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Family Magic (Hayle Coven Novels #1)

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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
Paperback, 466 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by CreateSpace (first published October 15th 2011)
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 04, 2015 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

You will find me hard pressed to ever pass up the chance to read anything that has to do with witches. For some inexplicable reason, I am always drawn to them. Maybe it is the possibility that with magic, anything can happen. Or maybe I'm just a big kid at heart and still believe that in some way, in some form, magic does exist. ;)

Either way I knew I couldn't pass up the chance to read a story about a young girl both witch and demon and this was a really interesting story line with some
Federica °Kah rahna fauna°
DNF 11%

I was so excited to read this book but that excitement quickly turned into disappointment.The MC is too bratty,selfish and moody for my tastes.It's true that she's 16 but i've read books where young adult are much more mature than her,i tried to go on but it's not doing it for me.
First book free on Amazon.
This was a really easy, pleasant read but very much a young adult novel. Easy characters, plenty of teen angst with family dynamics at their best and worst. As they say, anyone who thinks bringing up a baby is hard work, then they haven't had a teenager. :)
Jul 28, 2015 Heidi rated it really liked it
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 s
Jan 08, 2012 Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 05, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
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
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
Erin Maurer
Jul 11, 2012 Erin Maurer rated it it was amazing
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
Melissa Martin
Jan 05, 2016 Melissa Martin marked it as to-read
Laura Thomas
Aug 26, 2015 Laura Thomas rated it it was amazing
This is a story about a sixteen year old girl. She wants what everyone wants. To fit in. To find her place. But being a teen, she’s dealing with all of that angst, those hormones. Being bullied at school, responsible for her insane grandmother, and clashing with her mother have Syd all torn up inside.

She must find herself. Discover what she wants. She thinks she doesn’t wanted her magic. Doesn’t want to be a witch. And she keeps her demon half locked down inside her. All of this frustration and
Lynn Worton
May 21, 2014 Lynn Worton rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 20, 2012 Dani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Masquerade Crew
Mar 04, 2013 Masquerade Crew rated it really liked it

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
Erin Cawood
Oct 18, 2011 Erin Cawood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel Lynn Sterling
Jun 12, 2012 Rachel Lynn Sterling rated it really liked it
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
Carol Holaday
Oct 22, 2011 Carol Holaday rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jonel Boyko
Jun 13, 2013 Jonel Boyko rated it it was amazing
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-
Review taken from my blog
updated 2015

I really enjoyed Family Magic, I love a good paranormal read and I have found that I'm Family Magic.

I really liked the magic in Family Magic it is different from any I have read before, the coven leader, that being Syd's mother Miriam, can control the magic of the coven during ceremonies, she hones in and uses the coven's power but not in evil way. I also really like that the Demon's in Family Magic aren't portrayed as s
Feb 09, 2012 Lburt rated it liked it
Shelves: wizards-witches
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
Eden Baylee
Jul 23, 2012 Eden Baylee rated it it was amazing
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
Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)

Family Magic by Patti Larsen is the first book by the author that I have read and I am so glad I got to know about Patti Larsen through this tour.

This book is about a teenage witch who, although, part of a coven just wants to be a normal teenager but despite all her wishes to be normal, everything about her is abnormal. Her mother is the leader of a powerful coven, her father's a demon and then she is faced with a crisis that demands her participation with
Katlynn Thompson
Jan 09, 2016 Katlynn Thompson rated it liked it
Shelves: my-kindle
It should be noted that I am a sucker for anything involving the supernatural; our main character is the child of two major supernatural beings, count me in.

The plot isn't one I've ever read before. There were aspects that were very similar to other, more we'll know books, but not so much so that it felt ripped from them.

The book follows Sydlynn, a sixteen year old half-witch, half-demon. Who, on top of 'normal' teenage drama, is dealing with unknown attacks on her mothers coven.

I love the par
Cristina Valencia
Jul 29, 2015 Cristina Valencia rated it liked it
When I was younger, I was a huge fan of Sabrina The Teenage Witch. I imagined this book would be something like that. In some ways it was (they had a cat that was turned into a cat as punishment, which obviously reminded me of Salem the cat from the show), but in others it wasn't. The main difference to me was that the heroine, Syd, was nothing like Sabrina. For about the first half of the book, I was very annoyed at her. She kept complaining that she didn’t want her powers but she had no reason ...more
Donna Huber
Dec 27, 2013 Donna Huber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya
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.
J.R. Barker
Jun 29, 2015 J.R. Barker rated it it was amazing
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
Aoife Sheridan
Mar 31, 2014 Aoife Sheridan rated it really liked it
Review of Family Magic
Rating: 4 stars
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
Sally Wolf
Jul 03, 2013 Sally Wolf rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 15, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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
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