When My Heart Was Wicked

When My Heart Was Wicked

by Tricia Stirling


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"I used to be one of those girls. The kind who loved to deliver bad news. When I colored my hair, I imagined it seeping into my scalp, black dye pooling into my veins.But that was the old Lacy. Now, when I cast spells, they are always for good."16-year-old Lacy believes that magic and science can work side by side. She's a botanist who knows how to harness the healing power of plants. So when her father dies, Lacy tries to stay with her step-mother in Chico, where her magic is good and healing. She fears the darkness that her real mother, Cheyenne, brings out, stripping away everything that is light and kind.Yet Cheyenne never stays away for long. Beautiful, bewitching, unstable Cheyenne who will stop at nothing, not even black magic, to keep control of her daughter's heart. She forces Lacy to accompany her to Sacramento, and before long, the "old" Lacy starts to resurface.But when Lacy survives a traumatic encounter, she finds herself faced with a choice. Will she use her powers to exact revenge and spiral into the darkness forever? Or will she find the strength to embrace the light?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545695732
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tricia Stirling earned her M.A. in creative writing and has been published in Literary Mama, The Angler, and Syntax. She lives in Sacramento, California, with her family. WHEN MY HEART WAS WICKED is Tricia's first novel.

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I used to be one of those girls. The kind who loved to deliver bad news. I stole my stepmother's lipstick and mashed it up to make fake potions that I fed to my dolls. I put sugar syrup in her perfume so she'd be followed by bees and wasps. When I colored my hair, I imagined it seeping into my scalp, black dye pooling into my veins. If I could, I would've scribbled black all over my face, like I used to do to pretty girls in my picture books. Princesses with scraped-out eyes. But that was the old Lacy. Now, when I cast spells, they are always for good.

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When My Heart Was Wicked 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
**Thank you so much to Scholastic for allowing me to read a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!** Lacy lives with her step mom in Chico after her mother mysteriously disappeared right now. She was home alone for a few days while her mom was off who-knows-where, so she called her dad and step mom and went and lived with them for a while. Originally, she hated her step mother and even did everything that she could just to spite her, but eventually she ended up adoring her, even after her father died.  A few years later, her mother turns up again out of the blue and says that she's taking Lacy back home to Sacramento, even though she's come to love her life in Chico. She even made friends and was starting to do well in school. Why would she ever want to leave? Sadly, there's no way at all for her to stay, so she has to go back home.  For some reason, whenever she's with her mother, Lacy finds herself becoming more and more like her. When she was with her step mom, she was really nice and sweet, but now that her mom's back, she's finding herself doing things that she regrets all the time because it's not something she'd usually do. Why is this all happening? Read the story to find out! My favorite thing about this book would have to be its originality. It was unlike anything that I've ever read before. I absolutely love the whole botany side to this story as well. I've always been interested in learning about botany and this book definitely helped with that! The main protagonist, Lacy, was a huge botanist. She believed that some of the plants could help with healing and stuff, which was really awesome.  I felt so bad for Lacy at times. I could tell that she really was a good person all the time underneath, but something about her mom made her behave in ways that she hated so much. She was in a battle against herself somehow. It's like Lacy believed that her mom brought out a darkness in her, so she made it come true. At times like that, I just wanted to give her a huge hug and tell her everything was going to be alright in the end.  This book also taught be a lot about science, surprisingly! Lacy, on top of botany, is really into chemistry, and every once in a while there'd be a whole paragraph or two about chem, which I found to be pretty cool. It's not often that I read a book and actually learn something educational! I'm definitely going to be picking up anything else that Tricia Stirling writes in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved this book. the author made the characters real kids will recognize the struggle the main character has with loyalty and becoming who she knows she can be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!!
Reading-is-My-Treasure More than 1 year ago
I have almost zero reaction to When My Heart Was Wicked. I didn't connect to the characters or the story or ANYTHING, yet I kept reading because I didn't want to DNF such a short book. What I can say, though, is that I felt confused and disconnected. There didn't seem to be enough development, and attempts at development didn't work well for me. The magic was . . . weird. There didn't seem to be much of it (at least, much of anything really interesting) and the bits that were there confused me. Lacy didn't seem to change that much--or, at least, not become as dark as I thought she was going to become. The book was just a letdown. When I finished, I wondered what the point of it was, which is the biggest reason I gave this book only one star. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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