Caster by Elsie Chapman


If the magic doesn't kill her, the truth just might.Aza Wu knows that real magic is dangerous and illegal. After all, casting killed her sister, Shire. As with all magic, everything comes at a price. For Aza, it feels like everything in her life has some kind of cost attached to it. Her sister had been casting for money to pay off Saint Willow, the gang leader that oversees her sector of Lotusland. If you want to operate a business there, you hav...

Details Caster

Release DateSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherScholastic Inc.
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Magic, Fiction, Teen, Young Adult Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Science Fiction Fantasy

Reviews Caster

  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestIf you pitch something to me as Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Fight Club, I'm going to read it, no questions asked. I might be a little skeptical about how two such very different concepts might pair, but I'm still going to read it anyway. And then, I'm going to be proven wrong, because it's going to be amazing-- at least, that's how it worked out with CASTER.This was such an amazing book....
  • Vibur
    CHINESE-INSPIRED FIGHT CLUB. AND MAGIC.(Need I say more?) I admit, I wasn't sure what to expect from Caster at first, but I ended up really enjoying it. For me, the strongest points of the novel was the well-developed magic system and smooth, fast-paced plotting. I won't say the writing blew me away, but it was definitely more than serviceable for the story and effective enough to convey a deft sense of place--Chapman's vision of Lotusland was da...
  • Nafiza
    A complex protagonist, an even more complex magic system, and very high stakes. Caster kept me on the edge of my seat. There'd better be a sequel is all I'm saying.
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) While you can get swept away with the magic of Caster, what sticks with you after the last page is Aza - her grief and her responsibility. A year after the death of her sister, Aza is no closer to figuring out what really happened to her sister, nor is her family fully recovered financially. What begins with a plot to save her fami...
  • Jessica | Booked J
    Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Did I know I would enjoy Caster before reading it? UM. Yes. Did I know how much? NOPE. To be perfectly honest,I was blindsided by my love of Elsie Chapman's Caster and have spent the better part of a few weeks babbling about it to an...
  • Kelly Brigid ♡
    I don't understand HOW this book isn't being discussed by everyone, because it's amazing! The promise of Avatar: the Last Airbender meets Fight Club did not disappoint! It was everything I hoped it would be and so much! I especially adore the way the magic system is constructed. It reminded me of a perfect blend between Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Avatar. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin I don't understand HOW this bo...
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  • CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
    What a wild ride! I really enjoyed this and it was such a fun and thrilling read. CASTER has been pitched as FIGHT CLUB x A:TLA - which I agree with! - but I also think Caster is an urban fantasy dystopia that is INFERNAL AFFAIRS x FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD. - Follows Aza, an Asian teen who is a 'full caster' - a person who can cast 'full magic' - who enters as a competitor in an underground casting tournament -- where she may also find th...
  • Lance
    "It's said that earth's magic comes doesn't have a physical form, but even so it fills my veins. Full magic glows inside, a red that's brighter and hotter than any blood, desperate to be free." ARC obtained from the Scholastic Booth at Bookcon 2019.4 Stars. Caster was a book I went into expecting to not care for, yet by the end I found myself a bit disappointed it was over. When I tell you that I was expecting nothing, I truly mean it: maybe it's...
  • Wendy
    Review originally posted at Written in Wonder4.5/5WHAT. A. RIDE. Thank you so much to Elsie Chapman and to Scholastic for the review copy! CASTER will be out on September 3rd, 2019.Please note: quotes in this review are taken from an uncorrected proof copy of the book and may not reflect the final text.Here are some of the aspects of this book which I loved: The magic system I only have endless praise for the well-developed magic system in CASTE...
  • Elsa Munoz
    I died, you guys. This book killed me.I'm not sure how to explain the adrenaline rush this book was! Literally from page one, my poor baby Aza is hit over and over again! Like can this girl get a break! She's lost her sister, her parents are still grieving, her sister's former mentor won't give her the answers she looks for and she's being threatened from all sides. And then she stumbles into the tournament and all hell breaks loose. This book as...
  • ♥ Jasmine ♥
    I refuse to believe that this book didn't even get 100 ratings on Goodreads.I REFUSE.Honestly, this book is so interesting and you can immediately get into the story after a couple of pages. The main character Aza, who lives in a dystopian world where magic is dangerous and comes at a cost, is trying to put together the pieces of her sister's mysterious death but is also trying to save her family's business since it was originally her sister's jo...
  • Ray Foy
    Caster is a fantasy-thriller written for a young adult audience, though it will certainly be enjoyable for older readers. The common use of magic by humans is the book’s driving premise, fueling its action and ecological theme. This magic aspect is Harry Potterish, but with a greater sense of constraints and consequences. There is also a dystopian element that makes it a darker (and more grittily realistic) world than HP. Though I noted weak p...
  • Chloe
    *Spoiler free, 3.5 stars*I first heard about this book when the cover was revealed. It has an absolutely stunning cover, and it definitely sets the stage for what this book is about. And then I learned it's about magic and the price that has to be paid for it. There's underground tournaments, secrets, and mysteries too. It sounded like something I would like to read, and I wanted to give it a shot.While I'm a bit back and forth on my feelings tow...
  • Amy_Read to My Heart's Content
    Dude! Look at that cover, though!!?!?! I love it! I love it when covers can essentially give us everything we need to know about the book {although we don't know that until we read the book} and Caster does just this. Lotusland is a complicated land where full magic casters are shunned because of the damage they have caused to Earth. They are illegal and hunted down by enforcers called Scouts. And Aza is just that -a full magic-userThe world-buil...
  • Nicholas Perez
    Was given an ARC from the publisher for a giveawayMore so a 4.5/5 due to some side characters not getting as much development, but overall this was a solid YA urban fantasy!Caster is a appropriately fast paced for a YA urban fantasy but never lets up or drags down with its world building. The magic system is most interesting for its recoil mechanics; although recoil is focused on in many fantasy series Caster highlights on this more so than other...
  • Rayna
    (3.5 stars)Sometimes I lie so much that I think I’ll stop knowing what’s real anymore. Or maybe it’s just being surrounded by the lies of so many others that they change what truth even means.This book was so different from usual YA. And it totally worked! The magic system was so complex and interesting, and it was explained really well too. There is a chunk about it at the beginning, but then we learn more as Aza discovers more about her m...
  • Jan farnworth
    Wow i totally love this book, you got a complex magic system that consists of not only two types of casters those with full magic and those with half magic. You also have the ways the spells can be cast, how they are cast and what can be done to cast them. Then you got the effects of using magic one you can become an invor which is someone who used magic to the point where they will shatter from it and become unstable. Those are usually hunted do...
  • Kirsti Call
    "Heat travels from my feet and into my hands, forms in my mind as a ball of red haze. I send it to the lock and untwist it. As soon as it's done my skin cools down and I lean against the door, waiting, half holding my breath. The pain comes in a wave, hammers on the bones of my arms and legs, and I wait it out, gritting my teeth."CASTER is compelling, fast paced and well written. I found myself immersed in the dystopian magical world. Aza is a co...
  • Kate
    I received this ARC from the publisher at BookCon.Aza is one of the few full magic casters after her sister died, in a world where magic casting has destroyed the earth's climate and been banned. Under pressure from a local gang wanting money to not drive her parents' tea business into the ground, Aza finds an underground magic fighting ring where she might have the chance to make enough money - and find out what really happened to her sister.I d...
  • Suzanne
    This is the story of Aza who is a full caster of magic which is outlawed in her day. She casts magic to pay the bills that are piling up. Then one day by chance she enters a magic casting tournament and the prize is enough money to take care of her and her family. She has to try for it because the alternative is losing everything. So she starts as a novice and had to quickly learn how to cast magic and how to outwit her opponents. As the number o...
  • Jenna
    Intriguing magic system and while I was a bit confused about the setting (future dystopia based off our world? Alternate universe but there are still Chinese people and history?), it was still an enjoyable ride. Dark and twisty. The beginning was a bit slow but once the tournament began, everything definitely picked up! (view spoiler)[Although I do think the Scout storyline could’ve been completely skipped. It felt thrown in just to give Aza so...
  • NA
    4.5 because I really want some engagement from Aza on the terrible consequences of casting full magic and not just awareness of it. I want her to feel conflicted on the fact that what she's doing is killing the earth because right now it feels somewhat hollow. Other than that, I hope this gets picked up to be a movie because it will be seriously amazing on screen.
  • Becky
    Interesting world with some people hiding magic. A girl wants revenge and to understand her sisters death. Nothing will stop her, lying, bribing and murder get her what she wants most no matter who she hurts along the way.
  • Jessica McKenna
    This was a fantastic read - fast-paced and dark, with a focus on a witchy competition that I could read about for days. I only wish it were longer, so we could have sunk a little more deeply into the characters. But even as it is, it's easy to get hooked!
  • Debbi Florence
    Magic has a cost in this page-turning fantasy adventure about a girl who lives in a time when full magic must be hidden. But when her sister dies, using full magic, Aza is determined to find out why. But is she ready for the cost? I read this book quickly, needing to know what happened!