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Family Magic (The Hayle Coven Novels Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 470 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • · "A great, inventive plot, a deeply flawed, self-deprecating, heroine, many wondrous sub-characters and a constantly-evolving world of madness and magic... What more could you want?"--Amazon reviewer Hobbitual
    · "Thank you Ms. Larsen, for an excellent read....please please please tell me there will be more about these characters!"--Amazon reviewer Michelle William
    · " ...this book was incredible. I was sucked in from the very beginning. I fell in love with the characters... the way it was written kept me turning pages well into the night."--Amazon reviewer Misty Harvey

From the Author

Sydlynn Hayle woke me in the middle of the night, forced me out of bed and to my office so I could write down the following:

My mom's a witch, my dad's a demon and I just want to be ordinary.

She hasn't let me rest since. Snarky, sarcastic, slightly awkward, but always honest, Syd will lead you where she's taken me--into a world where the extraordinary is commonplace, where vampires, witches and demon cats are family and school bullies fall outside the norm. Where magic is as real as a batch of chocolate chip cookies and coven rituals ruin every Saturday night.

Family Magic is the first book of the Hayle Coven Novels.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3485 KB
  • Print Length: 470 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466451033
  • Publisher: Patti Larsen Books/Purely Paranormal Press (October 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005W5R79A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,578 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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My official bio reads like this: Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle grade and young adult author with a passion for the paranormal. But that sounds so freaking formal, doesn't it? I'm a storyteller who hears teenager's voices so loud I have to write them down. I love sports even though they don't love me. I've dabbled in everything from improv theater to film making and writing TV shows, singing in an all girl band to running my own hair salon.

But always, always, writing books calls me home.

I've had my sights set on world literary domination for a while now. Which means getting my books out there, to you, my darling readers. It's the coolest thing ever, this job of mine, being able to tell stories I love, only to see them all shiny and happy in your hands... thank you for reading.

As for the rest of it, I'm short (permanent), slightly round (changeable) and blonde (for ever and ever). I love to talk one on one about the deepest topics and can't seem to stop seeing the big picture. I happily live on Prince Edward Island, Canada, home to Anne of Green Gables and the most beautiful red beaches in the world, with my very patient husband and four massive cats.

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I downloaded this book as a freebie and was a little wary of it because of the demon/witchcraft content. I am a christian and I'm not comfortable with the direction in which some authors take these subjects. Don't get me wrong, I'm no nun & certainly never claim to be! I love a good fantasy and that's exactly what this was. The story as a whole wasn't dark & demonic like I was afraid it would be.

It had good, well-built characters and the plot-line was entertaining and moved at a good pace. I have to mention that the author really won me over with her writing. She really put clear pictures of everything in my head without over doing it & being too wordy. There have been few times that I have found a book that was so well written that I found myself reading it out loud like poetry. This was one of those times. I think I enjoyed the flow and rhythm of the writing as much as the story itself!

I also very much appreciate the fact that, although this is the first in a series, I wasn't left hanging at the end. I felt perfectly content when I finished the book and even though I look forward to reading the next in the series, I don't feel that I'm being forced to in order to complete the story.
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Being a powerful witch as well as the daughter of a demon lord is not exactly the best recipe for being normal in a modern high school. Add two attractive boys and a bunch of vindictive cheerleaders and things can get complicated.

Syd, the main character, transforms from being the victimized new kid in high school to an assertive person who accepts her magical powers in order to keep the leadership of the Hayle Coven of Witches from falling into the hands of some truly nasty characters. As we read this story from the main character's point of view, we are right there with her as she rebels against her mother, denies her inherent power and tries to cope with everyday high school politics. The way in which she tells her story is quirky and often funny. Her inner dialogue is downright hilarious at times!

I thoroughly enjoyed the numerous versatile characters in this book - a rather special cat, a couple of vampires and a very, very old dog. And let's not forget the variety of witches, a few colorful teenagers and a crazy grandmother who can only be subdued by chocolate and tequila and who has invaluable information and wisdom for her family - during her infrequent moments of lucidity, that is.

As this is the first book in the Hayle Coven series, the author takes the necessary time to introduce her readers to the characters and the world they live in. The action, suspense, Syd's teenage dramas and numerous disputes are artfully balanced by lovely moments of family solidarity, a touch of romance and some out-and-out humorous situations. The close relationship between the main character and her not-so-normal little sister is sure to warm your heart. Thus I can safely say that there's not one dull moment in this story!

Although this is a young adult novel, I would strongly recommend it to readers of all ages. I, for one, am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series by a very gifted author. (Ellen Fritz)
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I really enjoyed this story! I actually lost sleep because- "Maybe I'll just read one more chapter before lights out..."

Even though this book is paranormal in nature, the parent/child & teenage drama in this book felt real. I loved Syd's "voice"! The author did a great job with each and every character, even the secondary ones.

There is a cuss word or two, but I consider this a good-clean-fun read! Can't wait for the next one :)
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Part demon, part witch, Syd is obviously not like other girls. But she hides who she really is in an attempt to try. When her family's powerful coven is threatened by insidious forces bent on destroying them, Syd has to make choices about her magic that could affect the rest of her life.

This book has everything. Great family drama, hot boys, magic, witches, demons and difficult choices. This is one of my new favorite books of 2011 and I CANNOT WAIT to read the rest of the series. Good thing this author wields her own brand of magic with the keyboard, because we won't have to wait long for the sequels.

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I guess I don't really know where to start with this book because my feelings about it, and the author, are so mixed. That being said I have to start with the facts. There are 20 books in this series and after the first 5 they are all around 200 words. With the exception of the first 4 books each are $4.99 with the first being free, the second 99 cents, the third $2.99, and the fourth $3.99. I have a really big issue with that for three reasons. The first reason is that most people don't want to purchase 20 books in order to get the full story on a single heroine only to hear that there is going to be a spin off series. The second reason is that while I did not purchase the rest of the series, a total of $87.91, is that after reading the synopsis I felt that the books slowly deteriorated in plot and content. As most avid readers would agree, that is common when series get to be exceptionally long while focusing on a single character; no matter how good of a writer you are there comes a time where you have to let go of a character in order to make sure the integrity of the series remains. Larsen would have been better off to cut Sydlynn's story short no more than 5 books into the series and taken some of these plot ideas to new characters. The truth is that Sydlynn's story, while interesting and initially well written, does not have the longitudinal and withstanding plot that Harry Potter had or the Game of Thrones has. My final reason was the price of the entire series: $87.91. I'm sorry, but no way. The only reason I would invest almost $100 dollars in a series is if it was hard cover and something I intended to share with my family for generations to come. That total of nearly $90.00 dollars was the price of the entire series as e-books.Read more ›
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