Dan and Liss are witches. The Black Book granted them that power. Harnessing that power feels good, especially when everything in their lives makes them feel powerless.
During a spell gone wrong, Liss’s boyfriend is snatched away by an evil entity and presumed dead. Dan and Liss’s friendship dies that night, too. How can they practice magic after the darkness that they conjured?
Months later, Liss discovers that her boyfriend is alive, trapped underground in the grips of an ancient force. She must save him, and she needs Dan and the power of The Black Book to do so. Dan is quickly sucked back into Liss’s orbit and pushes away her best friend, Alexa. But Alexa has some big secrets she’s hiding and her own unique magical disaster to deal with.
When another teenager disappears, the girls know it’s no coincidence. What greedy magic have they awakened? And what does it want with these teens it has stolen?
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If you know me you know one thing that will make or break a book for me is the characters. So what better way to get to know them than by getting insight from the author herself! Sasha has given me some exclusive info about the three main characters in A Wicked Magic and i’m excited to share it with you all. Say hello to Liss, Daniel and Alexa.
Liss is a senior at St. Ignatius High School obsessed with normal 17-year-old girl things: grades, her college applications, convincing her ex-best friend Dan not to hate her anymore, and rescuing her boyfriend Johnny from the demon who abducted him last year after Liss and Dan mis-cast a spell. Liss knows she won’t be able to move on with her life until she’s done everything in her power to save Johnny. Liss has a can’t-be-wrong confidence and a razor sharp tongue, and she’s never been accused of being too nice. But beneath it all, she’s tortured by anxiety and the fear that she’ll never be good enough. She lives in Marlena Beach, North Coast County’s wealthy beach-side town.
Dan wishes she could forget about Johnny and magic altogether. Now that Liss has transferred out of North Coast High and Dan has a new best friend, Alexa, that finally feels possible. But no matter how many nights Dan spends driving down North Coast’s switchback roads with Alexa or lying in bed listening to her all-time-forever favorite band IronWeaks, she can’t shake her deep depression or the nagging sense of guilt over Johnny. Dan lives in Dogtown, a small town with strong locals-only post-hippie vibes—the kind of place where a few girls doing magic wouldn’t raise any eyebrows.
Alexa just moved up to North Coast from Los Angeles with her aunt Lorelei and their cat Domino. Lorelei’s an investigative journalist, researching a story on a cult-like group that has set up shop on Dogtown’s outskirts. Still, life with Lorelei is much more stable than living with her mom ever was, and Alexa is finally starting to feel at ease. Alexa feels like Dan is her first real friend—the first person she can talk about the fantasy novel she’s writing or the girls she’s crushing on. But Alexa can tell Dan is hiding something, especially when her old best friend Liss shows up mentioning the Kasyan, a demon from Lorelei’s stories. Alexa wishes she could shake the nagging feeling that life in North Coast is too good to be true.
SASHA LAURENS was raised in San Francisco and Northern California, where she learned to drive on Highway 1’s switchback turns and got accustomed to the best weather in the world. She started taking writing classes at 826 Valencia in high school, and would have minored in Creative Writing at Columbia University, if the minor hadn’t been eliminated. Instead, Sasha studied Russian Literature, and
graduated summa cum laude.Upon graduation she moved to St. Petersburg, Russia, and attempted to write a literary novel, unsurprisingly about Americans living in St. Petersburg, Russia. Returning to New York City, she earned an M.A. in Russian Regional Studies from Columbia University while working at the university. Since 2014, she been pursuing her PhD in political science at the University Michigan, and currently resides in Ann Arbor. Writing and political science take up almost all of her time, but when she gets a break she loves boxing, watching bad reality tv, and traveling.
A Wicked Magic is her first novel (Razorbill, July 2020).