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Family Magic

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Her mom's a witch.
Her dad's a demon.
And she just wants to be ordinary.

I batted at the curl of smoke drifting off the tip of my candle and tried not to sneeze. My heavy velvet cloak fell in oppressive, suffocating folds in the closed space of the ceremony chamber, the cowl trapping the annoying bits of puff I missed. I hated the way my eyes burned and teared, an almost ...

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Overview

Her mom's a witch.
Her dad's a demon.
And she just wants to be ordinary.

I batted at the curl of smoke drifting off the tip of my candle and tried not to sneeze. My heavy velvet cloak fell in oppressive, suffocating folds in the closed space of the ceremony chamber, the cowl trapping the annoying bits of puff I missed. I hated the way my eyes burned and teared, an almost constant distraction. Not that I didn't welcome the distraction, to be honest. Anything to take my mind from what went on around me.

Being part of a demon raising is way less exciting than it sounds.

Sydlynn Hayle's life couldn't be more complicated. Trying to please her coven, starting over in a new town, and fending off a bully cheerleader who hates her are just the beginning of her troubles. What to do when delicious football hero Brad Peters--boyfriend of her cheer nemesis--shows interest? If only the darkly yummy witch, Quaid Moromond, didn't make it so difficult for her to focus on fitting in with the normal kids. Add to that her crazy grandmother's constant escapes driving her family to the brink and Syd's between a rock and a coven site. Forced to take on power she doesn't want to protect a coven who blames her for everything, only she can save her family's magic.
If her family's distrust doesn't destroy her first.

· "A great, inventive plot, a deeply flawed, self-deprecating, heroine, many wondrous sub-characters and a constantly-evolving world of madness and magic (with a goodly side order of teen angst thrown in!). What more could you want?" -- Amazon reviewer Hobbitual
· " Thank you Ms. Larsen, for an excellent read....please please please tell me there will be more about these characters!" -- Amazon reviewer Michelle William
· " ...this book was incredible. I was sucked in from the very beginning. I fell in love with the characters. The plot twists and the way it was written kept me turning pages well into the night." -- Amazon reviewer Misty Harvey

Don't miss the exciting sequels in the Hayle Coven Novels:

Witch Hunt
Demon Child
The Wild
The Long Lost
Gatekeeper
Flesh and Blood
Full Circle
Divided Heart
First Plane
Light and Shadow
Queen of Darkness
Dark Promise
Unseelie Ties
Ancient Ways
The Undying
Shifting Loyalties
Enforcer
Coven Leader
The Last Call

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466451032
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/17/2011
  • Pages: 470
  • Sales rank: 831,310
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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 October 2, 2014

    Enchanting

    Tis book had me hooked from the beginning. If yo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014

    Horrible!

    I don't understand the high ratings. This was awful & it was dumped in the second chapter! The characters were strange & not likable. The premise was so weird, even for a paranormal book. Thank goodness this was free.

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  • Posted September 26, 2014

    Loved it!!

    Great book. I enjoyed reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2014

    Good read!

    This book is very well written. The plot is not only present, but flows logically even through the illogical world of a high school misfit. The many characters were also thoughtfully introduced and developed.

    I am looking forward to continuing to share the Hayle family's adventures.

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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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