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The spellbinding tale of six ueer witches forging their own paths shrouded in the mist magic and secrets of the ancient California redwoodsDanny didn't know what she was looking for when she and her mother spread out a map of the United States and Danny put her finger down on Tempest California What she finds are the Grays a group of friends who throw aroun. me heavy sighDanny and her Mom move to Tempest California after randomly selecting the location on a map Because that's something that parents let their kids doThere seems to be no rhyme or reason to it or any reason evident as to why her Mother would up and move anywhere her teenage daughter suggested but who needs reasonThe Grays a group of high school girls who happen to be ueer witches also live in TempestOne of their group Imogen has recently turned up without her personality and with sea glass eyes What happened to herThen she wanders into the woods and doesn't come back She's their Regina George so the Grays feel lost without their ueen BeeThey recruit Danny into their group discovering she has a power for 'finding' things and they begin their mission to get Imogen back All of her; mind body and spiritI love this cover I love the representation I am intrigued by the premiseUnfortunately the format did not work for me I was as lost as Imogen most of the timeI cannot even begin to tell you how many times I had to start a chapter over because my mind was wandering and I had no idea what was going on There were so many perspective jumps and time jumps I normally do not mind that at all but this was just all over the placeThe writing is pretty but is it possible to be too prettyIn my opinion the substance of the plot got buried under all the whimsy I am sure there will be many readers who will absolutely adore this story I just unfortunately am not one of themIt hurts my heart to write this as I have been greatly anticipating this release Alas there is a reader for every book and I am just not the reader for this oneThank you so much to the publisher Candlewick Press for providing me with a copy of this to read and review I always appreciate the opportunity to provide my opinion on new releases

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Ne But before Danny can find Imogen she finds a dead boy with a redwood branch through his heart Something is very wrong amid the trees and fog of the Lost Coast and whatever it is it can kill Lush eerie and imaginative Amy Rose Capetta's tale overflows with the perils and power of discovery and what it means to find your home yourself and your way forwar. Actual rating 25 stars Many thanks to Candlewick Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review “Spellbooks tell you how people have done magic in the past” June explains “they’re pre made Magic is like love You see how other people do it you have the stories and instructions they leave behind but then you have to figure out how you do it”Imagine eual portions The Raven Boys and Spellbook of the Lost and Found and sprinkle in a little dash of The Craft and a hint of The Devouring Gray The result should be something resembling The Lost Coast Between Californian red woods magical realism and a witchy friend group I had high hopes for this novel and was over the moon to receive an advanced copy from the publisher Whilst it lived up to my expectations in some regards I was uite disappointed in others leaving me with mixed feelings in the end To start off with the good The Lost Coast largely delivers what it says on the tin It’s a story of a close knit diverse group of ueer witches that find friendship and acceptance among each other If you want to get your diversity kick on; this is the place for you as diversity seems to have been the first thing on the author’s mind when writing this Both racial sexual and bodily minorities are represented and you can tell the authors passion for the subject from her perspective as a ueer woman herself I also loved the setting the foggy and majestic Californian red woods were a perfect choice to serve as the background of a witchy story Amy Rose Capetta does a beautiful job of bringing the ancient trees the vibrant foliage and the earthy forest air to life with her writing style that strikes the right balance between lush and readable I had never read anything by the author but I’d definitely count the writing style among the pleasant surprises this book offered My only problem with the writing was that the author sometimes “overtells” things especially when it comes to points she’s clearly passionate about Her point will be crystal clear to the reader by the scenes she has just shown us but she at times can’t resist to tell us the exact same thing literally as well I’m not sure if it’s a lack of faith in the reader or in her own ability to bring something across but it’s unnecessary in my opinion I felt this especially when the author talked about the characters sexuality and the acceptance of diversity That repetition combined with the clear and admirable passion of the author does come at the risk of almost lecturing the reader on the topic of diversity Although I don’t think it crossed that line it was close at times That also brings me to my next disappointment the characters themselves Because the author had such a large focus on their diversity I feel like some of the development of the rest of their character arcs got lost along the way It’s something I notice and in the last year or two since the surge in popularity of LGBT books especially in YA I have a post on my website all about this coming up so I won’t go into detail on it here The short summary is I’m all for diversity but even for euality A sexuality is not a substitute for a developed personality and an underdeveloped gay character is still an underdeveloped character no matter the best intentions by the author The framework for a great cast of characters was there I’d just like to see a little depth and development in them Finally I don’t feel the plot was as exciting or unexpected as I was hoping for mostly due to some pacing issues I’d have liked the beginning to be a little slower to ease us into the different POV’s whereas the middle part could have used a little action I did very much enjoy the endingIn the end I think this is a book that will find a large and loving audience out there even though it wasn’t a favorite for me If you like books that focus on LGBT friendships or any of the books I mentioned at the top of my review ánd you enjoy those alternative witchy vibes this one might be for you The Easter Rabbit's Parade up to my expectations in some regards I was A Transnational Poetics uite disappointed in others leaving me with mixed feelings in the end To start off with the good The Lost Coast largely delivers what it says on the tin It’s a story of a close knit diverse group of Peter Grimes/Gloriana ueer witches that find friendship and acceptance among each other If you want to get your diversity kick on; this is the place for you as diversity seems to have been the first thing on the author’s mind when writing this Both racial sexual and bodily minorities are represented and you can tell the authors passion for the subject from her perspective as a Moon on the Water ueer woman herself I also loved the setting the foggy and majestic Californian red woods were a perfect choice to serve as the background of a witchy story Amy Rose Capetta does a beautiful job of bringing the ancient trees the vibrant foliage and the earthy forest air to life with her writing style that strikes the right balance between lush and readable I had never read anything by the author but I’d definitely count the writing style among the pleasant surprises this book offered My only problem with the writing was that the author sometimes “overtells” things especially when it comes to points she’s clearly passionate about Her point will be crystal clear to the reader by the scenes she has just shown Just like Grey (Series ONE Complete Set): Billionaire Romance us but she at times can’t resist to tell Viridiana us the exact same thing literally as well I’m not sure if it’s a lack of faith in the reader or in her own ability to bring something across but it’s Иудейская война unnecessary in my opinion I felt this especially when the author talked about the characters sexuality and the acceptance of diversity That repetition combined with the clear and admirable passion of the author does come at the risk of almost lecturing the reader on the topic of diversity Although I don’t think it crossed that line it was close at times That also brings me to my next disappointment the characters themselves Because the author had such a large focus on their diversity I feel like some of the development of the rest of their character arcs got lost along the way It’s something I notice and in the last year or two since the surge in popularity of LGBT books especially in YA I have a post on my website all about this coming DAX up so I won’t go into detail on it here The short summary is I’m all for diversity but even for euality A sexuality is not a substitute for a developed personality and an Gift Collection: D is for Deadbeat / E is for Evidence / F is for Fugitive underdeveloped gay character is still an Große Geschichte 1914 - 1945 und kleine Geschichten aus meinem Leben underdeveloped character no matter the best intentions by the author The framework for a great cast of characters was there I’d just like to see a little depth and development in them Finally I don’t feel the plot was as exciting or Die Schatten wachsen in der Dämmerung unexpected as I was hoping for mostly due to some pacing issues I’d have liked the beginning to be a little slower to ease The Psychology of Clothes us into the different POV’s whereas the middle part could have Bluebird: A Memoir used a little action I did very much enjoy the endingIn the end I think this is a book that will find a large and loving audience out there even though it wasn’t a favorite for me If you like books that focus on LGBT friendships or any of the books I mentioned at the top of my review ánd you enjoy those alternative witchy vibes this one might be for you

Amy Rose Capetta ä 6 review

D terms like ueer and witch like they're ordinary and everyday though they feel like an earthuake to Danny But Danny didn't just find the Grays They cast a spell that calls her halfway across the country because she has something they need she can bring back Imogen the most powerful of the Grays missing since the summer night she wandered into the woods alo. Synopsis The Lost Coast is a highly literary coming of age tale of a group of teenage witches self named the Grays  Their leader Imogen has gone missing and they’ve tried nearly everything to find her But when Danny moves to town she brings with her a uniue type of magic that might just be what they’re looking for in ways than one My Thoughts This book is beautifully written and the words are like poetry on the page  It reminds me a little bit of a literary version of an 80s movie with a bunch of lost kids trying to find their place in the world but in this book they’ve found their place with each otherThere are many different points of view expressed throughout the book  We get a lot of chapters from Danny’s point of view and others from the Grays’ but we also get the perspective of the other high school students which provides context for why the Grays feel so out of place in their little traditional town  To reinforce themes of magic in the book Capetta occasionally provides the point of view of the trees and the ravens which could be groan worthy but it somehow works Capetta doesn’t only jump points of view freuently but she also jumps in time We get to see what the characters were doing and feeling years earlier weeks earlier days earlier  Capetta takes the “show don’t tell” approach uite literally with these flashbacks and it works well in this story While it could have been hard to follow the transitions between timeline jumps are seamless  I almost feel like this style would have been better suited to a novel that has an element of time travel but the back and forth really works to create a mystical surreal feeling to the entire book  You have to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy this book  It's literary not a plot driven romantic mystery  While it is a mystery and a romance the emphasis is on the language and Capetta effortlessly elicits strong emotions from readers with her careful word selectionOne complaint I do have is that the book didn’t uite feature enough magic for me  I love books that have a strong theology that the author has created a way of magic that just is but Capetta didn’t spend much time on this  It would have been acceptable if the magic of this world was simple but Imogen for instance is highly powerful and it would have been a stronger story had the limitations of magic been explained or at least demonstrated for the readers  Another issue I have with the book is that there are too many fascinating characters that don’t get enough attention because there are just so many of them  For instance there’s a character named Emma Hart and we meet her halfway through the book Her storyline is heart wrenching and beautiful and I wish that Capetta hadn’t included her in this book and instead written an entire book dedicated to her story Instead her backstory gets glossed over in a uick chapter  Even with other characters Capetta barely has a chance to scratch the surface of who they are  There better be books coming in this series I recommend this book to anyone looking for an exuisitely literary take on ueer witches   Thank you to Candlewick and OLA Super Conference 2019 for the ARC for review This review appeared first on Instagram | Blog | Website | Twitter My 2019 Reading Challenge Confessions of a Slacker Wife ueer and witch like they're ordinary and everyday though they feel like an earthuake to Danny But Danny didn't just find the Grays They cast a spell that calls her halfway across the country because she has something they need she can bring back Imogen the most powerful of the Grays missing since the summer night she wandered into the woods alo. Synopsis The Lost Coast is a highly literary coming of age tale of a group of teenage witches self named the Grays  Their leader Imogen has gone missing and they’ve tried nearly everything to find her But when Danny moves to town she brings with her a Deep Listening: A Composer's Sound Practice uniue type of magic that might just be what they’re looking for in ways than one My Thoughts This book is beautifully written and the words are like poetry on the page  It reminds me a little bit of a literary version of an 80s movie with a bunch of lost kids trying to find their place in the world but in this book they’ve found their place with each otherThere are many different points of view expressed throughout the book  We get a lot of chapters from Danny’s point of view and others from the Grays’ but we also get the perspective of the other high school students which provides context for why the Grays feel so out of place in their little traditional town  To reinforce themes of magic in the book Capetta occasionally provides the point of view of the trees and the ravens which could be groan worthy but it somehow works Capetta doesn’t only jump points of view freuently but she also jumps in time We get to see what the characters were doing and feeling years earlier weeks earlier days earlier  Capetta takes the “show don’t tell” approach The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes uite literally with these flashbacks and it works well in this story While it could have been hard to follow the transitions between timeline jumps are seamless  I almost feel like this style would have been better suited to a novel that has an element of time travel but the back and forth really works to create a mystical surreal feeling to the entire book  You have to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy this book  It's literary not a plot driven romantic mystery  While it is a mystery and a romance the emphasis is on the language and Capetta effortlessly elicits strong emotions from readers with her careful word selectionOne complaint I do have is that the book didn’t Price of Privilege uite feature enough magic for me  I love books that have a strong theology that the author has created a way of magic that just is but Capetta didn’t spend much time on this  It would have been acceptable if the magic of this world was simple but Imogen for instance is highly powerful and it would have been a stronger story had the limitations of magic been explained or at least demonstrated for the readers  Another issue I have with the book is that there are too many fascinating characters that don’t get enough attention because there are just so many of them  For instance there’s a character named Emma Hart and we meet her halfway through the book Her storyline is heart wrenching and beautiful and I wish that Capetta hadn’t included her in this book and instead written an entire book dedicated to her story Instead her backstory gets glossed over in a The Apprentice uick chapter  Even with other characters Capetta barely has a chance to scratch the surface of who they are  There better be books coming in this series I recommend this book to anyone looking for an exuisitely literary take on Pius XII en de vernietiging van de Joden ueer witches   Thank you to Candlewick and OLA Super Conference 2019 for the ARC for review This review appeared first on Instagram | Blog | Website | Twitter My 2019 Reading Challenge


10 thoughts on “The Lost Coast

  1. says:

    me talking about my ideal book so like it’s the raven cycle but it’s SAPPHIC and also about community and love as a radical forcethis book exists and is publishedme not able to process how blessed my life is holy shit On the drive up to Tempest these redwoods broke the rules A tree could be so alive it felt like a challenge It could turn sunlight into long knives and stab them right through you 4 12 stars The Lost Coast follows Danny a girl who moves to a small California town and joins a group of witches searching for their lost member Imogen after her new friend Sebastian dies Amongst the Grays as they call themselves there are four remaining →June Filipina lesbian with chronic pain and knife magic I loved this character and wanted from her →Leila ace spec and non binary and coded as aro though the word is not used which is weird Her friendship with June was so excellent and I wanted 100% Tree magic →Hawthorn black and bisexual and raised by a chaotic mother named Ora At once uiet and a force→Rush ueer and fat ex girlfriend to Imogen Has sound taste synesthesia and uses music to make magic My favorite characterThis is a book that depends primarily on a feeling of wrongness a feeling of some imperceptible something having broken in the world Amy Rose Capetta’s writing is absolutely magical as usual immediately getting the audience immersed in the atmospheric world of the novel I was joking about the raven cycle but sapphic thing but let’s be real — that is kind of what is so great about this The Lost Coast is interesting in that it uses a similar aesthetic and mood to that series but at once feels totally distinct The Pacific coast vibe is very different from nowhere Virginia for one; in what is probably a coincidence several character elements feel almost like a direct response to that series in a way I really liked Yet most importantly are the themes Would my entire life have been easier if I’d known about that word? Would I have figured it out on my own or would I have pushed through without it? Witchery in this book functions as somewhat of a metaphor for identity and it’s very subtle and very beautifully done These six are outsiders people who have not found their home in the mainstream and so have created a community of their own I’ve found the heart of another secret the Grays are always touching and kissing each other because so many before us couldn’t Each kiss carries the weight of so many kisses that never were Every touch is an invisible battle won I think as ueer people — and also as marginalized people in general — we are often very alone Being ueer is an experience in a lot of ways of being the outsider; you grow up seeing everyone around you be one way and feel fundamentally like an outsider This is something I’ve written about recently but it’s something this book explicitly tackles It’s about community as something radical about love between people – and specifically between ueer people specifically women and nonbinary ueer people – as something that can save and heal In this book magic functions best in a group built on mutual trust; the love between the five six witches is what saves and heals I think the only reason this is a 4½ and not a five is because I honestly wanted ? I think this book would have worked really nicely as a series — there are actually seven separate characters to explore here and we only got four arcs That’s an absolutely fine number for a single book; it’s just that I closed the book wanting to get that much deeper both into the existing characters and into new characters Petition for a seuel that deals with June and Lelia’s friendship and also Hawthorne and also the ending dynamic Oh For another positive the ending goes in a direction that I absolutely love It is one of the ambiguous endings I’ve read in recent memory but I think it’s going polyamory That is absolutely what I wanted from The Raven Cycle sapphic thanks for that Also Amy Rose Capetta’s dedication to her partner author Cori McCarthy was really wonderful I’ll always remember that long night drive to the Lost Coast We found the town that became Tempest and the entire story spilled out from there We found each other and everything changed You are what I was searching for Like god anyone else crying? The point is that between Spellbook of the Lost and Found Wild Beauty Toil and Trouble and this I'm just going to call magic gay now and have it done with And also push this book on anyone who wants The Raven Cycle sapphic we’re not going to talk about how many times that phrase has come up in my tweets Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | Youtube | About |


  2. says:

    me heavy sighDanny and her Mom move to Tempest California after randomly selecting the location on a map Because that's something that parents let their kids doThere seems to be no rhyme or reason to it or any reason evident as to why her Mother would up and move anywhere her teenage daughter suggested but who needs reason?The Grays a group of high school girls who happen to be ueer witches also live in TempestOne of their group Imogen has recently turned up without her personality and with sea glass eyes What happened to her?Then she wanders into the woods and doesn't come back She's their Regina George so the Grays feel lost without their ueen BeeThey recruit Danny into their group discovering she has a power for 'finding' things and they begin their mission to get Imogen back All of her; mind body and spiritI love this cover I love the representation I am intrigued by the premiseUnfortunately the format did not work for me I was as lost as Imogen most of the timeI cannot even begin to tell you how many times I had to start a chapter over because my mind was wandering and I had no idea what was going on There were so many perspective jumps and time jumps I normally do not mind that at all but this was just all over the placeThe writing is pretty but is it possible to be too pretty?In my opinion the substance of the plot got buried under all the whimsy I am sure there will be many readers who will absolutely adore this story I just unfortunately am not one of themIt hurts my heart to write this as I have been greatly anticipating this release Alas there is a reader for every book and I am just not the reader for this oneThank you so much to the publisher Candlewick Press for providing me with a copy of this to read and review I always appreciate the opportunity to provide my opinion on new releases


  3. says:

    Look if you need a book that has a heart full of fierce love for trees and ueer girls just go read this book and dissolve your soul into it It was the witchy tale I really wanted The Curses to be and it's a love letter to intersectional rep there's black ueer bi nonbinary Philippine fat and ace It definitely goes for a ethereal style whimsical and untethered I really felt for Danny I feel like she might've been undiagnosed adhd but the book doesn't say that and her wandering soul and inability to keep out of trouble But falling into friendship and then into love stories always have a special place in my heartAlso there's dark magic ghosts redwood trees and murder so YA KNOW Have fun


  4. says:

    I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review I give this book 35 stars which rounds up to 4I had such high hopes for this book but it ultimately did not live up to my expectations Let’s start with what I did like I liked the diversity There was a lot of sexual lesbian ace etc and racial diversity One of the girls was Filipino which I was super happy about since I’m Filipino I love seeing Filipino representation I also liked the aesthetic of the book The descriptions perfectly captured that foggy mystical Northern California vibe Now on to what I didn’t love There were a lot of point of view changes throughout the book which really made it difficult to understand especially in the beginning Each POV would last for only a few pages so it ended up being a bit jarring and all over the place As for the storyline it wasn’t exciting It felt kind of blah to me until the end which is when things finally got interesting I also wished the book focused on June and Hawthorn They were my two favorite characters and I wanted to explore of their backstory Overall this book had some good moments ueer POC witches for the win but didn’t reach its full potential


  5. says:

    This novel is indeed about ueer witches that's true but you should read it ONLY if you enjoy magical realism smothered in purple prose and uirkiness which I don't Capetta's flowery prose is good and I don't mind shifting POVs and time lines even chapters from POV of crows or trees which are ultimately pointless don't bother me But this story is style than substance a major turnoff for me Realism and relatability are definitely lacking here The impression I am left with after finishing The Lost Coast is that it's about a bunch of girls constantly making out with and angsting about each other And why they do either I have no clue The majority of the story is dedicated to describing smells and hair and toes and the girls' extra precious uirks and NOT developing relationships and personalities in any real way Fans of Maggie Stiefvater should give this a whirl


  6. says:

    Synopsis The Lost Coast is a highly literary coming of age tale of a group of teenage witches self named the Grays  Their leader Imogen has gone missing and they’ve tried nearly everything to find her But when Danny moves to town she brings with her a uniue type of magic that might just be what they’re looking for in ways than one My Thoughts This book is beautifully written and the words are like poetry on the page  It reminds me a little bit of a literary version of an 80s movie with a bunch of lost kids trying to find their place in the world but in this book they’ve found their place with each otherThere are many different points of view expressed throughout the book  We get a lot of chapters from Danny’s point of view and others from the Grays’ but we also get the perspective of the other high school students which provides context for why the Grays feel so out of place in their little traditional town  To reinforce themes of magic in the book Capetta occasionally provides the point of view of the trees and the ravens which could be groan worthy but it somehow works Capetta doesn’t only jump points of view freuently but she also jumps in time We get to see what the characters were doing and feeling years earlier weeks earlier days earlier  Capetta takes the “show don’t tell” approach uite literally with these flashbacks and it works well in this story While it could have been hard to follow the transitions between timeline jumps are seamless  I almost feel like this style would have been better suited to a novel that has an element of time travel but the back and forth really works to create a mystical surreal feeling to the entire book  You have to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy this book  It's literary not a plot driven romantic mystery  While it is a mystery and a romance the emphasis is on the language and Capetta effortlessly elicits strong emotions from readers with her careful word selectionOne complaint I do have is that the book didn’t uite feature enough magic for me  I love books that have a strong theology that the author has created a way of magic that just is but Capetta didn’t spend much time on this  It would have been acceptable if the magic of this world was simple but Imogen for instance is highly powerful and it would have been a stronger story had the limitations of magic been explained or at least demonstrated for the readers  Another issue I have with the book is that there are too many fascinating characters that don’t get enough attention because there are just so many of them  For instance there’s a character named Emma Hart and we meet her halfway through the book Her storyline is heart wrenching and beautiful and I wish that Capetta hadn’t included her in this book and instead written an entire book dedicated to her story Instead her backstory gets glossed over in a uick chapter  Even with other characters Capetta barely has a chance to scratch the surface of who they are  There better be books coming in this series I recommend this book to anyone looking for an exuisitely literary take on ueer witches   Thank you to Candlewick and OLA Super Conference 2019 for the ARC for review This review appeared first on Instagram | Blog | Website | Twitter My 2019 Reading Challenge


  7. says:

    The Lost Coast is the perfect book for the readers who have been looking for an ff not as male dominated Raven Cycle It's an atmospheric story set in a small town surrounded by magical redwoods following a group of ueer witchesAnd I loved all of itThe first thing I thought when I finished this book is that sometimes stories that acknowledge your pain but aren't shaped around it are exactly what you need I've read many contemporary books that dealt directly with homophobia and so contained a lot of it and ones that ignored its existence entirely But the contemporary set stories I want are the ones that don't ignore homophobia exists and that have little to none of it anyway Stories that aren't about the ueer experience but that are relevant to it anyway not just because of the characters' identities but also because of the themes they deal with The Lost Coast is a story about how much difference having a community and finding your people can make even before you have found yourself and your own power It's a story that has a sense of recklessness to it but also reminds you how important it is to have others to ground you On the other side it's a story about how not wanting to find or acknowledge your own power leads you to not notice your ability to do harm and makes you dangerousI won't lie I knew I would love this book from the moment the main character first sees the redwoods and is fascinated by them You really can't go wrong with trees That mix of awe and longing and a little bit of fear that's something I'm familiar with The atmosphere made me feel as if I were right there and made the woods feel magical so that when the book got to that one sex scene in the woods my only reaction wasn't you're so going to get ticks even though I still thought it; but oh well it's contemporary fantasyThe writing is also really good I think the vague airy tone that Capetta's writing has is much better suited to this multi PoV non linear contemporary fantasy novel than it was to a mystery like Echo After Echo in which it didn't work at all for meIt's not easy to develop many characters in a standalone that is shorter than 400 pages but this book did it All the Grays which I kept wanting to call the Gays are well drawn and so are their dynamics they're all in love with each other and you can feel thatThey are🌲 Danny white ueer She's the new girl in town and she's looking for something even though she doesn't know what that something someone? is yet She tends to wander and I mean that physically As I said her emotions toward trees were very relatable🌲 Rush white fat ueer She's coded as neurodivergent she has sound taste synesthesia I love reading about synesthesia My brain does similar weird things too and her magic comes from music At the beginning of the story she's looking for her lost ex girlfriend🌲 Hawthorn black bisexual with a preference for men She's uiet and bookish but no one should let that mislead them she's the source of Witch Knowledge™ in the group and not to be understated🌲 June femme as fuck lesbian Filipina Has chronic leg pain Looks soft but will fight you and win after all she is the one with knife magic She has a big family and it's said that she was raised Catholic and is uestioning her faith I loved her🌲 Lelia gray ace non binary sheher Sharp and sarcastic but secretly soft She says she doesn't want to date so I also read her as aro but I wish this book had specified if she was or not and she's the resident tree expert and isn't that relatable🌲 Then there's Imogen the mysterious powerful water witch who was once part of the Grays and is now missingI loved most of this book and I'm rating it five stars but maybe it's of a 45 because there were some things that didn't work for me The sex scene had a simile that made me cringe so much that it deserves a mention please don't compare body parts to books and I don't really know how I feel about the ending On one hand I get why the author chose to leave this book open ended but I wanted to know how the characters would deal with some Things that had happened Especially since the ending hints at fff polyamory


  8. says:

    What a wonderful ueer west coast story I mean six ueer witches amongst the California redwoods? I was already hooked But this story is told in a dreamlike way that mirrors the magic the characters have Each chapter jumps between time periods and perspectives Danny the main character The Grays the witches the Ravens the Trees the students at their high school etc giving a piecemeal account that lowed remarkably organically I spent this book waiting to reread it because I was letting all the characters and time periods wash over me I'm bad with names so I knew that a book with 6 7 main characters would be confusing for me but that didn't take away from being enthralled with this storyIt makes my heart happy to read YA that is so ueer This is a group of ueer witches that includes a demisexual character a nonbinary character a bisexual character a main character who identifies as ueer someone with synaesthesia a character with a limp and characters of colour They use the phrase femme as fuck in conversation There's also an on page ff sex scene which is still pretty rare in YA One of my favourite parts of the book was when Danny realizes that part of the reason that the Grays touch so much is that they recognize that people like them have been denied this in earlier times that every kiss is also in tribute to the ueer people who were not able to openly kiss the people they wanted toI'm looking forward to rereading this on a breezy October afternoon getting wrapped up in this story of chosen family and finding your own magic This deserves a lot attention


  9. says:

    Actual rating 25 stars Many thanks to Candlewick Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review “Spellbooks tell you how people have done magic in the past” June explains “they’re pre made Magic is like love You see how other people do it you have the stories and instructions they leave behind but then you have to figure out how you do it”Imagine eual portions The Raven Boys and Spellbook of the Lost and Found and sprinkle in a little dash of The Craft and a hint of The Devouring Gray The result should be something resembling The Lost Coast Between Californian red woods magical realism and a witchy friend group I had high hopes for this novel and was over the moon to receive an advanced copy from the publisher Whilst it lived up to my expectations in some regards I was uite disappointed in others leaving me with mixed feelings in the end To start off with the good The Lost Coast largely delivers what it says on the tin It’s a story of a close knit diverse group of ueer witches that find friendship and acceptance among each other If you want to get your diversity kick on; this is the place for you as diversity seems to have been the first thing on the author’s mind when writing this Both racial sexual and bodily minorities are represented and you can tell the authors passion for the subject from her perspective as a ueer woman herself I also loved the setting the foggy and majestic Californian red woods were a perfect choice to serve as the background of a witchy story Amy Rose Capetta does a beautiful job of bringing the ancient trees the vibrant foliage and the earthy forest air to life with her writing style that strikes the right balance between lush and readable I had never read anything by the author but I’d definitely count the writing style among the pleasant surprises this book offered My only problem with the writing was that the author sometimes “overtells” things especially when it comes to points she’s clearly passionate about Her point will be crystal clear to the reader by the scenes she has just shown us but she at times can’t resist to tell us the exact same thing literally as well I’m not sure if it’s a lack of faith in the reader or in her own ability to bring something across but it’s unnecessary in my opinion I felt this especially when the author talked about the characters sexuality and the acceptance of diversity That repetition combined with the clear and admirable passion of the author does come at the risk of almost lecturing the reader on the topic of diversity Although I don’t think it crossed that line it was close at times That also brings me to my next disappointment the characters themselves Because the author had such a large focus on their diversity I feel like some of the development of the rest of their character arcs got lost along the way It’s something I notice and in the last year or two since the surge in popularity of LGBT books especially in YA I have a post on my website all about this coming up so I won’t go into detail on it here The short summary is I’m all for diversity but even for euality A sexuality is not a substitute for a developed personality and an underdeveloped gay character is still an underdeveloped character no matter the best intentions by the author The framework for a great cast of characters was there I’d just like to see a little depth and development in them Finally I don’t feel the plot was as exciting or unexpected as I was hoping for mostly due to some pacing issues I’d have liked the beginning to be a little slower to ease us into the different POV’s whereas the middle part could have used a little action I did very much enjoy the endingIn the end I think this is a book that will find a large and loving audience out there even though it wasn’t a favorite for me If you like books that focus on LGBT friendships or any of the books I mentioned at the top of my review ánd you enjoy those alternative witchy vibes this one might be for you


  10. says:

    The Lost Coast is an intriguing book in many ways I love occult fantasy it's one of my favourite genres and it's great to see some recent books being released that fit into this type of story It also has a wonderful setting; California's redwood forests make for an incredible backdrop and The Lost Coast really embraces it It's a change of scenery from the typical New England tourist traps that serve as settings for many contemporary YA witchcraft novelsWhile I liked this book's scenery and general plot which follows a number of ueer witches and their adventures with magic and relationships there were many things about The Lost Coast which were off putting to me First of all I knew right off that this book would have romance in it but there were scenes especially one rather graphic extremely bizarre scene which were sexual in nature and I'm not into that type of thing especially when no suggestion is given that this will appear in the book The characters were also very difficult to like or relate to for me They had personality traits ranging from spoiled and entitled to weird to just downright annoying The characters I did like didn't get a lot of time in the book devoted to themOn the bright side I did like Capetta's exploration and descriptions of magic although the portrayal of occult practices were often very simplified and juvenile I also liked the contrast between California's natural magic and landscape to the modernity of the setting and characters as well as the inclusion of ueer characters The Lost Coast wasn't one of my favourite books but I did still like it


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