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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (70): When My Heart Was Wicked

When My Heart Was Wicked by Tricia Sterling
Release Date: February 24, 2015
"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?
Magic and science? Together? I definitely like the idea of botany of combing the two. But the power struggle between light and dark might be the straw that could break the camel's back with this book. I hope there is more than possible cliches. That opening quote to the synopsis was enough to keep me intrigued though. Here's to a few more weeks of waiting!