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Sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord of the seventh plane. The trouble is, she just wants to be ordinary. Syd struggles to survive the minefield of her new high school while being torn between her attraction to football hero Brad Peters and the darkly mysterious Quaid Moromond. When her coven comes under attack, Syd is forced...more
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Published October 17th 2011 (first published October 15th 2011)
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Being a powerful witch as well as the daughter of a demon lord is not exactly the best recipe for being normal in a modern high school. Add two attractive boys and a bunch of vindictive cheerleaders and things can get complicated.

Syd, the main character, transforms from being the victimized new kid in high school to an assertive person who accepts her magical powers in order to keep the leadership of the Hayle Coven of Witches from falling into the hands of some truly nasty characters. As we re...more
Kim
Sydlynn Hayle is me, you and every teenager. She battles for independence and battles against her own identity. She battles herself as she fights her strong family loyalty against her need for independence. The only difference between Syd and most teenagers is that she has immense power. Syd is not perfect but she is perfectly drawn as a teenager fighting to figure out her own identity separate from that of her family's. But at the heart of it the strong loyalty that Syd has to her family wins o...more
Erin Maurer
Patti Larsen's Family Magic is another top-notch tale that delves into the paranormal world. It's the first book in the Hayle Coven novels, and if this one is any indication, I will certainly be scooping up the others. The story centers on the Hayle Family of witches and their beloved coven. Alongside of coven leader, Miriam Hayle, her daughters Sidlynn and Meira, demon-dad Harry, demon-cat Sassy and crazy Gram are trying to live a normal life. Well, as normal a life as a magical family in a nor...more
Lynn Worton
This is the first book in a fantastically magic series. I loved it!

Sydlynn Hayle is a not so typical teen. She is a powerful witch, who also happens to be part demon. I liked her a lot, even though the angst and self pity sometimes got on my nerves. Her life is not simple by any means, but when danger threatens her family, she is one of the bravest heroines to grace the pages of a book. She is stubborn and determined, and even more powerful than she fully realises.

I downloaded this book after a...more
Dani
Jan 20, 2012 Dani rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: magick
Born into powerful magic and next in line to lead her coven, Sydlynn Hayle has never been able to embrace who and what she is and how to reconcile that with what's expected of her. At sixteen, Syd wants nothing more than to be a normal teenager, to find a place where she truly belongs, and to do that she plans to leave the coven once she turns eighteen - when the choice is finally hers. However, when her family and coven are threatened by an unknown source, will Syd choose the life she wants or...more
Cassandra
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. T...more
Alexia Purdy
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...more
Masquerade Crew
WALKI'S REVIEW

The Hayle Coven. Powerful, but they had to move a few times and generally overnight, because of a few magical accidents. An inconvenience for sixteen-year-old Syd who has to feel the outsider in every high school, while her eight-year-old sister Meira has to make sure she keeps her human appearance at school. Their mother is the powerful and generous witch Miriam Hayle, head of the Hayle Coven; their father is the Demon Lord Haralthazar. Their uncle Frank is a vampire. Syd has trou...more
Erin Cawood
Oct 18, 2011 Erin Cawood rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
It's not easy being at high school and Syd's got it harder than most. Daughter of a coven leader witch and the lord of a demonic plane Syd made the decision to walk away from her magical destiny along time ago. She just wants to be normal. When the coven is attacked by forces set out to destroy it this half witch, half demon isnt the only one surprised by her magical inheritance.

I loved Family Magic. I spent most of it wrapped in a cloud of nostalgia, remembering the traumas of high school, run...more
Carol Holaday
I read a teaser for Family Magic, a young adult paranormal novel by Patti Larsen, and have been looking forward to this book for a while.

Sydlynn is a 16 year-old half witch/half demon (the good kind) who wants nothing to do with magic (it makes her queasy) but is expected to take over leadership of the family someday. All Sydlynn wants is to have a normal life with real friends, to be a normal, non-magical teen. Unfortunately, after having been moved from town to town and school to school whene...more
Jonel Boyko
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-...more
Megan McDade
Review taken from my blog http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.com

Family Magic is the first book in the Hayle Coven Series by author Patti Larsen. It is told thought female protagonist Sydlynn Hayle who is battling with wanting to be a normal sixteen year old and giving into her magic, to being a witch, something she is destined to be whether she embraces it are not. Oh and did I mention Syd and her sister Meria are half demon as well.

The magic in Family Magic is different from any I have read bef...more
Lburt
Debated on whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars and settled for 3 because although I like the main character Syd, man she can be whiny. I kept excepting her to just grow up and take responsibly. But is seemed she could only do it for a short while then she'd go all whiny again and throw why me fits. The fits could have brought the rating down more but there were to many other good points keeping it up. I really enjoyed Syd's family and when it comes to handling her school friends/bullies etc S...more
Kimberly Kinrade
Part demon, part witch, Syd is obviously not like other girls. But she hides who she really is in an attempt to try. When her family's powerful coven is threatened by insidious forces bent on destroying them, Syd has to make choices about her magic that could affect the rest of her life.

This book has everything. Great family drama, hot boys, magic, witches, demons and difficult choices. This is one of my new favorite books of 2011 and I CANNOT WAIT to read the rest of the series. Good thing this...more
Eden Baylee
I'm not surprised Ms. Larsen dedicated this book to her main character, Syd. It's been a long time since I've read a YA novel, but I found myself identifying with Syd from the beginning. She is a heroine worth cheering for.

Filled with suspense, magic, demons, and so much more, Family Magic, above all, is an intelligent read I would have loved as a young girl.

Patti Larsen is an advocate for smart and imaginative stories aimed at young adults, but I suspect many adults will fall in love with her s...more
J.R. Barker
Family magic follows a teenage girl called Sydlyn Hayle.

Syd could be a normal teenage girl if she didn’t try so hard to fit in, but when you’re mother’s leader of a coven, your father is a demon and your little sister looks like one in her down time, normal just doesn’t seem to work out.

We follow Syd, the reluctant witch, as she steadfastly refuses to use her magic and makes every attempt to break out of the coven. Unfortunately for Syd she soon finds that her reluctance in using magic means tha...more
Donna Huber
Since watching the book trailer, I have wanted to read this book. I was thrilled when I won the first 4 books in the series in a recent giveaway. It lived up to expectation. I really enjoyed it and would start the next one immediately if my Nook wasn't telling me to charge it.
Aoife Sheridan
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The story is told through the eyes of Syd, at first I found her to be really, really annoying and wanted to smack her across the head but as I turned each page I could see why she would be so upset and crying all the time. Her mother being the head of a very powerful coven wasn’t enough she also had a father as a demon. All Syd seemed to want was to be normal. I felt sorry for her in school always being bullied by Alison and her clan. B...more
Sally Wolf
Sydlynn just wants to be an ordinary girl, but it is kind of hard when you’re half witch and half demon. She is also the sole heir of her entire coven. Can she figure out why magic makes her physically sick before having to take on this huge responsibility? Or will she be able to rid herself of her power and have a normal life on her own?
This book contains a lot of believable characters and plot twists that will keep you turning pages. I liked how the demon father kept calling his daughter Cup...more
Jennifer
To just be normal....oh and to be rid of the coven of witches she belongs to, as soon as possible. Not to much to ask right? Well not if one day you will be the coven leader! Sydlynn Hayle, typical teenager, daughter of the Hayle Coven's leader and a demon from another plane. Fighting for independence, to find herself, to fit in. Headstrong, temper flaring, no one seems to understand her. Syd just wants to be rid of something she didn't ask to be a part of in the first place.
Then things start h...more
Maegan Morin
Right off the bat one of the main things that I liked about this book was how relateable Sydlynn (cool name right?) was. She was written as the typical selfish, woe is me teenage girl who doesn't get along with her parents. I know that most teenagers feel like their parents "just don't understand". Or at least I did. But what I particularly liked was her growth in the book. it was believable unlike a lot of other books I have read. I also enjoyed the fact that this book made fun of itself a lot....more
Krazybooklady
Sydlynn's mom is the coven leader, her dad is a demon, her grandmother lost her mind while defending the family, her uncle is a vampire who lives in the basement and sleeps in a cupboard, her pet is a demon in a cat body, and her little sister has to disguise her appearance (because she has horns) when she goes out in public. And that is just in a "normal" day. Syd doesn't want to be a part of it anymore and is just waiting for the day when she turns 18 and can get out. However, she soon realize...more
Sapphyria
Setting: Wilding Springs, PA

Sydlynn Hayle is the 16 year-old daughter of Miriam Hayle, witch, and coven leader. All Sydlynn has ever wanted was to forget she has magical powers and just be normal. This, of course is extremely difficult in a family full of witches, demons, and vampires.

Sydlynn's father is Haralthazar, Demon Lord of the Seventh Plane of Demonicon. Because he resides on a different plane, Sydlynn is lucky to see him more than a handful of times each year. Her sister, 8 year-old Mei...more
Catie Rhodes
This YA paranormal has the expected cast of supernatural characters–witches, vampires, fey, and demons. However, it has none of the staleness I sometimes find in this genre. This gem of a book was unexpectedly addictive and exciting.

Family Magic is predominately about witches. Sydlynn Hayle, the main character, is the daughter of a demon and the leader of a witch coven. She is destined for coven leadership one day, but guess what? She wishes she could do anything other than be a witch.

Sydlynn is...more
Rachel Lynn Sterling
I downloaded this book as a freebie and was a little wary of it because of the demon/witchcraft content. I am a christian and I'm not comfortable with the direction in which some authors take these subjects. Don't get me wrong, I'm no nun & certainly never claim to be! I love a good fantasy and that's exactly what this was. The story as a whole wasn't dark & demonic like I was afraid it would be.

It had good, well-built characters and the plot-line was entertaining and moved at a good pa...more
Laura
Family Magic started me into one of my MOST favorite series (the Hayle Coven Novels) and also introduced me to one of my most favorite authors as well, Patti Larsen.

Read and you will be immersed in the teenage world of Sydlynn Hayle & magic, and not just the witch kind! In fact, I'll bet you've never dreamed of all the types of magics or the culture and complications involved in each until Patti Larsen opens your eyes to them in this series. Follow Syd through her trials and triumphs, punctu...more
Dianne
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! Everyon...more
Kirsty Vizard
Although Sydlynn is sixteen and clearly full of angst I found her conflict between 'normality' and using her magical powers and interesting one and I feel that Patti Larsen allows Syd to be the most open and honest character in the story, meaning that she is the one we have most affinity with.
I found Family Magic was an original interpretation of the witch coven story; Sydlynn's father is a full Demon who lives in Demonicon; her sister chooses to live in her Demon form, only using magic to hide...more
Kim
Sydlynn Hayle is me, you and every teenager. She battles for independence and battles against her own identity. She battles herself as she fights her strong family loyalty against her need for independence. The only difference between Syd and most teenagers is that she has immense power. Syd is not perfect but she is perfectly drawn as a teenager fighting to figure out her own identity separate from that of her family's. But at the heart of it the strong loyalty that Syd has to her family wins o...more
Melissa
For me, this book started a little slow. There seemed to be more inner turmoil with the characters than any real interaction. But, as the book went on, I began to see the inner workings of the group of characters that Patti created and how they all fit in the big puzzle.

I felt really sorry for the Hayle family as I went through this book. Not only do they have to deal with the stigma given to them by the grandmother, but the whole coven turns against them when they think that Syd's mom, the hea...more
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