When My Heart Was Wicked
After the death of her father, Lacy finds her estranged mother on her doorstep, hell-bent on ripping her from her happy home with her stepmother and uprooting her to a new town. Lacy has always practiced some sort of magic, but with her father it was always light and natural—with her mother, something dark tends to come out in her and she can’t seem to control it.
The writing is intense and takes the reader through Lacy’s struggle to control the mean spirit that her mother brings out in her, her grief for her father and her old life, and her love/hate relationship with the unpredictable mother who abandoned her, but I felt a bit removed from the story because of the use of first-person present tense. Throughout, Lacy casts spells and hints at magical feelings, and I like how it’s never actually clear if it’s real or just her own feelings of power (and lack thereof). The sudden turn of bizarre and literal magic happening was a jarring twist, but for me, it took away from the feeling of a young girl realizing she can decide for herself if she wants to be good or evil.
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