A review by Maria.
I would like to thank author Gabriella Lepore for letting me be apart of her book tour for her gothic novel Blackheath.
Maggie Ellmes always seems to be burdened with bad luck, whether it’s missing her alarm clock or getting busted for tardiness and getting detention; it seems to follow her around. Bad boy Joel Tomlins both fascinates her as much as he repels her. At a carnival, Maggie finds out she doesn’t have just the odd case of bad luck, she’s actually cursed. She knows that there’s only one person with any hope of helping her: Joel.
I absolutely loved Maggie’s character. Her woe-is-me inner voice was hilarious, along with her sarcasm and wit. It was when she played a particularly brilliant prank on Joel to get out of detention that made me start to love her. She was smart, witty and not afraid to speak her mind to anyone or about anything.
Joel was harder to like and it wasn’t any fault of the writing of the character. His family dynamics were very bizarre and hard to keep track of. There were a whole host of brothers, a semi-present father, an absent mother, and scores of “possibly related” aunts in their family, aka a coven. So almost any scene with Joel featured a member of his family and I spent too much time trying to figure who it was rather than getting involved in the scene. Once I could separate him out in my mind from his brothers, his character started to grow on me. He was intelligent, brave, and selfless. He was fiercely protective of his brothers and his candor about his family dynamics was hilarious.
Blackheath was a very short and fast read. The strange family dynamics and the curse were the focus of this story but it was also supposed to be a romance. I never felt real chemistry between Joel and Maggie. They teased and tortured each other adorably, but I never really felt the characters fall in love. It felt to fast and convenient to be real since they used to hate each other.
This book is appropriate for young adult readers and adult readers alike.
My rating: 3/5 stars.
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Publication date: December 21st 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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.