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.
Blackheath is the story of a teenage girl named Maggie Ellmes who lives at Blackheath’s boarding school. Joel Tomlins, Maggie’s secret childhood friend and recent nemesis also attends. One night when Maggie and her friend go to the local carnival to get their fortunes told, Maggie is told she is cursed so she turns to the only person she thinks can help her, Joel. Because if all the rumors are true, Joel and his family and witches, and it just so happens all the stories are true. Together they race against the clock to find a way to reverse the ‘curse’ Maggie has because she isn’t actually cursed, she has been chosen, which is so much worse. Another witch has marked Maggie to become one of them and both Maggie and Joel don’t like the sound of that. Because if that happens, Maggie will be forced to learn new ways and taken away from her life and the boy she just may love.
I absolutely love Maggie and Joel’s story. What can I say, I’m a sucker for love hate relationships. I admire Joel’s character and how he ultimately goes against his race and their customs to save the girl who is fiercely loyal and brave and who he may be in love with. Joel somewhat annoyed me at times due to his jealously of his brother being the chosen one, but in someway I understand that. He may have been slightly jealous of his brother being the chosen one, but at most, he just missed his brother. It had just been the four brothers by themselves for ages when their father left to find their mother. But when their father came back, he basically stole Evan away from Joel, as Evan is always busy doing ‘chosen one stuff’ with their father. I kinda love hate the ending to this book. I didn’t like it because Joel nearly got himself killed to save Maggie and in the end, she wasn’t even cursed or chosen to become a witch. What Joel had seen on her was a protective spell he had unconsciously put on her himself, which kinda made me love him even more because he had been protecting her for years without even knowing so he had obviously loved her for a while. Overall I quite enjoyed this book although the ending kinda felt unfinished so I really hope there is a sequel!
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