The Lost Coast

The Lost Coast

The spellbinding tale of six queer witches forging their own paths, shrouded in the mist, magic, and secrets of the ancient California redwoods.Danny didn't know what she was looking for when she and her mother spread out a map of the United States and Danny put her finger down on Tempest, California. What she finds are the Grays: a group of friends who throw around terms...

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Title:The Lost Coast
Author:Amy Rose Capetta
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The Lost Coast Reviews

  • Acqua

    . It's an atmospheric story set in a small town surrounded by magical redwoods, following a group of queer witches.

    And I loved all of it.

    The first thing I thought when I finished this book is that

    . I've read many contemporary books that dealt directly with homophobia and so contain

    . It's an atmospheric story set in a small town surrounded by magical redwoods, following a group of queer witches.

    And I loved all of it.

    The first thing I thought when I finished this book is that

    . I've read many contemporary books that dealt directly with homophobia and so contained a lot of it, and ones that ignored its existence entirely. But the contemporary-set stories I want are the ones that don't ignore homophobia exists, and that have little to none of it anyway.

    , not just because of the characters' identities, but also because of the themes they deal with.

    is a story about

    . It's a story that has a sense of recklessness to it, but also reminds you how important it is to have others to ground you. On the other side, it's a story about how not wanting to find or acknowledge your own power leads you to not notice your ability to do harm, and makes you dangerous.

    I won't lie, I knew I would love this book from the moment the main character first sees the redwoods and is fascinated by them. (You really can't go wrong with trees.) That mix of awe and longing and a little bit of fear - that's something I'm familiar with.

    , and made the woods feel magical, so that when the book got to that one sex scene in the woods, my only reaction wasn't "you're

    going to get ticks" (even though I still thought it; but oh well, it's contemporary

    ).

    The writing is also really good. I think the vague, airy tone that Capetta's writing has is much better suited to this multi-PoV non-linear contemporary fantasy novel than it was to a mystery like

    , in which it didn't work at all for me.

    It's not easy to develop many characters in a standalone that is shorter than 400 pages, but this book did it.

    They are:

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    , white, queer. She's the new girl in town, and she's looking for something, even though she doesn't know what that something (someone?) is yet. She tends to wander, and I mean that physically. As I said, her emotions toward trees were very relatable.

    🌲

    , white, fat, queer. She's coded as neurodivergent, she has sound-taste synesthesia (I love reading about synesthesia. My brain does similar weird things too), and her magic comes from music. At the beginning of the story, she's looking for her lost ex-girlfriend.

    🌲

    , black, bisexual with a preference for men. She's quiet and bookish, but no one should let that mislead them - she's the source of Witch Knowledge™ in the group and not to be understated.

    🌲

    , "femme as fuck" lesbian, Filipina. Has chronic leg pain. Looks soft but will fight you and win (after all, she is the one with knife magic). She has a big family and it's said that she was raised Catholic and is questioning her faith. I loved her.

    🌲

    , gray-ace, non-binary (she/her). Sharp and sarcastic but secretly soft. She says she doesn't want to date, so I also read her as aro (but I wish this book had specified if she was or not), and she's the "resident tree expert", and isn't that relatable

    🌲 Then there's

    , the mysterious, powerful water witch who was once part of the Grays, and is now missing.

    I loved most of this book, and I'm rating it five stars, but maybe it's more of a 4.5, because there were some things that didn't work for me. The sex scene had a simile that made me cringe so much that it deserves a mention (please don't compare body parts to books), and

    . On one hand, I get why the author chose to leave this book open-ended, but... I wanted to know how the characters would deal with some Things that had happened. Especially since

    .

  • Jessica

    I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Candlewick Press) in exchange for an honest review.

    I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4.

    I had such high hopes for this book, but it ultimately did not live up to my expectations.

    Let’s start with what I did like.

    I liked the diversity. There was a lot of sexual (lesbian, ace, etc.) and racial diversity. One of the girls was Filipino which I was super happy about since I’m Filipino. I love seeing Filipino representation.

    I al

    I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Candlewick Press) in exchange for an honest review.

    I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4.

    I had such high hopes for this book, but it ultimately did not live up to my expectations.

    Let’s start with what I did like.

    I liked the diversity. There was a lot of sexual (lesbian, ace, etc.) and racial diversity. One of the girls was Filipino which I was super happy about since I’m Filipino. I love seeing Filipino representation.

    I also liked the aesthetic of the book. The descriptions perfectly captured that foggy, mystical, Northern California vibe.

    Now on to what I didn’t love.

    There were a lot of point of view changes throughout the book which really made it difficult to understand especially in the beginning. Each POV would last for only a few pages so it ended up being a bit jarring and all over the place.

    As for the storyline, it wasn’t exciting. It felt kind of blah to me until the end which is when things finally got interesting.

    I also wished the book focused more on June and Hawthorn. They were my two favorite characters and I wanted to explore more of their backstory.

    Overall, this book had some good moments (Queer POC witches for the win!), but didn’t reach its full potential.

  • Dahlia

    Without even having read The Raven Boys, I feel like I can safely make this my answer to "Do you have anything like TRB but wlw," aka a question that comes pretty much every single month to the LGBTQReads Tumblr. Atmospheric, romantic, and wildly gay. I love Amy Rose Capetta.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    between Spellbook of the Lost and Found, Wild Beauty, Toil and Trouble, and this, I'm just going to call magic gay now and have it done with

    May 14, 2019

  • megs_bookrack

    Thank you, Candlewick Press!

    One of my most anticipated books of the year.

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