Published by Flux Books/North Star Editions on January 30th, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
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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.
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and think all of you young adult readers should check it out.
Lainey has her future goals set and is focusing on her grades so she can get into a good college. What she didn’t expect is finding out she is a Keeper, a witch who protects the Grimoire. Lainey finds out the Master took the Grimoire years prior and is hunting other supernatural for their power. Lainey also learns she is a descendant of one of the most powerful lines of magic, the DuCarmonts. When Lainey finds this all out she doesn’t believe it but then things add up. Lainey, her best friend, Maggie, and Ty, a street fighter who Lainey befriends, seek answers and try to get the Grimoire back while the Master is trying to find her so she can open the Grimoire. Throughout the story Lainey sees the ghost of Josephine DuCarmont who shows Lainey what the Master is capable of; which is nothing good.
Lainey is an awesome character and I related to her easily. She is smart, likable, determined and skeptical. Her best friend, Maggie was also a great character. Her geek references are so awesome.
The book flowed well; however, there were some parts that dragged a bit in the middle. The ending was superb and tied up many of the loose ends and had some major twists.
Thanks to the publisher for allowing me to read this book early.