Family Magic (Book One--Hayle Coven Novels)

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Sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord, but she just wants to be ordinary. Syd struggles to survive the minefield of a new high school while torn between her attraction to football hero Brad Peters and the darkly mysterious Quaid Moromond. When her coven comes under attack, Syd is forced to face the fact only her power can save her family's magic.
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Published: Oct. 15, 2011
Words: 94,150
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465806871
About Patti Larsen

About me, huh? Well, 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 the idea of sports even though sports hate 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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Reviews

Review by: Books4Tomorrow Reviews on Jan. 08, 2012 : star star star star star
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.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Karpov Kinrade on Oct. 25, 2011 : star star star star star
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.

A MUST READ!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Natalie Star on Oct. 20, 2011 : star star star star star
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 :)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Natalie Star on Oct. 20, 2011 : (no rating)
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 :)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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