A rich, dark urban fantasy debut following a teen witch who is given a horrifying task: sacrificing her first love to save her family's magic. The problem is, she's never been in love--she'll have to find the perfect guy before she can kill him. After years of waiting for her Calling--a trial every witch must pass in order to come into their powers--the one thing Voya Thomas didn't expect was to fail. When Voya's ancestor gives her an unprecedented second chance to complete her Calling, she agrees--and then is horrified when her task is to kill her first love. And this time, failure means every Thomas witch will be stripped of their magic. Voya is determined to save her family's magic no matter the cost. The problem is, Voya has never been in love, so for her to succeed, she'll first have to find the perfect guy--and fast. Fortunately, a genetic matchmaking program has just hit the market. Her plan is to join the program, fall in love, and complete her task before the deadline. What she doesn't count on is being paired with the infuriating Luc--how can she fall in love with a guy who seemingly wants nothing to do with her? With mounting pressure from her family, Voya is caught between her morality and her duty to her bloodline. If she wants to save their heritage and Luc, she'll have to find something her ancestor wants more than blood. And in witchcraft, blood is everything.
Author: Liselle Sambury Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Published: 06/15/2021 Pages: 496 Binding Type: Hardcover Weight: 1.50lbs Size: 9.20h x 6.30w x 1.50d ISBN: 9781534465282 Age Range: 12-17
Review Citation(s): Kirkus Reviews 04/15/2021 Publishers Weekly 04/26/2021 Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 06/01/2021 Booklist 06/01/2021 pg. 73 Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2021 pg. 105
About the Author Liselle Sambury is a Trinidadian Canadian author who grew up in Toronto, Ontario, and her brand of writing can be described as "messy Black girls in fantasy situations." In her free time, she shares helpful tips for upcoming writers and details of her publishing journey through a YouTube channel dedicated to helping demystify the sometimes complicated business of being an author.