Winter and Arden Allister are two teenage sisters who ve just moved from Memphis to San Francisco and their interracial family is thrust into the bourgeoisie of San Francisco s elite once the girls begin the year at an exclusive private school But when Winter starts having problems with a boy at school and Arden continues to suffer inexplicable and terrifying blackouts, eWinter and Arden Allister are two teenage sisters who ve just moved from Memphis to San Francisco and their interracial family is thrust into the bourgeoisie of San Francisco s elite once the girls begin the year at an exclusive private school But when Winter starts having problems with a boy at school and Arden continues to suffer inexplicable and terrifying blackouts, each girl must tease loose a separate thread of fate from their interwoven, close knit identity as sisters in order to unravel the arcane mystery of who they really are Once their futures are disentangled, Winter and Arden find that destiny has drafted them both into the oldest war the world s ever known but placed them on opposite sides.
The Alchemy of Being Fourteen Winter and Arden Allister are two teenage sisters who ve just moved from Memphis to San Francisco and their interracial family is thrust into the bourgeoisie of San Francisco s elite once the girls be
This feels like the kind of book a teenage girl needs to read, it s like a crutch for those tumultuous years It has drama which might not be anything new, but it doesn t ever claim to be It is self indulgent, as the author declared from the start, but that doesn t stop me from rooting for the characters when they fall down and feeling oh so satisfied as they punch back It s unapologetic in calling out the self entitled and validating the feelings of the oppressed It tells young girls who want to [...]
It s fun to get excited to read a book even before you read the first line In The Alchemy of Being Fourteen, the cover, the chapter art, the chapter titles, even the intro all scream READ ME Have you heard a better chapter title than Polyglot Muse And the book itself does not disappoint I love it when an author s writing style can suck you into the story and almost make you forget you re reading a book Leah Williams writes her main female characters as smart And real I felt like these were frien [...]
So I don t know if I can do this book the justice it deserves, not because the author is my friend but because this book crosses so many different genres and is exactly the kind of book I wish someone had handed me as a teenager and said read this and everything will be okay To which I would have rolled my eyes because hello, teenager but still.So this at the heart of it is an urban fantasy novel with teenage girls Teen girls who just want to settle into their new town and their new private scho [...]
If you have hesitations to read this because you re WAYYYYY older than 14, lemme dispel any concerns Leah has an impeccable ability to wrap you up in quick witted prose that appeals to older ages while still preserving the window looking into the mind of young teenage girls who have never even had their first kiss while navigating through a world of heavy issues revolving around self esteem, body image, sexual harassment, etcHer story telling is fleshed out wonderfully with an amazing skill for [...]
This book is AMAZING I can t possibly give enough reasons to treat yourself to this fantastically told story Mixing both classic and modern themes it tells the youth fantasy story in a way I have never encountered before It s believable, moving, and genuinely funny Like, seriously funny This is the angst driven, hormonal romp through supernatural adolescence that Harry Potter could have been, but wasn t I am counting the days until the next in the series is published and I can continue to learn [...]
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This book was everything I did not know that I desperately wanted to read in a young adult novel Part teenage romance, part science fiction, part paranormal thriller, this book is impossible to classify And it is all the better because of this There are werewolves and vampires and girls with superpowers in this book GIRLS WITH SUPERPOWERS Girls that can do ridiculous backhand springs, and girls that are cheerleaders, and girls that are mean and snarky, and girls that smile dorkily when the boys [...]
I laughed a lot AND I had nightmares There weren t books like this when I was a teenager and I m relieved there are now.
Y ALL I THINK IM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK.I started reading this over a snowy weekend and almost immediately fell in love with the book aesthetic The chapter headers are AMAZING and the cover is so bright and badass it practically screams at you to read it Oh, and the best part The story is JUST AS AWESOME as the artwork on the book.I wish I could properly put into words how much I felt this book While reading it, I realized that The Alchemy of Being Fourteen is one of those novels that really get [...]
The Alchemy of Being Fourteen is one of those very rare books you find that actually tells the truth of what it s like for girls growing up It is urban fantasy, which I rarely read, and even rarely like, but I loved this book The reason It is so different from so many of those fantasies in that it keeps up the reality of being teenagers in the modern world with all the anger and other emotions that goes with that along with the fantasy elements Which were also intriguing and I found myself real [...]
I haven t had the time to let myself fall into any YA novels lately, but I ve been following Leah s updates about it his book from the start and when I got it for Christmas I dove right in The characters and their world caught me immediately their casual realness a refreshing change from books that try too hard to convince you that their characters are Normal Kids Winter and Arden are in many ways the girls I wish I could have been strong enough to be in high school, but their insecurities, fear [...]
I can t even describe how much I enjoyed this book.The world building in the first half is welcoming and descriptive with descriptions that don t outsmart themselves and make it easy to experience the world the way the Arden Winter do.The characters are genuine and likable You care about them and want them to be ok The characters are distinct and full of life Spoilery bit The reveal that I felt like I was going to get with Arden was handled so well and so smooth It feels like it would have had a [...]
Okay so this book started off as contemporary and then bam out of nowhere becomes thrust amazing fantasy book that has never been done before The Allister sisters and the family as a whole are amazing I love the family dynamic so much The twists and turns that happened throughout the book were seriously the best The final serious twist at the end had me screaming out loud it was that good Do yourself a favor and read this book
This book was so good Seriously, there are concepts in this book that were so refreshing to read especially in young adult It was witty, and fun, and I can t wait to see where it leads You can see Leah s heart in the book , and I think it s fabulous Thanks for making my day enjoyable with this book I d have to have done homework otherwise and blegh that.
I read the first few chapters one day, then picked it up some weeks later and devoured it in a day Part high school coming of age story, part fantasy novel, part exploration of self and family this book was amazing I eagerly await .
Absolutely phenomenal This book reminded me how it felt to be fifteen but did so with such empowerment that I almost feel okay with ever having to have been fifteen It s fun and fierce and has some of the best written sentences I ve ever seen I am unspeakably eager for the sequel.
Loved it I need It was a great read filled with just the right amount of fantasy and emotion and powerful female leads I feel like we are going to grow with Leah as an an author as much as we are going to grow with the Allister sisters I m ready.
I cannot even explain how beautiful and amazing this book is along with the author herself I can only say I m sad I didn t express it far sooner I adore this book with all of my being and tell anyone I can they should read it and I eagerly await anything new from Leah Basically going same and I feel and NICE YES through the whole reading tbh I cannot wait for .
The sister relationship captured by Leah Williams in this book is so authentic and messy and sweet and goofy I just actually can t say enough to praise it This author has a firm handle on what it s like to be a teenage girl trying to figure out what that means both in the world and in her own body, and she takes us along on these girls adventures and griefs with tremendous warmth and compassion I can t wait to read what the Allister sisters get up to next
Recommended by a friend I really liked the book, but I feel like the author needs to work a bit on her grace when writing The were a few technical things that I felt could have been worked on like transitions between dialogue, whether internal or external, were a little awkward, or the plot progression being somewhat weird, and predictable but maybe that s a YA thing The potential for the story is still really exciting especially that angst that s for sure coming , and even if it is predictable [...]