Maggie Sloan is a free-spirited teenager growing up in rural Georgia. Unlike her peers, Maggie is a witch and so is her mother. In addition to normal teenager rites of passage, she must learn about her family lineage and witchcraft. Her mother, Laura, keeps a tight lid on their family secrets – like the mysterious life and death of her grandmother who passed away before Maggie was born.
Practicing the craft will test solid friendships and introduce Maggie to new realms. While seeking the truth about herself and her family, Maggie is faced with danger from churchgoing classmates who will stop at nothing to make sure she is found out. Laura and Maggie strengthen their bond through witchcraft and work together to overcome their enemies. Are their magical gifts enough to keep them safe?
Published February 21st 2014 by Sweet Candy Press (first published December 2013)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Wiccan/Pagan Fiction
Themes: Coming of Age, Wicca
Triple Goddess Series
AWRW Rating: 5/5 Stars
AWRW Book Review
Teenager Maggie Sloan wants nothing more than to bond with her mother, Laura. After a surprising discovery, they develop an alliance over a religious commonality. However, as the emotional distance between mother and daughter closes, not everyone is accepting of Maggie’s religious identification.
Invoking Nonna by Author Sage Adderley-Knox is an addictive Wiccan-themed coming-of-age tale. I breezed through it in one sitting. I loved Maggie’s “voice” and enjoyed being along for the ride on her incredible journey to self-discovery.
I loved everything about teen protagonist Maggie, from her choice of dress, her tenacity and curiosity, to her excellent taste in music (Hole). The friendships, sleepovers, art class, and even the cattiness between teen girls brought back nostalgic high school memories. The spell-work and Wiccan magic were the cherry on top.
While it does have some paranormal aspects, Invoking Nonna is without elements of science fiction or fantasy. It’s straight up contemporary ya fiction, rife with themes relatable to teens. I look forward to the next installment! Highly recommended.
Sage Adderley-Knox is the proud mama of three humans and a homestead full of animals. She is passionate about kindness, coffee, mental health advocacy, fat activism, and the DIY lifestyle. Sage is the owner of Sweet Candy Distro & Press, Sage’s Blog Tours, and writes the personal zine Marked For Life. She is also the creator of the body-positive zine FAT-TASTIC! Sage currently resides in the magical land of Olympia, Washington where she swoons over the breathtaking view of Mount Rainier.
Invoking Nonna is her first novel.