A review by Maria.
I would like to thank author Patti Larsen for letting me read her novel Family Magic in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Sydlynn Hayle wants nothing more than to be a normal teenager with a normal life.The only problem is that she and her family are far from normal. The women in her family are witches and her father is a demon; and as much as she might try to suppress them she has powers too, both witch and demonic. Added to her problems are: her attraction to star footballer Brad, being bullied by the popular girls at school, and finding out she was in an arranged marriage with the new guy in her coven, Quaid, since birth.
Syd started out as a rather uninteresting character in a very interesting family. She was even somewhat unlikable in the beginning and it took the huge amount of bullying she endured at school to endear her to me. She first started to gain huge character growth through the bullying and her character kept growing and becoming stronger as the story continued. Syd became smart, funny, compassionate, and brave, and most of all she grew a huge love for her family. She also grew as a witch as well. Syd had shunned her powers and wanted nothing more than to be rid of them when she turned 18; but when learning that it is not a possibility for her, she tries to not practice magic with disastrous and sometimes comedic effects. Her journey and watching her grow became a fascinating adventure.
Syd’s mother, Miriam, is a strong and fearless leader for the coven. Miriam’s also the leader for the family, since her husband is in the demon world. Miriam struggles with taking care of the crazy grandmother, Syd’s adorable demonic little sister, and pressuring Syd to embrace magic. Even though their mother-daughter relationship goes beyond the normal spats; being as they mostly fight about magic, she still is there to comfort Syd when she’s at her lowest. When Syd’s powers start to break out and she loses control, her mother finds comedy in the situation, despite being mad.
This book had a huge host of wonderful side characters in Syd’s family, her coven, and at school. I hope all will make more appearances in future books. My favorite might be Sass, the witch imprisoned in a cat and serving the Hayle family. Sass was a huge part of the comedy and sassiness in this book and I’d like to know more about his backstory.
Family Magic was a longer YA novel but seemed to move very quickly in pace. It featured many different storylines going on in Syd’s life and that kept the novel both interesting and fast. With two different possible love interests, massive fall-out from drama in the coven, and interesting developments at school, the next book in this series should be equally addicting.
I would recommend this book to young adult and adult readers alike.
My rating: 4 /5 stars.
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Family Magic by Patti Larsen is a young adult paranormal novel that won 1st place in World’s Best Story contest and is published by Premiere. The tour runs August 3-31 with mostly reviews as well as author interviews and guest posts. Check out the tour page for more information.
Her mom’s a witch, her dad’s a demon and she just wants to be ordinary. But, when an insidious evil comes after her family, Sydlynn Hayle has to choose to be the normal girl she craves or step up, embrace her magic and save her coven from disaster.
About the Author:
Patti is an award-winning author with a passion for the paranormal. Now with multiple series in happy publication, she lives in Canada with her patient husband and six demanding cats.
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