Spells and Sorcery

Spells and Sorcery

by S. Usher Evans

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Spells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans

You have magic.

One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I'm not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing.

Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb--she's magical.

Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he'll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her.

Spells and Sorcery is the first YA fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series, the Madion War Trilogy and Empath.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153037424
Publisher: S. Usher Evans
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Lexie Carrigan Chronicles , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 88,503
File size: 963 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit. Evans is the author of the Razia series and Empath, both published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.

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Spells and Sorcery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Emily Gibbs More than 1 year ago
Originally seen on Emily Reads Everything I read a few reviews (when will I learn?!?) and I talked to a few people. It made me a little concerned. I really wanted to like this book. Now that I've read it, I see their concerns. I really do. There are a few issues. This book is a really slow starter. I see that some people have chosen to not finish it and I totally get it. The first 50 pages or so are full of set up and back story but not much happens. However, the end totally makes up for it. Stick with it to the end! It's worth it. At first, Lexie's relationships with her Aunt and her sister's were difficult for me to understand. I think it's because it is very rocky. I've always had a great relationship with my parents and my sister. However, it would be totally different if I had to move in with an aunt. You can bet it would have been contentious. That realization completely flipped the way I saw Lexie's interactions with her family. This book was so much more than I expected. For a long time I wasn't sure where it was going. I could tell that something was building but I honestly had no idea what. This book had a solid ending that made me anxious for the next book.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite For the most part, Lexie is your typical teenager. She has two older sisters, one who annoys her to no end, and they live with their aunt, after their mom passed away when Lexie was born. All that typical life is about to change at midnight when Lexie turns fifteen. Her aunt and oldest sister inform her that she has magic, and Lexie is distraught at the idea. Her whole world is turned upside down. Then there is the fact that no one is really explaining this whole magic thing to her, or what to do with it. Enter Gavon, who has magic and explains things to her. The truth may be more than anyone in the family can handle. Spells and Sorcery follows Lexie as she comes to grip with magic, what it means in her life, and tries to find her center once again. Author S. Usher Evans has written a coming of age, fantasy, paranormal tale that may revolve around magic, but there are so many other layers that you will like woven into the story. While Spells and Sorcery is billed as the first book in the Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, it definitely ends with more questions than answers. At the same time, you feel as if Lexie and her sisters have been left out in the cold by a large extended family to sink or swim on their own. Author S. Usher Evans builds a story that you think is going one way, only to have it turned completely upside down at the last minute, and you are left wondering, probably feeling the same as Lexie. This is a young adult book, and it is clean with no sex; a little language, but nothing more than kids have heard at school already. I would recommend it for any reader, young or old, and I think you will find yourself understanding the complex issues of life and magic in this book.
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
So here I am, the day before my review is supposed to go up for the blog tour trying to write my review. I think I read this book over a month ago now, but I have put off writing this review. Even though I knew I had to write it since I promised it for this tour. But I couldn't. I am not even sure I can now....but I must as I am running out of time. Are you wondering why I didn't want to write this review? Are you afraid it is because I hated the book? What could possibly keep me from wanting to write this review aside from being a huge procrastinator? Well, aside from the procrastination thing....it is because I don't have the words to describe this book for you. Not really anyways. No it isn't because I hated it. It is because I loved it. It is because I devoured it. It is because I want the rest of the series to be out so I can read the whole story up and keep my thoughts, opinions, and memories of reading it happily bottled up inside me. That is right. I loved this book so much that I don't really want to share it with you, but I will. It is only fair after all. What is Spells & Sorcery about? It is about Lexie. A girl who is told the night before her birthday that she is a witch and that her powers are going to come to her at midnight. That wouldn't throw anyone for a loop. Especially not a teenager. It isn't like they are already wondering about themselves enough as it is, but then to add magic to the mix...and she didn't even know magic existed! Yeah. I aside from getting magic myself, I don't envy Lexie whatsoever. Lexie discovers quickly that no one really is able to help her. Is it because they don't want to? Or because they can't? And everyone assumes she should be able to control her magic without any practice and then get mad at her whenever she uses it accidentally or when her magic goes BOOM. This is a story about self discovery for Lexie. About herself and about her family. It is such a wonderfully crafted story. The world, which is mixed in with the world as we know it, is very wonderfully crafted. If there really is a hidden magic world, I am very upset that I am not apart of it! One thing that you can really tell from reading this book is that S. Usher Evans really likes Harry Potter. You can see the influence all over be it jokes or references. It fed my Harry Potter loving heart! So read it. You know you want to. You won't regret it! This review is based on a copy provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Find more of my reviews here: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/
Reniazen More than 1 year ago
What a refreshing ya paranormal to not have the distraction of romance always tugging you away from the story.  Don't get me wrong, pnr is one of my favorite subgenres, however, I do like to have something more to the story as well.  Spells and Sorcery also had a delightful mc, one who was smart but didn't know she was gifted with other abilities until she turns 15.  What a wake up call! She doesn't handle things very well, and even as she's learning more, things get out of hand once in a while.  Which is a lot like regular puberty-after all hormones are completely unpredictable, just like budding magic. I enjoyed the progression of the few relationships in the story, and even though the big secrets were completely predictable from the get-go, I did find myself surprised by a couple items none the less. As with most first in series books, there are many huge questions left unanswered, though there was a certain feeling of concluding one part of the story while setting up the next.  So, while this was definitely ended with a cliffhanger, I didn't feel jipped.  I'm definitely going to continue this series- I loved the historical side of it and the action and the fact that Lexie is coming into her own by the end of it, ready to take on the next task.  This was a completely clean book so I'd be comfortable recommending it for ages 13 and older, especially if they like certain wizards and assassins :) Thanks to the author and xpresso reads for the review opportunity!