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Guthrie was a good place to be from, but it wasn’t a great place to live, not when you were like Adam, in all the ways Adam was like Adam. Adam Binder hasn’t spoken to his brother in years, not since Bobby had him committed to a psych ward for hearing voices. When a murderous spirit possesses Bobby’s wife and disrupts the perfect life he’s built away from Oklahoma, he’s for Guthrie was a good place to be from, but it wasn’t a great place to live, not when you were like Adam, in all the ways Adam was like Adam. Adam Binder hasn’t spoken to his brother in years, not since Bobby had him committed to a psych ward for hearing voices. When a murderous spirit possesses Bobby’s wife and disrupts the perfect life he’s built away from Oklahoma, he’s forced to ask for his little brother’s help. Adam is happy to escape the trailer park and get the chance to say I told you so, but he arrives in Denver to find the local magicians dead. It isn’t long before Adam is the spirit’s next target. To survive the confrontation, he’ll have to risk bargaining with powers he’d rather avoid, including his first love, the elf who broke his heart. The Binder brothers don’t realize that they’re unwitting pawns in a game played by immortals. Death herself wants the spirit’s head, and she’s willing to destroy their family to reap it.


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Guthrie was a good place to be from, but it wasn’t a great place to live, not when you were like Adam, in all the ways Adam was like Adam. Adam Binder hasn’t spoken to his brother in years, not since Bobby had him committed to a psych ward for hearing voices. When a murderous spirit possesses Bobby’s wife and disrupts the perfect life he’s built away from Oklahoma, he’s for Guthrie was a good place to be from, but it wasn’t a great place to live, not when you were like Adam, in all the ways Adam was like Adam. Adam Binder hasn’t spoken to his brother in years, not since Bobby had him committed to a psych ward for hearing voices. When a murderous spirit possesses Bobby’s wife and disrupts the perfect life he’s built away from Oklahoma, he’s forced to ask for his little brother’s help. Adam is happy to escape the trailer park and get the chance to say I told you so, but he arrives in Denver to find the local magicians dead. It isn’t long before Adam is the spirit’s next target. To survive the confrontation, he’ll have to risk bargaining with powers he’d rather avoid, including his first love, the elf who broke his heart. The Binder brothers don’t realize that they’re unwitting pawns in a game played by immortals. Death herself wants the spirit’s head, and she’s willing to destroy their family to reap it.

30 review for White Trash Warlock

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

    It’s interesting—despite my abiding love of fantasy, and though you could, perhaps, characterize the greatest movie ever made (okay, well, my favorite movie of all time, anyway)—that would be Ghostbusters, for those of you haven’t been paying attention—as urban fantasy, I have not read especially deeply into that particular (sub)genre. And, to the extent that I have, it’s been forays into stories more like the brilliant The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep than, say, the works of Laurell K. Hamilto It’s interesting—despite my abiding love of fantasy, and though you could, perhaps, characterize the greatest movie ever made (okay, well, my favorite movie of all time, anyway)—that would be Ghostbusters, for those of you haven’t been paying attention—as urban fantasy, I have not read especially deeply into that particular (sub)genre. And, to the extent that I have, it’s been forays into stories more like the brilliant The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep than, say, the works of Laurell K. Hamilton or Jim Butcher. So, I can’t say for sure whether Slayton’s debut is typical of the genre, though given that the book bounces betwixt the backwoods of rural Oklahoma and more traditionally urban environs in Colorado, it may be more accurate to call it “rurban fantasy” (I would say “urbal fantasy,” but, aurally speaking, that implies the ingestion of substances unnecessary for the enjoyment of this tale). I can say, however, that it’s absolutely fantastic. Slayton pulls off the exceedingly difficult feat of smoothly integrating the fantastical elements of his world into the “real” world, creating a cast of complex and compelling characters (not to mention one heck of a love triangle), devising an engaging magic system, and spooling out plot at just the right pace. Despite ending at just the right spot for the story, the book ended far too quickly for my liking. I want more, dammit, and, thankfully, Slayton will fulfill that wish with subsequent sequels. If you dig fantasy that’s down-to-earth but epic in scope, characters who are flawed but fascinating, and smooth prose that drives the story forward without distracting from it, White Trash Warlock is well worth a read. If you don’t like those things, I mean, what even are you? One other thing worth noting, because it’s something I love about the inclusiveness of fantasy as a genre (warning: I’m about to get all soapboxy). I’m a privileged straight white guy who grew up middle class in the suburbs. My family never faced food insecurity. I never witnessed domestic violence. And, I’ve never faced the heartache and discrimination of being LGBTQ+ (or in any other underrepresented group) in a family or society that distances itself from, disrespects, or otherwise dehumanizes anyone who doesn’t conform to whatever that family/society considers “acceptable.” But, reading about characters whose lived experiences differ so greatly from mine didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the story in the slightest. On the contrary, it enhanced it, offered me new insight, and reminded me yet again that when we forge a bond through a shared love or passion for something—fantasy stories, in this case—we can bring our truest and most authentic selves to the table and raise the level of enjoyment and engagement for everyone. Okay, I’m off my soapbox now. Bottom line: this is a hell of an entertaining yarn. Bring on the sequel!

  2. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    I had such a good time reading White Trash Warlock! It gave me massive Supernatural TV show feels 😙👌🏻 (I used to watch that show obsessively). But make it gay with complicated mysteries and brothers warring with betrayal and healing. It’s the kind of book I always wanted, but never found until now, and am super glad it’s a series because I need more of this world of elves and magic, witches and warlocks, barely contained evil and people with surly fronts but hearts of gold. Adam Lee Binder grew I had such a good time reading White Trash Warlock! It gave me massive Supernatural TV show feels 😙👌🏻 (I used to watch that show obsessively). But make it gay with complicated mysteries and brothers warring with betrayal and healing. It’s the kind of book I always wanted, but never found until now, and am super glad it’s a series because I need more of this world of elves and magic, witches and warlocks, barely contained evil and people with surly fronts but hearts of gold. Adam Lee Binder grew up in a trailer park with everyone thinking him crazy for hearing voices, when really he has the Sight and can see other worlds. His past will break your heart, but the way he rebuilds himself and doesn’t hesitate to save and help, no matter the cost, was everything. Also it’s perfect as an YA-to-adult crossover since Adam is only 20, and there are sassy elves and demons and magic. Super intrigued by Adam’s complicated past with Perak, and his uncanny and accidentally meeting with the young cop, Vic. That feel when you randomly save a life and fall a little bit in love 😌. The high stakes of ancient unearthed demons and worlds cracking apart was just so enthralling too. I whipped through the whole book so fast. Addictive and fun, White Trash Warlock will break and remake your heart and take you on a dark spiralling adventure.⁣

  3. 4 out of 5

    K.D.

    A novel like this is exactly why the Urban Fantasy genre has staying power. Look at what David R. Slayton did: he turned the usual tropes on their ass, and created an amazing, fresh story. A rural setting; relatable paycheck-to-paycheck characters; strong LGBT+ representation… It’s an exceptional debut. We need more books like this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisazj1

    When I first saw this book listed, I read the Scottsdale Public Library's review, I was hooked: If Sam and Dean Winchester from Supernatural had a book baby with Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's series, this would be the little bundle of joy. This is a pretty perfect description, and it was this more than the blurb that made me want to read. There was actually a whole lot more angst and honest pain in this than I was expecting, and a whole lot of wrong done to Adam Binder by the very people When I first saw this book listed, I read the Scottsdale Public Library's review, I was hooked: If Sam and Dean Winchester from Supernatural had a book baby with Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's series, this would be the little bundle of joy. This is a pretty perfect description, and it was this more than the blurb that made me want to read. There was actually a whole lot more angst and honest pain in this than I was expecting, and a whole lot of wrong done to Adam Binder by the very people who should have been there for him. Ironically, it's one of those people who needs his help when magic goes wrong in Denver. Though Adam wants badly to refuse, he can't make himself say no. There's also a little side item he needs to find out more on while he's there, so.... I was about to say that this is my first book by David Slayton when I checked, and holy wow! This is his debut novel? That makes it even more impressive. It isn't a perfect book, few are. There were places where the narrative felt a little uneven to me but the writing is good and the plot is excellent and imaginative, and the characters are complicated and imperfect. The pacing is damn exciting and tense, and the author is not here to spare your feelings. Bad things happen. There's a lot that happens to Adam here, and by the end, to a whole bunch of people he cares about. I will say that if you require romance, don't look for it here. There's the start of one, maybe. The story didn't miss having more though, and I honestly didn't even think of it until now. But this is a damn good start to what I hope is a new, awesome magical series. I will definitely be here for whatever is next! Thanks once more to my fabulous secret Santa, WinterElflette! I really enjoyed the gift! 😘 ***** I actually squeed like a 12 year old when I got this, I was just about to take it off my list and buy it so thank you again to WinterElflette for the sweet and generous present!! 💖

  5. 5 out of 5

    Scottsdale Public Library

    If Sam and Dean Winchester from Supernatural had a book baby with Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's series, this would be the little bundle of joy. Adam Binder has a gift, though he would not necessarily consider his empathetic and magical abilities to always be a wanted power. A terrible, rotten, no good being has a hold of his sister-in-law and he must do what he can to save her, his relationship with his brother and the whole of Denver. This is a light urban fantasy with heart, remarkably wond If Sam and Dean Winchester from Supernatural had a book baby with Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's series, this would be the little bundle of joy. Adam Binder has a gift, though he would not necessarily consider his empathetic and magical abilities to always be a wanted power. A terrible, rotten, no good being has a hold of his sister-in-law and he must do what he can to save her, his relationship with his brother and the whole of Denver. This is a light urban fantasy with heart, remarkably wondrous descriptions, and a quintessential old beat up ride. -Sara S.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mir

    Very solid urban fantasy debut novel with interesting characters and world-building. Especially recommended for Denverites, who will likely recognize most of the locations. A friend saw me reading this and immediately asked, "Why are they destrying the Daniels & Fisher tower?" then informed me that it was the tallest building between the Mississippi River and the state of California at the time of construction. Ongoing location convo with said friend: Me: "There's an apocalyptic mural in your air Very solid urban fantasy debut novel with interesting characters and world-building. Especially recommended for Denverites, who will likely recognize most of the locations. A friend saw me reading this and immediately asked, "Why are they destrying the Daniels & Fisher tower?" then informed me that it was the tallest building between the Mississippi River and the state of California at the time of construction. Ongoing location convo with said friend: Me: "There's an apocalyptic mural in your airport?" Friend: "What? No." Me: "There's not a huge mural of Native Americans being burned up?" Friend: "Oh. That." There's also a giant sculpture of a demonic mustang, named Blucifer. This book was not brought to you by the Denver Tourism Board.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily Ozuna

    •ENGLISH/ESPAÑOL• ~ENGLISH~ The Arc for this novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am trying to write this review with all the self-control I have in my being and I CAN'T! ITS BEAUTIFUL! I swear to you that I was shocked by the marvel of the book that I have found and that YOU NEED TO READ NOW. It is not a suggestion, I am saying that this book is NECESSARY for you to continue living and be happy because it is AMAZING! The story centers on Adam, a magic •ENGLISH/ESPAÑOL• ~ENGLISH~ The Arc for this novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am trying to write this review with all the self-control I have in my being and I CAN'T! ITS BEAUTIFUL! I swear to you that I was shocked by the marvel of the book that I have found and that YOU NEED TO READ NOW. It is not a suggestion, I am saying that this book is NECESSARY for you to continue living and be happy because it is AMAZING! The story centers on Adam, a magician with little power and little magic who lives in a trailer park with his great-aunt Sue. Adam is focused on searching for rare and illegal magic items and tracking down a corrupt warlock who torments and tortures different species to get what he wants. It doesn't matter if Adam believes that warlock is his father, he is determined to stop him. But when he finds one of those objects, the clues lead him to Denver, where his older brother Bobby lives. Adam hasn't spoken to him in years, not since Bobby decided to lock him up in a psychiatric center for not believing what Adam saw every day, for denying that magic exists. Adam isn't really eager to get close to him, but a message from Bobby alerts him. His brother's wife has been possessed by an evil spirit and is slowly destroying her life. Adam has to put aside the search for his father and travel to Denver to save his sister-in-law, but in the process he will encounter something stronger than he thinks, something ready to kill him and destroy the balance of the world as we know it. The story is AMAZING. There's no other way to describe it. It's extremely entertaining, it keeps you on the lookout for what's going to happen and you just can't stop reading once you start. I stayed up all night reading because I couldn't take my eyes off reading, I couldn't stop thinking about Adam, his adventure and the dangers he was facing. The story has a lot of magic (as you can imagine), a lot of action and mystery. The pieces of the puzzle gradually come together and as they do, they show you difficult situations and unique and complicated characters. Adam by himself is a complicated character. He has enough magic to be able to see everything magical but not enough to be ultra powerful (something I find charming). He is a boy haunted by his past, with lots of ghosts and trauma, starting with his horrible childhood memories and going through his traumatic stay at a psychiatric center where he didn't belong. That place left Adam very bad and with a strong grudge and hatred towards his brother Bobby and his mother, who in turn are equally complex characters. Each of them has very different nuances of personality and the truth is that I absolutely adored the way the author showed us the history of each of them. Their perspectives, their memories, their positions. I absolutely adored it, not many authors can accomplish what he did with the characters and I really LOVE this side of the story. Of all the characters, my favorites are Adam and Vic. Adam has this super dark and mysterious touch, this tormented soul aura in search of his place in the world, and Vic has a completely opposite personality to Adam. He is cheerful, joking, loving, loyal, empathetic... Vic is an amazing character and a cinnamon roll and I really couldn't help but fall for his charms~. The fact that the author made Vic Mexican and there was a very good Latin representation in the book made my love for Vic increase even more. I seriously think the two of them make an amazing team and I can't wait to learn more about Vic and Adam and what they can do together~. And although Vic's family didn't turn out too much like Adam's, I'm very happy for how well the author represented this Mexican family, especially for how opposite he is from Adam's family, it was an amazing touch~. There are also other extremely important characters but I want you to know them for yourselves, they are really totally worth each one of them. And it's not just that the story is incredible or that the characters are so unique, it's that the plot twist the author throws at you blows your mind. On several occasions I had to stop my reading because the plot twists were so surprising that I had to pause everything for a moment to assimilate the great truth. They really need to read this book! It has magic, action, Latino and LGBTQ + representation, it has amazing plot twist and trust me when I tell you it is going to be one of your best readings~. ~ESPAÑOL~ El ARC de esta novela fue proporcionado por la editorial a través de NetGalley a cambio de una reseña honesta. ¡Muchas gracias! Estoy intentando escribir esta reseña con todo el autocontrol que tengo en mi ser y NO PUEDO! ES HERMOSO! Les juro que me quedé en shock con la maravilla de libro que he encontrado y que USTEDES NECESITAN LEER YA. No es una sugerencia, hablo de que este libro es NECESARIO para que ustedes sigan viviendo y sean felices porque es INCREÍBLE! La historia se centra en Adam, un mago con poco poder y poca magia que vive en un parque de remolques con su tía abuela Sue. Adam está centrado en buscar objetos mágicos raros e ilegales y rastrear a un brujo corrupto que atormenta y tortura a diferentes especies para obtener lo que quiere. No importa si Adam cree que ese brujo es su padre, él está decidido en detenerlo. Pero cuando encuentra uno de esos objetos, las pistas lo llevan a Denver, donde vive su hermano mayor Bobby. Adam no ha hablado con él en años, no desde que Bobby decidió encerrarlo en un centro psiquiátrico por no creer en lo que Adam veía todos los días, por negar que la magia existe. En realidad, Adam no está ansioso por acercarse a él, pero un mensaje de Bobby lo alerta. La esposa de su hermano ha sido poseída por un espíritu maligno y está poco a poco destruyendo su vida. Adam tiene que dejar de lado la búsqueda de su padre y viajar a Denver para salvar a su cuñada, pero en el proceso se encontrará con algo más fuerte de lo que cree, algo dispuesto a matarlo y destruir el balance del mundo como lo conocemos. La historia es INCREÍBLE. No hay otra forma de describirlo. Es sumamente entretenida, te mantiene atenta a lo que va a pasar y simplemente no puedes dejar de leer una vez que empiezas. Me quedé en vela toda la noche leyendo porque no podía despegar mis ojos de la lectura, no podía dejar de pensar en Adam, en su aventura y los peligros que estaba enfrentando. La historia tiene muchísima magia (como ya se imaginarán), mucha acción y misterio. Las piezas del rompecabezas poco a poco se van uniendo y mientras lo hacen, te muestran situaciones difíciles y personajes únicos y complicados. Adam por sí mismo es un personaje complicado. Tiene magia suficiente para poder Ver todo lo mágico pero no lo suficiente para poder ser ultra poderoso (algo que encuentro encantador). Es un chico atormentado por su pasado, con muchísimos fantasmas y traumas, empezando por sus recuerdos horribles de su niñez y pasando por su traumática estadía en un centro psiquiátrico donde no pertenecía. Ese lugar dejó a Adam muy mal y con un fuerte rencor y odio hacia su hermano Bobby y su madre, quienes a su vez son personajes igual de complejos. Cada uno de ellos tiene matices de personalidad muy diversos y la verdad es que adoré por completo la forma en que el autor nos mostró la historia de cada uno de ellos. Sus perspectivas, sus recuerdos, sus posturas. Lo adoré por completo, no muchos autores pueden lograr lo que él hizo con los personajes y realmente AMO este lado de la historia. De todos los personajes, mis favoritos son Adam y Vic. Adam tiene este toque super oscuro y misterioso, esta aura de alma atormentada en busca de su lugar en el mundo, y Vic tiene una personalidad completamente opuesta a la de Adam. Es alegre, bromista, cariñoso, leal, empático... Vic es un personaje increíble y un cinnamon roll y realmente no pude evitar caer en sus encantos~. El hecho de que el autor hiciera a Vic mexicano y hubiera representación latina muy acertada en el libro hizo que mi amor por Vic aumentará aún más. En serio creo que ellos dos hacen un equipo increíble y estoy ansiosa por conocer más de Vic y Adam y lo que pueden hacer juntos~. Y aunque la familia de Vic no salió demasiado como la de Adam, estoy muy feliz por lo bien que el autor representó a esta familia mexicana, especialmente por lo opuesta que es de la familia de Adam, fue un toque increíble~. También hay otros personajes sumamente importantes pero quiero que los conozcan por ustedes mismos, en serio valen completamente la pena cada uno de ellos. Y no es sólo que la historia sea increíble o que los personajes sean tan únicos, es que los plot twist que te lanza el autor te vuelan la mente. En varias ocasiones tuve que detener mi lectura porque fueron tan sorprendentes los plot twist que tuve que pausar un momento todo para asimilar la gran verdad. En serio necesitan leer este libro! Tiene magia, acción, representación latina y LGBTQ+, tiene plot twist increíbles y créanme cuando les digo que va a ser una de sus mejores lecturas~.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    4.25 stars A strong start to Slayton's series, Adam Binder. A magic rollercoaster of a ride. Colorful deftly drawn characters, solid world building, fascinating unique storyline, and an unexpected twist. I did wish for less tell and more show, and only Adam's POV. Personally, I thought he ended up with the wrong potential love interest. 😄 4.25 stars A strong start to Slayton's series, Adam Binder. A magic rollercoaster of a ride. Colorful deftly drawn characters, solid world building, fascinating unique storyline, and an unexpected twist. I did wish for less tell and more show, and only Adam's POV. Personally, I thought he ended up with the wrong potential love interest. 😄

  9. 5 out of 5

    Book Barbarian (Tammy Smith)

    eARC received from Edelweiss, thank you to Edelweiss and Blackstone Publishing (opinions are my own). New urban fantasy with old school magic elements, but did this just miss the mark? I loved this synopsis and I know this novel is going to make a lot of people happy but I was just not one of them and I can pin point the exact moment when everything just fell apart.….but more of that later. Also, old school fantasy lovers: This might be the new adventure you were looking for, read on and see w eARC received from Edelweiss, thank you to Edelweiss and Blackstone Publishing (opinions are my own). New urban fantasy with old school magic elements, but did this just miss the mark? I loved this synopsis and I know this novel is going to make a lot of people happy but I was just not one of them and I can pin point the exact moment when everything just fell apart.….but more of that later. Also, old school fantasy lovers: This might be the new adventure you were looking for, read on and see what didn't work for me. WHAT I LOVED Adam Binder is a fantastic character, fleshed out so beautiful he seems to come alive as someone you know. From the first chapter I loved him and I wanted to know more about his life and the things that had happened to him. The authors writing and prose was on point and I really appreciated his style and atmosphere, the first chapter was really well done. WHAT I DIDN’T The exact moment I felt a detachment was the very odd agreement of Adam to go and help his brother Bobby. After all he had been through; the way it played out was just not believable and this set up a tone for the whole book , and then the hospital scene – just, things just stopped clicking for me. The characters actions and motives have to make sense or the story is jeopardized and after what his family did it seems just, to easy and simple. There were more scenes that just didn’t click with me and the insta love felt short. The magic world was nothing new and the conclusion felt the same but Adam kept me going – truly one of the most amazing characters I have read this year. BUT If you love old school magic systems with the most amazing likable character I have read this year, you need to pick this up and give it a chance. Rating 2.7 White Trash Warlock by David R. Slayton Unknown if it’s part of a series Publish Date: October 13th 2020 Cover Rating: 7/10 Adult – Urban Fantasy – Contemporary- Magic – LGBT

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vee

    [9.00/10] White Trash Warlock is exactly the kind of Urban Fantasy book I love to read; a thrilling and intriguing plot with really cool magic that is primarily driven by character and relationships. I especially love them when the focus is zeroed in on character flaws and WTW had a lot of that. This felt like a mash-up of Josh Lanyon's Adrien English Mysteries and K. D. Edwards' Tarot Sequence, which are both series I love so this was bound to be a winner! The romance in this book is not particu [9.00/10] White Trash Warlock is exactly the kind of Urban Fantasy book I love to read; a thrilling and intriguing plot with really cool magic that is primarily driven by character and relationships. I especially love them when the focus is zeroed in on character flaws and WTW had a lot of that. This felt like a mash-up of Josh Lanyon's Adrien English Mysteries and K. D. Edwards' Tarot Sequence, which are both series I love so this was bound to be a winner! The romance in this book is not particularly front and centre, the main relationship conflict is between Adam and his brother and I absolutely adored the way that it played out. But, I was also a big fan of the romance too... everything about this book just made me happy and excited for more!

  11. 5 out of 5

    jut

    holy shit

  12. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Adam has the sight, a gift that allows him to see/feel magic, fairies, elves, gnomes, dragons and more that exist outside of our realm. He can also sense people’s feelings from sorrow to fear. This made things difficult for him as a teen, and his own brother institutionalized him. He now lives in a trailer park with his Aunt. His Aunt has the gift and accepts Adam. He hasn’t spoken to his brother Bobby in years, which is why he is surprised when Bobby asks for help. It seems something is very wro Adam has the sight, a gift that allows him to see/feel magic, fairies, elves, gnomes, dragons and more that exist outside of our realm. He can also sense people’s feelings from sorrow to fear. This made things difficult for him as a teen, and his own brother institutionalized him. He now lives in a trailer park with his Aunt. His Aunt has the gift and accepts Adam. He hasn’t spoken to his brother Bobby in years, which is why he is surprised when Bobby asks for help. It seems something is very wrong with Bobby’s wife (understatement of the year). Adam gets in his old Cutlass and heads to Denver. I loved how this tale unfolded. Slayton filled us in on a need to know basis, giving the story a pleasant flow. Truth be told, Adam doesn’t know a lot about himself, which is why he is tracking the warlock making these magical items. As luck would have it that lead also leads to Denver. “All the signs points to Denver.” Trips to the spirit world, fairies, gods, reapers and more await you in this tale with its Supernatural and old-school vibe. The writing is vivid, suspenseful, and balanced against Adam’s dysfunctional family. Secondary characters from the gods to family were unique and developed. I am very interested in some key players in the other realm. Can I just say I loved Vic and hope for more? There is some romance both past and present, and it was interesting witnessing the present and learning about the past. Adam’s concerns and emotions felt raw and genuine. This added depth and severed as a side dish to the malevolent spirit trying to enter our world. It was all quite clever. The second point of view is that of Adam’s brother Bobby, who prefers Robert. He worries about his social status and has worked hard to leave the smudge of rural Oklahoma behind. He was complex, and over the course of the story we learn a great deal about Robert and what makes him who he is. I loved seeing strides made to heal the family dynamics, and the author did a stellar job of showing all sides. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Michael David Axtell, who brought these characters and their emotions to life. He assigned unique voices to everyone. His voices for Adam captured our young protagonist from insecurities to benevolence. He enhanced an already brilliant story. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rogier

    Growing up is difficult for many. Growing up poor worsens it. Adam Lee Binder is Oklahoma trailer trash. The low class of society, which most don't give a fuck about. Adam has been able use the Sight to see the other side; the spirit realm and other planes since he was a child and it happened frequently growing older and to every day in his teens. This causes strain on his family resulting in tense relationships. His own brother and mom locked him up in a psychiatric facility, which they think w Growing up is difficult for many. Growing up poor worsens it. Adam Lee Binder is Oklahoma trailer trash. The low class of society, which most don't give a fuck about. Adam has been able use the Sight to see the other side; the spirit realm and other planes since he was a child and it happened frequently growing older and to every day in his teens. This causes strain on his family resulting in tense relationships. His own brother and mom locked him up in a psychiatric facility, which they think was good for him. It wasn't. Years have passed and college aged Adam is flung back into his estranged older brother's life. He has to save his possessed sister in law. Lives are at stake and his life will never be the same. Urban fantasy often has middle to upper class protagonists. This is extremely prevalent in YA. You rarely see rural , lower class or poor protagonists in adult and YA urban fantasy. And queer and this case gay protagonists even less. I love how Adam's social and financial situation colored this book. Slayton crafted a highly traumatized young man with a past who perservers and tries to remain kind. Adam really is a cinnamon roll but boy is he broken. You feel for Adam , want to hug him and say everything will be okay. I immediately liked him on page one and fell more in love chapter by chapter. Every queer experience is unique and every person is different. Adam is real and was real reading his story. I love how Adam felt like a real guy, had sexual urges but wasn't a horndog. He's fully fleshed person. I would be his friend no doubt. You feel that Slayton cares for every character he created. From smaller to more important. Every being Adam encountered had a life when they were off and on the page. You jump into action from the get go. Every character is important and helps reveal the story or is revealed throughout the book. The pace slows down at parts to help build character but is never boring and always important. The love story between Adam and his lover past and present builds organically. You understand why they are a thing. And why Adam has doubts with both because of things and power beyond his control. I love how Adam is low powered. This means winning and defeating his enemies won't be easy. Adam being over powered is less of a thing.Adam has to work with other beings to get things done. Beings that are sneaky. Don't mess with the Fae is all I'm saying. I adore Argent and Silver , high fae , who are maybe or not friends. Magic has a price and Adam really pays for it. I know he will grow stronger, build stronger relationships and heal. Be less broken in his story. I'm in for the ride and thank you Slayton for creating Adam Lee Binder. Cover talk: It is standard with urban fantasy to have the lead or leads on the cover. I expected it but change is good. I still love the first mentioned cover style. The green and purple fit perfect together. It depicts a scene and I'm looking forward what will depicted the following books

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dumbledore11214

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Guthrie was a good place to be from, but it wasn’t a great place to live, not when you were like Adam, in all the ways Adam was like Adam. Adam Binder hasn’t spoken to his brother in years, not since Bobby had him committed to a psych ward for hearing voices. When a murderous spirit possesses Bobby’s wife and disrupts the perfect life he’s built away from Oklahoma, he’s forced to ask for his little brother’s help. Adam is happy to escape the trailer park and get the chance to say I told you so, b Guthrie was a good place to be from, but it wasn’t a great place to live, not when you were like Adam, in all the ways Adam was like Adam. Adam Binder hasn’t spoken to his brother in years, not since Bobby had him committed to a psych ward for hearing voices. When a murderous spirit possesses Bobby’s wife and disrupts the perfect life he’s built away from Oklahoma, he’s forced to ask for his little brother’s help. Adam is happy to escape the trailer park and get the chance to say I told you so, but he arrives in Denver to find the local magicians dead. It isn’t long before Adam is the spirit’s next target. To survive the confrontation, he’ll have to risk bargaining with powers he’d rather avoid, including his first love, the elf who broke his heart. The Binder brothers don’t realize that they’re unwitting pawns in a game played by immortals. Death herself wants the spirit’s head, and she’s willing to destroy their family to reap it. Review. Good friend mentioned this book to me as something potentially interesting that was coming out soon. My friend's and mine tastes always aligned very closely. Also I have seen and read so *few* books with gay romantic element in it lately that I one clicked right away. I am so very pleased that I did. This looks like a start of the series, something that I expect almost every time I pick up a new book for the last couple of years, but encouragingly enough after I finished I was actually looking forward to learning more about this world and about the characters I finished this book, instead of thinking oh no, now it would be endlessly stretched for god knows how many books to come. Adam was a very sympathetic character to me from the very beginning of the book. He is a witch who is struggling to get by and who lives with his aunt. He is estranged from his mother and brother and he has a very good reason to think they treated him badly when he was younger. Committing somebody to the asylum when somebody does not need to be there can make person think such thoughts. Adam has a very modest opinion of his magical powers and *in this book* it looks like he is right about that ( although having read many series with the magical main character thinking the same about himself or herself and increasingly growing more powerful with every book makes me wonder). He knows that in his world, in the world where he can get while spirit walking there are many magical entities way more powerful than him and in order to achieve some things he would need help from those entities. When his estranged brother contacts him and asks for help from the evil that targeted their family, Adam hesitates a little bit but really not much, because the person who needed help the most never hurt Adam in the past and he did not feel that he could ignore his brother's desperate plea either. Adam is going to Denver where the bulk of the action would take place and where more magic and magical beings would appear on the pages of the story. I liked that the author sketched the portrayal of magic and how it interacted with the "normal" world of the book and made it interesting enough for the reader to want to know more. It is deep enough already, but one can see that more lies beneath the doors that for now remained closed . I liked how some very familiar magical beings appeared in that world, but I do hope that the author manages to do something new with them and it looked encouraging. For example couple of elves played pretty important role in the story, but one of them already had a pretty significant character flaw despite being beautiful and powerful and all that. But as much as I love magic and the worlds where it exists, no book would made it for me if it does not have great characters and fun plot. I loved Adam, I hoped for the better things to come for him, both in his professional, magical and personal life so to speak and there were certainly hints that it will. There was a potential beginning of the romance for him, but thats about it. I certainly hope he will get his happy ending when series are done, but right now there are at least two people with whom such ending is possible. The book is a magical adventure though, not a romance for now, not even close. I also have to say that one significant plot twist surprised me quite a bit and that is not an easy thing to do in fantasy. Grade: B+

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carol Berg

    White Trash Warlock is a delightful debut contemporary fantasy! Adam Binder is a hero to cheer for. The young man from the Oklahoma sticks has family problems, a life that’s going nowhere, a heart hungry for connection, and a modest talent for magic in a world that sees it as insanity. But author David Slayton takes Adam on a ride – in his ancient Olds Cutlass – to a magically afflicted Denver, where Adam’s talent for seeing into the spirit world might be the only thing that averts a psychic cat White Trash Warlock is a delightful debut contemporary fantasy! Adam Binder is a hero to cheer for. The young man from the Oklahoma sticks has family problems, a life that’s going nowhere, a heart hungry for connection, and a modest talent for magic in a world that sees it as insanity. But author David Slayton takes Adam on a ride – in his ancient Olds Cutlass – to a magically afflicted Denver, where Adam’s talent for seeing into the spirit world might be the only thing that averts a psychic catastrophe. Slayton creates a fascinating magical world, with devious leprechauns, some not-your-run-of-the mill elves who have great taste in cars, Tarot cards that can help a practitioner prepare properly to walk into that world, and all manner of nasty beings to encounter. His use of familiar Denver landmarks to create this alternate plane is terrific. The story starts a bit slowly and takes its time to rev up, but Adam’s courage in dealing with fearful enemies, scary allies, and a young man who just might be the answer to his once-broken heart makes the just-a- bit-too-short journey well worth the ride. I look forward to sharing Adam’s next adventure.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maryam || a_typical_teen_reader

    🔮|| 𝚆𝙷𝙸𝚃𝙴 𝚃𝚁𝙰𝚂𝙷 𝚆𝙰𝚁𝙻𝙾𝙲𝙺 ||🔮 Adam is on a hunt for his father. A father that could potentially be an evil warlock, so that’s great. He’s pretty sure he inherited his Sight, and what little magic he has, from his dad, chasing monsters from the Other Side as a way to atone for his dad’s evil actions, but things derail fast when he gets a call from his brother, someone he’d rather not ever look at or speak to again, frantically asking for his help. Turns out his sister-in-law is being possessed by a 🔮|| 𝚆𝙷𝙸𝚃𝙴 𝚃𝚁𝙰𝚂𝙷 𝚆𝙰𝚁𝙻𝙾𝙲𝙺 ||🔮 Adam is on a hunt for his father. A father that could potentially be an evil warlock, so that’s great. He’s pretty sure he inherited his Sight, and what little magic he has, from his dad, chasing monsters from the Other Side as a way to atone for his dad’s evil actions, but things derail fast when he gets a call from his brother, someone he’d rather not ever look at or speak to again, frantically asking for his help. Turns out his sister-in-law is being possessed by a heinous spirit. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘰, 𝘣𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘈𝘥𝘢𝘮’𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘴𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥, 𝘧𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘺𝘣𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯. This book was so calming to read, even though Adam was being attached by a disgusting otherworldly spirit. I wouldn’t say boring, just something that really pulls you in even though not a lost is happening. The world seemed to keep expanding and becoming more interesting through every chapter. He befriended an Elven Queen, even though he’s slightly terrified of her and thinks all Elves utterly obnoxious. “𝘌𝘭𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘬𝘴” It was 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘺, which made me like a bit more, and also the 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘥𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱 between Adam and Vic was so endearing, especially because Adam didn’t really think he’d ever actually have someone by his side who wouldn’t judge him for who he was and what he could do. “𝙃𝙚’𝙙 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙣𝙚𝙙 𝙢𝙖𝙜𝙞𝙘, 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙡 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙥𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧𝙨, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙝𝙚’𝙙 𝙗𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙖 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙠. 𝙃𝙚’𝙙 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙖𝙩 𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙠𝙞𝙣.” Family is a tough subject for him, having been sent away by his mom and brother to be “taken care of” by professionals, but all that did was make his life more miserable, what with the failing grades and seeing fantasies others can’t, and strengthen his hate towards them. He wishes he could love them but what they did scarred him and he doesn’t think he could ever forgive them for it. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗵𝘂𝗴𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸, 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝗜 𝗮𝗯𝘀𝗼𝗹𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘁𝗼𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗳𝗲𝗹𝘁 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸. 𝗜𝘁’𝗹𝗹 𝗵𝗶𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹𝘀. || THANK YOU TO NETGALLEY FOR THE CHANCE TO READ & REVIEW THIS BOOK ||

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (thereaderandthechef)

    **This review can also be found at The Reader and the Chef! Huge thanks to MTMC Tours & Blackstone for the eARC. All thoughts are my own.** Am I officially obsessed with White Trash Warlock? Yup, I think I am! This is the kind of book that makes you flip pages non-stop. Adam Binder lives in our world but has the Sight, the magical ability that allows him to see into another realm full of elves, spirits and demons. This ability is what allowed him to pull through those cold days spent in the psych **This review can also be found at The Reader and the Chef! Huge thanks to MTMC Tours & Blackstone for the eARC. All thoughts are my own.** Am I officially obsessed with White Trash Warlock? Yup, I think I am! This is the kind of book that makes you flip pages non-stop. Adam Binder lives in our world but has the Sight, the magical ability that allows him to see into another realm full of elves, spirits and demons. This ability is what allowed him to pull through those cold days spent in the psych ward his brother, Bobby, had put him in so he could study a medical career. But as soon as he turned 18, Adam has lived with his Aunt Sue (and epic seer!) in a trailer park, and has lived estranged to his mother and brother, until his sister-in-law is possesed by an ancient demon and Bobby needs his help. Adam is the type of characters I absolutely adore to read about! His heart is just in the right place?! He has gone through so much and yet he doesn’t hesitate to help those that need his help. When he first sees his sister-in-law, Annie, lying down in a state that reminds him of his days spent in the psych ward, he puts his grudge aside and dives straight into solving the mystery that surrounds the ancient demon hovering over Annie. And I 100% loved that about him. Parts of this book reminded me a lot about the spirit world in Avatar & The Legend of Korra, particularly of Vaatu (who is the spirit of darkness and chaos). But I absolutely loved how in White Trash Warlock you get all sorts of spirits and witches/warlocks, including a certain elf called Perak who was the one that taught Adam how to spirit walk. There’s a lot of room to explore in this world and something I highly anticipate doing in the sequel! Oh, but I also adored meeting Vic who is a young cop and the superior love interest for Adam, if I do say so myself. He also has an adorable sense of humor and I 10/10 need more of Adam and Vic together. (Oh, and he’s Mexican!!!) If you are looking for a magical read set partly in our world with adorable characters that will cling to your heart and have you rooting for them, then look no further than White Trash Warlock!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    TL;DR: 4 stars - Good first novel with a gay protagonist. Could have used a wee bit more polish, but I'll be looking forward to the next one. Given I saw this in a "readers also enjoyed" for K.D. Edwards The Sunken Mall and I haven't read many other Urban Fantasy novels with a gay protagonist, there's an inclination to compare this to Edwards' The Last Sun. I'll just state flat out, the tone, the characters, the world, everything here is very different from that. For one thing, this is written in TL;DR: 4 stars - Good first novel with a gay protagonist. Could have used a wee bit more polish, but I'll be looking forward to the next one. Given I saw this in a "readers also enjoyed" for K.D. Edwards The Sunken Mall and I haven't read many other Urban Fantasy novels with a gay protagonist, there's an inclination to compare this to Edwards' The Last Sun. I'll just state flat out, the tone, the characters, the world, everything here is very different from that. For one thing, this is written in third person! Hurray! Most chapters are from Adam's pov, though some are from his brother Robert's. Whereas Rune's background in the Tarot books is nobility, Adam is from a poor rural family. Rune is sarcastic. Adam is guarded. Virtually all the characters in the Tarot books are likeable, here at least in the beginning I hated everyone but Adam. (There are other likeable characters, they just took a bit longer to appear on stage.) Slayton is using more traditional fantasy races, "elves", "gnomes", etc. which are still hidden from the general public, so we've got a very different world here also. Generally fantasy races are a major turn off for me, but I was intrigued enough to roll with it here. Slayton, I'm happy to say, never really wastes any time explaining the "magic system". I know some readers seem to be into that, so ymmv there, but as far as I'm concerned all good stories are about people solving people problems and disertations on the window dressing are best left to wikipedia. Something that is similar to The Last Sun is the fact that I had issues with the writing that slowed me getting into the book early on. Sentences that were fine independently, but didn't flow together well as paragraphs to my ear. A few cases where a pronoun's antecedent was unclear, or names seemed inconsistent. Late in the book, a delivery very confusingly seems to be from three different sources. But, no book is perfect, and just as Edwards eventually won me over, so does Slayton. Adam is very sympathetic and relatable, and I very much liked how his relationships were handled. Pacing was fine, though I'll say the Robert chapters were a bit less appealing on account of I hated him. The ultimate fate of one of the characters surprised me a bit, but not in any way that significantly dampened my enjoyment of the story. There are a few open threads as expected for the genre, and I'll be looking out for the sequel though this one stands fine on its own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mason Thomas

    WHITE TRASH WARLOCK was everything I needed it to be and more. Each character that enters the stage was cut with precision, brought to life with perfectly calculated detail. The story beginning to end was filled with tension and mystery, but as you learn more about these damaged folk, it is also at times filled with heartbreak, and other times joy. You never know where the story is going to lead you, and every time you think you have something figured out, it shifts and takes you in a new direct WHITE TRASH WARLOCK was everything I needed it to be and more. Each character that enters the stage was cut with precision, brought to life with perfectly calculated detail. The story beginning to end was filled with tension and mystery, but as you learn more about these damaged folk, it is also at times filled with heartbreak, and other times joy. You never know where the story is going to lead you, and every time you think you have something figured out, it shifts and takes you in a new direction. The work is reminiscent of Jim Butcher, but frankly it is so much more. The writing far surpasses Butcher’s debut novel by leaps and bounds. The entire novel is finely crafted, and handled with a deft and original hand. Plus, having a gay protagonist that is flawed but also strong and unapologetic was refreshing and satisfying. The final pages left me wanting more. I loved it, and cannot wait to see what happens next with Adam Binder. Slayton's next novel will be an automatic purchase for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    OMG, THIS. WAS. AMAZING! It may not have been the absolute best book I have ever read, but, damn, it was interesting and different and entertaining as hell. I loved the spin it put on the magical world. It had a lot of magical creatures in it but didn't go into depth about each one so they have to be taken at face value at this point. I am really excited to read more about Adam and everyone else as the series progresses. I hope the next book will be coming out soon because I would love to see ho OMG, THIS. WAS. AMAZING! It may not have been the absolute best book I have ever read, but, damn, it was interesting and different and entertaining as hell. I loved the spin it put on the magical world. It had a lot of magical creatures in it but didn't go into depth about each one so they have to be taken at face value at this point. I am really excited to read more about Adam and everyone else as the series progresses. I hope the next book will be coming out soon because I would love to see how Adam and Vic's relationship progresses along with Adam and his his family. At this point, I am reading mainly MM romance/fiction, but before I read any romance I loved fantasy esp. Terry Pratchett, Jim Butcher, Douglas Adams and Stephen King. I am thrilled that this character was gay. There needs to be more normalized representation of LGBTQ people who can absolutely be the hero without it being some major thing. I think this book has done that pretty well with this book. So yay for the author! Good job!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ivana

    This was sosososososoooo amazingly wonderful! I loved every page of it! I CANNOT wait for the next one I need it to be published like yesterday!!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

    4.5-5 stars - this is one of those books that took me totally by surprise - for the record, I love it when that happens. 😉 First, the cover is amazing, but a tad bit deceiving. There is nothing “light” about White Trash Warlock. So I guess if you’re a “judge a book by its cover” kind of reader, you might walk away from this one disappointed. I admit that some covers draw me in, but that’s the artist in me. Once I flip the cover and start reading, the cover image is forgotten. Oh Adam… he had so 4.5-5 stars - this is one of those books that took me totally by surprise - for the record, I love it when that happens. 😉 First, the cover is amazing, but a tad bit deceiving. There is nothing “light” about White Trash Warlock. So I guess if you’re a “judge a book by its cover” kind of reader, you might walk away from this one disappointed. I admit that some covers draw me in, but that’s the artist in me. Once I flip the cover and start reading, the cover image is forgotten. Oh Adam… he had so much against him, but nothing is quite what it seems. Especially when magic is involved. There was a lot more going on than Adam realized. All he wanted to do was help his sister in law and get as far away from his toxic family as possible. The revelations just kept coming though and didn’t stop until the very end of White Trash Warlock. Even then, readers as well as Adam were left with more questions than when they started. There’s probably a lot more that I could say about this first book in The Adam Binder Novels series, but not without giving something away. Decisions were made and actions were taken that changed things for everyone. It was hard to tell who could be trusted and allies came from unexpected places. Everything (and everyone) that Adam thought he knew got twisted around more than once. Things are far from over for Adam at the end of White Trash Warlock and I can’t wait to see what David R. Slayton has in store for him next. 😉 I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of White Trash Warlock. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sam (she_who_reads_)

    Maybe closer to 3.5? I really enjoyed the bulk of the story, but found the ending got a bit convoluted and confusing. I also would have liked even one question answered by the end lol

  24. 4 out of 5

    Reflections of a Swede

    This book was a surprise of the very best kind and I’m in absolute awe of the world-building. It’s hands down the most original story I’ve read in a long time. It’s gritty and harsh, but at the same time it’s all magic and limitless possibilities. It’s not often I get the feeling of stepping into a whole new universe when immersing myself in a story. Sure, each book is a small world of its own, but the imperative word there is small. And there’s nothing small about White Trash Warlock. White Trash This book was a surprise of the very best kind and I’m in absolute awe of the world-building. It’s hands down the most original story I’ve read in a long time. It’s gritty and harsh, but at the same time it’s all magic and limitless possibilities. It’s not often I get the feeling of stepping into a whole new universe when immersing myself in a story. Sure, each book is a small world of its own, but the imperative word there is small. And there’s nothing small about White Trash Warlock. White Trash Warlock is hard to describe. Maybe because it’s such an original story within such an original world. There are all these parallel worlds/planes inhabited by different (magical) beings. And Adam, with his limited ability, can pass through to one of them. This setting pretty much makes anything possible which is awesome. There’s simply no way of knowing what will happen next and I love it. The story is very plot-driven. Even though there’s this angst-filled backdrop with Adam having been betrayed by both his family and his lover, the emotional drama is mostly pushed aside by back-to-back action. Usually, I prefer character-driven stories, but I still fell completely in love with this read. This isn’t a romance set in a supernatural universe (unfortunately since I’m all about the love). This is a fantasy with a small side order of romance. I would have liked more focus on Adam’s romantic relationship(s) – past and present. But I’ll take what I can get and I’ll be more than happy with it. But the fact that nothing was really concluded in this book left me a bit itchy. It’s not a cliff-hanger per se, the direct plot with the possession was resolved, but all the good stuff, the relationship between the brothers, the former lover and the present prospect, it was all left hanging in the air. Buuut… This is the start of a series so I guess it’s par for the course. And I can tell from this first installment that this series will be an epic one. So, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It’s just brilliant. https://reflectionsofaswedishgirl.blo...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I knew nothing about this book when I began reading it. Sometimes, I like to do that so I don't have preconceived ideas about an author or their work. I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed this debut fantasy by David R. Slayton. Adam has magic in him. He is able to see the "spirit world" and heard voices when he was younger. As a result, he was put in a psychiatric inpatient school by his brother and his mother after the disappearance of his father. When the novel begins, Adam is living with his I knew nothing about this book when I began reading it. Sometimes, I like to do that so I don't have preconceived ideas about an author or their work. I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed this debut fantasy by David R. Slayton. Adam has magic in him. He is able to see the "spirit world" and heard voices when he was younger. As a result, he was put in a psychiatric inpatient school by his brother and his mother after the disappearance of his father. When the novel begins, Adam is living with his Aunt Sue and her cat, Spider in Guthrie, OK. He's estranged from the rest of his family and doesn't want anything to do with them in the future. Everything changes when Adam's older brother, Bobby texts him because he needs help. It turns out that Bobby's wife has become ill and Bobby thinks the illness is of a magical nature. After years of silence, the only person who can help Bobby and Annie is Adam. "All things lead to Denver," is the hint that Adam receives and he heads out to help his brother. Once there, Adam discovers a creature far beyond his capability has taken hold of his sister-in-law and the true battle begins. The world that Slayton has chosen for his novel is very interesting. Magic works in patterns, the spirits of the watchtower are real entities, and there are a wide variety of other magical beings. The Elves are intriguing: haughty, vegan, extremely powerful, and protective of others. There are Leprechauns guarding one of the watchtowers: tricksters, bargain makers and they like to get what they're after. There are a lot of creatures and beings in this novel that are intriguing and it seems we may see more of them later as this series continues. "Magic is life" in this story. There's not a lot of explanation regarding magic and where it comes from. As the series unfolds, there may be more opportunities for the author to reveal some of the structure of the magical system. It's clear that Adam Binder has a role to play in the magical world and this book is setting up many more potential stories. Adam has a complicated life on the "real" side of the world. He's connected by accident to a police officer he meets at his brother's hospital. He had a very emotional relationship with an Elf in the past that he discovers may have been much more than he knew at the time. His mother and his brother are distant from Adam with reasons of their own. No spoilers here but ... this family has been through a lot and will continue down the same path for a while to come. For those of you interested in reading books with queer content then this one is a treat. The fact that Adam is gay isn't the entire plot of the novel. This is one of those wonderful books in which the characters just are what they are and that's not the plot. Bravo! The novel is well-paced and has some quirky dialogue that I enjoyed. I always give extra points for any author who can work in a reference to the movie, "Se7en" as well! "What's in the box??"

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rue

    Arc requested from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This was such a fun book! I'm not going to lie, I only requested this book because of the title, and so I had pretty low expectations going into it. In a turn of events, it was so entertaining I couldn't put it down. I loved Adam as a main character, and I really enjoyed following him on his shenanigans. My favourite thing about this book was hands down the rocky family relationship Adam has with his brother and mother, and how their Arc requested from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This was such a fun book! I'm not going to lie, I only requested this book because of the title, and so I had pretty low expectations going into it. In a turn of events, it was so entertaining I couldn't put it down. I loved Adam as a main character, and I really enjoyed following him on his shenanigans. My favourite thing about this book was hands down the rocky family relationship Adam has with his brother and mother, and how their relationship slowly mends as the book goes on. The romance was a refreshing surprise, and I loved Vic from the moment I met him! I had no idea this was first in a series, and I'd definitely be interested in continuing on when the second book is out!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    4.5 stars This book reminded me of everything I love about YA and urban fantasy in general. It was suprisingly deep (I wasn't expecting much from the title tbh) but Adam was such a delight to follow and the main relationship conflict was between the two brothers and I always love reading about sibling dynamics!! We are following Adam who has grown up in a trailer park and has always been able to see into the spirit world, which led to his brother admitting him to a psychatric hospital where he is 4.5 stars This book reminded me of everything I love about YA and urban fantasy in general. It was suprisingly deep (I wasn't expecting much from the title tbh) but Adam was such a delight to follow and the main relationship conflict was between the two brothers and I always love reading about sibling dynamics!! We are following Adam who has grown up in a trailer park and has always been able to see into the spirit world, which led to his brother admitting him to a psychatric hospital where he is treated badly and he has never forgiven his brother. At the start of the story Adam is living with is aunt when his brother calls him out of the blue because his wife has been possesed and Adam is reculantly reunited with his family. Adam is also gay which is woven so naturally into the story, and is just part of who he is and not a major focus of the story! His romances (both past and future) are so adorable and really add to the story, sometimes romances in YA annoy me because they feel forced but this felt so natural and you could really feel the chemistry and seeing Vic supporting Adam unconditionally <3 The plot is also really interesting and such a wild ride!! There is a twist towards the end which I did not see coming AT ALL!! and I loved the way we switched between the real world and the spirit world. Also a lot of this book was set in an hospital which reminded me a lot of teen wolf which I loved when i was younger!! I also wanted to comment on how Adam is from a poor background, which is very refreshing to see in a YA novel because often protagonists are from affulent background. It shapes Adam as a character and contributes to how he makes decisions/shapes some of his conflicts both with others and internally. In conclusion this was such a fun ride, delightfully cheesy but also hardhitting and profound, it will really make you feel a whole range of emotions.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Tyler

    White Trash Warlock by David R. Slayton is the first book in a new urban fantasy series. Adam Binder has the Sight. It’s a power that runs in his bloodline: the ability to see beyond this world and into another, a realm of magic populated by elves, gnomes, and spirits of every kind. But for much of Adam’s life, that power has been a curse, hindering friendships, worrying his backwoods family, and fueling his abusive father’s rage. Years after his brother, Bobby, had him committed to a psych ward White Trash Warlock by David R. Slayton is the first book in a new urban fantasy series. Adam Binder has the Sight. It’s a power that runs in his bloodline: the ability to see beyond this world and into another, a realm of magic populated by elves, gnomes, and spirits of every kind. But for much of Adam’s life, that power has been a curse, hindering friendships, worrying his backwoods family, and fueling his abusive father’s rage. Years after his brother, Bobby, had him committed to a psych ward, Adam is ready to come to grips with who he is, to live his life on his terms, to find love, and maybe even use his magic to do some good. Hoping to track down his missing father, Adam follows a trail of cursed artifacts to Denver, only to discover that an ancient and horrifying spirit has taken possession of Bobby’s wife. It isn’t long before Adam becomes the spirit’s next target. To survive the confrontation, save his sister-in-law, and learn the truth about his father, Adam will have to risk bargaining with very dangerous beings, including his first love. White Trash Warlock is an urban fantasy novel that hooked me right away, and kept dragging me deeper into its world until I did not want to leave when I finished the book. Adam is a character that is flawed, and aware of most of those flaws. His relationships and understanding of himself is complicated and only becomes more so when his brother asks him for help and he has to face all the messy history and manipulation that leads to the current situation. I thought the characters were very well developed, complex and none perfect or too static. The world building was well done s well, I would love to dive in a little deeper to the hows and whys of things, but that really did not have any place in this story and look forward to more being revealed as the series continues. I thought the world and character building and development were nicely balanced with the action and mystery aspects of the story. Relationships, self perception, and family and hard and complicated- more so when magic and destruction is involved. The fact that the characters were complex, diverse, and outside the scope of what I normally see in the genre made it even better. I never found myself bored, and often found myself wishing I was reading while I was forced to do other things, and then when I finished it I was sad that there was no more waiting for me. White Trash Warlock grabbed my interest right away and left me wanting more. I am eager to see where this series goes.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shazza Maddog

    Adam is estranged from his brother and mother, who had him committed to an asylum while he was in high school, but Adam wasn't crazy - he was dealing with Second Sight. Now, a young man living with his Aunt Sue, Adam gets a request from his brother, Bobby, to come to Denver to help him out. Upon arrival, Adam realizes it's not just Bobby who needs help with his wife, Annie (possessed by something) but the whole city has a creepy, large, monstrous Thing hanging over it. To save Annie, Adam has to Adam is estranged from his brother and mother, who had him committed to an asylum while he was in high school, but Adam wasn't crazy - he was dealing with Second Sight. Now, a young man living with his Aunt Sue, Adam gets a request from his brother, Bobby, to come to Denver to help him out. Upon arrival, Adam realizes it's not just Bobby who needs help with his wife, Annie (possessed by something) but the whole city has a creepy, large, monstrous Thing hanging over it. To save Annie, Adam has to make contact with the elves, whom he doesn't trust due to experiences in his past, but he also has garnered the attention of the Thing, and it's out to get him any way it can. A great first novel with an engaging hero, Adam is a not-very-well-educated young gay man, an outsider even beyond his sexual orientation. The first in a series and while this novel doesn't actually leave you with a cliffhanger, there is a nudge at the end to make you want to find out what happens next.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    This is a new to me author, but I will definitely be back for more. This book was interesting from the beginning, and I really liked the main character Adam. He’s lived through so much, and he still has a ways to go to catch up. I was not as happy with his brother and his mother, because they should have a little more nurturing when he was growing up, but that’s how relationship are. The magic of this universe is a tad confusing, but I think that’ll clear up in future books. The plot was very in This is a new to me author, but I will definitely be back for more. This book was interesting from the beginning, and I really liked the main character Adam. He’s lived through so much, and he still has a ways to go to catch up. I was not as happy with his brother and his mother, because they should have a little more nurturing when he was growing up, but that’s how relationship are. The magic of this universe is a tad confusing, but I think that’ll clear up in future books. The plot was very interesting, although I wish we had learned a little more about what was going on. However, the writing was excellent, and I was left with wanting to know more at the end of this book, which is a very good thing. I really waffled between a four and a five-star rating. I eventually went with a five because this is a series starter, and those can be a little rockier than the succeeding ones. I’ll be a little harder on the next one. Highly recommend.

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