Title: Mark of the Wicked
Author: Georgia Bowers
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: August 10th, 2021
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Rating: 3 stars
Know more: Goodreads
A young witch tries to unravel the mystery of who is framing her for dark magic.
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.
For a debut book, Mark of the Wicked is a stunning novel. Although, it is the same cliched story of a young witch living with her mother and grandmother, navigating through the whole magical process, it is in some aspects, very unique and entertaining to read. Georgia Bowers is not afraid to make her characters unlikable and filled with flaws. The book is slow to medium paced but the characters and creepy voodoo spells definitely make up for it. It definitely didn’t live up to my expectations, but it wasn’t very disappointing either.
I recommend this book to anyone who is a huge fan of morally gray characters, lots of witchiness, amazing character developments, plot twists, and doesn’t mind a somewhat slow-pace and mild “telling-instead-of-showing.”
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.
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*Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.*