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Verdell Walker is the author of THE COVEN series. Born and raised in the South, writing has been her escape from reality for many years.
Verdell is an avid sports fan and absolutely devoted to the Green Bay Packers. A gifted cook and baker, few things make her happier than making a meal for her family and friends. Except maybe writing about her favorite boys.
on March 24, 2013 :
The Coven is a what I'd call perfection. I know, I know ─ "Nothing is perfect" ─ but The Coven is as close to perfection by my standard.
First of all, the book itself can be divided into three different stories. One of an ex-queen bee who changed ways and decided to fight against all type of bullying due to reasons that traumatized her; second is a romantic love story with a touch of forbidden-love between two different worlds; last, but not least, an action-packed, fast-paced story of an age-old war between the good and the bad.
The fact that the author can fit all of those into a single book just amaze me. Even better, the story just flows seamlessly, not a single thing seemed out of place. It was the most important thing that I always look for in a book and I was extremely delighted when I did.
From the very beginning until the last page, The Coven got me hooked, each page turned leaving me hungering for more. There characters were all well-described. Kat, our heroine, was a very good friend to everyone with not a speck of evil intentions at all. The Brotherhood and Bronwyn were the best of friends ever, their friendship with each other and with Kat went to a higher level; almost like a family.
There were times when the plot got a bit too predictable, as if the author meant for the readers to absorb that fact. It was like the author was giving a silent warning, like, "Watch, I have a little surprise for you soon."
But then again, maybe it was just me.
I know I said The Coven is perfect, but then again, nothing is perfect. Wow, I am such a hypocrite. There are times when the events were too unbelievable. Some aspect were just impossible to happen, even by fiction standard. Plus, it seemed like our heroes and heroine were capable of solving their problems way too easily. I'm not saying that I want them to suffer, but I'd like it if they go through the problems a bit longer, or solve it in a way that makes the enemies look a bit tougher to get rid of.
Of course, I simply cannot overlook the romance bits between Kat and Blaze. They started of as friends, slowly taking their time to get to know each other more before jumping the boyfriend-girlfriend status. It was a real and honest relationship where they confide each other with their deepest secret, and accept the others flaws to love them for who they really are. All of those things combined, I say that is the most beautiful form of love.
The pace quickened up a bit towards the ending, effectively building up the atmosphere to a higher level. Then, the end came with a bang. A cliffhanger. I felt a sense of betrayal and disappointment when it came, because there were no more pages to turn.
Overall, I loved The Coven. It has a very interesting concept which made it a deliciously addicting page-turner, and I hate to admit it, but it was worth the sleepless night. Beautifully enchanting, The Coven deserves a solid 5 stars. Lovely read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 16, 2013 :
This book has a lot going on. You have the beginnings of your typical romance - girl and boy meet, girl and boy fall in love - but The Coven has so much more thrown in to the tangle, including witches and warlocks with some pretty amazing powers, a jealous ex-girlfriend, an evil minion intent on destroying humankind and controlling the world, and some wickedly awesome action-packed fight scenes.
Kat moves to a new school for a fresh start and makes some new friends, and a few enemies. She falls hard for Blaze (but hey, who wouldn't?), and they have to fight against the odds to stay together. Kat is an amazing character. She is strong, independent, and does not follow the crowd. Though this was not always the case and it is not always the easiest thing for her, she is determined to make herself a better person. Blaze is used to girls throwing themselves at him, so when Kat doesn't, he definitely takes notice. Blaze is a nice guy, though he finds out he is not perfect. I have gotta say, he has got some amazingly awesome friends. I love those guys! I am very much anticipating learning more about them in future books, especially Q and Cody; they are my favorites.
The Coven also takes on some very tough social issues, such as bullying and suicide. There are more issues incorporated into the story, but these are the two foremost. As I said, there is a lot going on, but the author was able to weave it all together into an engaging tale that was really fun to read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)