Saturday, March 07, 2015
When My Heart Was Wicked, by Tricia Stirling
A short and deceptively simple story about the fear of one's own ability to commit cruelty, harbored within a story that mixes real concerns like reconciling with estranged parents and interpersonal relations with peers, with darker subjects of magic, curses, and spells. The book has definite supernatural elements, but anyone looking for a fantasy will be frustrated by Stirling's insistence on contextualizing the magic within the mundania of adolescent life. For anyone who's ever checked a spell book out of the library in hopes of putting a curse on a bad boyfriend, an evil girl at school, or one's own mother, the feelings that Lacy goes through will resonate particularly strongly. I found this story utterly fascinating!
[Disclosure: I solicited and received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of writing an unbiased review.]