both of her parents, and goes to live with her Aunt J. When she starts school, she makes new friends, and frenemies. Although dealing with these high school “mean girls” does not happen in the normal fashion.
Hannah has spent her entire life trying to be ordinary. With help from her new friends, a new love, and her aunt, she comes to terms with the fact that she is anything but ordinary. She embraces who and what she is to save the ones she loves and all the people in her town.
This is a powerful tale of self-acceptance with magical elements. There are characters you grow to love, and others you grow to hate. An incredible read, one that I couldn’t put down.
I voluntarily received an early reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy
A forbidden love. A dark curse. An impossible choice…
From Amazon reviews…
“This book has everything that draws me into a good YA book and a little more.”
“The herbalist magic and edgy spells casted and crafted by the young heroine are wonderfully creative and imaginative.”
“I fell in love with the story and characters right away.”
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Follow sixteen-year-old Sophie Goodchild, the fictional descendant of a real Wethersfield witch, as she finds forbidden love and with it, a centuries-old true love curse. She will have to uncover dark secrets from both of their families’ wicked pasts and risk everything, including her soul, to save them, but it will take more than that.
Review of Disenchanted
This one follows in the tradition of Romeo and Juliet. Two young people on the opposite sides of a massive feud, struggling with a love that could destroy them.
For anyone who knows of my obsession with Shakespeare, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that I really enjoyed this book. Now, I don’t want anyone mistaking my meaning here. While this story does have some of the elements present in Romeo and Juliet, it is also vastly different. Much like many of the books and movies that have rehashed some of the Bard’s tales (Lion King, Ten Things I Hate About You, etc.), it takes the basic outline and creates a wonderful, new story.
I found the story to be well written. It was filled with rich descriptions that enhanced the magical portion of the story’s world. I found some of the supernatural elements of the story to be crafted slightly different than some of the others I’ve read. This gave it a refreshing point of view that I appreciate- it helps keep the genre from getting too cliche.
I loved the way Goff used the idea of the star-crossed lovers, the pair that succumbed to their families’ hatred, as a cautionary tale for those that came after and enhanced it with a tale of powerful magic and intense hatred. For a young girl to navigate her way through a world with so many obstacles and try to overcome insurmountable odds… truly amazing.
In a way it is typical coming of age story. Sophie is reaching the point in her life where things are going to start changing and those changes are going to shape who she becomes but her journey is a little different than that of a normal girl- which is to be expected since she is a witch. She starts off with only the most basic knowledge and though she longs to know more, the answers aren’t easily found. With a little help from the spirit world she learns more and more about her world, her past, and events that threaten her future. Enemies are present at every turn and she struggles to make the right decision before it’s too late.
This was a very creative and enthralling book which is why I am giving this one a perfect 10. I really loved this one and I can’t wait to read more from this author.
Reposted courtesy of Bookaholic’s Fix BlogMiss Phyre’s Review of Disenchanted–5 StarsI don’t know where to start telling you how much I loved this book! With shelves filled with witchcraft stories, fiction and historical alike, I think Disenchanted will forever stand out as one of my favorites. Sophie, even while being supernatural, remains human. Thought she fights between her head and heart she ultimately makes her decisions based on her heart. That’s something I think we can all relate to.One of the things I loved about Disenchanted is it’s parallels to Romeo And Juliet. Along with all my “witchy” books, I love to read classics and Romeo And Juliet has always been a favorite. Leigh Goff merges the two worlds in such a way that I won’t ever be able to read R And J without wondering where all the spells are! She also found the one thing that R And J was missing…a Hottie McTottie Brit with a rebellious streak 😉 Another thing that drew me so far into the Disenchanted world was all of the subtle hints of real history woven in. It just makes you believe that this actually happened and that they just tried to keep it all quiet. I mean, you can even search the last name of ‘Hottie McTottie’ and you’ll pull up Salem Witch Trial articles!I know this review is kind of short, but it’s late (because I could not put this book down and I had to talk about it right away!) Overall I’m giving this book 5 Stars and a permanent place with my favorite books. Leigh Goff writes with such vivid imagery that you finish reading it and could swear you witnessed the events firsthand. She is definitely an author to keep you’re eye on. I think we are going to see some amazing things from her.