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An outcast teenage lesbian witch finds her coven hidden amongst the popular girls in her school, and performs some seriously badass magic in the process. Skulking near the bottom of West High’s social pyramid, Sideways Pike lurks under the bleachers doing magic tricks for Coke bottles. As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, she’s had a hard time making friends. But wh An outcast teenage lesbian witch finds her coven hidden amongst the popular girls in her school, and performs some seriously badass magic in the process. Skulking near the bottom of West High’s social pyramid, Sideways Pike lurks under the bleachers doing magic tricks for Coke bottles. As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, she’s had a hard time making friends. But when the three most popular girls pay her $40 to cast a spell at their Halloween party, Sideways gets swept into a new clique. The unholy trinity are dangerous angels, sugar-coated rattlesnakes, and now–unbelievably–Sideways’ best friends. Together, the four bond to form a ferocious and powerful coven. They plan parties, cast curses on dudebros, try to find Sideways a girlfriend, and elude the fundamentalist witch hunters hellbent on stealing their magic. But for Sideways, the hardest part is the whole ‘having friends’ thing. Who knew that balancing human interaction with supernatural peril could be so complicated? Rich with the urgency of feral youth, The Scapegracers explores growing up and complex female friendship with all the rage of a teenage girl. It subverts the trope of competitive mean girls and instead portrays a mercilessly supportive clique of diverse and vivid characters. It is an atmospheric, voice-driven novel of the occult, and the first of a three-book series.


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An outcast teenage lesbian witch finds her coven hidden amongst the popular girls in her school, and performs some seriously badass magic in the process. Skulking near the bottom of West High’s social pyramid, Sideways Pike lurks under the bleachers doing magic tricks for Coke bottles. As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, she’s had a hard time making friends. But wh An outcast teenage lesbian witch finds her coven hidden amongst the popular girls in her school, and performs some seriously badass magic in the process. Skulking near the bottom of West High’s social pyramid, Sideways Pike lurks under the bleachers doing magic tricks for Coke bottles. As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, she’s had a hard time making friends. But when the three most popular girls pay her $40 to cast a spell at their Halloween party, Sideways gets swept into a new clique. The unholy trinity are dangerous angels, sugar-coated rattlesnakes, and now–unbelievably–Sideways’ best friends. Together, the four bond to form a ferocious and powerful coven. They plan parties, cast curses on dudebros, try to find Sideways a girlfriend, and elude the fundamentalist witch hunters hellbent on stealing their magic. But for Sideways, the hardest part is the whole ‘having friends’ thing. Who knew that balancing human interaction with supernatural peril could be so complicated? Rich with the urgency of feral youth, The Scapegracers explores growing up and complex female friendship with all the rage of a teenage girl. It subverts the trope of competitive mean girls and instead portrays a mercilessly supportive clique of diverse and vivid characters. It is an atmospheric, voice-driven novel of the occult, and the first of a three-book series.

30 review for The Scapegracers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kate (Feathered Turtle Press)

    god is there any better combination of words than "lesbian witch"? god is there any better combination of words than "lesbian witch"?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    4.25 Stars. This book was weird in some of the best ways possible and I had a blast reading it. This is YA paranormal but to get technical it’s almost more magical realism with witches and at times almost borders on horror. I could see Clarke writing a horror book in the future and easily excelling at it. This looks to be Clarke's debut which is impressive if true. This is the first book in the series and I just hope the wait is not too long for the next. Over the years I have found my love for Y 4.25 Stars. This book was weird in some of the best ways possible and I had a blast reading it. This is YA paranormal but to get technical it’s almost more magical realism with witches and at times almost borders on horror. I could see Clarke writing a horror book in the future and easily excelling at it. This looks to be Clarke's debut which is impressive if true. This is the first book in the series and I just hope the wait is not too long for the next. Over the years I have found my love for YA steadily growing. I’ve come to realize there are about three different types of YA. There is YA that feels pretty young so that it is more for a young audience. Then there is the opposite where the YA book feels like it is written for grownups instead of teenagers. And lastly, where this book fits in, YA that makes you reminisce for your younger years. It almost feels good since it brings back feelings of a simpler time yet still filled with plenty of life defining angst. When I was a teenager, in the 90’s, teen movies had this huge boom. There were a million comedy and rom-com teen movies like Clueless, Can’t Hardly Wait, and 10 Things I Hate About You. But at the same time, there was also a rash of teen movies that were surprisingly inappropriate for us teenagers because they were filled with violence, sex or both. And yet these mostly R rated movies were marketed right to us teens and we ate them up like candy. Movies like Scream, Final Destination, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Faculty, Wild Things, Jawbreaker, and one in particular that I watched way too much, The Craft. I loved that movie as a teen and this book reminded me of it. One of the main differences is that this book was better. This book was what I wish The Craft would have been. My 14 year-old self would have just loved this book to pieces and my 38 year-old self was pretty happy with it too. Now I do have to mention that the writing style is very different. It’s not purple prose but it’s very descriptive. At first I was like what is this? After the first chapter or two it just clicked and became easy. It actually became so comfortable that I almost started to crave it, which is not normal because I don’t usually like overly descriptive styles... but I was hooked. So please don’t get discouraged in the beginning, give it a chance because it will eventually click and get much better. I’m a character driven reader and that is what this book really is. If you are more of a plot driven reader, you probably will have some issues with this read. Everything in my paranormal loving heart wanted to give this book 5 stars but I could not because of the plot issues. It is just not strong enough in certain places and wanders at times. But, the characterization of this book was wonderful. It is first person so you become very connected with the main character Sideways, which is her name because she’s “not straight”. Not only do you become connected with her, but because of the overly descriptive writing style, you feel, see, hear, and even smell what she does. This psychic distance is so wonderfully close and is exactly why I love a well written first person story. While this is in first, this is a book with an ensemble cast. This story is about three other teenage girls too. What is really nice is that you feel like you connect and really know all of them, not just Sideways. That is hard to do in first but Clarke completely pulled it off, probably because this book is so character driven and overly descriptive. Yes, there are some plot issues here, but this is the first book in a series. For me this book was all about meeting, connecting and caring about the characters, and hopefully the next book(s) to come will be more plot driven. The sexual diversity in this book was nice with lesbian, bisexual and het main characters. I don’t really think I can put a romance tag on this book, but there are wlw crushes and dates that go on. When it comes to the dates everything is very early stages and there is nothing more than a kiss or two. I’m rooting for a potential couple and I’m hoping another character finds some teenage love but I’ll have to see what book 2 holds. I do have to mention a complaint that may seem a little petty. I hate the title! I get what it means from reading the book, but every time I look at it I read SPACE Gracers and I think oh this must be one of my new sci-fi books. Maybe I’m the only one in the world, but I cannot see this title without the word ‘space’ and if I just glanced at the cover, I would never know that this book held all this witchy goodness inside. I can already tell by some of the early reviews that this book won’t be for everyone. As I already mentioned, if you are not a character driven reader you might struggle a bit. I have high hopes for the possibilities of book 2 including some of the plot bumps being ironed out. The magic system also needs more explanation, but what is there I really like so far. The writing style is also unusual to say the least, but I loved it. This book does end on a bit of a cliffhanger. To me it’s a palatable cliffy and not a pull your hair out cliffy. I want book 2 to come more just because I enjoyed this one so much. This book was not perfect, but it was everything I was hoping for and I’m a happy camper right now. An ARC was given to me for a honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    NAT.orious reads ☾

    4 angsty STARS ★★★★✩ This book is for you if… you dig dark teenage witch vibes with a significant amount of gay and bi angst. It’s very high school-esque but satisfyingly so. ⤐ Overall. Listen, gals, anybody here who's ready to form a coven that pursues simple-minded, evil witted douchebags on the hunt for teenage girls? DM me if you have the resources. And by resources, I mean the gut and magic equipment. I'll bring the snacks and the humour. This was kinda cool tbh? I went into this hati 4 angsty STARS ★★★★✩ This book is for you if… you dig dark teenage witch vibes with a significant amount of gay and bi angst. It’s very high school-esque but satisfyingly so. ⤐ Overall. Listen, gals, anybody here who's ready to form a coven that pursues simple-minded, evil witted douchebags on the hunt for teenage girls? DM me if you have the resources. And by resources, I mean the gut and magic equipment. I'll bring the snacks and the humour. This was kinda cool tbh? I went into this hating everyone and now I love... them all? The big strength of The Scapegracers is the way the characters are diversifying and become more likeable with every chapter. At first, they just are a bunch of stereotypes: the mean girls, the outsider, the mysterious stranger, the jocks. Over time, their personalities stretch out from chromosome to all the colours of the rainbow, which is probably one of my favourite aspects of this book. I've sometimes had slight trouble with the narration. In specific moments, the world building lacks details - both in relation to the individual circumstances of certain characters or the concrete details of a certain situation. A little more storytelling and description would make for a fuller picture. That's what accounts for the missing star in my rating. The way the Vade Mecvm Magici is portrayed - a powerful collection of volumes featuring spells and magic - gave me absolute marauder feels, except it was Queen Minerva speaking herself. They have persoality and bite and I am here for it. What I love most about this book are the incredible vibes, which were dark, angsty, witchy and significantly gay. I couldn't get enough of it. Friendships in high school are a great thing: they happen quickly and without much ado. They can be iron clad and fragile at the same time. That's what makes them so great. The second biggest highlight are the many truths that are spoken by the characters, sometimes with a significant portion of humour: ‘I dodged my feelings by flipping her off.’ and other times bluntly as a backed baby ass: ‘I guess my point is that teenage girls aren’t supposed to be powerful, you know? Everybody hates teenage girls. They hate our bodies and hate us if we want to change them. They hate the things we're supposed to like but hate it when we like other things even more, because that means we’re ruining their things. We’re somehow this great corrupting influence, even though we’ve barely got legal agency of our own.’ ⤐ What’s happening. ‘‘Why would you go by Sideways?’ He grimaced, looking between Alexis and I like we were twin bugs. ‘It’s because I’m not straight.’ I shot gun hands at him.’ That's Sideways for y'all. She's worked hard to establish her don't bother - this one bites social disclaimer, but literally over night she is part of a group of teenage girls that are as mean to as they are protective of each other. They form a coven that quickly gets more serious than Sideways would have ever dared to dream and she loves every minute of it. Con: ⇢ insecurities gnaw at her more than ever ⇢ comfort zone under attack ⇢ with more power come more enemies Pro: ⇢ people who give honest compliments ⇢ evenings are no longer occasions to be lonely and mopey ⇢ hot new witch in town with significant gay vibes _____________________ writing quality + easy of reading = 3.5* pace = 3* plot/story in general = 5* plot development = 3.5* characters = 5* enjoyability = 4* insightfulness = 4* _____________________ Many thanks to Kensington Books, Hannah Abigail Clarke and NetGalley for providing me with a free eArc in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I said I wasn't requesting any more May releases, but there are queer witches and this is one of my favorite covers of my life, so... here we are I said I wasn't requesting any more May releases, but there are queer witches and this is one of my favorite covers of my life, so... here we are

  5. 5 out of 5

    theresa

    After Sideways Pike, an outcast lesbian witch, is invited to perform a spell at the popular girls' Halloween party, she finds herself swept into their friendship. The girls throw killer Halloween parties, curse boys and try to find Sideways a girlfriend, all while exploring their powers, learning about the dangers of being a witch and forming their own coven. This book is an ode to teenage girls, to weirdos, to friendship. It’s feral and raw and everything I wanted it to be and more. This book ha After Sideways Pike, an outcast lesbian witch, is invited to perform a spell at the popular girls' Halloween party, she finds herself swept into their friendship. The girls throw killer Halloween parties, curse boys and try to find Sideways a girlfriend, all while exploring their powers, learning about the dangers of being a witch and forming their own coven. This book is an ode to teenage girls, to weirdos, to friendship. It’s feral and raw and everything I wanted it to be and more. This book has quickly become a new favourite of mine and I really want this review to do it justice. So, I’m going to do this a little differently. Below you will find an incomplete list of reasons to read The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clark. But first, let me introduce you to my witchy girls, the Scapegracers. ‘Fucking Christ, I was supposed to be Sideways the spooky lesbian weirdo. I had a fucking reputation to maintain, and it would not withstand a nickname like Lamby. Lamby. Goddamn it.’ Let’s start with Sideways Pike, our main character. I feel like this quote pretty accurately sums her up: a scary grump on the outside and softie on the inside. I absolutely adore Sideways and really enjoyed reading from her perspective. I found myself relating to her a lot, particularly her struggles with feeling like ‘enough’ and navigating friendships. ‘God, she must be made of silk. Lila Yates, the velveteen witch, who I desperately wanted to belong to, who I was ever so slightly afraid of.’ I fucking love Yates. She’s so soft, the baby of the group, she’s scared of horror films and takes any chance to cuddle or hold one of the girls’ hands and you just can’t help but love her. She is also fierce and clever and powerful because, news flash, these traits can and should coexist. ‘“Boys don’t touch my girls, I swear to God. I can be a fucking monster when I wanna be. I’m not good at a whole lot, but I’m spectacular at terrorizing people until they’ve literally lost it. I can ruin people like you wouldn’t believe. And I wanna wreck their sorry lives.”’ Daisy Brink. Daisy motherfucking Brink. This girl is so fucking fierce and reckless and will do anything for her girls. She wears friendship bracelets all the way up her arm, dots her i’s with hearts and will fuck you up with a smile on her face. ‘In that moment, illuminated by the neon lights, Jing looked like what a witch should look like. Menacing and lovely. She was pure and raw and radioactive. She was more vivid than anything else in the room.’ Jing is just incredible. She’s definitely the mum friend and cares about her friends so much. She’s also just overall fantastic and I am clearly running out of adjectives. She’s your typical beautiful popular girl who’s loved by everyone and gets away with everything (her and Daisy are street racers and I think that’s very sexy of them) but with nuance and development and feelings. ‘“Can girls not be soft and still be powerful?”’ This book celebrates female friendship, particularly that of teenage girls. These girls are all in, they’re so close and genuine and ‘mercilessly supportive’ of each other and it breaks my heart. It’s truly something special and something I want to see more of in fiction. These girls, they’re soft and pretty, fierce and powerful. They’re caring, sensitive, protective; determined, ruthless, feral. They are strong female characters who embrace and celebrate their femininity or, in Sideways case, refuse to denounce it. I really enjoyed the writing of this book. Sideways’ distinct voice and humour bring to life an elaborate narration saturated in darkness and occult references. And as you can see from some of the previous quotes, girls are described beautifully and with such reverence. This book is sapphic to its core. I also loved the spooky atmosphere and gorgeously gothic descriptions. This line from describing Sideways’ dads’ antiques store struck me as particularly beautiful: ‘If ball gowns had skeletons, the skeletons would look like our chandeliers’. Additionally, the way spellcasting scenes were written was enchanting and so immersive, and I especially loved the emphasis on the connection between the girls while casting. And now, it’s time for an incomplete list of some of the other things I loved: THAT GORGEOUS COVER To start this list off I want to encourage you to take a moment to simply admire the beauty of the cover. Isn’t it lovely? LET’S GO LESBIANS! Unless you’re a lesbian or quite aware of our issues, you may not realise how little the word lesbian is used, especially in YA books. So seeing the word ‘lesbian’ appear not only in the book itself but on the cover is amazing! It’s incredibly affirming seeing the word ‘lesbian’ used positively and having a lesbian main character who is proud of her sexuality. I also loved how Sideways’ sexuality wasn’t a huge deal, sexuality is not used to create conflict in this book, it simply is. ‘RICH WITH THE URGENCY OF FERAL YOUTH’ This. I couldn’t write this better myself. ‘SUBVERTS THE TROPE OF COMPETITIVE MEAN GIRLS’ The Scapegracers does this so fucking well. I really hate the competitive mean girls trope or when popular girls are vapid, vain and vindictive by default and I have been waiting for a book like this, that takes that trope and turns it on its head, for the unpoopular loner main character to say ‘fuck that, these girls are gorgeous, they’re fierce and I love them’. FUN CHAPTER TITLES I know, this might seem odd but sometimes I miss having fun Percy Jackson-esque chapter titles in my books as a little click bait teaser of what’s to come and this book delivered, albeit with its typical sarcasm and a touch of the occult (so, maybe not quite Percy Jackson-esque). My personal favourite being ‘If teens don’t have spirit, then what’s that smell?’ THE SCRATCH DAUGHTERS Do you want to know why just the title of the sequel made me cry? (In my defense, I had just finished and was feeling a little raw). You should probably pick up The Scapegracers. I also talk about books here: youtube | instagram | twitter *eARC received in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley. All quotes taken from an ARC and may not reflect the final edition*

  6. 4 out of 5

    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    I guess my point is that teenage girls aren’t supposed to be powerful, you know? Everybody hates teenage girls. They hate our bodies and hate us if we want to change them. They hate the things we’re supposed to like but hate it when we like other things even more, because that means we’re ruining their things. We’re somehow this great corrupting influence, even though we’ve barely got legal agency of our own. But the three of us – the four of us, counting you – we’re powerful. On my blog. I guess my point is that teenage girls aren’t supposed to be powerful, you know? Everybody hates teenage girls. They hate our bodies and hate us if we want to change them. They hate the things we’re supposed to like but hate it when we like other things even more, because that means we’re ruining their things. We’re somehow this great corrupting influence, even though we’ve barely got legal agency of our own. But the three of us – the four of us, counting you – we’re powerful. On my blog. Rep: lesbian mc, wlw li, Black sapphic mc, Chinese American bi mc, mlm side characters Galley provided by publisher There’s nothing like attempting to find the words to review a book you loved because you don’t actually know how to explain just how much you did love it. So if this review ends up in rambling territory, please look away. The Scapegracers is about Sideways Pike, a lesbian witch, who finds herself the new member of a friendship group with a popular clique of girls after she does magic with them at a Halloween party. Then things start to get weird, involving a curse on a boy, a cute girl, and a creepy family of witch hunters. The number one best thing about this book hands down was how it centered on a group of girls. And a group of girls who would do anything for one another, at that. Which, I think we can all agree, is the best of tropes. Much of the focus on the book is on their friendship which meant, even when I felt the plot maybe drifted, I still loved it because of them. I just loved that these characters are supposedly “mean girls” but the book completely subverts that by giving them this intense and fierce love for one another which they extend so easily to the main character as well. In fact, there is not one instance of a girl hating another girl in the whole book (at least, not for the usual spurious reasons). It’s so refreshing. That’s basically the selling point of this book for me, but there’s also witchcraft (and it’s interesting how it’s a world where this is normalised, I liked that take on it), and getting revenge on skeevy boys (always excellent), and my favourite character of all, Mr. Scratch (you’ll see why). It’s one of those books that I just have nothing bad to say about. I loved it and I already want to reread it. Oh, and of course, Daisy is the token straight main character. I went in expecting just a lesbian main character, I came out with two more sapphic characters, and some gay parents. Just how I like it. Finally, it’s a grower of a book, in a good way. The first chapter may seem a little weird, but you get into it, and you become absorbed by the characters, so much so that you don’t even notice the book going by. Which, really, just makes it the best kind of book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    menna

    anyone wants to create a coven together to hex douchebags who hurt girls? this book honestly had me at teenage lesbian witch and i loved it so much!!! the friendship!!! the magic!!! the atmosphere!!! everything is just so good!! let me start of by talking about the friendship because it's one of my favorite things about this book!! is there something anything better than a friendship beginning with a hexing of douchebag who hurt one of them??? I THINK NOT. they also would do anything for each othe anyone wants to create a coven together to hex douchebags who hurt girls? this book honestly had me at teenage lesbian witch and i loved it so much!!! the friendship!!! the magic!!! the atmosphere!!! everything is just so good!! let me start of by talking about the friendship because it's one of my favorite things about this book!! is there something anything better than a friendship beginning with a hexing of douchebag who hurt one of them??? I THINK NOT. they also would do anything for each other??? their friendship gets so strong so fast and IM HERE FOR IT. there was this part at a party when all of them dressed up as girls from a horror movie with the hoods the color of their magic and it was so powerful i love it so much the magic itself is nothing special just sigils and incantations but i loved every scene when they practiced a spell or made a hex or the ones at the party!!! i just love how sideways, our mc talks about it and how she feels so connected with it and it's soo good!!! the magic books are so INTERESTING they literally feel and see and can communicate with the reader and they're just SO sassy i love it! there's also this creature called Mr.Scratch AND HE'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE EVER HE DESERVES THE WORLD the writing takes a bit to get used to but once you do YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO STOP!! the story just pulls you in and suddenly it's over and you don't know what to do with your life because you need the sequel RIGHT NOW!! thanks to netgalley for approving me for the arc!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Boston

    4.5 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stacey-Lea

    4.5 stars This is the book I’ve wanted to read since the first time I watched The Craft when I was like five, since seeing Willow go dark and obsessing over Charmed and Sabrina every night. Witches are top tier, my absolute favourite, they are the bad asses of the mythical world and this is truly the perfect fledgling witch story. We come into Scapegracers at the very beginning of a coven’s creation. Our protagonist, Sideways didn’t expect to find her coven among the untouchable popular girls, Da 4.5 stars This is the book I’ve wanted to read since the first time I watched The Craft when I was like five, since seeing Willow go dark and obsessing over Charmed and Sabrina every night. Witches are top tier, my absolute favourite, they are the bad asses of the mythical world and this is truly the perfect fledgling witch story. We come into Scapegracers at the very beginning of a coven’s creation. Our protagonist, Sideways didn’t expect to find her coven among the untouchable popular girls, Daisy, Jing and Yates, but that is where our story catches. These girls are just coming into their magic and with Sideways as their guide they begin to uncover the power within themselves and they’re ready for retribution so don’t cross a single one of them. I am living for this friendship dynamic. Each girl is strong in her own way and I honestly can’t give you a favourite right now because they’re all so interesting and different. Scapegracers shows that teenage girls are powerful, it harnesses that idea and runs with it. The bonds we create as teens are fast and strong when they’re the right people. Add a touch of witchcraft on top of that bond and you’ve got some feisty girls who are ready to do some damage. This group would literally die for one another, the first instinct is to bite back and protect. The fierce love is palpable and I can’t wait to follow them through their journey. Scapegracers is a dark atmospheric urban fantasy (with a touch of teen sapphic angst) that grips you in from beginning to end. I came for the magic but I stayed for the layered and complex characters and the insane storyline. Clarke allows the characters to live the story rather than outwardly lay it out for you so some of the worldbuilding and plot isn’t fully realised but that’s forgiven because it’s made up for in the feeling it evokes. *ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review*

  10. 5 out of 5

    ♡ jules ♡

    Thank you Netgalley and Erewhon Books for the ARC. let's begin with the few positive things I liked about this book. I asked for this title because it sounded exactly what I was looking for: a teen lesbian witch with her coven and possibly a sapphic love story. I thought this was going to be similar to These Witches Don't Burn and I was going to have a great time. What I got of that? The representation and the girls friendship/coven. That was the best part of the book. Now. I apologize in advance if Thank you Netgalley and Erewhon Books for the ARC. let's begin with the few positive things I liked about this book. I asked for this title because it sounded exactly what I was looking for: a teen lesbian witch with her coven and possibly a sapphic love story. I thought this was going to be similar to These Witches Don't Burn and I was going to have a great time. What I got of that? The representation and the girls friendship/coven. That was the best part of the book. Now. I apologize in advance if this will look more like a rant than anything else, but I can't change what I feel. The plot is inexistent. I don't know if it's the writing or the confusing story, but I found myself not understanding what was happening 99% of the time. The characters were really static and superficial, I didn't connect with any of them, I didn't care about any of them. The writing was really confusing and not really of my liking. There were some choices of words or conversations that felt completely unrealistic and bland. The premise was "portrays a mercilessly supportive clique of diverse and vivid characters" and even if it's true that we do see supportive friendships in this book, I doubt the vivid characters part is truly in it. The sapphic relationship was treated terribly. We had two scenes and we didn't see any growth between the characters, it was just to add more pages and I. just. didn't. care. I really feel like this author used the lesbian representation to get hype for this book and then didn't care about the story or the actual characterization of any of the characters. It definitely was a miss for me, I don't plan to continue with the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Woodbury

    What a witchy gay mischievous delight. I'm not even mad that I unwittingly read the first book in a series because I will absolutely be back for more no matter how long I have to wait. Sideways Pike is your classic outcast, you know, that kid who everyone says is a Satan worshipper. Except it's more true in Sideways's case. She's a witch and a loner. But the loner part all changes the night three cool girls--ruthless Daisy, angelic Yates, and direct Jing--invite her to their Halloween party to d What a witchy gay mischievous delight. I'm not even mad that I unwittingly read the first book in a series because I will absolutely be back for more no matter how long I have to wait. Sideways Pike is your classic outcast, you know, that kid who everyone says is a Satan worshipper. Except it's more true in Sideways's case. She's a witch and a loner. But the loner part all changes the night three cool girls--ruthless Daisy, angelic Yates, and direct Jing--invite her to their Halloween party to do some magic and impress the partygoers. But when the girls join Sideways' circle, the power they have together is more than anyone anticipated and it starts a sequence of events in motion that cannot be stopped. It took me a little bit to get the rhythm of Clarke's prose, but once I got it I was absolutely in love with their style. Cool oozes effortlessly from the pages, which is saying something. A lot of the times when a book has super-charismatic characters it fails to make them come alive, or it leaves the not-so-charismatic characters as empty ciphers. None of that happens here. We get a clear picture of all 4 of the main girls, and we also get what they see in each other. Sideways is perhaps too much of the tropey outcast, but as the narrator she gets that privilege. She is a teenager grappling with a lot of self-hatred and insecurity, so of course she is going to amplify all the imperfect parts of herself for us. One thing I really loved about this book is how I never knew what was going to happen. It is unpredictable and weird and doesn't rely too much on familiar beats to move you along. A lot of this is from Clarke's excellent worldbuilding, they teach us how magic works bit by bit, through Sideways' experience but also through the group learning and figuring things out. There is one very big exception to this, but it's a smart one, a train wreck you know is coming from the very beginning and just have to wait with your jaw clenched for the final payoff. It balances out all the weird tangents and helps keep some forward momentum. I have no idea what's going to happen in the future with this series, but I really appreciated how even though there is sapphic longing amongst the group of girls, we do not get overly sidelined in any unrequired affections or love triangles. We also don't get too much straight-girl-homoeroticism either. All of them are at least a little bit queer--it's not always clear just how queer they are, which is absolutely accurate for teenage girls--and it may get more complicated later as we dive into their identities, but here we got just enough to flesh them out and let Sideways get to know them gradually. Sideways is the exception, the one definite-and-fully-declared lesbian of the bunch, who also happens to have two very cinnamon roll-y dads who run a spooky/awesome antiques store. There's a great balance here of yay-friendship with super-dark-s**t, which is exactly what I needed to read in these dark times. Dark like an ink monster + witchy static electricity + friends who will have your back forever + gay gay gay = just perfect thank you where can I find 100 more

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I don’t think this is quite the book for me. Following getting paid to do magic at a party for the popular girls Sideways finds herself swept up by these three girls and together they’re banding together with the strength of female friendship and forming a coven. I was really into this concept a MC who is a lesbian witch?? Amazing. But I wasn’t super drawn into the plot and didn’t really get invest Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I don’t think this is quite the book for me. Following getting paid to do magic at a party for the popular girls Sideways finds herself swept up by these three girls and together they’re banding together with the strength of female friendship and forming a coven. I was really into this concept a MC who is a lesbian witch?? Amazing. But I wasn’t super drawn into the plot and didn’t really get invested. I liked the interactions between the popular girls and sideways and the friendship they created but none of their personas really stood out to me. Certain chapters certainly gripped me more than others particularly towards the end but still felt as a whole like it fell a little short for me. I managed my way through it but don’t think I'll read the next one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    biconique

    witch lesbian + finding a gf + high school cliques + found family + female friendships + casting curses on dudebros? love that for us in 2020 !

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sasha Zatz

    loved it loved it v witchy v gay v feral

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜

    Final Thoughts ”People don’t punish boys who hurt girls, because people don’t care about girls.” You hear that?? It’s the sound of me grabbing my microphone and screaming about how EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK.The Scapegracers is an electrifying YA debut that features one lesbian witch, two explosive parties, and three badass popular girls. Put all that together with Witchcraft, morally grey girls, talking spell-books, and multiple queer/poc characters and you can see why this is a must read Final Thoughts ”People don’t punish boys who hurt girls, because people don’t care about girls.” You hear that?? It’s the sound of me grabbing my microphone and screaming about how EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK.The Scapegracers is an electrifying YA debut that features one lesbian witch, two explosive parties, and three badass popular girls. Put all that together with Witchcraft, morally grey girls, talking spell-books, and multiple queer/poc characters and you can see why this is a must read. I am not lying when I say I ADORED just about everything about this book. The characters were phenomenal: both Sideways and, our trio- Jing, Daisy and Yates- were developed so well. There’s also multiple queer side characters- Sideways has two gay dads, and there’s a non-binary side character. All of each were brilliant additions to the stories and their characters never felt forced or flat. The plot was so interesting, I was intrigued from the beginning and after THAT ending, I NEED the sequel. Yes I’m aware this isn’t out until September 15th but still. The Scapegracers is such a good introduction to what I’ll imagine will be a heart pounding series. Lets also discuss how Hannah Abigail Clarke both simultaneously highlights and destroys common negative female stereotypes. Sideways is completely different to Daisy, Jing and Yates, and if a man- or a YA author from the early 2000’s- had written this book- they’d have hated her. But not OUR GIRLS. They love Sideways just the way she is. Even when Sideways finds it hard to love herself. ”Don’t do that. Never do that. Don’t ever say your’re not beautiful, not ever, okay? Girls are just beautiful. That’s the way they are.” No more mean popular girls or girl hate. We have moved past the need for girls hating on other girls. WE NEED MORE FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS LIKE THIS. Another aspect I loved was Daisy taking control and destroying the “dumb petty cheerleader” trope. Not only is she the fighter of the group but she does it all in heels and sometimes trainers because girls CAN LIKE BOTH. My words can’t even describe how EPIC The Scapegracers truly is. The fact that in two days this book will be out there for teenage girls to read, makes me so happy. I highly recommend this book- especially if you like books centering on witches, girls, and some good old fashion foreshadowing on what’s to come. • • • Just Finished Thoughts This was EPIC. I’m honestly offended that the average rating for this book is 3.6!! Nope. NOT HAPPENING. Halloween is around the corner and lovelies I DARE YOU to read this book. It’s got witches, talking spell books, morally grey characters, lesbians and more!! Not to sound cliche but this book was everything I didn’t even know I NEEDED. But PLEASE ADD THIS TO YOUR TBRS!! You don’t want to miss it.!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Scrapegracers was such a fun book to dive into! I had no idea I was going to meet such amazing characters and be completely invested in every little thing that they did. Speaking of, you will meet Sideways. She is a witch, an outcast, and a lesbian. One day she is basically adopted by this trio of scary but super cool girls. Together they are just completely bad ass and I absolutely adored each and everyone of them. Now I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Scrapegracers was such a fun book to dive into! I had no idea I was going to meet such amazing characters and be completely invested in every little thing that they did. Speaking of, you will meet Sideways. She is a witch, an outcast, and a lesbian. One day she is basically adopted by this trio of scary but super cool girls. Together they are just completely bad ass and I absolutely adored each and everyone of them. Now while thinking about this whole group of girls.. it made me think of some movie trailer that I just watched. I can't remember the name of it because I wasn't really paying attention to it but the trailer did seem like of familiar to the book. Anyhoo, I loved Jing, Daisy, Yates and Sideways. Each person just made this book that more interesting and a page turner. I loved all the magic and girl power throughout this book as well. I seriously enjoyed the heck out of this and I'm super excited for the second book! Ugh, I already miss everyone and every thing in this book and I can't wait to get my hands on the physical book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lex

    This was an absolute fever dream of a book. I LOVED the characters, I enjoyed the tricky, slippery grasp on reality that it felt like our MC (faux-leather-jacket-wearing lesbian witch Sideways Pike) had, and I was EXTREMELY into the writing style (Visceral! Gritty! Tactile! Funny! If you like Gideon the Ninth, boy do I have a book for you!). My only tiny quibble is that I don't like it when books are set-ups for sequels and don't feel self-contained, but I had so much fun I'll definitely be back This was an absolute fever dream of a book. I LOVED the characters, I enjoyed the tricky, slippery grasp on reality that it felt like our MC (faux-leather-jacket-wearing lesbian witch Sideways Pike) had, and I was EXTREMELY into the writing style (Visceral! Gritty! Tactile! Funny! If you like Gideon the Ninth, boy do I have a book for you!). My only tiny quibble is that I don't like it when books are set-ups for sequels and don't feel self-contained, but I had so much fun I'll definitely be back for the next one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    andrea caro

    4.5 stars. I have found it - my new favorite witchy read. Truthfully, this book wasn't on my radar until a couple of weeks before it's original release date (it's since been pushed back to September, possibly due to COVID). For whatever reason, I was reluctant to pick up the arc that I was gifted, though the synopsis made one thing fundamentally clear: queer witches. Sideways, a lesbian witch outcast in her high school, gets paid $40 bucks to make some magic happen at a Halloween party. She collect 4.5 stars. I have found it - my new favorite witchy read. Truthfully, this book wasn't on my radar until a couple of weeks before it's original release date (it's since been pushed back to September, possibly due to COVID). For whatever reason, I was reluctant to pick up the arc that I was gifted, though the synopsis made one thing fundamentally clear: queer witches. Sideways, a lesbian witch outcast in her high school, gets paid $40 bucks to make some magic happen at a Halloween party. She collects the girls that asked her to show up - Daisy, Jing, and Yates - as well as a mysterious girl named Madeline. The next day, Sideways wakes up to dead deer in an empty swimming pool and chalk drawings all over the basement where the party was held. Clearly, they got more magic than they bargained for. Those who follow my reviews know that it doesn't take too much for me to like a witch book. First thing, though - I don't care for a witch story in which powers don't require ritual (think Charmed, with Prue's telekinetic powers) and the spellwork I was craving was definitely included. I also need to talk about the writing in this book. The way the author weaves a sentence is delicious; it's the kind of writing that for me I would read several times over because I loved the way those words came together. The writing was a 5/5 for me, though, if I was being nitpicky - Halloween is my favorite time of year and I wish I could have gotten to read more of that chilly, frosty, spooky ambiance written into the story. The only place the story fell flat for me was in plot alone. Given the fact that the book is clearly set up for a follow-up, I'm not going to judge it too harshly; I'm hoping we go into the whos, whys, hows, and whats in later books. But some of the things that happened in this book didn't make much sense to me. For example: early on in the book, Sideways was abducted (and escaped) witch finders - people using witchcraft against witches to remove their powers. Once Sideways escaped, she came home bloodied and dirty and not only was there no real follow-up here (like, the police were never called, it was almost like that particular threat was forgotten about; also, if my parents saw me come home covered in blood, they would NOT let me leave the house to go do whatever I wanted, particularly with asking no questions). So yeah, 4.5. I have the book preordered and can't wait for the follow-up!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rach

    I didn’t love this book but I didn’t dislike it. The book started off fast pace but then the story to me went really slow and was a bit repetitive. Maybe as it Is the first book in the series in will pick up more in the second book. I did like some of the characters though. We have Sideways (that is her nickname) whose really name is Eloise who is a outcast and has been practising magic for years. The three others of the group that Sideways joins are Jing, Yates and Daisy. At the start of the boo I didn’t love this book but I didn’t dislike it. The book started off fast pace but then the story to me went really slow and was a bit repetitive. Maybe as it Is the first book in the series in will pick up more in the second book. I did like some of the characters though. We have Sideways (that is her nickname) whose really name is Eloise who is a outcast and has been practising magic for years. The three others of the group that Sideways joins are Jing, Yates and Daisy. At the start of the book it makes you think they are your typical mean girls but you learn that isn’t the case of these three. As they say you can’t judge a book by the cover. Two other characters who I loved are Julian and his partner Boris. Julian is Eloise uncle and she lives with them. Her mum has died.. They own a shop which sells unique and interesting items. There is slight romance but I presume you will see more of that in the future books. If you like magic, fantasy and a sprinkle of romance then I would recommended it to you. My rating for this book is 3.5 stars I received a ARC from Netgalley and Erewhon Books for an objection review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Althea

    The Scapegracers follows Sideways, a teen outcast and lesbian witch, who is paid by the three popular girls to perform some magic at a pre-Halloween party. However, after some not so great things happen at the party, the four become best friends and eventually, a coven, cursing awful boys, trying to find Sideways a girlfriend, and even accidentally unleashing a demon! This book is honestly everything I could have wished for. The friendships in this are honestly some of the best I have ever read, The Scapegracers follows Sideways, a teen outcast and lesbian witch, who is paid by the three popular girls to perform some magic at a pre-Halloween party. However, after some not so great things happen at the party, the four become best friends and eventually, a coven, cursing awful boys, trying to find Sideways a girlfriend, and even accidentally unleashing a demon! This book is honestly everything I could have wished for. The friendships in this are honestly some of the best I have ever read, and that’s saying something. The complete acceptance that Jing, Yates and Daisy had for Sideways was so amazing, especially when they were all trying to help her get a girlfriend. Everything about this book was so atmospheric and it’s definitely the perfect book for Halloween. This book is feral, it’s brutal and it’s just fucking amazing, please check it out!

  21. 4 out of 5

    jocelyn

    4 / 5 this was really great!! one of my favorite aspects was the writing style. it was expressive and beautiful as well as aggressive and visceral in a way i really appreciated. the witchery bits were cool, although i kind of wish they were expanded upon more, and something about the plot fell short for me, but i can’t really explain it. it’s probably something very subjective. but, i loved the characters and i kinda had a crush on jing and i don’t even know why fkhfjjd they were very badass and i 4 / 5 this was really great!! one of my favorite aspects was the writing style. it was expressive and beautiful as well as aggressive and visceral in a way i really appreciated. the witchery bits were cool, although i kind of wish they were expanded upon more, and something about the plot fell short for me, but i can’t really explain it. it’s probably something very subjective. but, i loved the characters and i kinda had a crush on jing and i don’t even know why fkhfjjd they were very badass and i look forward to seeing what else they do! they were the strongest part of the story in my opinion

  22. 5 out of 5

    nat

    the gays are WINNING with this one . . . it's homophobic my arc expired before i was able to finish reading it the gays are WINNING with this one . . . it's homophobic my arc expired before i was able to finish reading it

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liv the Jellyfish Queen

    This was way more fun than anticipated! I mean, I really hoped it would be fun, because there's not many things that are better than lesbian witches imo. I had my problems with it at first. I didn't particularly like the writing style, it felt fabricated and... stilted, I guess? It took me almost a third to get used to it. But once I did, and got really invested in Sideways and her newly acquired friends, I really liked this! And since I somehow got even worse at writing reviews that aren't bullet This was way more fun than anticipated! I mean, I really hoped it would be fun, because there's not many things that are better than lesbian witches imo. I had my problems with it at first. I didn't particularly like the writing style, it felt fabricated and... stilted, I guess? It took me almost a third to get used to it. But once I did, and got really invested in Sideways and her newly acquired friends, I really liked this! And since I somehow got even worse at writing reviews that aren't bulletpoint lists, I'm just going to list all the things I liked and didn't like. Maybe I'll revamp this review once the publication date (September 15) draws near. - The characters felt real! Which is somehow very uncommon for books with teen main characters, apparently. But these teens curse, they are kind of dicks, but are still human and lovable characters! - It's very diverse without coming off as forced (like, how some authors force in half-formed characters just for browney points). Sideways' a lesbian. She has two dads. There's casually characters with they/them pronouns, and casual characters with sexualities all over the place and that was just cool - I didn't particularly like the part where The Clowns (you'll know who I'm talking about once you read the book) turn up. It felt very out of tune with the rest of the story, and just felt like an underdeveloped plot Point - that being said, I loved that Clarke put enough thought into this to have Sideways emerge from that situation not a-okay, but shaken (re: cars) - I'm a sucker for the Found Family trope, even more so if said found family are all super supportive girls that will murder anyone to protect each other. This is my jam! - Some things were a bit too convenient, but I'll forgive that. Writing is hard. Coming up with solutions that work but that aren't convenient is even harder. All in all, I really enjoyed The Scapegracers! More so than I thought I would! If you like the idea of The Chilling Adventure of Sabrina, but not the execution, and want it gay: Here you have the perfect candidate! @Erewhon and Netgalley: Thank you guys for the ARC!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathaleen Luangamath

    Non-Spoiler Section 📕 First off I want to give a big thanks to Kensington Books, Hannah Abigail Clarke and NetGalley for sending me this ARC in exchange for a non-bias review. Now with that being said let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed this book. There were Witches, POC characters, LGBTQ Characters and so much more. This book really showed how diverse the world actually is. This book gives me American Horror Story Season 3 vibes in the Best way possible. It has such a Dark Non-Spoiler Section 📕 First off I want to give a big thanks to Kensington Books, Hannah Abigail Clarke and NetGalley for sending me this ARC in exchange for a non-bias review. Now with that being said let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed this book. There were Witches, POC characters, LGBTQ Characters and so much more. This book really showed how diverse the world actually is. This book gives me American Horror Story Season 3 vibes in the Best way possible. It has such a Dark, witchy, Magic vibe and I was here for the whole thing. In this book we follow these four girls who form a coven, together they will try to become the most powerful coven. They have these spooky parties, put curses on creepy guys, and run away from witch-hunters who are trying to steal their magic. I think one of the things that I have liked about this book the most was that when you first meet the characters you almost label them in a way. There's mean girls, jocks, the weird outsider but as the book progresses the characters really open up and you learn that there is so much more to them than their labels. I loved seeing all of them open up and show more of their personality and sexuality. I thought the magic system was very different and interesting. However this is also where my problems with this book arise. The reason that my review is missing a star is just because I wish the magic system was fleshed out a little bit more. As a reader I felt I was missing key aspects of the magic system like how does magic decide who gets it or not. I also felt like the witch-hunter aspect of this book was a little more fleshed out. However I think that most of these problems will resolve when the rest of the series comes out. I really enjoyed the spell-book aspect. Each coven is in charge of their own spell-book, and different spell-books are more powerful than others. Sideways, the main character, has been getting spell-books are serious points in her life, which she has used to help her get through her life. I loved this aspect of the book. For Sideways magic is more than a party trick it's her soul it's how she lives. As a teenage girl in High School I found the way that high school was written was overall very refreshing. Personally going to school for me was just like them. I didn't think that school aspect was that far fetched. I loved the easy writing and I loved the storyline and I am so excited for the rest of the series to come out (because this one was left on a cliffhanger). Characters Sideways I really like her character. I moved to a new high school my freshman year, so I know how it feels to be left out. I loved watching her navigate this new social hierarchy that she has been thrusted into. I also love how she is So unapologetically herself It's so refreshing to see a character like that. However as she is getting more confident in herself she is also struggling with this new friend group and how she fits in. However I think that over the course of the book she learns how exactly she fits into the group. Which is a very nice arc for her. Yates I really like Yates. I think she is such a nice juxtaposition to the other girls and her character is very refreshing. Even though she is a witch she's not the type of person you would expect to be a witch, which breaks another stereotype. I know that the one of the biggest themes in this book is female friendships and I am 100% here for it however I want Yates and sideways to end up together I said what I said. Daisy I love daisy. She is such a baddie. She know who she is and wants she wants from the world and she takes it. She accepts no crap from anyone and I love it. I need to channel her more often because she is amazing. Jing I one again really love Jing. I honestly just love all the characters in this coven. They are amazing and work so well together. I love how Jing is new to her sexuality and she's exploring which is 100% okay as well. She wants to learn more about herself and what she wants. There's this one scene where he and Sideways goes to a gay bar and Sideways to helping Jing explore herself. I loved that scene so much. Favorite quote "I guess my point is that teenage girls aren’t supposed to be powerful, you know? Everybody hates teenage girls. They hate our bodies and hate us if we want to change them. They hate the things we are supposed to like but hate it when we like other things even more, because that means we’re ruining their things. We’re somehow this great corrupting influence, even though we’ve barely got legal agency of our own." I felt this quote to my bones. As a teenage girl it's so hard to be you when everyone is expecting different things from you. overall rating Magical party tricks

  25. 5 out of 5

    nina

    This book was... something. I expected so much about this book because of the “lesbain witch finds coven” stuff. I was immediately sold after reading that. But I didn’t enjoy this book at all. The writing was nothing for me and i was confused all the time. I felt like the story went nowhere, if there was even a story at all. I hoped the confusion would go away after perhaps 50 pages, but it didn’t. I thought it was just me but luckily my friends Giulia and Michelle had the same problem. The only This book was... something. I expected so much about this book because of the “lesbain witch finds coven” stuff. I was immediately sold after reading that. But I didn’t enjoy this book at all. The writing was nothing for me and i was confused all the time. I felt like the story went nowhere, if there was even a story at all. I hoped the confusion would go away after perhaps 50 pages, but it didn’t. I thought it was just me but luckily my friends Giulia and Michelle had the same problem. The only thing i liked about this book was the coven. I liked the friend group but at the same time, I didn’t really care about them. The writing style was clearly not my style. The writer used sentences like “you look killer” and other stuff. Who talks like that? It’s of course possible that other people will love this book, as I saw people did when reading other reviews. So this is all my own personal opinion of course. I won’t be continuing this series though.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ariel (ariel_reads)

    I really love the premise of this book. Witches, high-school drama, friendships, queer and poc rep? Sign me up! If this type of book sounds appealing to you-- it's worth the read. However, the major issue I had with it was pacing. I wanted to enjoy this book so much, but often found myself frustrated or confused because there were whole sections where nothing was happening or developing. I also think there might have been more depth to the book if the side characters had been explored a little m I really love the premise of this book. Witches, high-school drama, friendships, queer and poc rep? Sign me up! If this type of book sounds appealing to you-- it's worth the read. However, the major issue I had with it was pacing. I wanted to enjoy this book so much, but often found myself frustrated or confused because there were whole sections where nothing was happening or developing. I also think there might have been more depth to the book if the side characters had been explored a little more as well. Overall, I think I would have enjoyed this more if it was a single book with a resolved story arc, rather than a first book in a series, but as is-- I am happy I picked up the book and gave it a read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    jut

    The Craft: Legacy (2020) This feels likes this movie (or what this movie is going to be like) or something, it wasn't bad but a lot happened at the same time and left me a little confused, i expected more sapphic and witch elements. The Craft: Legacy (2020) This feels likes this movie (or what this movie is going to be like) or something, it wasn't bad but a lot happened at the same time and left me a little confused, i expected more sapphic and witch elements.

  28. 5 out of 5

    idiomatic

    3.75 stars. this is baggy for a book that wants to be sleek and swift - genuinely you could shave out a solid 100 pages just by finding & deleting repeated descriptions - and any time it strays from animated gay girl conversations into 'plot' or 'worldbuilding' or 'thematic articulation'* it loses a touch of the confidence and sure-footing that makes it so charming overall. (no one told the author they didn't have to write a paragraph about how The Patriarchy Historically Resents The Power Of Te 3.75 stars. this is baggy for a book that wants to be sleek and swift - genuinely you could shave out a solid 100 pages just by finding & deleting repeated descriptions - and any time it strays from animated gay girl conversations into 'plot' or 'worldbuilding' or 'thematic articulation'* it loses a touch of the confidence and sure-footing that makes it so charming overall. (no one told the author they didn't have to write a paragraph about how The Patriarchy Historically Resents The Power Of Teen Girls if you show the patriarchy resenting your ferally powerful teen girls on the page. it was their editor's job to tell them this.) but the voice IS wildly confident, vibrant, and Effortlessly Full-Time Gay. it's also v nice to read a new ya novel that is in conversation with genre staples that are more than five years old (the craft is the big obvious one that the author's given interviews about, but if the author never read francesca lia block specifically circa witch baby i'll eat a bag of my own hair). overall this is a glimpse of raw stylistic potential in a genre increasingly skint on that, and i am excited to follow their career.

  29. 5 out of 5

    XR

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is pretty effing great for Clarke's very first book. I can't wait until the next one comes out 'cause Sideways is a very likeable character, even though she thinks otherwise. It's pretty great how her friends remind her that she's one of them, or that she's theirs... as though they know that she needs that little bit of reassurance. This is pretty dark though and I was so tempted to take a peek at the ending just 'cause I wanted to make sure Mr. Scratchy was actually helping the girls, but t This is pretty effing great for Clarke's very first book. I can't wait until the next one comes out 'cause Sideways is a very likeable character, even though she thinks otherwise. It's pretty great how her friends remind her that she's one of them, or that she's theirs... as though they know that she needs that little bit of reassurance. This is pretty dark though and I was so tempted to take a peek at the ending just 'cause I wanted to make sure Mr. Scratchy was actually helping the girls, but then the author kept going back and forth between calling it Mr. Scratchy and the devil, that I questioned whether it was two entities. It must be 'cause a pulled another all nighter so I'm actually still questioning this. Oh, and I totally ship Lila and Sideways.

  30. 5 out of 5

    nadia | notabookshelf

    THIS WAS INCREDIBLE WHERE IS MY BOOK 2 WHERE IS SHE rtc

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