Title: She’s Powerful Trouble
Author: Taylor Hartley
Synopsis: The Mothers of Mariah Stark’s Coven insist she possesses an evil power. Mariah’s attempts to pull flowers from the Earth or heal injuries result in killing fields of crops and scorching flesh instead. Called away by a prophecy, the young witch learns she must cloak her magic to protect her Sisters and their secret. But despite her best efforts, Mariah fails at maintaining a low profile in Wicker Creek, North Carolina. Now, as Mariah navigates her senior year of high school, vicious town darling Shelley Stallings and her minions seek to reveal Mariah for the witch they believe her to be. Such exposure could ruin the magical world—if Mariah doesn’t destroy it first.
While Finn Shepherd may not have magical powers, he’s on his own path to self-destruction. Struggling to cope with his father’s death, he abandons his passions for swimming and sketching and seeks solace in drugs, pissing away his chances at graphic design school as he lashes out at the people who love him most. His tunnel-vision blinds him—so he never sees Mariah coming.
What follows is a cycle of fated encounters. Mariah’s powers soften as she grows closer to Finn, and she wonders: is he destined to save her from her ravenous inner darkness? And Mariah reminds Finn of who he used to be and the future he might pursue. But as Shelley relentlessly taunts Mariah, the dark side of her magic takes on a mind of its own…threatening anyone in its wake and driving Mariah to a choice that might unleash a force strong enough to shatter both the magical and ordinary worlds…
Spoiler Free Review
This was a pretty good book. It took me a little while to get into it but once I was it was difficult to put it down. I liked how in this book we follow both Mariah and Finn’s point of view, I thought it allowed a better connection to the characters and allowed for me/readers to get to know the characters better.
Mariah is really the main main character for this story. Mariah is a witch and the leader of her coven is convinced she posses this great evil power. Throughout the book the struggles Mariah has with this power and controlling it are clear. It is definitely a big struggle that Mariah has in her life and the author shows how it not only affects her but also those around her. One trait that I loved about Mariah is that she is undoubtedly her. There are so many rumors about her around the town but Mariah doesn’t let it phase her, sometimes she even plays into it(without giving away she is a witch). Mariah is a well developed character who also has her flaws as a character.
Finn is the other main character in the book. Finn has just recently lost his father so when we meet him he is still dealing with this lost. And then he and Mariah become reconnected and as they develop a relationship, he starts to become more like his old self. I think the author did a good job with the character development of Finn and his own like self recovery after the loss of his father. There are high moments and there are low moments and the author doesn’t exactly shy away from them.
I enjoyed the plot of this book. However I was a little disappointed with the lack of magic in this book. Now I am not saying there is no magic in this book because there definitely is. I was just expecting magic to play a bigger role than it did. The book felt more like a contemporary book with magic as a background. I did enjoy the relationship between Mariah and Finn and I liked watching them grow as a couple. I do have a feeling that book two will contain some more magic than book one did after this book’s ending.
Overall this was an enjoyable book and I can’t wait to read book two!