Monday, February 20, 2012

"Family Magic" by Patti Larsen - Review

    Here is a description of "Family Magic" that the author has provided, as well as the book's general information:

  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (October 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466451033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466451032

"Sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord of the seventh plane. The trouble is, she just wants to be ordinary. Syd struggles to survive the minefield of her new high school while being 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 she is a witch and only her power can save her family’s magic."   

 In "Family Magic", we are introduced to Sydlynn Hale -- your typical angsty, brooding, parent-loathing teenager; a teenager who also happens to be part demon and all witch. Sydlynn's quirky family and coven are expertly crafted, well-rounded characters who both amuse and astonish readers. Some of my favorite characters were Uncle Frank and significant other Sunny (vampire lovers), Sassafras (a talking cat...brought me right back to the days of "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch"), and Grandma Ethpeal (a completely batty old woman). Syd's mother, Miriam, is a powerful witch who is also the head of the coven and her father is a demon living in another world who occasionally gets to visit; this creates strife and controversy for Syd, who rejects her innate abilities and the life she has been born into. Syd struggles to find her voice and her place in the world, all while attending high-school. She must learn to overcome social stigma and to cope with her true nature. Her journey through maturation and self-assertion is hauntingly reminiscent of any teenager's...despite the paranormal aspect, this book has growing up pegged to a tee. "Family Magic" is sweet, witty, and jam-packed with originality.

If you like books with a fresh take on a great concept, you will love "Family Magic". I couldn't put it down. :)

You can purchase "Family Magic" on Amazon for $4.99 as a Kindle E-book, or for $13.67 as a paperback. Some of her work is available on Smashwords or Barnes and Noble also.

     The author, Patti Larsen, is an avid writer of YA fiction from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can read more about her, as well as her postings, here. You can also follow her on facebook, Google+, or twitter to keep up to date on her latest writing! Larsen has already published three more novels in the Hayle Coven series since October -- wow! I am impressed with the timing, and I can't wait to read them. Book two is named "Witch Hunt", book three is "Demon Child" and book four is "The Wild". To read excerpts of all five novels, you can visit Larsen's blog. There are two prequels to the Hayle Coven series, "Fire and Illusion" and "Smoke and Magic", which are centered around one of Sydlynn's ancestors, Auburdeen. The author has also written three novels ("Run", "Hide" and "Fight) in the Hunted series, which looks like another great YA fiction pick, as well as several short stories.


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