Initiated by Amanda Yates Garcia


Smoke Gets in Your Eyes meets Women Who Run With The Wolves in this "gorgeously written, fierce, political, personal, and deeply inspiring" (Michelle Tea) memoir about finding meaning, beauty, and power through a life in witchcraft. An initiation signals a beginning: a door opens and you step through. Traditional Wiccan initiates are usually brought into the craft through a ceremony with a High Priestess. But even though Amanda Yates Garcia's mot...

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Release DateOct 22nd, 2019
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Paranormal, Witches

Reviews Initiated

  • Leah Dieterich
    The right book for this moment. Yates Garcia shows us how to rise up against patriarchy in our thinking and living and inspires us to re-enchant a world that feels cursed.
  • Sarah
    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own.I really enjoyed this memoir. Garcia has writing chops that are strongest when she’s describing landscapes, which thankfully she does often. Her reverence for the natural world is palpable, as is her devotion to social justice, anti misogyny and anti capitalism. She’s also extremely well-read in the history of myths, witchcraft, and folklore from many p...
  • Amanda Harlowe
    Such a privilege to have been gifted an early copy by Grand Central– this book BLEW ME AWAY. INITIATED features a deft interweaving of Garcia’s vast esoteric and cultural knowledge with her captivating personal story of trauma, self-discovery, empowerment, and metamorphosis. I was astounded by Garcia’s spellbinding, nimble, gorgeous prose (particularly its supernatural ability to carry me away from a crowded Friday night Amtrak car with br...
  • Mary Lowry
    Amanda Yates Garcia is an intellectual giant. This book is riveting and beautifully written and also acts as a guide for readers seeking to engage in magic as a route to personal empowerment. I cannot recommend this book enough!
  • Zandria Senft
    I could not put this beautiful memoir down. I fell in love with Amanda's story about the magical life she leads and how she uses that magic to find herself. The detail Yates goes into describing her life, rituals and initiations makes you feel as though you are experiencing the same things with her. This book will inspire you to be brave in any way you can. This book is exactly what the world needs!
  • Natali
    It’s hard to explain exactly what this book is so I will just throw around some adjectives while I digest, having just finished it an hour ago. It is: unique, brave, erudite, inspiring, raw, and real. It is a feminist anthem from a daughter and a leader but that is almost a byproduct. It seems she set out to write memoir to share her experiences of learning her power through personal pain. But along the way, she learned to spiral herself up int...
  • Kate
    A Bewitching Read! Garcia lives her life as a modern witch. She takes the reader through her journey of being Initiated onto this path. Garcia unpacks so much in these pages, Memories, Mythology, Trauma, Self-Discovery, Empowerment and more! Her writing is strong and decisive. This is one of thoes memoirs that really shows what the human spirit can endure and what it looks like to come out the otherside.A reccomended memoir, and especially if you...
  • Margaret Wappler
    Review forthcoming but for now: what a beautiful gift of a book.
  • SUSAN *Nevertheless,she persisted*
    Need to process this book.
  • Suzanne
    Beyond the sheer amount of trauma in this book (suffering as initiation), it's written in lengthy paragraphs that meander.For example, the author will start each chapter with a quotation and then talk about part of her induction into witchcraft and the growth of her practice, but it's not linear. So she's walking us through her practice and what it means, how it developed, etc... but then she'll take a break to talk about her past. This is a litt...
  • Sharon
    I enjoyed parts of it very much, but when it drifted into feminism and other politics, not so much.this was a goodreads giveaway
  • Kate Mercier
    This is the witch memoir I’ve been waiting for all my life. That it came from a peer (we’re close in age and our lives have some overlap) makes it all the more special to me. This is not an unfamiliar story, and I realize now that Amanda Yates Garcia is not an unfamiliar person to me. From afar, she’s the famous Oracle of Los Angeles, a very popular and well regarded witch. She’s been on the TV! But in reading this book, I’m realizing t...
  • Anna
    An interesting read, and an important book of a female witchy voice. Something we need right now, with the toxic patriarchy running wild. Some quibbles: I think it's too long. I think the narrative thread meanders and repeats itself, and I wish there was more research in its place. I also don't love the narrator's voice. It feels weird to say this, but the narrator, to me, is not the easiest to like at time - occasionally veering into 'holier tha...
  • Jeffrey Chassen
    I had seen Amanda’s appearance on Tucker Carlson and then on Vanderpump Rules. She seems incredibly approachable, kind and normal. So I had very high hopes for this book, but I was sadly disappointed. The formatting of the book was a mess, and it’s filled with so many rarely referenced terms and mythology that it was very hard to get through. Her television appearances have always been so great because they present witchcraft palatable and un...
  • Abby Rubin
    ARC from PublisherThis book is an interesting introduction to the life of someone living as a modern witch. Yates Garcia has such a long and winding path to get where she is at the time of writing the book. If "memoir" wasn't on the cover, I would be hard-pressed to believe that one person could live through all of the experiences she had. I feel like this book just scratches the surface of her powers and her story. I would have loved to learn mo...
  • Claire
    A beautiful magical memoir from one of my favorite witches. Amanda’s writing is so poetic and evocative, and she is so vulnerable about her life story. This reads like an Alice Hoffman or Francesca Lia Block novel but it’s a true story. I loved the weaving of myths and stories from the ancients as well as some beautiful ideas on how to “re-enchant the world”.
  • Brandie
    Half memoir and half self help for witches. I thought it was pretty interesting, her life definitely has had her hellscape. If you’re looking for something to relate to in ways you didn’t think it’d be possible, I recommend this book. Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book.
  • Rhiannon Johnson
    [I received a copy of this release from the publisher in exchange for an honest review]With Halloween on the horizon, witches are prevalent in decorations (like my framed Hocus Pocus song), memes, and spooky stories, but "Initiated: Memoir of a Witch" by Amanda Yates Garcia (releasing 10/22/19) is a story of "true" witchcraft--one woman's story of her lifelong practice of Wicca. [I received a copy of this release from the publisher in exchange ...
  • Aja
    Having read about 5 memoirs this year, I'm through. I'm not that interesting in people's childhoods. I thought this would be interesting for the intersection of witchcraft and memoir. I'm not sure I believe the author's entire story. However, I found there were profound treasures of wisdom hidden in this book that really spoke to me. I hope the author writes more - nonfiction.
  • Jena
    Deeply engrossing, relatable, and inspiring.A work of inspiring vulnerability and honesty. Sharing the truth of things is how we remake the world. Blessings and thanks to Amanda Yates Garcia for this brave book.
  • Gloria
    Thank you for an advanced copy. I appreciated not only the witches experiences/life lessons as well as discussions on the traditions/difficulties of being a witch.
  • Alex
    Tedious. Ms. Yates Garcia needs a lesson in correct use of “who” and “whom.”
  • Christianne Hedtke
    This book is GORGEOUS - I’ve never read anything quite like it, but Yates Garcia seamlessly blends memoir, myth, poetry, and how-to witchcraft into one magickal potion! Highly recommend!