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The Promise

(Coven #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  582 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Armed with kick-ass shoes, can CJ stop a maniacal coven leader, save the town, and still get Mr. Melt In Your Mouth Gorgeous while surviving the darkness coming for her?

The smoke from the fire burned her eyes, its heat caressed her skin and the taste of fear choked her. She was going to burn just as her ancestor did all those centuries ago in New Salem Village. How could s
Paperback, 170 pages
Published August 24th 2011 by Black Matrix Publishing LLC (first published 2011)
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Veronica Morfi
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4/5

The Promise was the story of CJ, the most powerful witch in a town filled with them, yet a non-believer. CJ made a promise to her dying sister never to join the coven of New Salem and so far she kept it. But with her 18th birthday coming up, everyone being so sure that she has to join and a gorgeous stranger pushing her towards the coven, what's a girl to do?

I loved CJ, she was a great main character. Full of life and so much fun. I loved how even though she lives in a town where pret
Smart and Fun!

Yes! I chose to read The Promise by Apryl Baker because I wanted to read a book with witches. Ha! Joke is on me, because CJ's story is so much more! Writing is excellent. Editing is excellent. Plot, characters...everything is just awesome! Love it and highly recommend it!
The story was good...the plot was good, but the conversations were too immature for me.
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Witches. Magic. Curses. Three things I love to read in a book. Not only did the plot line ring me in right away, but he kept me thoroughly entertained.

I like that immediately the reader is hit by lost. The reader feels the deep emotions of a lost loved one followed by trailing of journal entries, mysterious dreams, etc. I like how all of these elements lead the reader to dark past full of secrets and a curse. The way the plot line unfolded, kept me happy. Reading every twist and turn of the book
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I came across this book very randomly and started reading without any idea of what it would entail. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. The mystery surrounding the death of Cassie's sister and her efforts to unravel it were engrossing, and I was really pleased with the dynamics of the female characters (particularly between Cassie and Emily). This is the sort of book that sucks you in the more you read, and the writer did a good job in slowly revealing information regarding th ...more
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Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book. Let me say that again I loved this book. I loved the idea that Cassie who doesn't believe in witchcraft is the most powerful one of all. I love how her dad through all his faults shows his love and tries to protect Cassie. The book sucks you in from the moment you begin until the last page and leaves you wanting more.

Cassie is a non believer who has the best friend who is perfect. Or so everyone thinks. Cassie with her fiery hair that goes with her personality is smart and kin
Kimber Wheaton
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

While The Promise is book one of a series, I'm happy to report that it has an ending. No major cliffhanger here; yes the reader is aware that the story continues but author Apryl Baker treats us to a satisfying ending for book one. This is the second book I've read by Ms. Baker. I really enjoy the characters she creates, they are not only interesting but have depth.

CJ is a non-believer in a town full of the descendants of wit
Sydney Moore
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is so awesome. I downloaded it from amazon cuz I liked the cover and then got sucked in. Who doesn't like a guy that could make your knees go all jelloey? Plus Cassie is not some girl that needs the guy to solve her problems. She is strong and awesome and kicks ass. Anyone who is tired of simpering whining heroines, you have to read this book.

Its an awesome mystery with gorgeous guys and you just cant stop reading!!
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing in every sense of the word. The story was original, the pace was perfect and there were enough twist and turns to give me whiplash. At 2.99 it is a bargain. I can't wait for the next in the Coven series I truly LOVED this book!!!
Bookish Addict
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this YA paranormal read. Normally I'm not into reading about witches, but I couldn't put this book down. The whole town being involved in witchcraft and being apart of a coven is interesting. Cassie wasn't a believer of magic, but the coven had plans for her. Great background story, amazing character development, fantastic read.
Barb VanderWel
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this & I can't wait for more.
I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Nonsense. That has always been CJ’s response to her town’s history of witchcraft. Backing up her personal opinion that magic and spells and are something to ignore is her promise to her sister, made just before her death, to stay away from the town coven. CJ is happy to keep her opinions and her promises pretty much forever until Mr. Melt in Your Mouth Gorgeous steps in to rescue her from puked on shoes and a drunk best friend. At first Ethan Warren is a mystery, a delicious one she can’t stay a ...more
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Now that I got that out of the way Apryl has done it again. THE PROMISE is perfectly slowly paced in the beginning, with an awesome character introduction that in no way leaves you feeling confused. Yet even with the slow pace of the 1st 4 chapters you will still be itching to hurry to turn (or
The Promise is a fast paced story full of witchcraft, vengeance, and betrayal! Cassie--aka CJ--is the only skeptic in a town where every single person is a member of the local Coven. Her eighteenth birthday is fast approaching, and it seems like everyone is nagging her more than usual to join them. That is, except for her father, and her dead sister, Emily. Cassie had promised her sister that she'd stay away from the Coven when Emily was terrified of them right before she died. Then Ethan--the h ...more
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I am just gonna point out that there was a LOT of things i did love about the book, but really the only thing i had a problem is was, the whole love interest in the book. I felt like it rushed and you really didn’t get a chance to understand it all. I have never been a fan of books that start with the whole “Love in first Sight” thing.

The first chapter starts off with Cassie, She is already head of Heels for this mystery guy named Ethan. This guy throws red flags left and right. She knows she ca
GENRE: Young Adult
THEME: Romance, Paranormal, Witches, Magic

I’ve always been intrigue by the story of Salem and the witch trials, how terrible it was that woman would be burned at the stake. This story focuses on the history of New Salem and that sometimes the past won’t ever go away. I really enjoyed stepping back into young adult books with Bakers first book in the Coven series and the magic, suspense and romance will hook you right a
3.5 of 5 stars
Cassie-Jayne (CJ) lives in a small town called New Salem, a close-knit community of witches that has always kept the secret of their magic hidden from the rest of the world. But since the sudden death of her sister in a car accident 3 years ago CJ has completely withdrawn from the Coven and refuses to attend the meetings. But with whispers about a curse, pressure from all sides to attend the coven meetings, and then finding a desperate last diary entry from her sister, it is clear
Nancy Silk
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"With Halloween Coming, This is a Great Story To Read"

This is a story of witchcraft which you'll find very absorbing, with many secrets to be learned. Most people know of the Witch Trials of 1692 and 1693 in Salem, Massachusetts. But did you know that many families of those who were burned at the stake moved to what is now called, New Salem, North Carolina? This story revolves around two teen-aged girls, both born on the same day, October 31st, Halloween, or as the coven refers to Samhain, the P
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Promise grabbed me right from the start! I was so engrossed in the book that I stayed up super late so I could find out it's secrets. I love a good mystery story, and a magical mystery is even better! I went into this book expecting to like it, but I finished it LOVING it! I love it when books surprise you in the best ways.

CJ was such an awesome main character. She is so fiery and full of life. And persistent- that girl would just not give up! I loved her spunk and I also really liked Kay.
First, let me say that I consider myself a connoisseur of witchy reads. I love a good witchy tale, and I love mysteries. Baker delivers both in her debut novel. The Promise is a nice mixture of Witches of Eastwick meets Nancy Drew meets The Craft.

The plot of the novel is nicely developed. At first I was afraid that it would lag in places, but once Baker thrusts the reader into Cassie’s spell, the pages will not stop turning. The reader will take the ride with Cassie as she falls in love, and as
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am, for better lack of a word, paranormal girl. I love the paranormal, I obsess over it, I breath it. In short I live it. I blame my mother. I really do. The woman raised me on Stephen King! Needless to say para books are by far my go to for a good comfy read. There are a lot of great paranormal reads out there, Apryl Baker most assuredly has her pulse on that corner market. With her Ghost Files series she brings us spooks. With The Promise she introduces us to the world of Witches. A coven st ...more
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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Nov 18, 2013 rated it liked it
The Promise starts out with an introduction to Cassie Jayne Bishop (CJ) and her best friend, Kay. On their way home from a party one evening, while Kay is drunk and puking all over CJ’s awesome shoes, they meet a beautiful stranger — Mr. Melt In Your Mouth Gorgeous, Ethan — who helps CJ get her friend home safely. Who is this gorgeous, helpful guy and where did he come from? We’re given a glimpse at CJ’s disbelief in the ways of the town, which really sparked my curiosity. As the story continues ...more
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Cassie Jayne or CJ as she is known doesn’t believe in Magic, which is tough when you live in New Salem and practically everyone you know is part of the Coven. Then she meets the mysterious Ethan and falls head over heals for him, but can she trust him, what does he really want. Still hurting from losing her sister and finding it hard to know who to trust, CJ must dig deep through the many secrets and lies surrounding the town.
I fou
Amy McK
We follow CJ approaching her 18th birthday in a town that is all part of a coven. The problem is, CJ doesn't believe in all that nonsense, yet everyone she knows is urging her to go to a meeting. She promised her sister on her deathbed that she wouldn't. She also meets Mr. Melt In Your Mouth Ethan Warren who manages to convince her to go to a meeting within a week of knowing her. CJ discovers her origins and gains closure over her sister's death and fixes the coven.

Here's what kept it from a hig
Dec 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Cassie lives in a town steeped in witchcraft but to her its all nonsense. She doesn't believe in magic and ever since her sister made her promise to never go near the coven she hasn't. Now though with the arrival of a stranger she starts to question everything she believes. Was the accident her sister died in really an accident? Is magic real? Is Ethan who he seems to be?

I liked Cassie. She questions everything and even though everyone pushes her to join the coven, she sticks to her guns. She is
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
My stars : 4.5

I was glad to learn that it was listed in an honest review for this book , start on track this year with revisions and The Promise was no exception .

Witchcraft , Witches, Salem was the word around, paranormal genre with romance , fantasy , to be a first installment of yet undefined (or if the data are pasenme ) how many books will be in this story , I loved it. What I say I need to start with bench ? Well, I ‘m starting to see more like the world that the author wants to show us hi
Tracy Macreynolds
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A friend gave me this book and told me to read it. When I heard paranormal romance, I thought, oh great, another twilight wannabe with vampires and werewolves. I was shocked to see not a single mention of either. Instead, the author went with witches and witchcraft and did it in such a way that it was normal everyday life to them and so it became to the reader. It was surprisingly well done. She crafted a believable world that I got lost in.

Now, lets not forget that Mr. Melt In Your Mouth Gorgeo
Sara Jones
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The cover drew me to the book and then when I started to read it, I looked up and found hours had gone by. It's one of those books that even if you can manage to put down, you find yourself thinking about it when you should be doing something else. That is what I call a good book.

Cassie Jayne is a fiesty teenager who doesn't believe in hocus pocus even though its the center of her entire life. She is the only non-believer in a town of witches. With the appearance of a new yummy guy in town, Cass
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