The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

The Price Guide to the Occult

From the author of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender comes a haunting maelstrom of magic and murder in the lush, moody Pacific Northwest.When Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island more than a century ago, her otherworldly skills might have benefited friendlier neighbors. Guilt and fear instead led the island’s original eight settlers to burn “the witch” out of her home. So Rona cursed them. Fast-forward one hundred–some...

Details The Price Guide to the Occult

TitleThe Price Guide to the Occult
Release DateMar 13th, 2018
PublisherCandlewick Press
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Paranormal, Witches

Reviews The Price Guide to the Occult

  • Regan
  • Emily May
    On the evening of Halloween, Nor marched down Meandering Lane after her shift at the Witching Hour. A few years ago, a read a very strange and very beautiful book aptly-named The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It took me completely by surprise and stole my heart with its gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and rich atmosphere that made everything so damn emotional even when nothing much was happening. I have long awaited anoth...
  • Shreya (☆High Lady of The Night Court☆)
    It took me longer than I expected to finish this book but I had a great time reading it. I can't explain why but I really enjoyed this book and the story seemed like a short story or a myth but it was written well. The history of witches is very helpfully given in the prologue which sets a nice basis for the story to build on. The cover of this book is beautiful and while reading the book the cover in all its black and yellow glory seems to have ...
  • Nat
    “Was she strong enough to carry all these Burdens on her own?Or would they swallow her whole?”I knew this book was the one I'd been looking for when I flipped to the last page of the prologue and saw a glimpse of a name I thought to be "Noa," which was exactly what I was searching for the day earlier when on the look-out for fictional characters with the name Noah, for some inexplicable reason. (I never did find anything other than the bibli...
  • Emer
    Happy book birthday to this great little read. Like many others I read Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel, 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' and fell entirely in love with it. It was a full five stars from me and is one of my all time favourite books having read it on multiple occasions. So needless to say I was very eager to read her next book and luckily enough I was granted an eARC on NetGalley. Happy days!!!And I am deligh...
  • bran (brandonthebookaddict)
    Grinning at her from behind the glass was the man with the Chesire-cat smile. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. (too bad) But unfortunately, it didn't work out. (it really fucking didn't) I expected too much. (hmmm) And got too little in return. (usually) Honestly, the book itself is beautiful-- all red and green with a design etched into the cover. A false and deceptive look to pull you in and become trapped in its spell. But haha, nice try b...
  • ✨Brithanie
    4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Exceeds Expectations 💖 ⚠ Trigger warning: Self harm ⚠ Favorite Quotes: "The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran under her feet were one and the same." "Any decent human being, witch or otherwise, has the capacity to do good in this world. It's merely a case of whether one chooses to do so." "Courag...
  • Lotte
    Leslye Walton’s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is one of my favourite books of all time — its wonderfully magical weirdness took me completely by surprise when I read it a couple of years ago.This, however, was sadly entirely average and read like any other YA paranormal romance about witches. I think Emily May said it best in her review: it felt like Leslye Walton had a cool idea for an intergenerational stor...
  • Acqua
    If you’re a romantic person and love slow-paced paranormal stories, you need to read this book. I’m not, but I have to say that this book surprised me in many ways, despite being flawed and not exactly my thing.Also, it’s about witches, and that aspect was great.I haven’t read a book as atmospheric since Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle. The Price Guide to the Occult is set in the Pacific Northwest, on a rainy island...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    3.5 stars. Had some very beautiful writing, unique atmosphere, and I loved where it took place (the Pacific Northwest). It had a lot of things I enjoyed, but some of the plot just didn't work for me. Still think a lot of people will like it though! Also, trigger warning for self harm.
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nor is the latest in a long line of Blackburn women who are cursed. Doomed to have a whirlwind affair with one of the descendants of the original settlers of Anathema Island, only for it to end in heartache and loss. Nor wants none of this. She's happy to hang out with her friends, remain inconspicuous and hopefully bypass the curse altogether. But fate may have other ideas. This is...
  • Eilonwy
    2-1/2 stars, rounded downTrigger Warning: Self-harmAlso, this review is slightly spoilery, but trust me, you probably won't remember anything I say here because this review is as messy as this bookThis book started out so promisingly. Nor Blackburn is a witch in a family of witches, the eighth generation in a line of daughters born on Anathema Island in the Pacific Northwest. Touches of the family "Burdens" -- each daughter's magical gift -- circ...
  • Dannii Elle
    This gave me all of the eerie vibes, all of the exquisite writing, all of the angsty character, and all of the atmospheric setting that I was anticipating and yet, somehow, I still wanted more.For such a short book, and with such a sinister premise, this delivered little in the way of plot. I felt there was much more to be explored and I would have appreciated a larger focus dedicated to the witchcraft elements, with an explanation and exploratio...
  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    I LOVED IT, has nurtured my love for witches even more, it's such a beautifully atmospheric book, I feel that it was exactly what I needed. Deal with sensitive issues such as self-harm and abuse, so I want to warn you about that. 4.5/5 StarsYou can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought. The story follows Nor Blackburn, she's the descendant of Rona Blackburn who was, long time ago, a very powerful witch who came to the...
  • Judith
    This was just so beautiful and wonderful and enchanting and love the fact that there’s helplines for self-harm in the back // 4,5 stars
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    Leslye's Strange and Beautiful Sorrows book was beautiful and haunting, dark but hopeful, and oh so lovely. I had such high hopes for this novel. I mean, Greek ancestral witches throughout generations? Yes, please! An island with plant and animal life that go hostile and people start acting strange? I'm in. Unfortunately, the writing in this book was different, and not in a good way. This didn't feel like a follow up to her debut Ava Lavender nov...
  • Sarah Marie
    The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton4.25 stars“The link between the Blackburn daughters and the island was so strong Nor often imagined that the veins that ran underneath her skin and the tree roots that ran under her feet were one and the same.”The Blackburn women have lived on Anathema Island for nine generations and are plagued by a curse. Rona Blackburn was scorned and left abandoned by a lover who felt guilt over having affair....
  • Misty
    The amount of times I like a strange book, only to come to Goodreads and learn that everyone else finds it slow... I could buy a goddamn pony if you gave me a dollar for each time. 😂Anyway, I'll be reviewing this soon.REVIEW: I cannot tell you how many times I've read and fallen in love with a book that I found to be nicely plotted and paced and plenty compelling, only to pop over to Goodreads and find that people are describing it as slow. . ...
  • Nicole Wang
    After absolutely adoring The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I was ready to fall in love with anything Leslye Walton wrote. That is to say, I couldn't request The Price Guide to the Occult fast enough when I realized who the author was. Yet, though the introduction is a beautiful start to a story filled with potential, the story went downhill form there. The writing is as gorgeous as I had expected it to be, narrated in an almost ...
  • Wendy
    I received this book from NetGalley and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. Nor Blackburn is a witch. A cursed witch. She is the descendant of Rona Blackburn, a powerful witch that was one of the first settlers of Anathema island. Unfortunately for Rona, she was not welcome among the other settlers and as revenge she cast a curse that ended up backfiring and affecting her bloodline. The Blackburn women now have to live with the cur...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    4.5 starsThe Blackburn women are cursed after the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight "original" settlers. Her ancestors have been doomed to carry on a three day romance that results in pregnancy with one of the Original Eight, and their powers have also been diluted from the curse.Nor Blackburn just wants a quiet unremarkable life with her unexceptional powers and non-existent l...
  • katherine
    “Time might heal all wounds, but what about the scars those wounds left behind?” for me this book had so much potential and it just fell a bit short in my opinion, it was quite boring for at least 150 pages and then everything was jammed into the last half and it was a very confusing last half. i didn't mind the characters, i think i preferred the side characters (savvy and gage) to the main character nor but oh well. i can't deny that the w...
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    Contains sensitivities such as abuse, post traumatic stress disorder and self harm.Flames consumed Anathema Island as the Blackburn matriarch retaliated against the patriarchal society, men who colonised the small north western island. Accusations of witchcraft coincide with eight generations of Blackburn women, blighted abominations including the estranged Fern Blackburn.Abandoned by her neglectful and abusive mother, Nor Blackburn is a wonderfu...
  • Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
    Leslye Waltons’s The Price Guide to the Occult is a captivating fantasy that pits its heroine against her own mother in a novel full of magic and pain. Nor is part of a long line of Blackburn women whose magical abilities have both beguiled folk on Anathema Island and caused them to regard these women with suspicion. Nor would like nothing more than to have everyone forget the notoriety of her family name even as the magic that courses through ...
  • Giulia
    "They’ve been called healers and seers, shape-shifters and conjurers. Wise ones. Heretics. Witches."TW: self-harm, abusive parents, blood, gore, suicideActual rating: 2.5 ⭐Before I start my Rather Random Review™ let me tell you one (1) thing.Personally, I’m not triggered by self-harm, cutting and blood in general but I will say that sometimes this book made me uncomfortable. It didn’t shy away from the blood and the self-harm and everyt...
  • Marina
    Okay guys, first I have to admit something. I’m kind of prejudiced. This is a YA novel, and I expected what I’d read in almost every other YA so far: tropes, cliches, that feeling you’re reading a book well below your age group (if you’re 27 like me). It surprised me to find almost none of that in the better part of The Price Guide to the Occult, which then made me struggle between my expectations of this novel, and what this novel actual...
  • Marie
    *review contains thoughts about self-harm*I hemmed and hawed over what rating to give this book. First of all, the book is gorgeous and I want to know who in their right mind would spend that much money to make it. A casebound, soft-touch, young adult book WITH PAINTED EDGES?? Anyway, I felt like the story could have been really great, but it needed a strong editing hand. It was as thought I was reading the outline to a much bigger plot and the a...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Thank you Walker Books Australia for the review copy!TW - self harmThis book just....wasn't for me. I loved the writing, but I just couldn't get on board with the story. I wasn't invested in the plot and I didn't care for the characters and I felt the ending was kind of underwhelming.