Welcome to my spot on the blog tour for Mark of the Wicked by Georgia Bowers! Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for my spot on the tour. Read on for more info, my review, and a giveaway. Let me know what you think in the comments!
Mark of the Wicked
by Georgia Bowers
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 10th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
Mark of the Wicked by Georgia Bowers is about an anti-hero, witch named Matilda, who uses her magic for revenge. After a spell goes wrong, things start to happen that she doesn’t expect and causes her problems.
The concept of this book is really good. I really enjoyed the idea of an anti hero, and witches who use their powers to hurt people. It’s a concept that isn’t always explored and made for an intriguing experience.
Matilda is definitely an anti-hero. She’s hard to like. She’s cruel and rude, and I didn’t feel a lot of sympathy for her. However, I think that’s the point. She’s well written from that point of view.
I really liked the magic system. It was interesting to see it in a contemporary world. The pacing was a little off, but I liked the concept so much, it was worth pushing through.
Overall, I liked this book. I’m interested to see more from this author in the future.
Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for the review copy and the opportunity to honestly review this book on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
3.5 rounded to 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.
Print copy of Mark of the Wicked
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