“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.” https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/96757
I rate this YA novel with a four out of five stars. I knew, before I began the story, that Ms. Larsen owns a candid voice that is all her own. You can read her guest post for this blog here. I liked our witchy heroine, Sydlynn Hayle from the beginning. She struggles with her independence, self-esteem, and battles trying to fit in vs. being true to herself. Too many young adult novels misrepresent teenage girls as maudlin and self-serving. Sydlynn is an imperfect witch in an imperfect, magical world; but readers may learn a thing or two about integrity from her.
What I most enjoyed about this book was its freshness and lack of condescension. Ms. Larsen’s prose is cheeky, charming, and polished. The story is fun, youthful, and masters a world where good magic and dark forces collide without taking the reader to a place of all doom and gloom. This is the first of the Hayle Coven series.
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