#BookReview “Of the Lilin (The Sage Chronicles #1)” by Paulette Hampton



5/5 Stars!

Anyone who’s followed my reviews for a while is well aware Young Adult is not one of my preferred genres. But I’m also a firm believer in stepping outside of my reading comfort zone. It doesn’t always go well. I’m looking at you, Horror. However, sometimes I end up with an engaging and entertaining read. Of the Lilin is one of those times.

With themes like death/loss and mental health, this read centers on eighteen-year-old Sage Frankle. In quick succession, she loses her mother and a close family friend. Did she mourn her mom long enough? Did she have any part in her friend’s death? Things go from bad to worse for Sage when her stepfather—the only father she’s ever known—ends up a permanent resident of a mental facility… after trying to kill Sage.

Too many fugue states and “nightmares” land Sage in counseling for depression, but is that really her problem?

No one is whom they appear to be in this well-paced slow build… including Sage. (Ok, maybe her bestie, Will!) Characters are uniquely written with warts and all, and it’s hard not to have compassion for even the most wicked characters.

I didn’t see that twist ending coming though and am still wearing my “What just happened?” face. Whoa.

Bring on book two!



Of the Lilin (The Sage Chronicles #1)

Expected Publication Date: September 1st, 2021

Genre: YA Paranormal (14+)

The Sage Chronicles, Book One – Of the Lilin follows a depressed and grief-stricken teenager who falls into a realm of darkness and demons, geared to readers fourteen and up.

After the loss of her mother and her stepfather’s mental breakdown due to the sudden and suspicious death of his best friend, 18-year-old Sage Frankle agrees to move in with her aunt and cousin at the Englewood Inn in Vermont. While working through her trauma, Sage meets cryptic guests at her aunt’s inn and discovers more about herself than she bargained for…

It’s a slow-burn story steeped in demons and archangels, myths and legends, romance and dark family secrets.

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