Here we are at the end of August, on the brink of heading into Fall. With the coming of Fall, there are crisp cool days, lengthening shadows, and a time for all things paranormal. What better way to get you in the spirit for the upcoming Halloween season than with a good, witchy read? I am pleased to be on The Family Magic Tour hosted by Candace's Book Blog and Promotions. For my tour spot today, I have a review and giveaway. So let's get to the good stuff.
Here is my review:
Family Magic by Patti Larsen
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.
Her mom's a witch. Her dad's a demon. And she just wants to be ordinary.
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.
Four Stars: A fun, coming of age witch read.
Sydlynn once again finds herself muddling through another boring ceremony. At sixteen, Syd is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon. Syd should be excited at the prospect of one day leading the coven, but she wants nothing to do with magic. Syd can't wait until the day she turns eighteen so she can renounce her magic and live a normal life. Unfortunately for Syd, things in her new town are about to take a strange turn. Darkness is coming, and something is after Syd's family. As the witches fall, Syd and her inner demon are the only thing standing between her family and destruction. Will Syd stand up and seize her power?
What I Liked:
- What a fun, witchy read. This is a book with a teen witch who is dealing with plenty of normal teenage angst, as well as some paranormal problems as well. I thought this was a good coming of age novel with lots of interesting paranormal characters from witches, to demons, vampires and even a talking cat. If you want a witchy read a bit on the lighter side, definitely consider Family Magic.
- Syd at first, was a difficult character for me to warm up to. She starts out a bit bratty and self centered, but in fairness, aren't many sixteen year olds a bit dramatic and egocentric? Syd is struggling with another new school, her magic and bullying at school. Finally, Syd decides enough is enough and she takes a stand. At this point, Syd does a strong turn around, and from there on out, I liked her. Once she starts to accept who she is, she takes control and stands up for herself and fights for her family. She goes from a brat to a strong witch who is willing to fight for those she loves.
- I liked the eclectic cast of paranormal characters. There are vampires, witches, a demon cat and even a faerie. I think what I liked the most about the characters was that none of them were scary and evil, not even the demons. This was a light paranormal read, perfect for younger readers.
- When Syd was bullied by the school's mean girl, I did an inward groan. I can't stand the whole mean girl theme, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. Syd ends up doing something unexpected, and everything turns around. I was impressed at the way it all played out. I thought it sent out a great message for teens.
- I was also happy that there wasn't a romance. There is a set up for two potential love interests, but by the end of the book, neither relationship had progressed beyond friendship. I was thinking a love triangle was in the works, but instead there ended up being no romance. I liked that the romance didn't develop, and I was even more pleased that there wasn't a love triangle. For all of you romance fans, no worries, the foundation is in place for a romance down the road.
- This is an independent book, and one you shouldn't miss. It is well written, entertaining, clean and polished. An indie gem!
- The book ends with a nice, solid resolution. No cliffhangers or nagging questions. I love when the first book in a series avoids the cliffhanger.
And The Not So Much:
- One issue I had with the story was that I thought it lacked a bit in development and explanation. The reader is introduced to witches, vampires and demons, but there isn't a lot of description on these entities as far as their powers, origins and all that. For instance, Syd's uncle is a vampire. How does the brother of a witch become a vampire? There was no information on the vampires. I was also bothered by the fact that there was not much information on Syd's demon father. I would love to get to know him more, and I would be interested to know the details on how a demon marries a witch. I was also confused by the lack of explanation on the powers, what are edges in powers? I hope that in the next book, the author takes time to flesh things out a bit more.
- For me, it was rather apparent from the get go who the villain was. No big surprise when the perpetrator was exposed. I was disappointed that the family didn't clue in sooner.
- What was the deal with the senile grandmother? Was she crazy because of old age or was there something more to it? I struggled a bit with the fact that a once powerful witch was reduced to a crazed, drooling old lady.
Family Magic is a good, fun, paranormal read perfect for younger teens. It is a coming of age story with a paranormal twist. I enjoyed watching, Syd, the heroine, grow and mature as she learned to accept who she was. I also liked that all the paranormal entities were of the friendly variety. This is a read you can hand to your younger read with confidence. I enjoyed this one, and I will be on the lookout for the sequels.
I received a copy of this book from a tour promoter in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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.
Find Patti: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.
Finally as part of the tour, I am able to offer you a chance to win:
5 paperback copies of Family Magic (US/CA) and a $25 Amazon gift card (INT)
To enter fill out the Rafflcopter. Please note: This giveaway is not hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. I will not be responsible for selecting winners and distributing prizes. For further giveaway details please visit Candace's Book Blog and Promotions.
A big thanks to Candace for hosting the tour. Be sure to visit her blog for upcoming tour opportunities.
Check out the rest of the tour:
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Review – Candace’s Book Blog
Review – My Guilty Obsession
Review – Girl of 1000 Wonders
Interview – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf
Review – Shelf Life
Guest Post – CBY Book Club
Review – Buried Under Books
Review – Savings in Seconds
Review – Fangirls Read it First
Review – Terry’s Book Addiction
Review – Always YA at Heart
Guest Post – Bewitched Bookworms (Review on another day)
Review & Interview – My So-Called Book Reviews
Guest Post – Hope To Read
Review – Books and Ashes
Review – Reading Away The Days
Guest Post – Novel Novice
Review – Moonlight Rendezvous
Review – I Sold My Soul For Books
Interview – I Read Indie
Review & Guest Post – Natural Bri- Pursuits of Life
Interview – Fiction Dreams
Review – The Reader and the Chef
Review – Mary’s Cup of Tea
Review – Books Are Magic
Review & Guest Post – Second Run Reviews
Review – fuonlyknew
Interview – Bookhounds YA
Interview – Curling Up With A Good Book
Review – Every Free Chance
Review – Book Lovers Life
Review – Word Forward
Review – Njkinny’s World of Books & Stuff
Review – Maureen’s Books
Review – Remember the Books
Review – Rainy Day Ramblings
Review – Book Groupies