The Thickety by J.A. White

18651970

When Kara is just a child, her mother is hung for the crime of witchcraft. Now Kara, her father, and her brother, Taff, are left branded as a family corrupted by magic in a town where magic is the most offensive crime. Kara is terrorized at school, her family’s farm is vandalized, and they remain on the brink of starvation. One day, Kara is led into the Thickety, a forbidden forest ruled by Sordyr and inhabited by dangerous creatures. In the Thickety, Kara is led to a grimoire, a book that allows her to cast spells. Now that Kara knows she possesses magic, she must decide how to wield her new power. Should the village find out about her, she knows she would meet the same fate as her mother. But the call of the grimoire is all but irresistible, and Kara could do so much a little magic.

So, the good parts of this book were really good. It’s got suspense, it’s got scary parts, and it’s got plot twists. But other parts were just meh. If you’re into books about witches or if you’re in the mood for a Halloween-y type read, give this one a shot. Like I said, there were some really good parts in it — especially involving Kara’s archenemy, Grace. Plus, the artwork is really amazing and creepy. If you love it, check out the next two books in the series!

*Lonestar, 2014

Rating: 3.5/5

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