I've had the great honour of reviewing Family Magic (Book 1) from Patti Larsen's The Hayle Coven Series earlier this month, and I'll be honest I really didn't know what to expect from a paranormal young adult about a teenage half demon half witch.
I'm 29, and although I dabble with the likes of Dan Brown, I'm a Rom-Com gal I read the likes of Katie Fforde, Marian Keyes, Madeline Wickham. I'm also a big fan of the Mills and Boon RIVA series (Harlequin Presents Extra in the U.S.) So I'm not the typical target audience. But I'm also a huge fan of the television series Charmed, and I loved Sabrina when I was younger. I fell in love with Harry Potter and read all seven books in seven weeks and I still remember every detail of the very first book I read for pleasure in high school, so I went in with an open mind. Until I opened the first page and realised it was in 1st person prose, I hate 1st person and dreaded reading the rest.
I love Syd. Her sarcasm is witty and she's takes that typical teenage 'me against the rest of the world' attitude does the things you wish you had done at school. In fact, the one and only time I stood up to the school bully, she hit me and I hit my head off a radiator and blacked out. No, not Syd, She gives a party of people food poisoning. Fantastic! She has a rocky relationship with her parents that stems from her desire to be one of the 'normals' and the resentment she holds towards them. They made her part witch part demon. But when the cards are down and her family are in danger she knows exactly which path to follow.
I read the whole novel cover to cover and to my surprise there was a sneak peak at Witch Hunt (book 2) in the back which left me aching for more and is out now! You can read my 5-Star review at Goodreads
5/5 - Recommended for a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the happiest days of your life!