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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
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.
- ASIN : B005W5R79A
- Publisher : Purely Paranormal Press (October 15, 2011)
- Publication date : October 15, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 3013 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 470 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,352 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I love how the problems with high school were handled even if she didn't know what she wanted. The transformation of the cruelty of some and the understanding brought by others was really well handled and believable. The unlikely friendship forged may seem out there but is actually pretty real considering that you never really known someone until you have seen the ugly side and that's what happened. Almost wished there was more to it but I think it was left open foe the rest of the series. While I was glad the story was never boy centric there are some holes in the newcomer story and his connection with Syd that isnt explained and probably will at some point so it's not a deal breaker. Overall, the story was a great magic packed ride that keeps you hooked for the ride. The only thing that was a little overdone was the need to keep Syd uninformed even after she semi accepted the need to do something; it was seemed incongruous with what the mother kept wanting all along but still spoke to a mother's need to protect her family.
That being said, the character battles with the idea of being born a witch. She fights it the whole book, however left me in a state confusion at her a teenager doesn't want to be a supernatural being. That being said without any spoilers, the story goes on about why she does not want her powers and what she has to battle within herself. The rest of the story is written in ice. What I mean is, it is smooth but when the ice melts another surprise comes at you. Yes, it has twists but for advance readers "Investigators" there are some points that will be predictable. The predictable points in the story did NOT ruin the book, but better prepared the reader when the "FEELS" came. I do recommend this book for Young Adults and Adults.
As Syd embraces her other half for the first time to help defeat a traitor, she realizes that the power she possesses scares the strongest among them. As she gathers the love from her family around her, she tries to go back to a normal mundane high school life.
With Brad, a normal human who goes from ignoring her to wanting to date her, and Quaid, a new member of the coven who tries to ignore her but ends up helping her, she doesn't know which way to turn.
Follow Syd on her journey as she battles not only the enemy, but her inner demon. Definitely deserves all five stars, and worth reading.
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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Sydlynn Hayle is a not so typical teen. She is a powerful witch, who also happens to be part demon. I liked her a lot, even though the angst and self pity sometimes got on my nerves. Her life is not simple by any means, but when danger threatens her family, she is one of the bravest heroines to grace the pages of a book. She is stubborn and determined, and even more powerful than she fully realises.
I downloaded this book after a friend recommended it a while ago. Unfortunately, I have only just now managed to get to read it. I am really kicking myself, because it was a fantastic story!
I started to read and couldn't put it down! Sydlynn may not be a typical teen, but her desire to be normal and fit in is something that everyone can relate to. It was interesting to see how this character grew through the story; her confidence in her magic and the relationships with new friends. I loved Syd's grandmother, who although damaged by a powerfully misfired spell, is still a formidable woman in her lucid moments. There are several twists in this story, which kept me hooked! The coven is facing a dangerous foe and, although I kind of guessed who that was before it was revealed, the mystery and suspense that is built up was electrifying. Syd's also facing a potential love triangle, and a fight between her witch half and what her demon half wants. I must admit that I am not really a fan of love triangles, but Brad Peters and Quaid Moromond are like chalk and cheese. Brad may be the star football player of the school, but I liked his warmth and charm. Quaid is the typical bad boy, but it's more image than reality. He is dark and brooding, but also has a vibe that Syd's demon is drawn to. He is still a bit of an enigma though, so I am hoping that I'll get to know him better. There was one surprise I didn't see coming, and that involves a cheerleading bully. I will leave it to you to find out what happened. I will say that it did bring a tear to my eye, in a good way. I was a bit sad when I reached the end of the story, as I wanted to keep reading. I am now looking forward to continuing this series - of which there are 20 books so far - I have a lot of catching up to do!
Patti Larsen has written a fast paced, magical YA novel. I loved the way the author has created characters that are lifelike and likable, but with a paranormal twist. I loved the pace and flow. I am adding this author to my Favourite Authors list.
I highly recommend this book (and series) if you love YA or Paranormal Romances. - Lynn Worton
Good read in the end and I will read the next book.
The writing is really good and it kept me turning pages to the end. What just stopped me making it a 4 was Sydlynn's constant whining and "woe is me" attitude. It was probably appropriate, based on the target audience, but it did get on my nerves after a while. Otherwise, a pretty good book.