The Price Guide to the Occult

The Price Guide to the Occult

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? From the author of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender comes a haunting maelstrom of magic and mur...

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Title:The Price Guide to the Occult
Author:Leslye Walton
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:The Price Guide to the Occult
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Price Guide to the Occult Reviews

  • Misty
    Apr 03, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

    Trigger warning: CUTTING/SELF HARM Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned...

    Ohhhh, this is so pretty in person! And the pages are edged in red! RTC Gorgeous presentation and some gorgeous wording. Overall not what I expected, and it had elements that had been done before, but other elements still that were definitely intriguing. In the end, it feels a...

    I LOVED IT, has nurtured my love for witches even more, it's such a beautifully atmospheric book, I feel that it was exactly what I needed. Deal with sensitive issues such as self-harm and abuse, so I want to warn you about that. 4.5/5 Stars You can find this one and mo...

    This was just so beautiful and wonderful and enchanting and love the fact that there?s helplines for self-harm in the back // 4,5 stars ...

    The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton 4.25 stars ?The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran under her feet were one and the same.? The Blackburn ...

    After absolutely adoring The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I was ready to fall in love with anything Leslye Walton wrote. That is to say, I couldn't request The Price Guide to the Occult fast enough when I realized who the author was. Yet, though the introduction ...

    The amount of times I like a strange book, only to come to Goodreads and learn that everyone else finds it slow... I could buy a goddamn pony if you gave me a dollar for each time. ? Anyway, I'll be reviewing this soon. REVIEW: I cannot tell you how many times I've read an...

  • Sara
    Mar 02, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

  • Wendy
    Mar 22, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

    Trigger warning: CUTTING/SELF HARM Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned...

    Ohhhh, this is so pretty in person! And the pages are edged in red! RTC Gorgeous presentation and some gorgeous wording. Overall not what I expected, and it had elements that had been done before, but other elements still that were definitely intriguing. In the end, it feels a...

    I LOVED IT, has nurtured my love for witches even more, it's such a beautifully atmospheric book, I feel that it was exactly what I needed. Deal with sensitive issues such as self-harm and abuse, so I want to warn you about that. 4.5/5 Stars You can find this one and mo...

    This was just so beautiful and wonderful and enchanting and love the fact that there?s helplines for self-harm in the back // 4,5 stars ...

    The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton 4.25 stars ?The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran under her feet were one and the same.? The Blackburn ...

    After absolutely adoring The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I was ready to fall in love with anything Leslye Walton wrote. That is to say, I couldn't request The Price Guide to the Occult fast enough when I realized who the author was. Yet, though the introduction ...

    The amount of times I like a strange book, only to come to Goodreads and learn that everyone else finds it slow... I could buy a goddamn pony if you gave me a dollar for each time. ? Anyway, I'll be reviewing this soon. REVIEW: I cannot tell you how many times I've read an...

    I received this book from NetGalley and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. Nor Blackburn is a witch. A cursed witch. She is the descendant of Rona Blackburn, a powerful witch that was one of the first settlers of Anathema island. Unfortunately for Rona, she was not ...

  • Marie
    Apr 03, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

    Trigger warning: CUTTING/SELF HARM Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned...

    Ohhhh, this is so pretty in person! And the pages are edged in red! RTC Gorgeous presentation and some gorgeous wording. Overall not what I expected, and it had elements that had been done before, but other elements still that were definitely intriguing. In the end, it feels a...

    I LOVED IT, has nurtured my love for witches even more, it's such a beautifully atmospheric book, I feel that it was exactly what I needed. Deal with sensitive issues such as self-harm and abuse, so I want to warn you about that. 4.5/5 Stars You can find this one and mo...

    This was just so beautiful and wonderful and enchanting and love the fact that there?s helplines for self-harm in the back // 4,5 stars ...

    The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton 4.25 stars ?The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran under her feet were one and the same.? The Blackburn ...

    After absolutely adoring The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I was ready to fall in love with anything Leslye Walton wrote. That is to say, I couldn't request The Price Guide to the Occult fast enough when I realized who the author was. Yet, though the introduction ...

    The amount of times I like a strange book, only to come to Goodreads and learn that everyone else finds it slow... I could buy a goddamn pony if you gave me a dollar for each time. ? Anyway, I'll be reviewing this soon. REVIEW: I cannot tell you how many times I've read an...

    I received this book from NetGalley and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. Nor Blackburn is a witch. A cursed witch. She is the descendant of Rona Blackburn, a powerful witch that was one of the first settlers of Anathema island. Unfortunately for Rona, she was not ...

    4.5 stars The Blackburn women are cursed after the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight "original" settlers. Her ancestors have been doomed to carry on a three day romance that results in pregnancy with one of the Or...

    Contains sensitivities such as abuse, post traumatic stress disorder and self harm. Flames consumed Anathema Island as the Blackburn matriarch retaliated against the patriarchal society, men who colonised the small north western island. Accusations of witchcraft coincide with eight ...

    Leslye Waltons?s The Price Guide to the Occult is a captivating fantasy that pits its heroine against her own mother in a novel full of magic and pain. Nor is part of a long line of Blackburn women whose magical abilities have both beguiled folk on Anathema Island and caused them to ...

    I really loved this book! It had a Practical Magic feel to it. I loved Nor's grandmother and the book had a great backstory that is separate from the main plot. I would definitely recommend to fans of The Wicked Deep. ...

    "They?ve been called healers and seers, shape-shifters and conjurers. Wise ones. Heretics. Witches." TW: self-harm, abusive parents, blood, gore, suicide Actual rating: 2.5 ? Before I start my Rather Random Review? let me tell you one (1) thing. Personally, I?m not tr...

    Okay guys, first I have to admit something. I?m kind of prejudiced. This is a YA novel, and I expected what I?d read in almost every other YA so far: tropes, cliches, that feeling you?re reading a book well below your age group (if you?re 27 like me). It surprised me to find al...

    Post-reading: Actual rating: 3.75/5 stars I enjoyed it, but it wasn't was solid or well-crafted as Ava Lavender was. Full review may be coming soon. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Pre-reading: August 2017: I need this right now please. ...

    *review contains thoughts about self-harm* I hemmed and hawed over what rating to give this book. First of all, the book is gorgeous and I want to know who in their right mind would spend that much money to make it. A casebound, soft-touch, young adult book WITH PAINTED EDGES?? Anyw...

  • Emily May
    Jan 08, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

  • Emer
    Jan 17, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

  • Figgy
    Mar 20, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

    Trigger warning: CUTTING/SELF HARM Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned...

    Ohhhh, this is so pretty in person! And the pages are edged in red! RTC Gorgeous presentation and some gorgeous wording. Overall not what I expected, and it had elements that had been done before, but other elements still that were definitely intriguing. In the end, it feels a...

  • Nicole Wang
    Mar 15, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

    Trigger warning: CUTTING/SELF HARM Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned...

    Ohhhh, this is so pretty in person! And the pages are edged in red! RTC Gorgeous presentation and some gorgeous wording. Overall not what I expected, and it had elements that had been done before, but other elements still that were definitely intriguing. In the end, it feels a...

    I LOVED IT, has nurtured my love for witches even more, it's such a beautifully atmospheric book, I feel that it was exactly what I needed. Deal with sensitive issues such as self-harm and abuse, so I want to warn you about that. 4.5/5 Stars You can find this one and mo...

    This was just so beautiful and wonderful and enchanting and love the fact that there?s helplines for self-harm in the back // 4,5 stars ...

    The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton 4.25 stars ?The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran under her feet were one and the same.? The Blackburn ...

    After absolutely adoring The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I was ready to fall in love with anything Leslye Walton wrote. That is to say, I couldn't request The Price Guide to the Occult fast enough when I realized who the author was. Yet, though the introduction ...

  • Marina
    Apr 06, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

    Trigger warning: CUTTING/SELF HARM Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned...

    Ohhhh, this is so pretty in person! And the pages are edged in red! RTC Gorgeous presentation and some gorgeous wording. Overall not what I expected, and it had elements that had been done before, but other elements still that were definitely intriguing. In the end, it feels a...

    I LOVED IT, has nurtured my love for witches even more, it's such a beautifully atmospheric book, I feel that it was exactly what I needed. Deal with sensitive issues such as self-harm and abuse, so I want to warn you about that. 4.5/5 Stars You can find this one and mo...

    This was just so beautiful and wonderful and enchanting and love the fact that there?s helplines for self-harm in the back // 4,5 stars ...

    The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton 4.25 stars ?The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran under her feet were one and the same.? The Blackburn ...

    After absolutely adoring The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I was ready to fall in love with anything Leslye Walton wrote. That is to say, I couldn't request The Price Guide to the Occult fast enough when I realized who the author was. Yet, though the introduction ...

    The amount of times I like a strange book, only to come to Goodreads and learn that everyone else finds it slow... I could buy a goddamn pony if you gave me a dollar for each time. ? Anyway, I'll be reviewing this soon. REVIEW: I cannot tell you how many times I've read an...

    I received this book from NetGalley and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. Nor Blackburn is a witch. A cursed witch. She is the descendant of Rona Blackburn, a powerful witch that was one of the first settlers of Anathema island. Unfortunately for Rona, she was not ...

    4.5 stars The Blackburn women are cursed after the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight "original" settlers. Her ancestors have been doomed to carry on a three day romance that results in pregnancy with one of the Or...

    Contains sensitivities such as abuse, post traumatic stress disorder and self harm. Flames consumed Anathema Island as the Blackburn matriarch retaliated against the patriarchal society, men who colonised the small north western island. Accusations of witchcraft coincide with eight ...

    Leslye Waltons?s The Price Guide to the Occult is a captivating fantasy that pits its heroine against her own mother in a novel full of magic and pain. Nor is part of a long line of Blackburn women whose magical abilities have both beguiled folk on Anathema Island and caused them to ...

    I really loved this book! It had a Practical Magic feel to it. I loved Nor's grandmother and the book had a great backstory that is separate from the main plot. I would definitely recommend to fans of The Wicked Deep. ...

    "They?ve been called healers and seers, shape-shifters and conjurers. Wise ones. Heretics. Witches." TW: self-harm, abusive parents, blood, gore, suicide Actual rating: 2.5 ? Before I start my Rather Random Review? let me tell you one (1) thing. Personally, I?m not tr...

    Okay guys, first I have to admit something. I?m kind of prejudiced. This is a YA novel, and I expected what I?d read in almost every other YA so far: tropes, cliches, that feeling you?re reading a book well below your age group (if you?re 27 like me). It surprised me to find al...

  • Sarah Marie
    Mar 12, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

    Trigger warning: CUTTING/SELF HARM Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned...

    Ohhhh, this is so pretty in person! And the pages are edged in red! RTC Gorgeous presentation and some gorgeous wording. Overall not what I expected, and it had elements that had been done before, but other elements still that were definitely intriguing. In the end, it feels a...

    I LOVED IT, has nurtured my love for witches even more, it's such a beautifully atmospheric book, I feel that it was exactly what I needed. Deal with sensitive issues such as self-harm and abuse, so I want to warn you about that. 4.5/5 Stars You can find this one and mo...

    This was just so beautiful and wonderful and enchanting and love the fact that there?s helplines for self-harm in the back // 4,5 stars ...

    The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton 4.25 stars ?The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran under her feet were one and the same.? The Blackburn ...

  • Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
    Feb 25, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

    Trigger warning: CUTTING/SELF HARM Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned...

    Ohhhh, this is so pretty in person! And the pages are edged in red! RTC Gorgeous presentation and some gorgeous wording. Overall not what I expected, and it had elements that had been done before, but other elements still that were definitely intriguing. In the end, it feels a...

    I LOVED IT, has nurtured my love for witches even more, it's such a beautifully atmospheric book, I feel that it was exactly what I needed. Deal with sensitive issues such as self-harm and abuse, so I want to warn you about that. 4.5/5 Stars You can find this one and mo...

    This was just so beautiful and wonderful and enchanting and love the fact that there?s helplines for self-harm in the back // 4,5 stars ...

    The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton 4.25 stars ?The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran under her feet were one and the same.? The Blackburn ...

    After absolutely adoring The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I was ready to fall in love with anything Leslye Walton wrote. That is to say, I couldn't request The Price Guide to the Occult fast enough when I realized who the author was. Yet, though the introduction ...

    The amount of times I like a strange book, only to come to Goodreads and learn that everyone else finds it slow... I could buy a goddamn pony if you gave me a dollar for each time. ? Anyway, I'll be reviewing this soon. REVIEW: I cannot tell you how many times I've read an...

    I received this book from NetGalley and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. Nor Blackburn is a witch. A cursed witch. She is the descendant of Rona Blackburn, a powerful witch that was one of the first settlers of Anathema island. Unfortunately for Rona, she was not ...

    4.5 stars The Blackburn women are cursed after the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight "original" settlers. Her ancestors have been doomed to carry on a three day romance that results in pregnancy with one of the Or...

    Contains sensitivities such as abuse, post traumatic stress disorder and self harm. Flames consumed Anathema Island as the Blackburn matriarch retaliated against the patriarchal society, men who colonised the small north western island. Accusations of witchcraft coincide with eight ...

    Leslye Waltons?s The Price Guide to the Occult is a captivating fantasy that pits its heroine against her own mother in a novel full of magic and pain. Nor is part of a long line of Blackburn women whose magical abilities have both beguiled folk on Anathema Island and caused them to ...

  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    Apr 05, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

    Trigger warning: CUTTING/SELF HARM Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned...

    Ohhhh, this is so pretty in person! And the pages are edged in red! RTC Gorgeous presentation and some gorgeous wording. Overall not what I expected, and it had elements that had been done before, but other elements still that were definitely intriguing. In the end, it feels a...

    I LOVED IT, has nurtured my love for witches even more, it's such a beautifully atmospheric book, I feel that it was exactly what I needed. Deal with sensitive issues such as self-harm and abuse, so I want to warn you about that. 4.5/5 Stars You can find this one and mo...

    This was just so beautiful and wonderful and enchanting and love the fact that there?s helplines for self-harm in the back // 4,5 stars ...

    The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton 4.25 stars ?The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran under her feet were one and the same.? The Blackburn ...

    After absolutely adoring The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I was ready to fall in love with anything Leslye Walton wrote. That is to say, I couldn't request The Price Guide to the Occult fast enough when I realized who the author was. Yet, though the introduction ...

    The amount of times I like a strange book, only to come to Goodreads and learn that everyone else finds it slow... I could buy a goddamn pony if you gave me a dollar for each time. ? Anyway, I'll be reviewing this soon. REVIEW: I cannot tell you how many times I've read an...

    I received this book from NetGalley and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. Nor Blackburn is a witch. A cursed witch. She is the descendant of Rona Blackburn, a powerful witch that was one of the first settlers of Anathema island. Unfortunately for Rona, she was not ...

    4.5 stars The Blackburn women are cursed after the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight "original" settlers. Her ancestors have been doomed to carry on a three day romance that results in pregnancy with one of the Or...

    Contains sensitivities such as abuse, post traumatic stress disorder and self harm. Flames consumed Anathema Island as the Blackburn matriarch retaliated against the patriarchal society, men who colonised the small north western island. Accusations of witchcraft coincide with eight ...

  • bran (brandonthebookaddict)
    May 04, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

  • Judith
    Apr 09, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

    Trigger warning: CUTTING/SELF HARM Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned...

    Ohhhh, this is so pretty in person! And the pages are edged in red! RTC Gorgeous presentation and some gorgeous wording. Overall not what I expected, and it had elements that had been done before, but other elements still that were definitely intriguing. In the end, it feels a...

    I LOVED IT, has nurtured my love for witches even more, it's such a beautifully atmospheric book, I feel that it was exactly what I needed. Deal with sensitive issues such as self-harm and abuse, so I want to warn you about that. 4.5/5 Stars You can find this one and mo...

    This was just so beautiful and wonderful and enchanting and love the fact that there?s helplines for self-harm in the back // 4,5 stars ...

  • Eilonwy
    Apr 15, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

  • Regan
    Apr 01, 2018

    4.5 ...

  • Nat
    Jan 09, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

  • Shadowhunter's Library
    Aug 21, 2017

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

    Trigger warning: CUTTING/SELF HARM Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned...

    Ohhhh, this is so pretty in person! And the pages are edged in red! RTC Gorgeous presentation and some gorgeous wording. Overall not what I expected, and it had elements that had been done before, but other elements still that were definitely intriguing. In the end, it feels a...

    I LOVED IT, has nurtured my love for witches even more, it's such a beautifully atmospheric book, I feel that it was exactly what I needed. Deal with sensitive issues such as self-harm and abuse, so I want to warn you about that. 4.5/5 Stars You can find this one and mo...

    This was just so beautiful and wonderful and enchanting and love the fact that there?s helplines for self-harm in the back // 4,5 stars ...

    The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton 4.25 stars ?The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran under her feet were one and the same.? The Blackburn ...

    After absolutely adoring The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I was ready to fall in love with anything Leslye Walton wrote. That is to say, I couldn't request The Price Guide to the Occult fast enough when I realized who the author was. Yet, though the introduction ...

    The amount of times I like a strange book, only to come to Goodreads and learn that everyone else finds it slow... I could buy a goddamn pony if you gave me a dollar for each time. ? Anyway, I'll be reviewing this soon. REVIEW: I cannot tell you how many times I've read an...

    I received this book from NetGalley and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. Nor Blackburn is a witch. A cursed witch. She is the descendant of Rona Blackburn, a powerful witch that was one of the first settlers of Anathema island. Unfortunately for Rona, she was not ...

    4.5 stars The Blackburn women are cursed after the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight "original" settlers. Her ancestors have been doomed to carry on a three day romance that results in pregnancy with one of the Or...

    Contains sensitivities such as abuse, post traumatic stress disorder and self harm. Flames consumed Anathema Island as the Blackburn matriarch retaliated against the patriarchal society, men who colonised the small north western island. Accusations of witchcraft coincide with eight ...

    Leslye Waltons?s The Price Guide to the Occult is a captivating fantasy that pits its heroine against her own mother in a novel full of magic and pain. Nor is part of a long line of Blackburn women whose magical abilities have both beguiled folk on Anathema Island and caused them to ...

    I really loved this book! It had a Practical Magic feel to it. I loved Nor's grandmother and the book had a great backstory that is separate from the main plot. I would definitely recommend to fans of The Wicked Deep. ...

    "They?ve been called healers and seers, shape-shifters and conjurers. Wise ones. Heretics. Witches." TW: self-harm, abusive parents, blood, gore, suicide Actual rating: 2.5 ? Before I start my Rather Random Review? let me tell you one (1) thing. Personally, I?m not tr...

    Okay guys, first I have to admit something. I?m kind of prejudiced. This is a YA novel, and I expected what I?d read in almost every other YA so far: tropes, cliches, that feeling you?re reading a book well below your age group (if you?re 27 like me). It surprised me to find al...

    Post-reading: Actual rating: 3.75/5 stars I enjoyed it, but it wasn't was solid or well-crafted as Ava Lavender was. Full review may be coming soon. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Pre-reading: August 2017: I need this right now please. ...

  • Lotte
    Apr 23, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

  • Cori Reed
    Jun 17, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

    Trigger warning: CUTTING/SELF HARM Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned...

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)
    Sep 04, 2017

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

  • Giulia
    Apr 10, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

    Trigger warning: CUTTING/SELF HARM Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned...

    Ohhhh, this is so pretty in person! And the pages are edged in red! RTC Gorgeous presentation and some gorgeous wording. Overall not what I expected, and it had elements that had been done before, but other elements still that were definitely intriguing. In the end, it feels a...

    I LOVED IT, has nurtured my love for witches even more, it's such a beautifully atmospheric book, I feel that it was exactly what I needed. Deal with sensitive issues such as self-harm and abuse, so I want to warn you about that. 4.5/5 Stars You can find this one and mo...

    This was just so beautiful and wonderful and enchanting and love the fact that there?s helplines for self-harm in the back // 4,5 stars ...

    The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton 4.25 stars ?The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran under her feet were one and the same.? The Blackburn ...

    After absolutely adoring The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I was ready to fall in love with anything Leslye Walton wrote. That is to say, I couldn't request The Price Guide to the Occult fast enough when I realized who the author was. Yet, though the introduction ...

    The amount of times I like a strange book, only to come to Goodreads and learn that everyone else finds it slow... I could buy a goddamn pony if you gave me a dollar for each time. ? Anyway, I'll be reviewing this soon. REVIEW: I cannot tell you how many times I've read an...

    I received this book from NetGalley and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. Nor Blackburn is a witch. A cursed witch. She is the descendant of Rona Blackburn, a powerful witch that was one of the first settlers of Anathema island. Unfortunately for Rona, she was not ...

    4.5 stars The Blackburn women are cursed after the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight "original" settlers. Her ancestors have been doomed to carry on a three day romance that results in pregnancy with one of the Or...

    Contains sensitivities such as abuse, post traumatic stress disorder and self harm. Flames consumed Anathema Island as the Blackburn matriarch retaliated against the patriarchal society, men who colonised the small north western island. Accusations of witchcraft coincide with eight ...

    Leslye Waltons?s The Price Guide to the Occult is a captivating fantasy that pits its heroine against her own mother in a novel full of magic and pain. Nor is part of a long line of Blackburn women whose magical abilities have both beguiled folk on Anathema Island and caused them to ...

    I really loved this book! It had a Practical Magic feel to it. I loved Nor's grandmother and the book had a great backstory that is separate from the main plot. I would definitely recommend to fans of The Wicked Deep. ...

    "They?ve been called healers and seers, shape-shifters and conjurers. Wise ones. Heretics. Witches." TW: self-harm, abusive parents, blood, gore, suicide Actual rating: 2.5 ? Before I start my Rather Random Review? let me tell you one (1) thing. Personally, I?m not tr...

  • Dannii Elle
    May 09, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

  • Acqua
    Feb 16, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    May 22, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

    Trigger warning: CUTTING/SELF HARM Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned...

    Ohhhh, this is so pretty in person! And the pages are edged in red! RTC Gorgeous presentation and some gorgeous wording. Overall not what I expected, and it had elements that had been done before, but other elements still that were definitely intriguing. In the end, it feels a...

    I LOVED IT, has nurtured my love for witches even more, it's such a beautifully atmospheric book, I feel that it was exactly what I needed. Deal with sensitive issues such as self-harm and abuse, so I want to warn you about that. 4.5/5 Stars You can find this one and mo...

  • Julie Zantopoulos
    Mar 02, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

  • Vicky Who Reads
    Mar 06, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

    Trigger warning: CUTTING/SELF HARM Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned...

    Ohhhh, this is so pretty in person! And the pages are edged in red! RTC Gorgeous presentation and some gorgeous wording. Overall not what I expected, and it had elements that had been done before, but other elements still that were definitely intriguing. In the end, it feels a...

    I LOVED IT, has nurtured my love for witches even more, it's such a beautifully atmospheric book, I feel that it was exactly what I needed. Deal with sensitive issues such as self-harm and abuse, so I want to warn you about that. 4.5/5 Stars You can find this one and mo...

    This was just so beautiful and wonderful and enchanting and love the fact that there?s helplines for self-harm in the back // 4,5 stars ...

    The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton 4.25 stars ?The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran under her feet were one and the same.? The Blackburn ...

    After absolutely adoring The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I was ready to fall in love with anything Leslye Walton wrote. That is to say, I couldn't request The Price Guide to the Occult fast enough when I realized who the author was. Yet, though the introduction ...

    The amount of times I like a strange book, only to come to Goodreads and learn that everyone else finds it slow... I could buy a goddamn pony if you gave me a dollar for each time. ? Anyway, I'll be reviewing this soon. REVIEW: I cannot tell you how many times I've read an...

    I received this book from NetGalley and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. Nor Blackburn is a witch. A cursed witch. She is the descendant of Rona Blackburn, a powerful witch that was one of the first settlers of Anathema island. Unfortunately for Rona, she was not ...

    4.5 stars The Blackburn women are cursed after the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight "original" settlers. Her ancestors have been doomed to carry on a three day romance that results in pregnancy with one of the Or...

  • Shreya (☆High Lady of The Night Court☆)
    May 03, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

  • ✨Brithanie
    Apr 02, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

  • Amy Leigh
    Jun 15, 2018

    4.5 ...

    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with...

    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which se...

    ?Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own? Or would they swallow her whole?? I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was s...

    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read...

    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book it...

    4/5 stars ???? Exceeds Expectations ? ? Trigger warning: Self harm ? Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran u...

    Leslye Walton?s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time ? its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago. This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. ...

    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm. ...

    If you?re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I?m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing. Also, it?s about witches, and that aspect was great. I haven?t...

    2-1/2 stars, rounded down Trigger Warning: Self-harm Also, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this book This book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of wit...

    Video Review is linked here. Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life t...

    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more. For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way...

    Trigger warning: CUTTING/SELF HARM Had I read this book at a time in my life where I was in a darker place it would have been very bad. There is A LOT of cutting and self harm on the page. Luckily, I had a good friend warn me and I felt good enough about my mental state, but be warned...

    Ohhhh, this is so pretty in person! And the pages are edged in red! RTC Gorgeous presentation and some gorgeous wording. Overall not what I expected, and it had elements that had been done before, but other elements still that were definitely intriguing. In the end, it feels a...

    I LOVED IT, has nurtured my love for witches even more, it's such a beautifully atmospheric book, I feel that it was exactly what I needed. Deal with sensitive issues such as self-harm and abuse, so I want to warn you about that. 4.5/5 Stars You can find this one and mo...

    This was just so beautiful and wonderful and enchanting and love the fact that there?s helplines for self-harm in the back // 4,5 stars ...

    The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton 4.25 stars ?The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran under her feet were one and the same.? The Blackburn ...

    After absolutely adoring The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I was ready to fall in love with anything Leslye Walton wrote. That is to say, I couldn't request The Price Guide to the Occult fast enough when I realized who the author was. Yet, though the introduction ...

    The amount of times I like a strange book, only to come to Goodreads and learn that everyone else finds it slow... I could buy a goddamn pony if you gave me a dollar for each time. ? Anyway, I'll be reviewing this soon. REVIEW: I cannot tell you how many times I've read an...

    I received this book from NetGalley and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. Nor Blackburn is a witch. A cursed witch. She is the descendant of Rona Blackburn, a powerful witch that was one of the first settlers of Anathema island. Unfortunately for Rona, she was not ...

    4.5 stars The Blackburn women are cursed after the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight "original" settlers. Her ancestors have been doomed to carry on a three day romance that results in pregnancy with one of the Or...

    Contains sensitivities such as abuse, post traumatic stress disorder and self harm. Flames consumed Anathema Island as the Blackburn matriarch retaliated against the patriarchal society, men who colonised the small north western island. Accusations of witchcraft coincide with eight ...

    Leslye Waltons?s The Price Guide to the Occult is a captivating fantasy that pits its heroine against her own mother in a novel full of magic and pain. Nor is part of a long line of Blackburn women whose magical abilities have both beguiled folk on Anathema Island and caused them to ...

    I really loved this book! It had a Practical Magic feel to it. I loved Nor's grandmother and the book had a great backstory that is separate from the main plot. I would definitely recommend to fans of The Wicked Deep. ...