As stories go, this one begins pretty well. It introduces Sydlynn Hayle and her family as they perform a coven ritual. From the very beginMy Thoughts:
As stories go, this one begins pretty well. It introduces Sydlynn Hayle and her family as they perform a coven ritual. From the very beginning, it's obvious Syd wants to be anywhere but there and she wants to be a normal, teenage girl, not the daughter of an all-powerful witch and a demon lord. From there, the story unfolds as she tries to come to grips with who she really is while juggling being the new girl at school and the increasingly tense and emotional rift that is occurring between herself and her mother.
The plot was interesting but not terribly unique. I felt as though a lot of scenes were 'in the raw', so to speak, not having a very polished feel to them. More like scenes that were jotted down because they sounded good but then weren't expanded on. So, some of the writing jumped a bit with very little opportunity to transition smoothly or realistically from one situation to the next.
As for Syd, she pretty much annoyed me through most of the book. She had her moments where she was humorous or courageous or insightful. But she spent way too much of the book whining about her existence and being way too self-absorbed. I loved her little sister, Meira, and the family cat, Sassafrass, and the grandmother cracked me up several times throughout the book. I just wished the interactions Syd had with these particular characters had been more developed.
Overall, it was an okay read. It had it's moments that made me glad I continued reading. I'm not sure if I'll continue reading this series or not. I'm feeling rather lukewarm about it right now. ...more