The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke

Thank you to Melia/Sourcebooks Fire for sending me an ARC copy of this book! I mostly asked for this book because of the cover, I mean it’s absolutely drop dead gorgeous and total aesthetic for me, bonus it’s witchy!

An outcast teenage lesbian witch finds her coven hidden amongst the popular girls in her school, and performs some seriously badass magic in the process.

Skulking near the bottom of West High’s social pyramid, Sideways Pike lurks under the bleachers doing magic tricks for Coke bottles. As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, she’s had a hard time making friends. But when the three most popular girls pay her $40 to cast a spell at their Halloween party, Sideways gets swept into a new clique. The unholy trinity are dangerous angels, sugar-coated rattlesnakes, and now–unbelievably–Sideways’ best friends.

Together, the four bond to form a ferocious and powerful coven. They plan parties, cast curses on dudebros, try to find Sideways a girlfriend, and elude the fundamentalist witch hunters hellbent on stealing their magic. But for Sideways, the hardest part is the whole ‘having friends’ thing. Who knew that balancing human interaction with supernatural peril could be so complicated?

Rich with the urgency of feral youth, The Scapegracers explores growing up and complex female friendship with all the rage of a teenage girl. It subverts the trope of competitive mean girls and instead portrays a mercilessly supportive clique of diverse and vivid characters. It is an atmospheric, voice-driven novel of the occult, and the first of a three-book series.

The Scapegracers is Hannah Abigail Clarke’s debut novel, the start of what I will hope to be a bad ass witchy trilogy because this one was good, it took me a few days to get through it *animal crossing addiction* but I ended up liking it, I just got into the whole witchy vibes, I loved the coven and the magic aspects in this, this isn’t just basic magic, it’s full blown awesomeness and I want to be apart of this coven.. can I please?

I liked that this wasn’t overly romance based, there was a bit in it and it’s an amazing LGBT book (in case that part wasn’t obvious from the blurb). Our main character, Sideways, is a badass lesbian witch, she’s always been seen as an outcast in school but at a party where she gets hired by a trio of friends to do some magic do they suddenly go from a trio to a quad and thus eventually becoming a coven. 

Sideways has grown up with her fathers after her mother dies but Sideway’s first way through a foster system until one day she receives an occult magic book, the first volume, no family would come forward to claim her until she casts a spell in which her mothers brother appears and wants to raise her with his husband as their own, they then became her dads, I love her dads in this book and I really hope we see more of them in the next one! I’m also really intrigued by Sideway’s mothers death due to the fact that the person who sent her the magic volume helping her learn magic clearly knew her mother.

The friendship the forms between the four girls, I just really love them and their bond, the ending of this book blew me away and I’m looking forwards to seeing what will come in the second book, I anticipate more battles that they’ll need to overcome and what magic they’ll be coming up with next especially as they are now officially a coven.

Are you looking forwards to this one? It’s out May 14th, you should definitely preorder it! Do you have any witchy (the darker the better) books that you recommend?

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