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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 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 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 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 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. I’m a Southern gal who happens to love YA and Fantasy, so this seemed like the perfect bo... ...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 Big Book Little Book October 31, 2012

Caroline for www.bigbooklittlebook.com
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: http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2012/...

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. There’s 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 don’t know much about it, but... ...more

By Vanya D. October 01, 2012

NOTE: I received this book for review from Entangled Publishing.

I hoped that Conjure would turn out to be a book I love, and I wasn't wrong. It was a very unique read that got me engulfed from the very first page and kept me going on and on until I reached the end. And now I just want MORE!!! Can... ...more

By Heather November 06, 2012

(Review can also be found on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl).

First off, I must say, what a fantastic read!! I absolutely loved this book. It was such a refreshing read!

Emma and her twin brother Jack along with their friend Cooper think they are in for a lazy summe... ...more

By Jenea November 30, 2012

Conjure is the first book in The Hoodoo Apprentice series. I read the synopsis and thought that this sounded intriguing. I haven't read anything with Hoodoo magic, and I was pleasantly surprised when I finished reading this.

We have a brother and sister duo and Hoodoo and ancient curses. Emma, Jac... ...more

By Casse November 20, 2012

Before Conjure came out I was lucky enough to be a part of the cover reveal. The cover was gorgeous but more on that later.

Now is the time when a lot of YA mistake/misrepresent strong heroines for/as hard-headed and stubborn I was leery of reading a novel from a new author. It is always a bit lik... ...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 The Book Breeze May 23, 2013

Soon to be 15, artistic Emma Guthrie has summer-time dreams that she hopes will come true when she and twin brother Jack visit their father in South Carolina. Maybe, her long time crush Cooper Beaumont will finally see her as something more than a friend. However, a day on the beach sparks a myst... ...more

By Jessica (Step Into Fiction) October 25, 2012

Review originally posted at Step Into Fiction

I will start out with the one thing that bothered me the most. The ages of these characters. Every YA book I've read, the characters have been anywhere from 16 - 18 so coming across the main characters who are 14 & 15 are a little off putting. I un... ...more

By Stephanie October 03, 2013

'Conjure' is the first book in a young adult fantasy/paranormal series that follows teenage main character Emma Guthrie along with her twin brother Jack and their best friend (and her secret crush) Cooper Beaumont, are convinced that this summer is going to be like all the others. They were wrong... ...more

By Tishia (Paperback Opinion) October 18, 2012

Conjure is the first book in The Hoodoo Apprentice series by Lea Nolan. This is a very adventurous book told from Emma's point of view. Her, and her twin brother Jack, are staying with their dad in South Carolina for the summer. Their friend Cooper lives here, and together the 3 of them find an... ...more

By Kelley March 08, 2013

I went into this book knowing next to nothing about Hoodoo or the Gullah. Learning about all of that is what makes this book so interesting. The moments with magic are fun to read and there is enough mystery to keep you turning pages to the very end.

The characters are kind of hit-or-miss. They ar... ...more

By Jena October 15, 2012

Conjure is one of those stories that you just enjoy reading. It's enchanting and entertaining with history weaving its way through the curses. The cover is beautiful and this book is fun, adventure, and magic all rolled up into one! Almost like a Pirates of the Caribbean for teens!

Jack and Emmali... ...more

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3.80 avg Goodreads.com rating
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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