Series: Banish #1
Publication Date: 1st August 2013
Book Source: Harlequin Teen Aust & NetGalley
Synopsis: Alyssa has one week to destroy her enemy, save her spirit... and save her soul.
After her ex-boyfriend commits suicide and her mum’s alcoholism sparks yet another psychotic episode, seventeen-year-old Alyssa Wood flees her small hometown of Broadwater and heads to New York City to stay with her bohemian aunt — a Wicca High Priestess.
Alyssa revels in the anonymity of a big city and her new life. Her grades climb, she has a new best friend, and a new guy: the sexy geek Ronan — a saxophone player who prefers jazz to pop.
But her newfound peace is soon shattered when she sees a dead body in one of Ronan’s music clips — and she’s the only one who can see it. Worse still, Alyssa recognises the body that has been murdered a week forward!
Alyssa doesn’t believe in the supernatural...despite her family’s Wicca background. So how will she overcome evil when it’s closer than she thinks?
Magick, wicca, spells and witches with suspense, mystery, angst and a splash of romance ... if that gets your toes tingling then I think you'll enjoy Banish.
17 year old Alyssa wasn't easy to like, well not for me anyway. Her attitude towards her mother and Aunt bugged me but I'm trying to give her a break ... knowing the mystery shrouding her family and the trauma in her life, her snakiness was understandable, but then again she's not a stranger to drama or unaware of her family's Wiccan beliefs so her cynicism and way of expressing it got old quickly. I guess I was expecting her behaviour to reflect some level of maturity.
On the plus side you can really see Alyssa's growth in the last 1/4 of the book and when push comes to shove that's what matters. I'm keen to see what Nicola Marsh has in store for Alyssa ... will she embrace her burgeoning powers? Will hot muso boyfriend Ronan remain on the scene? Will I even grow to like her??
Banish is really a 'finding oneself' themed story, nicely enhanced by the Wiccan world and slightly sinister undercurrent. The magick and mystery kept me turning the pages and there were enough well written twists to keep this suspense/thriller girl intrigued.
Overall I think Banish is a promising start to the series.
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Thanks to Harlequin Teen Australia for having me on the blog tour for BANISH by Australian author, Nicola Marsh and of course for their generosity ... now for the giveaway fun.
Up for grabs 2 copies of BANISH by Nicola Marsh. Please leave a relevant comment or question for Nicola, (I'm sure she'll be popping in) along with your email address and let me know whether you're an international or Aus/NZ entry.
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Giveaway ends 8th August, winners will be drawn via random.org and announced on my blog. Good luck everyone!