Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the amazing When My Heart Was Wicked hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!
Title: WHEN MY HEART WAS WICKED
Author: Tricia Stirling
Pub. Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
"I used to be one of those girls. The kind who loved to deliver bad news. When I colored my hair, I imagined it seeping into my scalp, black dye pooling into my veins.
But that was the old Lacy. Now, when I cast spells, they are always for good."
16-year-old Lacy believes that magic and science can work side by side. She's a botanist who knows how to harness the healing power of plants. So when her father dies, Lacy tries to stay with her step-mother in Chico, where her magic is good and healing. She fears the darkness that her real mother, Cheyenne, brings out, stripping away everything that is light and kind.
Yet Cheyenne never stays away for long. Beautiful, bewitching, unstable Cheyenne who will stop at nothing, not even black magic, to keep control of her daughter's heart. She forces Lacy to accompany her to Sacramento, and before long, the "old" Lacy starts to resurface.
But when Lacy survives a traumatic encounter, she finds herself faced with a choice. Will she use her powers to exact revenge and spiral into the darkness forever? Or will she find the strength to embrace the light?
I would be lying if I said the cover wasn’t the first thing that made me want to read When My Heart Was Wicked. It’s absolutely breathtaking, luckily the story within is also. I’d also be lying if I said I wasn’t a little hesitant on whether or not I would like this book after reading the first page, but this book completely sucked me in.
Lacy Fin isn’t like other sixteen year old girls, that much is obvious from the start, she’s seen more in her short time, and she can do things the other girls can’t. Since she’s been living with her father and stepmother, she’s tried to leave the ‘bad’ Lacy behind with her mother in Sacramento, but when her father passes and her mother suddenly reappears and wants her back, Lacy fears that she won’t be able to hold onto the good person she has worked so hard to become.
Lacy was such an interesting character, she was struggling so much, not only to come to terms with her fathers death, but also who she was as a person and who she wanted to be. She had worked so hard to try to be ‘good’ and she fears the possibility that she will get caught up in her mother’s ways and end up going back to the old Lacy. She made it so easy to sympathize with her and I wanted so bad for her to end up being okay.
Stirling’s writing style is so unique, and so lyrical, it completely sucks you in, and it’s impossible not to become absorbed with Lacy’s story. I found myself flying through the book, desperate to find out what happens to Lacy.
When My Heart Was Wicked is a beautifully written story about discovering who you want to be and the hard work that follows to make sure you stay that person.
About the Author
I am a writer. I am also a mother, daughter, wife, sometimes crafter, and voracious reader. I'm outdoorsy and kind of shy. As a child, I was kicked out of girlscouts. I love cheese and bread. I love Anthopologie and Mary Margaret's apartment in Once Upon a Time. I'm a sloppy dogloving person, but I admire the sleek cool of cats. My favorite writers include Alice Hoffman, Janet Fitch, Donna Tarte, and Aimee Bender. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were also good.
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