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.
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She's Powerful Trouble
Series: The Foul & Fair Series #1
Author: Taylor Hartley
Publication Date: May 28, 2019
Publisher: Parliament House Press
Page Count: 395
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Content Warning: Death, Underage drinking, Drug use, Sex, Profanity
I’ve been eyeing She’s Powerful Trouble for a while now. To be honest, I was going back-and-forth on reading it. From the synopsis, I wasn’t sure where the story would lead. Upon reading it, however, I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was the writing well done, the story is likeable, and the characters very relatable. I feel like this might be a book that a lot of teenagers could really relate with.
Mariah Stark, a non-typical teenager, has never had a “normal” life. Upon the event of her birth, both of Mariah’s parents were killed and she was orphaned. She was taken in by a coven and raised among others of her kind. From the day of her birth, she has had terrible powers–powers that aren’t exactly good. She doesn’t want to have powers and use them for bad, but it happens. And it gains the attention of the most popular girl in school who becomes bent on exposing what Mariah is.
The story is told from the perspective of Mariah, as well as Finn Shepherd. After losing his father, Finn has lost interest in mostly everything he was passionate about. Turning to drugs and alcohol, he tries to escape his pent-up remorse over his father. When he crosses paths with Mariah one night after a party, they begin to see each other. Finn doesn’t know that Mariah is a witch. But as one can imagine, this revelation can’t be kept secret forever.
Both Mariah and Finn’s characters are well written. I really liked the way they interacted with one another. Their relationship felt realistic and reminiscent of “dating” years. I am no longer considered a young adult myself, but I could see myself relating to their characters in my high school years. While I can’t seem to escape a book where the characters must sleep together, at least it was tastefully written. There wasn’t any explicit language used, or over highlighting it. While I personally wish this wasn’t included at all, I appreciated the way it was addressed.
The last thing I really enjoyed about this book was the magic. The way it was written into the story was balanced, effective, and so enjoyable. I can’t wait for book two! It wasn’t exactly front and center, but magic was never forgotten. I liked how it caused issues, but was also the remedy to some situations as well.
Overall, I thought this book was great. It was easy to read (it reads like a contemporary book), immersive, and, of course, relatable. I want to know what happens next!
Vulgarity: Quite a bit.
Sexual content: There is a scene where two characters sleep together, but it is not explicit. Kissing.
My Rating: ★★★★
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