Friday, August 13, 2021

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Mark of the Wicked by Georgia Bowers @georgia_bowers @XpressoTours

Mark of the Wicked
Georgia Bowers
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 10th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

A young witch tries to unravel the mystery of who is framing her for dark magic in Georgia Bowers’ creepy YA debut fantasy, Mark of the Wicked. 

Magic always leaves its mark. 

All her life, Matilda has been told one thing about her magic: You use only when necessary. But Matilda isn’t interested in being a good witch. She wants revenge and popularity, and to live her life free of consequences, free of the scars that dark magic leaves on her face as a reminder of her misdeeds. 

When a spell goes awry and the new boy at school catches her in the act, Matilda thinks her secret might be out. But far from being afraid, Oliver already knows about her magic – and he wants to learn more. As Oliver and Matilda grow closer, bizarre things begin to happen: Animals show up with their throats slashed and odd markings carved into their bodies, a young girl dies mysteriously, and everyone blames Matilda. But she isn’t responsible — at least, not that she can remember. As her magic begins to spin out of control, Matilda must decide for herself what makes a good witch, and discover the truth…before anyone else turns up dead. 

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My Review:

Matilda, a witch, still in high school likes to play pranks or more like getting revenge on the people she doesn’t like by using magic on them. When Matilda uses her magic for revenge it leaves its mark on her.

Strange things are starting to happen around town like animals are turning up dead with Matilda’s name carved on their bodies. Matilda did not kill these animals. She only plays pranks on people, harmless really. Yeah, right.

But when she keeps passing or blacking out she has no idea what she is doing during these times. Can she be using her magic in some way to kill these animals without her knowledge? Did Matilda kill all those animals herself? If not who did? Or is someone using magic and blaming Matilda by covering their tracks with magic? Can Matilda figure out what is going on before the next death?

Matilda was a character that was hard to like. She seemed a little selfish to me on the surface. But I think that there was more to her than what was on top. I think Matilda’s wanting revenge came from deep inside. I think that deep down that she is a good person. I think if anyone ever took the time to get to know her like Oliver did then they would see a different person. I also think that if anyone ever did show her any kind of kindness, friendship or love then she would start to use a different kind of magic. She would let the light shine through instead of the darkness, hopefully.

Mark of the Wicked is a fun sweet magical read that held my attention from the first page until the last. It had just the right amount of mystery and suspense to keep those pages turning.

I would recommend Mark of the Wicked to anyone who likes witches and magically fun reads. One-click your copy of Mark of the Wicked today for a great magical adventure!

Author Bio:

Georgia Bowers lives in Bedford, a small market town in England. When it was time to decide what to do with her life, she was obsessed with two things: books and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It seemed sensible to follow in the brogued footsteps of Rupert Giles, so she became a librarian, though sadly not the demon fighting kind. But there’s still time. 

Ever since her mum told her that witches used to meet in the woods near their village, she’s been obsessed with witchcraft and the paranormal. When she was a teenager, a weekly habit of Point Horrors satisfied her thirst for chilling tales before she moved on to reading Stephen King. These days she likes to give her nerves a break every now and then with a good YA romance. 

After completing a course in writing YA fiction she was a winner in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Undiscovered Voices. Since then she has dabbled with stories of chosen ones and ghostly best friends until she conjured up the magical ingredients for her debut novel, Mark Of The Wicked. 

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Giselle said...

This sounds like such a fun and entertaining read! Lovely review! :)

Thomas Gibson said...

Love the cover and the excerpt sounds amazing.

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