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White Witch (The Coven #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  602 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
"Fresh, fun, and dangerous! I can't wait for the next one!" -Sherrilyn Kenyon #1 NYT Bestselling Author of the Dark-Hunter Series
Witchcraft Is Her Family's Business.
No One Quits The Family And Lives To Tell About It.
"Jax" Pherson has power, enough power to know her future will end in service to the dark coven her father controls. Unless she can stay hidden in a small com
Paperback, 188 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Bell Bridge Books (first published February 15th 2012)
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Tara Fuller
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me start with saying I loved this book. I may be a little partial to witch stories but this one was done beautifully. The first chapter launches you into a pulse pounding scene and lays out the beginnings of a totally forbidden romance. I enjoyed reading Jax so much. She was strong, determined, and smart. My favorite kind of heroine. And Keller…well he deserves a swoon and a half. I loved the romance in this book. The forbidden connection between a witch and witch hunter. The gradual build b ...more
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
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3.5 stars

The Good
Love or Hate...
I've noticed that many people either love this book or just feel so-so about it. I can understand the split verdict because there is nothing hugely unique or amazing about White Witch, but I for one had a good time reading it. It was well written, the characters drew me into the story, and the suspense was good. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out.

Playing Human...
Jax has committed one of the worst
Elizabeth B
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
This seems to be one of the more polarizing YA titles out there lately. Either you absolutely love it or find it so-so (few people I’ve talked to actually hate it) so it’s definitely one that you should probably check out from the library and decide for yourself on. Personally, I found the plot a bit clichéd and didn’t care much for the main character. The book moved rather quickly, though, so that made it easier. My biggest problem with the book was more from a librarian’s perspective rather th ...more
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Jax Pherson is a sixteen year old witch. Born into a powerful dark magic coven led by her father, Jax watched her mother die when she tried to leave. From that day on, she saved and plotted until she was able to escape the coven. Now hiding in North Carolina, Jax is going to school under an assumed name and making friends. All she has to do is deny the calling of the dark power inside of her and use no magic. When she meets Keller, Jax
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
White Witch is a YA urban fantasy about a teenage witch, Jax, who doesn’t want to be evil in a world where all witches get their power from dark forces and leaving the family business is not an easy task. Just when things seem to be getting better for this runaway, things get rather explosively bad again….
I was in the mood for some more urban fantasy and cruised through Netgalley requesting any covers that caught my eye and seemed to fit the genre (Netgalley loads so slowly for me that I can’t r
Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess
Reviewed for Wickedly Bookish

Jax is a young witch on the run. She does not want to live her coven's black magic lifestyle and dreams of a normal teenage experience. Then she finds Baker's Gap, a tiny little town where everyone knows everyone else, and Jax settles in. Can she keep her powers under the radar and avoid being tracked down by her coven? When things get crazy, will she stay and protect her new found friends, even if the price is death?

When we first
Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books
Originally Posted at my blog Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books

No On Quits The Family And Lives To Tell About It. That’s the motto “Jax” Pherson’s family goes by. All she wants is to have a normal life, so Jax escapes to a small town in North Carolina where she meets some great friends and a guy that has some kind of pull on her. She has planned to leave ever since her father and the coven killed her mother for wanting to leave. They are evil, like a mob with superpowers. Not a good combinati
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of YA paranormal fiction, Urban Fantasy
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy Reading Level: YA

Disclosure: I received a free eGalley eBook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Witchcraft Is Her Family’s Business. No One Quits The Family And Lives To Tell About It. “Jax” Pherson has power, enough power to know her future will end in service to the dark coven her father controls. Unless she can stay hidden in a small community in the mountains of North Carolina. She must find a way to live without magic and deny the dark
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, must-buy
I have to say that while this book wasn't perfect, it was insanely fun to read. A lot of the trends for witch books have been to cast witches as poor misunderstood groups with factions who "just" misuse their powers. This book has witches who appear to have deliberately tainted their magic with darkness and are very much the epitome of evil witch. Minus the ugly part, though. Apparently one of the bennies of being twisted around is that you all look drop dead gorgeous.

One of the things that thi
Tahlia Newland
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much that I found myself saying “I wish I could write as well as that.” It’s got everything I like in a book, an intriguing storyline with just the right amount of action and romance, and a satisfying ending. It had me hooked from beginning to end and left me wanting more. Underlying this book is also one of my favourite themes – empowerment.

Jax Pherson comes from a coven that is a kind of witchy version of the Mafia, gorged with power and bent on revenge for the witch hunts
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
White Witch by Trish Milburn is an exciting tale of a young witch raised by her father and his coven as a “Black Witch”, a user of magic for evil. Jax is a wonderful strong witch that only wants to live a normal life, or a life that she considers to be normal. She runs away to North Carolina leaving a trail that leads her family in another direction. After Jax finds a woman to play her mother, she is able to enroll in high school where she meets Toni and Kessler.
When Jax’s world is turned upsid
Dorine White
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Today I review a YA paranormal entitled White Witch by Trish Milburn.
The Story- Jax is a witch, born to a family of witches. The only problem is that Jax doesn’t want to be like them. Her coven, in fact all the covens she knows about, are all evil. So, she runs away, desperately hoping that if she doesn’t use magic, they won’t find her, because if they do, she is dead.
Jax ends up in Baker Gap, a small mountain community. She enrolls herself in high school and begins trying to live a normal life.
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: indies, 2013-reads, ya
Not gonna lie...this book was too simply to YA for me. There are certain young adult books and series that I *love*, but this wasn't one of them. It's not that the writing was poor (in fact, it was quite good), or that the characters were unlikeable; it was the ooey-gooey romance that dominated the story. The first half of the book is primarily about girl meets boy, both fall instantly in love, and make goo-goo eyes at each other. Because of this, I nearly set the book down.

I'm glad that I didn'
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, ebook-arc
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I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for review

I haven’t read many books about witches so this was a bit of a first for me. Generally speaking I enjoyed White Witch. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it, it was good. It is a very short book so it doesn’t hang about and doesn’t waste time with unnecessary detail; because of this the book remained interesting but didn’t give enough information about the characters to make you care fo
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
It is (sadly) rare these days that you can find a really good YA book that isn't riddled with bad language, drinking, sex and other assorted things that you truly don't want a tween or even some teenagers to read about. Truly, I have no idea how some books even get put into the YA genre and it seems like that is especially true in the YA paranormal genre so it was so refreshing to read this book and not come across any of that.

This was such a nice clean read. It had a little bit of everything in
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: witches
Also reviewed at Paranormal Book Fan

3.5 stars

This book was short and sweet. I read it straight through in a couple of hours. It was quite enjoyable though there wasn't that much happening here.

Jax (I love the name) is a witch. She is running away from her coven because she doesn't want to be evil. After the Salem witch trials, the witches harnessed extra powers from the earth and vowed revenge on humans. When Jax turns 17, she will be forced to murder a human and her full powers will come. Pun
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: magic
White Witch by Trish Melburnt is a story about a witch named Jax. Jax’s left behind her coven behind to start a new life when she behind her became despondent with her coven’s ideals of revenge against the humans that burned them. Jax enters a small town, unaware that that the supernatural life she thought she left behind has caught up with her in her new town. Alongside Jax are her supporting characters, her best friend, Tina; a love interest Keller; and a fellow runaway witch, Egan.

This book
Sheyla ✎
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Jaxina"Jax" Pherson has ran away from home. She is part of a dark witches coven in Miami. She doesn't want to make the choice and kill or use humans to her advantage. She believes that hiding in the mountains of North Carolina she can live a normal life. She joins a high school after using her powers to convince a human to pass her off as her daughter. She strikes a friendship with a girl, Toni and falls for her cousin, Keller Dawes.
Things become weirder when she discovers that Keller's father i
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: b-favorites
Jax is no ordinary high-school student. She's a witch with a powerful darkness inside of her. On the run from her coven and her evil father, she settles in North Carolina and hopes for a peaceful life. But trouble shows up in the form of a love interest who also happens to come from a family of witch hunters. And her coven are hot on her trail. She needs to fight her coven, the hunters but the toughest battle will be the darkness inside her.

White Witch is superb Young Adult Urban Fantasy. It do
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Originally posted at A Bookalicious Story.

White Witch is a good mix of YA Romance with lots of action and high school drama. The only regrettable thing was...That cliffhanger!!!

My Summary

Jax Pherson is a witch from the Miami Coven. Witch covens around the world gained power a long time ago by absorbing the powers from the earth at specific locations, but this in turn filled them with darkness. Jax feels that darkness inside her, her power spiking whenever her temper flares. These covens want a
Kristi-The Book Faery

White Witch by Trish Milburn was absolutely fantastic! I picked it up thinking that it would be a predictable story that goes something like this: Witch + Witch Hunter = Instant Attraction until Witch Hunter finds out that Witch is a Witch but they work it out and it’s Happily Ever After for everyone. I was so very wrong and so very glad to be wrong! White Witch is full of surprises and literally edge or your seat page turning! Ms. Milburn creates a whole new spin on witch covens
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
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Synopsis: Jax Pherson just wants to live a normal life but that's something she can't do within her family. Jax comes from one of the most powerful dark covens in the USA which believes that humans were put on the earth to be enslaved and used by witches and deliberately use their power for their own gain. Jax wholeheartedly disagrees with her coven as did her mother who was m
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced, exciting, romantic, humorous, magical, this book is all that and then some!

”Jax” Pherson knows her life will end in service to the dark coven her father controls. Unless she can stay hidden in a small community in the mountains of North Carolina. She must find a way to live without magic and deny the darkness she feels welling up inside her-the same dark power that fuels the covens around the world.All she wants is a normal life. A boyfriend. Friends. Some place to belong, but all to
Kah Cherub
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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Sixteen-year-old Jaxina Phearson, a.k.a. Jax Taylor just wants to be a normal girl., with a normal life, normal friends and a normal school. But she is as far from normal as a person can get. She's a witch, running away and hiding from her coven. They want her to grow up to kill humans, getting revenge for all the witches that were killed by humankind in the past. But Jax doesn't want to kill anyone, she just wants to control her
Amanda The Book Slayer
4.5 Stars

Don't let this cover fool you. This book is awesome!

Calling all Hex Hall and Firelight Fans! There is a new "Juliet" in town! Jax has run away from her witch coven that is known for there use of dark powers. She ends up in the mountains of North Carolina. Here she meets her "Romeo," the compelling Keller Dawes who happens to come from a family of Hunters. This is the next up&coming Star-crossed Lovers Trilogy!

Recommend: If you love the whole "Romeo & Juliet" story placed in the
Source: NetGalley
4 stars/5 stars

I have pretty much always loved the paranormal genre but on my mental list of likes and dislikes, witches have always been toward the bottom of the list. However, over the last few years I have discovered that I am a bigger fan of witch and with-related books than I initially thought. Good thing I made this discovery because otherwise I might have bypassed Trish Milburn’s excellent first-in-a-series novel White Witch.

Jax is a witch and I don’t mean this in the “I’
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sixteen year old Jax Taylor grew up in the lap of luxury. Daughter of the leader of the Miami coven, she’s had everything she always wanted, except for one thing – a real life. So she plots and plans and runs away. The only problem is, having a normal life isn’t exactly easy because nobody leaves the coven and lives to tell about it.

The covens are all about dark power, something Jax feels bubbling up inside her when she gets angry. When she was ten, Jax’s mother, a believer in white power, tried
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
3 Stars

White Witch is the first book in the Coven Trilogy by Trish Milburn.

All witches are bad and use dark magic, they use their power to control and hurt humans, but Jax is different, she doesn’t want to use her dark power and hurt people, her only option to evade her future is to escape her family’s coven and do whatever is needed to avoid being caught by them. She knows if she is caught she is going to have the same fate her mother had, a slowly and painful death by her father’s hand.

Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who liked Paranormalcy
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Originally posted at Nose in a Book

Before I start, I have a question. What is it about fantasy that makes every author ever decide their protagonist can't dye their hair? What is it about supernatural DNA that makes something supposedly dead resistant to dye? It's dead! It's not resistant to anything because it doesn't need to be! I don't pretend to be an expert on all the different variations of witch in YA, but really, this is a stupid inconvenience. Even if she'd been able to dye her hair, Ja
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I may not be the biggest fan of Young Adult fiction but even I can tell when something is good. The fact that I devoured White Witch in one sitting says it all. White Witch contains everything you may expect from any usual teen fiction based around a girl starting a new school...the bitchy popular girl who hates you, the hot handsome guy everyone drools over, the quirky best friend...only Jax is no ordinary teenager. She's a witch.
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“Okay, okay, we get it. You two really like each other,” Egan says. He nudges Keller aside. “It’s my turn. I think I have a date up there somewhere.”
Bit Toni doesn’t appear at the top of the stairs.
“Toni?” I say.
“Come out, come out, wherever you are,” Egan adds.
“She’s, uh…I’ll go get her.” I don’t want to reveal how nervous Toni is. That will put too much importance on this date, on Egan.
“Nah, I’ll go get her.” Egan bounds up the stairs.”
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