Book Review: Conjure by Lea Nolan
Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry–hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.
When a strange girl appears, bent on revenge; demon dogs become a threat; and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends–are lost forever. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
This is an unexpected read: exciting, dangerous, adventurous – everything we want from a good book. Yet Nolan puts that creative twist on all the elements, making Conjure something special. Conjure is recommended, 4 out of 5 stars. Also, it looks like a great 2013 trend is going to be a look at more traditional forms of magic such as Hoodoo and “Earth” magic (again, see Raven Boys), as opposed to the more fantasy magic of things like Harry Potter.
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Title: Conjure (The Hoodoo Apprentice, #1)
Author: Lea Nolan
Genre: Young Adult
Length: 400 pages
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Print ISBN: 978-1620610978
CONJURE on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13425130-conjure
On Entangled: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/category/young-adult/
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/conjure-lea-nolan/1109672878?ean=9781620610978
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Conjure-Lea-Nolan/9781620610978
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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