{Review+Giveaway} Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore @GabriellaBooks

March 8, 2016 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews, Young Adult 12 ★★★

{Review+Giveaway} Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore @GabriellaBooks

{Review+Giveaway} Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore @GabriellaBooksBlackheath by Gabriella Lepore
Pages: 284
Published by Of Tomes Publishing on December 20, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Romance
Source: ecopy from Author

Seventeen-year-old Maggie Ellmes is dogged by a case of chronic bad luck. She figures that’s just her lot in life—that is, until the psychic at Blackheath’s annual carnival reveals that Maggie’s problems are caused by more than just ordinary misfortune; she’s actually been cursed.

Desperate to shake the hex, Maggie has no choice but to seek out the help of Joel Tomlins, a rebellious classmate who’s descended from Blackheath’s most powerful line of witches. After breaking all of his coven’s conventions to help her, Joel discovers that the curse isn’t as bad as Maggie fears. In fact, it’s much, much worse.

YA ReviewMy Thoughts

Blackheath is a young adult fantasy & magic novel by Gabriella Lepore. It is the first book in a new series. I found Blackheath to be an interesting and quick read. I think it will appeal to a younger, young adult audience as the writing and characters were a bit more superficial. Don’t however; take that to be a bad thing. I enjoyed Blackheath and I think many readers will as well.

I find stories about witches to be really engaging reads, and if you throw a big kind of creepy old house in the mix, that automatically makes things even better, so I was excited. What excited me more was the fact that all of the witches in the Tomlins family were men. I think there are a very severe shortage of young adult witch stories feature male witches.

Maggie and Joel both started out a little whinny for my tastes, but both of them grew on me. There is certainly not insta love in this story, because Maggie and Joel seem to hate each other. but once they started talking the gap from bickering to crush was jumped rather quickly. It is one of the reasons that I think this story will appeal more to a younger crowd rather than an older one. The story is a quick read that moves at a very brisk pace. It kept me engaged to the very end, and I cannot wait to see what the author is going to do next with it. I want to know more about the golden light around Maggie, so I hope that comes up again.

In the next book, I want to see more of the back story of Maggie and Joel. It was briefly mentioned that they used to hang out during the summers, but we didn’t really get to dive into why that stopped. I would like to see that explored a bit more. And there are lots more magic to come as well. I am very interested to see the interaction between the two covens, and I think Joel has some more secrets up his sleeve.

Bottom line: I thought this was a cute, quick read that kept me interested. I think it will appeal more to a younger audience looking for a magical witch read. The romance was cute and you can finish this one in just a couple of hours. I will be continuing this story for sure when I am looking for my next quick fix.


To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to win a $15 amazon gift card

Note: Book Briefs Contest Policy applies.  All of the prizes, terms and conditions of the giveaway should be contained in the rafflecopter below. No Purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

About Gabriella Lepore

Gabriella Lepore lives on the coast of Wales in the United Kingdom. She began writing at an early age and grew up with a passion for all things supernatural—especially witches! She currently has six Young Adult books in print: Evanescent, The Blackheath Witches, How I Found You, Secrets In Phoenix, and The Witches of the Glass Castle books 1 & 2.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

12 Responses to “{Review+Giveaway} Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore @GabriellaBooks”

  1. Ally Swanson

    Great review! This book sounds like such an interesting read. Also, I really like the book cover! Very pretty and intriguing! Looking forward to checking out this book!

  2. Kristina Oden

    I am so glad I signed up for Bloglovin and email notifications. I have never come across this book before and am so excited to get into the series!! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway opportunity! I will definitely post a review when finished! Thanks again!

  3. Victoria

    Beautiful cover! Sounds like a good book, thanks for sharing your honest review!

  4. danielle hammelef

    New book and author for me! I love YA, romance, and fantasy, and this book is all 3! Sounds like a perfect read for me.

  5. czai

    the romance starting from hate makes it feel like a fun read and maybe I could enjoy at some point. plus witches and creepy old house? I definitely would love to jump right in. Great review!

  6. Mindy Bel

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    The book looks very interesting, I would definitely like to read it!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.