Family Magic (Book One--Hayle Coven Novels) [NOOK Book]

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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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Overview

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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940032816348
  • Publisher: Patti Larsen
  • Publication date: 10/15/2011
  • Series: Hayle Coven Novels , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,593
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 900 KB

Meet the Author

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Awsome

    Best book ever! It was so cool I used to hate fantasy now I love it!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Love it

    I can't say enough about this book. I loved it from the first chapter. Couldn't put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    It started off ok

    The author did good introducing the main character and her "normal" life, but the constant mood swings, screaming for no reason and constant melodrama turned me off from reading past the 7th chapter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Boring plot

    Another bored, spoiled teen book. No thanks

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  • Posted August 26, 2014

    I would recommend that you NOT read this book, because it is so

    I would recommend that you NOT read this book, because it is so good that you're going to be forced to buy the other 17-20 volumes that continue Syds story. Superbly written , compelling story line and endearing characters. The Hayle witches will become your family. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Anonomis

    I loveed this book so much its a great thing to do on long car rides also i could not put it down. I am defently going to get the seconed book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Glad it was free

    First few chapters were enough for me. Obviously written for young teens

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Awesome:-)

    This was the awesomest book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Love It!!!

    This is such a good book! The plot is fantastic and I could barely put it down!!! The author should be proud of this story! It is awesome!!!

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    If you love books that pull you in from page one due to their de

    If you love books that pull you in from page one due to their descriptive nature, you're going to love this book. I was immediately in love with how the author managed to make me feel the emotions and physical feelings of the character from the first scene. This is an awesome young adult paranormal romance that I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    First time reviewer

    Have never written a review before but this one is a must read. It has the feel of a fantastic series but also stands alone just as well. Terrific.


    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    Great Fun!

    Enjoyable - it's a smooth, fast read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Amazing

    Its complicated to explain but youll just have to read it. The hard times syd (the main character) was having in the story reminded me of my own family struggles and weirdly enough it had a lot of peoples names in it that i know anyway READ IT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    A fun read

    A little intrigue, a little love and a lot of fun!

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  • Posted August 29, 2013

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    I was left floored by how amazing this story was. Endearing stor

    I was left floored by how amazing this story was. Endearing storytelling that sucks you in and doesn’t let go, even when it’s over.  I never thought a family of witches could get into so much chaos! A nonstop ride into the depths of the powerful Hayle coven, where things can go haywire in an instant.

    I absolutely loved this book. The world building, the characters…all of it was so easy to fall into and love the people like good friends. It follows Sydlynn Hayle, a reluctant teenage witch who’ll do anything to get rid of the magic she’s born into. Her mother is the coven leader and her father is a Demon Lord. Can’t get much farther from normal than that. But all she wants is to be normal, a goal that seems to be slipping from her hands more and more as each day passes. Bullied at school no matter how hard she tries to fit in, she finds empowerment in places and in people she never thought possible. 

    But someone is out to destroy the Hayle coven and it will ultimately be up to Syd to find out who and why, before it’s too late. Could it be the Moromonds- old friends of Miriam (Syd’s mom) who just rejoined the coven with their oddly magnetic son Quaid? Or is it some unknown magic that threatens them all?

    You’ll love the twists and turns, Syd’s snarkiness and stubbornness and oh, the magic of course. It gives us an inside look at how a coven works, a magical family that I’d want to belong to! There are traitors, different magical beings and a world that beckons you in with ease. It’s definitely a world you want to just stay in and follow Syd around. The stuff that happens to this chick are just unforgettable.

    I can’t wait to start book 2 of this 20 book series. It’s a definite must read! 

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

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    Teen? Demon?? Witch???

    Being a teen is often hard enough, you aren’t quite old enough to think, act, make decisions like an adult, yet, you’re too old for that gapped tooth, pink, fluffy cuteness of a child. You also haven’t quite mastered the art of tact, self-assuredness, etc. What’s left for a teen to do? Rebel, of course! But if your mother is a powerful witch coven leader, your father is a “nice” demon, and your uncle is a vampire, and you want to be “normal,” well, it takes teen rebellion to a new level! Everyone scrutinizes your every move, you are a public figure in the world of the supernatural, and it’s probably worse than being a preacher’s child. Sydlynn Hayle tries to act “normal” at school, but she is an outcast, picked on brutally by the “in crowd” and there isn’t a thing she can do about it, because her magic isn’t exactly reliable and besides, it’s against the laws of the coven. Yep, the teen years are tough.

    When strange things start happening to the Hayle Coven, or, just about anywhere Sydlynn is, of course, she gets blamed and feels totally misunderstood, even more of an outcast. When the very existence of the coven is threatened, and her family’s lives are at risk, will Sydlynn finally put her rebellious streak to good use? There is dark magic in the air, and no one senses it but Sydlynn, why won’t people believe or trust in her? And at school? Is there a way to turn her misfortune around there? Is there anywhere Sydlynn can feel like she fits in? She has gifts and abilities with far more power than everyone realizes, even her, but will it be enough in the end?
    Family Magic by Patti Larsen had me from the first page as her tale unfolded around the Hayle family, snarky Sydlynn in particular. With an array of great characters, including a demon cat with an attitude, my favorite was, by far, Syd. Attitude or not, that girl has a huge heart, one that she seemed to almost try to hide, because she felt so misunderstood. The plot runs in high gear, with great subplots, and a few completely comical scenes, to boot! Worried about teen angst? Don’t, Syd is one tough teen!

    I guess you could say I was ‘spellbound’ by Family Magic! Although I already own this book, I did receive a review copy from Story Cartel and the author in exchange for my honest review.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2013

    Sydlynn Hayle is a half witch, half demon who just wants to be w

    Sydlynn Hayle is a half witch, half demon who just wants to be wholly normal. She's biding her time until her 18th birthday when she can renounce her magic forever and be ordinary. Problem is renouncing her magic probably means cutting ties to her quirky family. And they mean a lot to her. Even if they DO force her to move cities far too often.

    So she's in another small town with another batch of cliches like the cheerleader bully. But this time Sydlynn has had enough of it. It's going to be different now.

    Throw in two love interests in the form of the coven's newest addition--Quaid--AND the bully's ex-boyfriend--Brad and a huge betrayal, and you have an exciting story.

    For me this book got off to a slow start with a little too much emphasis on Sydlynn's angst. But as the story progressed, I read faster and faster, eager to reach the end. I would have given it four stars if there'd been more of a love story (because I LOVE romance).

    Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

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    Patti pens "Family Magic" the first book in 'The Hayle

    Patti pens "Family Magic" the first book in 'The Hayle Coven Series" in a well written plot with vivid descriptions, filled with magick, witches, demons, and drama. With well developed, strong and believable characters that have good chemistry between them, this book will keep you awake turning the pages. I've always loved how Patti takes the time to introduce the characters and the world they live in to her readers, this is something that is very rare. I am truly looking forward to the second book to see what happens and highly recommend this book to all supernatural/paranormal fans.




    This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 24, 2013

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    My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!! **Received th

    My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!!

    **Received the ebook free in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour

    I really loved this book :) It was easy to be sucked into Syd’s life. High school is a rough enough time without adding witch and demon problems to the mix. She is trying so hard to be her own person on home, but fit in at school. She is an emotional mess, but this is typical for a 16 year old girl. I love how strong she is and that she stands up against bullying. This book is packed with all sorts of things like high school bullies, boys, teen angst, talking cat, vampires, coven, crazy grandma, spells gone awry, and so much more. 

    I recommend to all paranormal book lovers of YA age or adults. You will not be bored reading this book. And when I looked to see if it is a series, it is and has like 20 books. I’m going to have to read them all!! And I’m going to have to buy them in paperback, so I can have them for my classroom because I think the kids will love them. 

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

    This novel is captivating, enthralling, and fast-paced while sti

    This novel is captivating, enthralling, and fast-paced while still remaining a light and very enjoyable read. Larsen’s phenomenal descriptions paint a vivid world for you. They support the very well developed story that this amazing storyteller presents to us. I also enjoy how she meshes the world of witchcraft with the mundane world of mere mortals. This story is developed in such a manner that allows you to see the possibility of it happening right next door.




    This novel takes the well-known to-be-a-witch story, and gives it to the audience backwards. Larsen writes a thrillingly captivating tale about accepting who you are. Throughout her very well thought out and solidly put together novel Larsen illustrates how, regardless of who you are or who you think you want to be, life is always best if you are above all, yourself. 




    Larsen puts together a very interesting cast of characters. There is a large variation in personalities, physical appearances, and walks in life, yet the characters mesh together into a cohesive unit that has at least one person that everyone can relate to. Larsen’s cast of characters is also very well developed. Each one is uniquely developed to fit their role in the story. I also appreciate the varied degree of development found throughout the cast. Larsen doesn’t over or under develop any of her characters. As a reader, you find out what is relevant to the character in question. 




    As a whole, this was a very captivating novel that I couldn’t put down. I was enthralled throughout and cannot wait to read more about these characters and to dive into further work by this very talented author.




    Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review

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