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Peek Inside Conjure

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry--hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. When an ancient curse is unleashed, a strange girl bent on revenge appears, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton, Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before the last days of summer—and her friends--are lost forever.

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Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Low country—hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

But when a strange girl bent on revenge appears, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton, Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before the last days of summer—and her friends—are lost forever.

Want to read the Hoodoo Apprentice series on your ereader? Each book is sold individually in e-format:
#1: Conjure
#2: Allure
#3: Illusion


"If there is one book teens-and adults!-should have on their must read list, Conjure is it! Nolan is one to watch!"~RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars Top Pick

"Conjure is a sweet, adventure-packed romp for young teen readers...There are pirates, lost treasure, curses, and ancient curses, chases, narrow escapes, and secret letters galore." ~ New York Journal of Books

"This is an unexpected read: exciting, dangerous, adventurous - everything we want from a good book. Yet Nolan puts that creative twist on all the elements, making Conjure something special. Conjure is recommended, 4 out of 5 stars." ~Teen Librarian's Toolbox

"Equal parts fun and creepy, with enough paranormal elements to delight the horror lover in me, CONJURE puts a fresh spin on YA paranormal."~Fresh Fiction

"This story is absolutely AMAZING! Emma is a strong, beautiful main character and I enjoyed getting to see her change from a shy, artistic girl into a confident young woman whose love is so powerful that she is willing to do anything to keep those she cares about safe. She is definitely on the same level with Katniss Everdeen or Hermione Granger." ~Books Make Me Happy Reviews

"Conjure is one of the most entertaining young adult novels I've read in a long time. It is a light, fun, and sometimes spooky read filled with sympathetic characters, intriguing hoodoo magic, and turns and twists that will keep you turning pages until the very satisfying ending-one that is open and hints at what will happen in book 2." ~ The Dark Phantom also posted on Mayra's Secret Bookcase

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781620610985
Series: Hoodoo Apprentice, Book 1
Release Date: Oct 8, 2012
Page Count: 326
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, overcoming odds

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By Andrea September 19, 2012

This e-arc was provided by Elana Johnson, (Entangled Publishing) thank you!
One word: Fabulous.
I love a good Hoodoo magic book, and Conjure by Lea Nolan did not disappoint. Nolan did an outstanding job capturing the mysterious and sometimes gross elements of Hoodoo, which made the book so much m... ...more

By Rachel August 03, 2012

This book is an adventure! LOVE it <3 Full review to come soon!! ...more

By Laurel January 28, 2012

I read an pre-pub version of Lea's fabulous creative Hoodoo story and am so excited it'll be in print soon. Can't wait to dive into its magic again! ...more

By Zoe November 29, 2018

What a gem of a find on my Kindle TBR. Loved this story and didn't want to put it down. The hoodoo is fascinating. The author's characterizations for these teenagers was delightful. ...more

By Shy The WidowMaker October 21, 2012

First off I want to say this book had me from the first page and didn't let go until the end. I loved everything about this book especially the Gullah history part of it. I wanted to read this book after I learned it was about the Gullah world being a Lowcountry native I love books that tell out... ...more

By Melissa November 10, 2012

Disclaimer: the author and I are blogging buddies at Honestly YA, but don't let that stop you from believing me when I say this is a great book! I love the coastal history, the hoodoo connection, and the nonstop action. Also, I want Cooper Beaumont to be my boyfriend. If only he weren't fictional... ...more

By Crystal October 22, 2012

Hoodoo, South Carolina Low Country, a cute love story, pirates of a sort, a curse, what is there not to love about this book?

I was drawn in by the setting. I spent my first visit to Charleston last weekend but didn't get to do much traveling around because it was a Boy Scout visit to the USS Yor... ...more

By Shelley October 03, 2013

*Genre* Action, Adventure, Romance
*Rating* 4

*My Thoughts*

Shy, quiet, artist type Emmaline (Emma) Guthrie is in for one hell of a summer away from D.C on St. Helena Island in the South Carolina low country alongside her fraternal brother Jackson, and her secret crush Cooper Beaumont who she has kn... ...more

By Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) September 21, 2013

3.5 Stars
With Halloween just around the corner what better way to start off the season than with a little magic and mayhem? Add in a nice story filled with creepy monsters, hoodoo, hexes and skeletons and you have one heck of a fun story perfect for the spookiest season of them all.

A small dash... ...more

By Andrea: BookStoreFinds September 27, 2015

Conjure is about a group of young teen in South Carolina. Emma and her twin brother Jack, 14, spend their summers in the south with their father. One day on the beach with their best friend Copper, Emma, finds an old bottle with a note inside. The note, over 300 years old, speaks of long lost tre... ...more

By Amber at Fall Into Books October 15, 2012

Conjure is a unique read that you won't want to miss. I'll admit the characters are a bit young for my tastes, but the leading character was not annoying. I still enjoyed this book immensely. The characters were well-developed and progressed along with the story, the plot was intriguing, and the... ...more

By Stacey November 25, 2012

This review was written by Amber Hansford, staff reviewer with the Fantasy Book Addict.

There are always books that will grab you from that initial read of the blurb, and Conjure by Lea Nolan was one of them. Im a Southern gal who happens to love YA and Fantasy, so this seemed like the perfect boo... ...more

By D.L. September 05, 2018

Good one!

I found this book to be exciting, romantic, funny at times, scary at times, and well worth the lack of sleep from staying up to finish it. I've read about the Gullah people, boo hags, root doctors, and haints and find the information fascinating, so when I read the blurb for Conjure, I w... ...more

By Kathleen October 05, 2018

Lea Nolan's HooDoo Apprentice series is a unique treat. Set in the deep South, Emma Gutherie, her twin brother Jack and her crush, Cooper, get in over their heads with HooDoo magic. It's up to Emma to save her brother and Cooper with the help of her mentor, Miss Delia. But every time Emma seems t... ...more

By Susan August 12, 2018

Exciting. Fast paced. Suspenseful.

A superb blending of history, magic, and legend. Three friends battling not one curse, but two that have stood for over 300 years. It will take trust and the strength of their bond and well as the help and knowledge of new friends to battle what they're up agains... ...more

By Dana August 15, 2018

Very good teen book about finding a treasure and releasing a curse that leaves Emma trying to figure out how to rescue her twin brother. Lots of light vs dark elements. Liked the characters. And even her jerk brother. Leaves the reader wanting to find out what happens next ...more

By Catha August 18, 2018

Great book

Wow what a great story, imagine that you can see dead people and do magic by using spells an plants. Trying to save your twins life from a curse, this is a great story and will keep you reading to the end. A fan, Catha Watkins Reese ...more

By Penny Cesen January 16, 2019

This felt like a young adult book but the pace was good and I enjoyed learning about a culture i knew nothing about... ...more

By Cherry McKenzie August 21, 2018

Loved the Hoodoo magic. I thought Jack was some times over the top annoying. ...more

By Valerie October 15, 2018

I really enjoyed this story. Have to get my hands on the next book to see what happens next. Kept me interested which isn't always easy to do. ...more

By Kayla August 12, 2018

Extremely good. Great characters, great plot, good execution. Bravo. ...more

By Big Book Little Book October 31, 2012

Caroline for
Copy received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Emma Guthrie lives for the summers her and her twin brother Jack, spend visiting their father on the island of St Helena. A quiet and self-contained loner, happy to live in the shadow of her more p... ...more

By A Book Vacation September 15, 2013

To see my full review:

This past Spring, I went to a book festival in my area and had the pleasure of listening to Lea Nolan speak on a panel. Up until that point, I had never head of Nolan, but as she spoke, and then read a snippet from her novel, Conjure, I knew I had to r... ...more

By Andrea at Reading Lark March 31, 2013

Review Posted on Reading Lark 10/17/12:

I was originally drawn to this book because of its roots in the South Carolina lowcountry and Gullah traditions. I have long been fascinated by both topics. I am so glad that I decided to give this book a try! It was... ...more

By Pixie October 15, 2012

Conjure intrigued me beyond my expectations. I enjoyed it. There are curses, magic, treasure, and romance. Theres also nasty pirates--not like my favorite pirates from Pirates of the Caribbean--that pretty much helped kick-start the curses. Hoodoo magic? I honestly dont know much about it, but I... ...more

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Lea Nolan

About the author

Lea Nolan

Lea Nolan writes the kinds of stories she sought as a teen-smart paranormals with bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She also writes smart, witty contemporary stories filled with head-swooning, heart-throbbing, sweep-you-off-your-feet romance. She lives in Maryland with her heroically supportive husband and three clever children.

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