What grounds you, my Wicked Luvs?
What keeps your heart free inside the bubble of your own reality?
What gives your soul the desire and fortitude to jump into a world where billions of people expect you to act, to look, to think, to be just like them? What would happen to your mind, if you couldn’t get yourself to do it?
Hannah Kendrick couldn’t make the jump under the regular conditions, so she went mad. At least that’s what she was told by nearly everyone. Some individuals stood by her side, saying that she wasn’t broken, just different. But in our society different can be scary. When afraid, we bastardize and demonize those who we perceive to be the problem. And if their way of life continues to make us uncomfortable, our ever-merciful minds “invent new ways to exclude and dehumanize” them.
In A Lost Witch, the last novel of A Modern Witch Series, Debora Geary takes her readers on a soul-shaping journey that is full of tears, laughter, fear, love, and that shines with hope-infused magic. Like I told Debora, A Different Witch was my favorite book in the series… until I read A Lost Witch. Now I have two favorites.
What makes me love these books so much is the fact that the stories aren’t about witches or about magic or about insane people; they are tales about life and living—as ourselves!—in a world that might not always accept us just the way we are. A Lost Witch is an invitation to remember that when Fate pulls the rug from under our feet, we must get up; we must ground ourselves on something (or someone); we must bare our teeth, and bite through life’s tough bits until we can clear the way towards a destiny of our own making.
*breathe, breathe, breathe…*
Okay, now I can jump into my Artful Readers Club entry for June.
I made the choice after reading these words, in A Lost Witch:
“Art is something in your heart, not a pair of scruffy black boots.”
I remember thinking, Yes, yes, yes! That’s exactly right! You see, my Wicked Luvs, when I joined The Artful Readers Club I was a bit nervous. I mean, you all know I can’t draw. Still, I wanted to do something visual, something that wasn’t as mine as words and storytelling are. I wanted to explore. And I’ve been having a blast while standing on uncertain grounds.
This is the scene that inspired the picture above: “Nell reached for a handful of the small stones, set them in a shallow glass bowl, and added a tealight in the center. She handed it to her brother. ‘Like so. Dev’s going to add a water spell later so the rocks glisten in the sun.’” I might not have Deb’s water magic, but I have water, stones, a candle, a wee glass, a camera, and I have a lot of will, so I can do magic, too ;-)
|A Lost Witch helps the heart find magic everywhere...|
|The rest of the books in A Modern Witch Series|