THE LOST COAST, by Amy Rose Capetta, Candlewick Press


The spellbinding tale of six queer witches forging their own paths, shrouded in the mist, magic, and secrets of the ancient California redwoods.

Danny 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 around terms like queer and witch like they’re ordinary and everyday, though they feel like an earthquake 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 alone. 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 forward.

Out May 2019

352 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Okay. This is a diverse LGBT read, with elements of mystery, romance and suspense. The writing was clean and flowed smoothly.

The plot did jump around and you had to work at keeping up. The characters… wow… far too many. The author should have narrowed this down a bit more. I had trouble knowing who was what and what their importance was, if they even had any, to the story. This story did pace well, which is surprising considering the rest of the issues I had with its structure. POV flitted around too much for me.

Yet, there’s that writing style that held my attention. This author is fully capable of weaving a tale, and her voice is compelling, even hypnotic at times.

I give credit where credit is due, and although I fuss about structure a lot when I review and should do so with this book, the author’s voice made up for a lot of it. (Except alllll those characters)

I gave it:


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