ARC Review: Conjure (Hoodoo Apprentice #1) By Lea Nolan
All Emma wanted to do this summer was draw and hang out with her best friend/ secret crush Cooper Beaumont, and her twin brother Jack. But when they find a message in a bottle, their whole summer becomes a race against time. With Jack turning more into a Skeleton day by day Emma would do anything to help her twin, even become a Hoodoo Apprentice. As her studies help her towards finding a way to reverse the curse, she makes a shocking discovery about the Beaumont family history. With time running out, it’s all up to Emma to break the curse and save her brother. Who needs a relaxing summer anyway? Conjure is a worth a look!
- Title: Conjure
- Series: Hoodoo Apprentice #1
- Author: Lea Nolan
- Prominent Characters: Emma, Jack, Cooper
- Recommended Reader Age: 15+
- Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
- Sexual Content Level: Light
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
Suspenseful. From page 1 I was on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next. Nolan did a great job of keeping me just barely in the loop the whole book so I had to read to the end to figure out what, how and why. She also had me laughing half of the book because of the entertaining dialogue between the main characters.
Emma and Jack are twins and you end up living their relationship with them. When they fight, you get angry with them. When they’re sad, you’re sad with them. And Nolan gives them a relationship that’s more typical in the real world, one where they care for one another and don’t hate each other’s guts.
Cooper Beaumont. The most loyal guy I have ever met. He has a strong loyalty to his best friend Jack, but often struggles with who he should support, Emma or Jack. Cooper is also completely selfless which makes you fall in love with him even more.
Because this is a Young Adult novel, there is nothing graphic about this book, but you can feel the tension between Cooper and Emma the entire book. This romance has a lot of teen qualities and I wanted to just shout at them to just get a move on their relationship. But Nolan kept the tension most of the book, and even though this is a paranormal book, kept the relationships between all the characters very realistic.
I just don’t want him to worry…
“I am the worst fraud in history. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. I mean, I’m not a murderer or an embezzler or anything like that.”
‘Tis but a flesh wound…
“He’s a total mess, eyes swollen and bloodshot, face muddies from all the tears. Dirt and snot run out of his nose…
I reach for his right hand, the one he used to unhook the latch and turn his fingers over in my palm to examine the tender flesh.
A nasty, puckered welt slices across his four fingers. That’s it? I expected it to be blistered and oozing. Or worse. All I see are a few swollen red marks.
Cooper examines Jack’s hand and quirks his brow. “That’s pretty ugly, bro, but I’m bettering you’ll live.” He chuckles. “And I think you can walk to the cart by yourself.”
I can drive…
He huffs. “I know how to drive. I just don’t have a license.”
Um, I’ve been in the car when he’s practiced with my dad. That’s an exceptionally generous assessment.
If you liked Conjure…
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You might also like Hurricane by Jenna-Lynne Duncan. In Hurricane, Adriana is “saved” from hurricane Katrina by two boys she thought she could trust, only to end up kidnapped deep in the Louisiana bayou facing an unbelieveable secret.
The suspense of the novel alone would keep anyone reading till the end to find out what happens next. The characters banter just adds to it and makes you want to get to know the characters a little more. I enjoyed this story, but it’s not a book I would read again because there is little character development and not a lot of depth. Conjure is worth a look!