The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta

The Lost Coast

The spellbinding tale of six queer witches forging their own paths, shrouded in the mist, magic, and secrets of the ancient California redwoods.Danny didn't know what she was looking for when she and her mother spread out a map of the United States and Danny put her finger down on Tempest, California. What she finds are the Grays: a group of friends who throw around terms like queer and witch like they're ordinary and everyday, though they feel l...

Details The Lost Coast

TitleThe Lost Coast
Release DateMay 14th, 2019
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, LGBT, GLBT, Queer

Reviews The Lost Coast

  • megs_bookrack
    ((heavy sigh...))Danny and her mom move to Tempest, California after Danny picks it out on a map. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the choice but things are not always as they appear. What is drawing her there?The Grays, a group of high school girls, who happen to be queer witches, also live in Tempest. One of their group, Imogen, has recently turned up without her personality and with sea glass eyes. What happened to her?Then she wanders ...
  • Jessica
    I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Candlewick Press) in exchange for an honest review. I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4.I had such high hopes for this book, but it ultimately did not live up to my expectations. Let’s start with what I did like. I liked the diversity. There was a lot of sexual (lesbian, ace, etc.) and racial diversity. One of the girls was Filipino which I was super happy about since I’m...
  • Acqua
    The Lost Coast is the perfect book for the readers who have been looking for an f/f, not as male-dominated Raven Cycle. It's an atmospheric story set in a small town surrounded by magical redwoods, following a group of queer witches.And I loved all of it.The first thing I thought when I finished this book is that sometimes, stories that acknowledge your pain but aren't shaped around it are exactly what you need. I've read many contemporary books ...
  • Helen Power
    Synopsis The Lost Coast is a highly literary coming of age tale of a group of teenage witches, self-named the Grays.  Their leader, Imogen, has gone missing, and they’ve tried nearly everything to find her. But when Danny moves to town, she brings with her a unique type of magic that might just be what they’re looking for, in more ways than one.~My Thoughts~ This book is beautifully written, and the words are like poetry on the page.  It ...
  • Renee Godding
    Actual rating: 2.5 stars Many thanks to Candlewick Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. “Spellbooks tell you how people have done magic in the past” June explains. “they’re pre-made. Magic is like love. You see how other people do it, you have the stories and instructions they leave behind, but then you have to figure out how you do it.”Imagine equal portions The Raven Boys and Spellbook of the Lost and F...
  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    I want to thank Candlewick and NetGalley for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest reviewI really believe that this book is one of my biggest disappointments of this year, not because it's bad but because I thought I would love it, and I didn't, so I ended up a little sad after finishing it. Sometimes it happens, you know, you have a book that doesn't feel like it's made for you, and while everyone loves it you don't know what's g...
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    Review to come-but this was a good one."That girl might have magic in her heart, but never forget how much of her power is handed right to her by other people."Imogen is lost and the Grays want her back and so they call for Danny and she listens. Rush, Hawthorn, June, Lelia, and Imogen are the Grays and Danny may be new to town but she's not new to magic or kissing girls. So, when Danny falls in with the Grays, the local witches that inspire a bi...
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    ♦ Video Review ♦The Lost Coast is a beautifully atmospheric novel about witches, female friendship and being unapologetically queer. “They were in love with each other, and that was good. Love wasn't the problem. It was losing it that could hurt the Grays.” I usually don't feel very drawn to stories about (modern day) witches but The Lost Coast intrigued me because I loved Amy Rose Capetta's Echo After Echo and all things queer, so I ...
  • Danika at The Lesbrary
    What a wonderful, queer, west coast story. I mean, six queer witches amongst the California redwoods? I was already hooked. But this story is told in a dreamlike way that mirrors the magic the characters have. Each chapter jumps between time periods and perspectives (Danny--the main character, The Grays--the witches, the Ravens, the Trees, the students at their high school, etc), giving a piecemeal account that lowed remarkably organically. I spe...
  • Seema Rao
    Magical ~ Immersive ~ Remarkabletl;dr: This book keeps California weirdCalifornia is a country in and of itself. The landscapes and the people vary so drastically. There is so much California north of San Francisco, and so much of it is unspoiled. Having spent time there, I was thrilled to find this book. But, I wasn't even close to prepared. Capetta's novel is exceptional. Reading so many books, I rarely feel as if a book is truly novel. Capetta...
  • Elke
    i received an e-arc in exchange for my honest opinion. please be reassured this made me cry on merit alone and is now my favourite book everthis was so beautiful i have -for the first time in months- an urge to make art or create something that mirrors the light from this book towards other people so they too, can be reached. instead i'm sitting here trying to write something when i only have tears and a heart that's full and a little bit broken ...
  • Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
    There were so many things I loved about this book. The characters were amazing, the writing was beautiful and littered with metaphors and imagery which I adored. I loved the whimsy of the concept and the story. The only thing I would criticise is that at times the plot felt a little bit messy, and didn't really flow perfectly. But aside from that, this book was so good and I definitely want to try more books from this author!
  • Celia McMahon
    When I first heard about this book and read "queer witches" I was there. I was there before it was written. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations.First off, let me say how grateful that Candlewick and Netgalley approved me for this arc. Although I wanted to love it, the execution was way off for me, and it could not save it. The setting of northern California was fantastic, and the atmosphere was magical. Throw in a group of diverse...
  • Mandy
    Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Candlewick Press. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. Well. Well. It's been exactly a week since I finished this book, and I'm still not quite sure what I read. I'm going to do my best to try to make sense, but mostly I'm just going to be confused an...
  • J.A. Ironside
    Many thanks to Candlewick Press for the ARCInitially, I found this a little hard to get invested in. The main pov character, Danny, is difficult to get a bead on initially and it feels like she is keeping the reader at arms length. As you read further, you see that this is deliberate. Danny is lost in her own life and she doesn't have answers for the reader - which is sorta ironic given what her talent turns out to be.Danny and her mother recentl...
  • Emily (emilykatereads)
    This book is magic in ways I've never read before. The atmosphere is incredible and we're introduced to a uniquely diverse group of queer witches. This book is everything I wished for and I was ready to fall in love, but it just didn't quite do it for me. I won't lie, there are many amazing things about this book. The execution of the story just wasn't for me. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the story though. I enjoyed the journey and characteri...
  • andrea caro
    This book was hella gay and had witched and I loved it.There was also a mystery, but the writing slanted so flowery that I didn't realize I was in a mystery until 2/3rds of the way through the book.I loved it, though it took me forever to read.
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    This might be a bit hard for me to review.  It's the type of book where not a ton happens, but what happens isn't really what I can write about.  I will say right off that it's a very magical book and it surprised me how much I liked it when I sometimes struggle with books like this.  I'm a fan of more fast paced books and this isn't one of those.  Danny and her mom were living in a small town in Michigan.  Danny started to feel this weird ...
  • Colleen Corgel
    Let me start off with the fact that I enjoyed a ton of the things Capetta was trying to do. There's a whole bunch of diversity here that spans race, gender identity, class, and sexuality. That diversity, while is important to each character, is not the defining characteristic of them. It centers around a group of teen witches who have lost a friend and are trying to get her back. That friend becomes the mulligan in a pretty unique mystery. There'...
  • Crazy4Books
    The beginning was a little difficult to get into with all the characters being introduced, but they're each so different from one another that once I got to know them better it was impossible to get them mixed up. The main character Danny has been searching for a place where she fits in when she meets the Tempest witches and finally feels like she's exactly where she wants to be. I could totally relate to the need to find a group to call your own...
  • Crowinator
    First line from my Booklist review: "In Capetta’s dreamy, enigmatic tale, a restless teen finds friendship, love, and self-acceptance among a coven of queer witches."I loved this book, though I think it's not quite what I expected. The writing captures the same dreamy, creepy, poetic essence that Nova Ren Suma or Frances Hardinge do, but has less actual plot underneath; it's a slow-burning character study of some fascinating, enigmatic people m...
  • Anniek
    Actual rating: 2.5I was sent an eARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.This seems to be a clear case of "It's me, not you". But somehow, this book really didn't work for me.Let me start by saying, I loved the writing style! It was so poetic, and I especially loved it combined with the LGBTQ+ rep, because this was honestly described beautifully and I really did love that.However, it took a long time for the story to t...
  • yvee
    3.5 starsI really liked this, but some parts fell flat for me. I really would have liked to see hawthorn, june, and lelia be more fleshed out. I got lelia and june confused sometimes and I think that tells you a lot about the characters lol. but it was wonderfully sapphic so uhhh love that for me.
  • Manon the Malicious
    *3.5 Stars*I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Did your hear that crash? That was my expectations falling to their doom.I requested this book on Netgalley not having read the summary because in the first line of it there "queer witches" and that's all I needed to know. Or so I thought.I'm being way mean which isn't fair because this book wasn't bad, not by a long shot, but I expected so much more.Danny just moved ...