The Price Guide To The Occult by Leslye WaltonThe Price Guide To The Occult by Leslye Walton

The Price Guide To The Occult

byLeslye Walton

Hardcover | March 13, 2018

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From the author of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender comes a haunting maelstrom of magic and murder in the lush, moody Pacific Northwest.

When Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island more than a century ago, her otherworldly skills might have benefited friendlier neighbors. Guilt and fear instead led the island’s original eight settlers to burn “the witch” out of her home. So Rona cursed them. Fast-forward one hundred–some years: All Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life. She has reason to hope: First, her supernatural powers, if they can be called that, are unexceptional. Second, her love life is nonexistent, which means she might escape the other perverse side effect of the matriarch’s backfiring curse, too. But then a mysterious book comes out, promising to cast any spell for the right price. Nor senses a storm coming and is pretty sure she’ll be smack in the eye of it. In her second novel, Leslye Walton spins a dark, mesmerizing tale of a girl stumbling along the path toward self-acceptance and first love, even as the Price Guide’s malevolent author — Nor’s own mother — looms and threatens to strangle any hope for happiness.
Leslye Walton was named a William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist for the publication of her debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. Born in the Pacific Northwest, she has an MA in writing. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
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Title:The Price Guide To The OccultFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.56 × 5.69 × 0.92 inPublished:March 13, 2018Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763691100

ISBN - 13:9780763691103

Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to follow At first I thought I was just reading while being too tired again, but that was not the case. I found this book hard to keep track of, especially the characters. I hoped it would get better, or become clear, but that was not the case. I was very excited for this one, and it looks stunning, but did not enjoy it.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Points for some lovely passages but a miss on the meandering, fragmented, hard-to-follow plot. It's almost like the author didn't map out a storyline first. I found myself re-reading pages way too often and there were too many characters to keep track of (wait, who was that again?). I love a good witch story but this one was patchy and just didn't hold my attention.
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Latest novel by Leslye Walton The Price Guide to the Occult had a captivating description, and I was eager to read it. The prologue captured my attention, and I soon discovered it was the best part of the book. I am not sure what happened to the author after she wrote the prologue. Her writing became stilted and her word choices made for a slow-paced story (good for insomnia). It seemed like Ms. Walton was overthinking her writing. The transitions between sections were awkward and jarring. Ms. Walt does provide some lovely descriptions that help readers imagine the island and the foliage. The book is better at the end when the action picks up, but I feel that few readers would make it that far into the story. There is a lack of character development and depth. Nor was the most developed character, but she was not likeable nor is she compelling. Nor was too busy trying to be bland and fixated on Reed (her love interest). Of course, the author had to insert a love triangle. The romance did not feel natural. Fern had the potential to be a great antagonist, but she did not reach it. She is evil, but one dimensional. I did like Ms. Walton’s unique take on magic. I have not encountered it before in other paranormal novels. The Price Guide to the Occult does contain foul language, gruesome violence, and self-harm (fair warning). The ending was lackluster, unsatisfying, rushed and predictable. The author left the possibility of a sequel (oh dear). The Price Guide to the Occult is geared to the New Adult audience (over sixteen). My rating for The Price Guide to the Occult is 2 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could have been better This book had a lot of potential, but it didn’t work for me. I really liked the beginning of the story. The way that Rona Blackburn’s story was set up was exciting. It reminded me of The Scarlet Letter, because Rosa was excluded from the rest of the island for being a witch. I didn’t like the main character, Nor. She was very one dimensional. She only focused on what her mother was doing and she pushed everyone else away. She was strange and boring. Another problem was the title. It is the title of a book that Nor’s mother publishes, where she uses to sell spells to people. But it doesn’t really make sense as a title for the whole story. Many events could have been explained better. There were gaps in the story. For example immediately after the final “fight” happens, everyone ends up back at a house to celebrate. There was no transition, or explanation to how people survived. I think some people even showed up who were supposed to be dead, so I was really confused. I wish this book had been a little more thought-out and detailed, because that would have made it much better.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I believed, surely a book with such an interesting title would have an equally interesting story. Well, I was wrong, unfortunately. The Price Guide to the Occult does not live up to its title in originality and intrigue. For centuries, Blackburn women have been ostracized as witches on the island of Anathema. Blackburn women are doomed to have a love affair lasting but three days. Nor, the last of the Blackburn women has done everything in her power to be under the radar, even if it means to hide her supernatural powers. But, when her estranged mother, Fern publishes a book, The Price Guide to the Occult, Nor finds her powers awakening. As The Price Guide to the Occult becomes a bestseller, Fern’s popularity grows and her hunger for world domination is unquenched. It is up to Nor, the last of the Blackburn women, to stop her mother before its too late. As much as I love a good witch story with magic, this one fell entirely flat. Nor’s under-the-radar character did not hide any mysterious secrets, she was basically inaccessible as a main character. The other characters, like Nor’s mother Fern, had so much potential, but she was little more than a villain on a power trip gone horribly wrong. The storyline itself was slow paced, but never really amounted to anything. Even the romance, which could have been the only redeeming feature of this book, left me utterly confused. Why build up romantic tension when you’re just going to forget about the romantic interest part way through the book? The moment I believed that the story was starting to pick up speed, I would be thoroughly disappointed. Any shred of originality was squashed by the banality of the storyline. Once I reached the ending, I began to wonder if I missed the action in the story. If The Price Guide to the Occult was supposed to be a coming of age story, Nor remained mostly unchanged at the end of the novel. Although I knew that there were mentions of self-harm in this novel before I began reading The Price Guide to the Occult, I hadn’t realized how much of the novel was devoted to descriptions of self-harm. After a while, it became excessive and uncomfortable. The worst part is, Nor’s problem of self-harm is never full addressed by anyone or even herself. The lack of closure regarding Nor’s self-harm made this book a slightly disturbing read. All in all, I would not recommend this book for its lack of storyline and lack of engaging characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-08

Editorial Reviews

Walton follows The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender with a lyrical and robust multigenerational story set on the fictional Anathema Island in the Pacific Northwest...In succinct, evocative sentences, Walton paints vivid scenes while maintaining a gripping plot. Addressing abandonment, self-harm, first love, and other topics, Walton weaves a rewardingly complex tale that brims with suspense and romance.—Publishers Weekly (starred review)Walton conjures a rich sense of place in her sophomore novel, and the backstory of the Blackburn women is undeniably fascinating. Additionally, she does an excellent job handling the topic of Nor’s self-harm: Nor’s already sought treatment by the time her story begins, and though her compulsive thoughts and anxiety are still there, she’s learned how to manage those thoughts in a healthy way...the eerie atmosphere, lyrical language, and romance subplot will still entrance many.—BooklistAs in her 2014 debut, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Walton’s writing is atmospheric and ethereal. Anathema Island, with its foggy shores, rich diversity of flora and fauna, and quirky tourist shops, comes to vivid life...Nor’s wicked and violent sociopath mother is memorable and her scenes are truly chilling...Walton’s sophomore effort is haunting and, especially in the last act, thrilling.—School Library JournalAn atmospheric, blood-drenched dark fantasy for a cold and stormy night.—Kirkus ReviewsLike in The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Leslye Walton's story is lyrical and atmospheric, and you'll find yourself getting lost on Anathema Island.—Bustle (blog)Gripping and dark, this bewitching family drama will have you reading to midnight!—The Kids’ Next List newsletter