Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: The Antidote by Shelley Sackier


The Antidote

by Shelley Sackier

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: February 5th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


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 the mystical 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.








Shelley 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 the blissful 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.

My Review:

5/5 ⭐️

I really enjoyed this book! Fee was a very interesting character to read about especially her relationship with Rhy and Xavi. The book had many interesting turns in it especially regarding Fee’s past. I also really loved Savva who was a great mentor/motherly figure!!

~Me side eyeing this cover like~



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Prize: Win (1) physical copy of THE ANTIDOTE by Shelley Sackier (US Only)

Giveaway Starts: January 28th, 2019

Giveaway Ends: February 11th, 2019

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The Antidote Playlist

(Caution! Spoilers!)

Heartlines – The Antidote’s theme—Follow your heartline. Be who you were meant to be.

Queendom – Fee’s youthful ideals and determined future vision of herself.

Come Out and Play – Fee wishing bravery and courage upon her best friend Xavi.

Avalanche – Fee’s feeling about her best friend, Xavi.

You Should See Me in a Crown – Princess Quinn visit to Fireli—her satisfaction imprisoning Fee.

Girl – Rye’s thoughts as he and Fee travel from Fireli to Gwyndom.

Palace – Fee’s thoughts as she first sees and moves through the Castle within Gwyndom.

Hurricane – Fee struggling with the new and scary “her” emerging now that she’s off her tonic.

The Wild – Fee meets her true clan and travels with Savva to see the past.

Beautiful – Rye’s words to Fee as he tries to convince her they should be together. 

Requiem – Fee binds wrists with Xavi and meets her father for the first time.

Happiness Does Not Wait – Fee wakes up inside the solarium to her own magic, and the three most important women in her life come to visit.

Seven Devils – Seven witches. BATTLE!

Collarbones – Rye with Fee the last time they can be together. 

On Our Own – Fee’s final painful struggles as she feels Xavi slipping away.

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