Content warning: minor body horror, threat of harm to animals and animal death. Some animal death is real and some is imagined.
For fans of Us and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comes a witchy story full of black girl magic as one girl’s dark ability to summon the dead offers her a chance at a new life, while revealing to her an even darker future.
Katrell doesn’t mind talking to the dead; she just wishes it made more money. Clients pay her to talk to their deceased loved ones, but it isn’t enough to support her unemployed mother and Mom’s deadbeat boyfriend-of-the-week. Things get worse, when a ghost warns her to stop the summonings or she’ll “burn everything down.” Katrell is willing to call them on their bluff, though. She has no choice. What do ghosts know about eating peanut butter for dinner?
However, when her next summoning accidentally raises someone from the dead, Katrell realizes that a live body is worth a lot more than a dead apparition. And, warning or not, she has no intention of letting this lucrative new business go.
But magic doesn’t come for free, and soon dark forces are closing in on Katrell. The further she goes, the more she risks the lives of not only herself, but those she loves. Katrell faces a choice: resign herself to poverty, or confront the darkness before it’s too late.
Oh how I love this book… This story knocked my socks off and elicited so many emotions from me. Katrell’s back story is one that will definitely resonate with a lot of young people growing up in the hood. Her situation with her mom and her mom’s boyfriend is a sad reality that far too many young black kids go through and Lewis portrayed this situation very thoughtfully and tactfully. Katrell is pushed really far in this novel physically and mentally and there are rare moments when she is happy and content. However, her resilience comes through very loudly and I was rooting for her the entire time. She was such a likable character and I really wish there was a way for me to give her a hug. There were quite a few scary elements in this book as well. The ‘Revenants’ were not my cup of tea, but they added a nice frightening undertone to Katrell’s dilemma. The imagery concerning these monsters was astounding. I would definitely recommend this book to people who liked Blood Like Magic and Wings of Ebony, the vibes are sooo similar! I am so excited to see more from Jessica Lewis.
Meet the Author
Jessica Lewis is a Black author and receptionist from Alabama. She has a degree in English Literature and Animal Science (the veterinarian plan did not work out). She lives with her way-funnier-than-her grandmother, who answers all of her wild questions about ghosts and zombies and werewolves (even if she’s annoyed sometimes haha!). When she isn’t writing or working she enjoys watching cooking shows or HGTV-type home shows.
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