Emsy has always lived in sunny California, and she’d much rather spend her days surfing with her friends or hanging out with her girlfriend than honing her powers as a fire elemental. But when members of her family’s coven back east are murdered under mysterious circumstances that can only be the result of powerful witchcraft, her family must suddenly return to dreary upstate New York. There, Emsy will have to master her neglected craft in order to find the killer . . . before her family becomes their next target.–GoodReads
Since this is a graphic novel, my review will be short and sweet…at least short lol.
This art was STUNNING. I really enjoyed it, in fact I’ve read it a couple of times because the art is so pretty but the story is also so enjoyable to read. Emsy is such a flawed character and it made me love her. She was conflicted, rejecting her background as a witch but also never having a chance to really explore it prior to their move and then she’s trying to find her footing in a new high school. It’s relatable to see someone making mistakes at that age, not being the best to others and trying to find their footing and then it’s the added bonus of having witches and a coven.
This is darker in the sense that there’s no holding back punches on what’s happening and the magic being used. It’s not inappropriate just be warned it’s not a light fluffy read but solidly puts itself in the urban paranormal bracket.
The other characters are even more brilliant than Emsy and I really just would love to know more about all of the coven members. I do think that there should have been more information on the reasons Emsy’s parents chose to move from New York, it felt so final that the opening of them moving back was a bit confusing and hard to accept.
Definitely a fun read and perfect for the impending spooky season!
4/5 Cups of coffee from me! Thanks so much to PenguinTeen (and NetGalley) for not only an eARC of this in exchange for my honest review but for for the gifted copy as well! Spawn and I have already read it. (She’s growing too fast, but at least her taste in graphic novels is on point)