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The Price Guide to the Occult
The Price Guide to the Occult | Leslye Walton
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 islands original eight settlers to burn the witch out of her home. So Rona cursed them. Fast-forward one hundredsome 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 matriarchs 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 shell 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 Guides malevolent author Nors own mother looms and threatens to strangle any hope for happiness.
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Lizpixie
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Bk9 of January2022 & #JumpStart2022 is done too! This pretty little hardcover has been on my #MountTBRShelvesOfDoom since it was released in 2018🤭So glad I finally read it, it was a lot darker than I was expecting. A female line of witches on an island in the Salish Sea learn that the price of using dark magic is blood & pain. Pitting mother against daughter it‘s very grim but also beautifully written. #BookspinBingo #Pop22 #BeatTheBacklist2022👇

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Most of the houses, while well kept, looked as though they had been built a century ago, with lacy peaked roofs and pointed windows and doors like those of a cathedral. Equal parts sparse and elaborate, the houses bought to mind a gingerbread house. The kind of house a witch might live in.

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DuskAngelReads
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Picked up The Price Guide to the Occult from the library today after finishing Girl in the Blue Coat last night!
Will be getting some reading of this one in tonight. 👌🏻👌🏻

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IndyHannaJones
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I think this book deserves more love. It was a quick, atmospheric read that got pretty damn dark and gorey (trigger warning for self harm). I loved the setting and characters and the ending opened up some fascinating opportunities for a sequel...I would say that the pacing was off and it seemed rushed...the major tension didn't happen until about 60% in but then it happened all at once. Overall, very entertaining and I look forward to the sequel

Gizmo86 Love this picture ❤️ 2y
Lizstarks Those eyes 😍 2y
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LiteraryLona
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This one is giving me Practical Magic vibes! Love it so far.

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glitterkitty459
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5
I really liked the atmosphere of this one and the interesting cast of characters, but the ending felt messy/rushed.
It reminded me of The Wicked Deep a little (I liked this one better though)

Content warnings in comments ⬇️

glitterkitty459 Trigger warnings for: a pretty big plot point is the main character's past self harm 3y
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IReadThereforeIBlog
Mehso-so

Leslye Walton‘s YA fantasy novel has some great ideas and vivid and bleak imagery but the plot is filled with holes while characterisation beyond Nor is essentially non-existent. Although self-harm forms a major theme in the book, I didn‘t buy into Nor‘s psychological state and the inevitable YA love triangle between Nor, Reed and Gage is half-hearted and fails to sizzle. The book ends with the set-up for a sequel but I‘m not sure I‘d read on.

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Caffeinated_Reader
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#16 of my year and this one is so beautiful. The edges are sprayed red and the cover is soft and I‘m loving the yellow. Chugging coffee in my Kurt Vonnegut mug makes for a perfect start to any day.

Caffeinated_Reader “Some hearts can‘t do anything with love except turn it rotten.” (P259)

This book was great! If you loved The Wicked Deep and Winterwood, you will LOVE this one!
3y
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annkuch13
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I loved this book! It checked a lot of boxes. Witches? Check. Atmospheric Pacific Northwest setting? Yup. Queer grandmas? Yes. Curses? Definitely. A tiny smidge of romance? You betcha. Dark magic? Check. This story was really engaging, deep, and magical. There were some really neat ways the author described the way magic worked. There were also great themes about accepting yourself and surviving the bad days.

TW: self harm/cutting

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annkuch13
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I started The Price Guide to the Occult today, and I'm loving it and its witchy vibes so far. Plus, the cover is absolutely gorgeous!

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theplacebeyondthespines
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The cover on this is absolutely beautiful, one of my favourites ever! The theme to this book (more witchcraft 🧙‍♀️) is right up my street, I loved the beautiful setting and the use of nature but not so sure on the ending. This makes a really nice companion piece to The Wicked Deep!

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Jas16
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 5

@CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian would you like to join in and post a cover you love every day?

readordierachel So pretty 3y
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midnightbooks
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really enjoyed nor as a character. liked the book. the DRAMATIC SCENE was a bit anticlimactic. but other than that. i liked it. hope there‘s a sequel or otherwise that arch is a shame. really, really, really liked the tone of the epilogue.

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teebe
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I‘ve been on a business trip this week but I came home to a lovely birthday gift. Thanks @FantasyChick ! #PoutinePenPals

FantasyChick Better late than never! You're welcome. Enjoy 😘 4y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Do you have a preference between hardbacks and paperbacks?

I‘ve probably read more paperbacks... but I‘m not sure that equals a preference 😂

gibblr I prefer hardcovers. What‘s the book with the red sprayed edges? 4y
xicanti Absolutely paperback. Hardcovers are awkward for me to hold and too difficult to haul around as I go about my day. (edited) 4y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @gibblr, the price guide to the occult 👀 it‘s still on my tbr even though I bought it about a year ago 😳 4y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag @xicanti, hardbacks are definitely a lot heavier and a bit of a pain if you‘re reading on the move (which is really where the kindle/ereader shines) 4y
LibrarianRyan I prefer hardcovers. Nothing against paperback, but they look warn quicker. 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Always paperbacks for me. 4y
Erofan Both! Paperback books are more convenient to take with you, but hardcover books can be very beautiful! 4y
Jas16 Hardcovers but I buy both equally 4y
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KelliJo
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Enjoying a bit of reading while my kiddos get their minutes in for Summer Reading Programs.

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BookishMeanderings
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I loved this so much... It was so atmospheric and creepy in places and heartwarming in others. Also a really quick read which i desperately needed at the time!

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 4y
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 4y
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you.🙂 4y
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DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 4y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you are enjoying it here! 4y
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a great community and I hope you enjoy it here. 😉👍🏽 4y
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Hooked_on_books
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Several generations of women on a small island off the coast of Washington are witches with varying powers. Things get interesting when one deviates from the path. This was a fun, quick listen.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Washington

Librarybelle Stacking! 4y
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elkeOriginal
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As a huge fan of her previous book Eva Lavender, I was looking forward to this and it delivered with beautiful writing and thick atmosphere. This one is more obvious/real with the magic but darker - with deep family issues, violence. Was a very interesting treatment of a MC who self harms, portrayed excellently from her point of view. Climactic action goes over-the-top—but for this gorgeous writing, I can forgive slight annoyances plot wise.

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WhiteDayLilies
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Linsy That cover! 🤩 4y
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leahrosereads
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Genuinely enjoyed this one more than Ava Lavender. Still a very atmospheric and beautifully written book with amazing family ties.

However, unlike Ava Lavender, Price Guide felt more consistent plot wise, and I preferred Nor as a MC.

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Vreyes
Mehso-so

Didn‘t find it too good but I liked the magic aspect of the mother and daughter battle. They hate each other. The mother is more evil and the daughter is goodness.

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Lindsbooklover93
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Mehso-so

Hi everyone! How's everyone day so far? This was a fun fast read. It's the perfect story to read in October. It wasn't my favorite book. It still was very interesting to read. This story is about a family of witches. The main character mom is a evil witch. The family have a curse. No men will ever love them back. The mother uses black magic to try fix the curse. Nothing will stop her. #litsy #kindle #kindlefire #paperwhite #library #bookgeek

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Lindsbooklover93
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Hi everyone! I hope your having a good night. I'm reading The Price Guide to the Occult. I'm enjoying it so far. A perfect read for October. #litsy #kindle #kindlefire #paperwhite #library

RaimeyGallant Interesting! 4y
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Elisa
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Elisa
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I won‘t lie, this was mostly a cover buy. Can you blame me? Look how pretty! The red bits are all metallic and they shine every time they catch the light. 😍

 @emmaturi was with me when I grabbed it and she looked puzzled at my impulse buy but didn‘t try to talk me out of it, for which I‘m grateful because this sounds interesting!! 😊

mdemanatee Her books are always so pretty 4y
emmaturi Glad it was a good choice! 4y
Elisa @mdemanatee this is the first book of hers that I read! I got annoyed at the dissing of GEDs in the first 10 pages but now we are getting right into the family curse and I am so here for it 😁🖤 4y
Elisa @emmaturi yesss thank you for not pointing out when I‘m being irrational about books, you‘re the best bookish friend ever 😁💜💜 4y
emmaturi Oh thank you!! So are you! 4y
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BookishTrish
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The writing and the atmosphere are everything in this book. I would‘ve like more plot and think the love triangle felt shallow. Lush and flawed.

Bostonmomx2 Where is this photo taken? 4y
BookishTrish @bostonmomx2 West Vancouver, BC 4y
Melissa_J Is the smoke from all the forest fires bad in Vancouver? 4y
BookishTrish @melissa_J Sadly, yes 4y
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Autumnscribe
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It was cute, not great, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. It kind of reminded me of Practical Magic (the movie more so t the book) for teens. However, where the book really shines is in its accurate, tactful, and respectful portrayal of a young woman struggling with self harm. It neither glorifies not vilifies the problem, but for those struggling, it may offer a much needed lifeline; knowing they are not alone, and that help is available.

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BookishTrish
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The Sunday vibes continue with tea cakes from Ireland 🇮🇪

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BookishTrish
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Thank you for picking me this as my first #makemereadit Im really enjoying the book. The setting is very west coast @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I think you‘d enjoy it too.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Oooh yes this looks so good! 4y
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sariko
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Mehso-so

Very atmospheric, but lacking in plot or character development. This story tried to survive on the merit of its writing alone, which admittedly was lovely. However, pretty words can only do so much for a mediocre story.

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sariko
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I read this and immediately went “Awwww!” So corny, but so cute. This book is for my “magic” space in the summer book challenge.

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BookishTrish
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Welcome, August! #makemereadit

Reviewsbylola Gorgeous!! 😍 5y
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Diannelebold
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Diannelebold
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New summer read. I‘m really enjoying it so far.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I totally chose this book because of the way it looks. So cool! I liked the story but I loved the aesthetic.

rather_be_reading awesome cover! 5y
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RainyDayReading
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To binge watch something on Netflix...or start one of these because they need to go back soon...decisions decisions.

singhaniashares Books > Netflix any day! 5y
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jamie_in_the_library
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Picked this book up while I was browsing the shelves and so far it‘s really good!

YA novel about a girl coming into her witchy powers 🧙‍♀️🔮

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail No4 is this beautiful edition of Leslye Walton,the author of another gorgeous book, The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Lavender. It‘s a casebound, stained edged, glorious piece of literature. It‘s so pretty🤩 Oh, the story sounds good too☺️It‘s about a girl, born to a witch family in the Pacific Northwest who tries to ignore her talents & lead a “normal” life. Until a book turns up that claims to cast any spell for the right price.

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GhostyXstar
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SPOILER-ish. I loved this book. I had a hard time putting it down. However, there is very vivid, very descriptive talk of self harm and harm in general. I figured out, at least for me, that this book is one giant, messy, scary, beautiful, horrifying and uplifting metaphor for mental illness. If you are sensitive to this, buyer beware. The last 30 pages had me in floods of tears, and I don't cry while reading. And the ending is satisfyingly vague.

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KimSG
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Well that was anti-climactic. This never really got its feet under it. I didn't feel like I knew the characters at all. The ending was abrupt. Frankly my favorite character is the main's best friend. She had much more of a personality.

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GhostyXstar
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Just started this yesterday and already in love. I adored Leslye's previous book (the strange and beautiful sorrows of ava lavender) and could bot wait to pick this one up. Small trigger warning for talk of self harm in the 1st chapter, but it's minimal. If you're sensitive to that type of talk, just wanted to make you aware. I'm loving it so far.

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Bookalong
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🌟🌟🌟.5/5
This was a good quick read! Witches, Curses, Frienships, Love Triangle, Complicated Mother Daughter Relationships....its got a bit of everything.

#paranormal #witches #booklover #review

KateFulfordAuthor If you like strong characters, triangles, relationships + laugh out loud dialogue, may I recommend my debut novel to you? 5y
Bookalong @KateFulfordAuthor yes please! 😊 5y
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forevermint
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Panpan

I had high hopes for this one because I love books with witches but it sucked big time (for me anyway lol). I hated the main character and it felt like there was very little growth; she basically does nothing. The plot was meh and I didn't care for the outcome at all. The only thing I found interesting was the prologue lol. It was all downhill from there 🙈

jwashreads Bummer--The book itself is so pretty. 5y
forevermint @jwashreads it is! The edges are even red lol 5y
missprint This makes me sad. I loved this one. 5y
forevermint @missprint I'm glad you enjoyed it! I wish I could have lol 😭 5y
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Li_21
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Library pick ups.

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readordierachel
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Bailedbailed

OK, I'm calling it. I made it halfway through, but I'm just not feeling this. It's got some interesting witchy elements and some nice, descriptive writing in places, but all the characters feel like caricatures, the dialogue is blah, and there is too much teen angst for me. The cover is gorgeous though.

vivastory Teenage angst has paid off well...🎶 5y
readordierachel @vivastory 🎶 Now I'm bored and old 🎶 😂 Pretty much 5y
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Tera66
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I was so excited to get a galley copy of this book! It did not disappoint! I love stories about magic that are just creepy enough that I can still go to sleep after reading, lol! If you love witchy, kinda YAish books...I recommend it. Oh and I "borrowed" this image, is that ok on here, or no?

Kaye Thanks for the Follow ♥️ 5y
Tera66 @Kaye Thanks for following back 5y
Tera66 😊😊😊 5y
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Missusb
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When your #currentread blends into your photo, not stands out. #aprilrelease2018 #rso #magicandmurder #yaliterature #leslyewalton

maich Nice picture💚 5y
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southerninlaw
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Not my usual kind of book but whilst it was a little slow to start, it's one that hooked me in and really intrigued me. It's due for release in March this year and it's certainly one to keep an eye out for if you're into fantasy or the supernatural ✨ Preorder at: http://amzn.to/2DC4UiE #ya #yafiction #ireadya #fantasy #supernatural

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