The Antidote by Shelley Sackier (Spoiler Free!)

Hello my little munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing well. It’s officially Saturday which means that it is the weekend and I am both extremely happy and sad about that due to how I don’t have to go to school but I have a lot of stuff that I need to get done this weekend to be on schedule for all of my classes. I am sorry for this being up so late once again but hey I am staying on task with my posts, so give me some slack.

Anyways, why don’t we get into this review already?

Book Information:

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The Antidote

by Shelley Sackier

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: February 5th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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Magic is not allowed, under any circumstances — even if it could save someone’s life. Instead, there are herbal remedies and traditional techniques that have been painstakingly recorded in lieu of using themystical arts. Fee knows this, so she keeps her magic a secret.

Except her best friend, Xavi, is deathly ill. He’s also the crown prince. Saving him is important, not only for her, but for the entire kingdom.

Fee’s desperation to save her friend means she can barely contain the magic inside her. And after the tiniest of slips, Fee is thrust into a dark and secretive world that is as alluring as it is dangerous.

If she gives in, it could mean she can save Xavi. But it also means that those who wish to snuff out magic might just snuff her out in the process.”


While the plot did take me awhile to really get into the book it was still a different book compared to what I read on a daily but once I got through the first 13 to 14 chapters and was able to really to start to see where the book was going.  However, once we get father into the book and have some flashback scenes the books pacing starts to slow down at an extreme rate.

Some events within this book seemed to go to extremes and not in the best way. It had some aspects within it that I didn’t necessarily care for which most likely made me not really care for this book.

The book was set around three main characters who are:

  • Xavi the heir apparent
  • Rye his younger brother
  • Fee a girl with a magical talent for healing and plants

I won’t go into much more description with these characters because I feel like if I say anything more about them I will end up spoiling an aspect about them.

The world building withins this story was not the best from any of the books I’ve read by a long shot due to how while things happened within the story it didn’t really add up to something and with it being what I believe a standalone was not the best for the book or the author in a the long run.

Trigger Warnings:  Disease, Epidemic, Grief, Loss, Death, Murder, Captivity, Self-Harm and brief conversations that include fat phobic and racist comments and themes of war.

2/5 stars

Shlley Sackier grew up in a small farming community in Northern Wisconsin continually searching for ways to grow warm. Realizing she would never be able to enjoy ice cream like real people should, she left the state and lived theblissful life of a traveling musician. Discovering her stories needed more space than two verses a bridge and a chorus could provide, she began storytelling in earnest. And then in Virginia. Which is where she lives now and continues to write.

Her first novel, DEAR OPL (Sourcebooks 2015), is a tale about a snarky, overweight thirteen-year-old, who suffers from loss everywhere in her life except on her body.

Her next novel, The Freemason’s Daughter (HarperCollins, 2017) is a story about a 16 yr old Scottish girl living in 1715 who’s raised entirely by six burly Scotsman–and they’re all smugglers. The Antidote (HarperCollins February 2019) is a YA novel about magic and medicine, and the witches who wield them both.

To learn more about Shelley, visit where she blogs weekly about living on a small farm atop a mountain in the Blue Ridge and how it’s easiest to handle most of it with homegrown food, a breathless adoration for tractors, and a large dose of single malt scotch.

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