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The Coven

(The Crystal Coast Series #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  374 ratings  ·  78 reviews
The future queen awakens…

Newly single mother Stevie Lewis divides her time between raising Charlie, running a store with her best friend, and avoiding the meetings of her mother’s Beaufort Historic Society. Although her life has its challenges, it’s altogether average. Just the way she likes it.

When Vanessa, a ruthless dark witch, launches an attack against young Charlie,
Kindle Edition, 291 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Tenacious Books (first published October 1st 2014)
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Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
After her recent divorce Stevie Lewis is only concerned with seeing that her young son is taken care of after his diagnosis of autism. Stevie has no clue that those surrounding her are actually witches and that she is a descendant herself until she picks up a strange necklace in her mother's home triggering visions of the past.

Vanessa, a ruthless dark witch has come back to town seeking revenge upon Stevie's closest friends and family. The coven that Stevie has not known her family was even a p
Review being withheld until June 19, 2017 per author request.
Stevie is a newly single mother, a protective bear around her Autistic son, Charlie and vibrant shop owner. Small town life has its good and bad points, and although a special group within the town, Stevie has little use for the Beaufort Historic Society, which her mother is the leader…until the day evil comes to town and her young Charlie becomes the target for danger.

A runaway, driverless car is about to hit Charlie and in a feat of
Tasha Mahoney
If life wasn’t already tough enough for Stevie Lewis, a single mum raising her son who is diagnosed as having autism , while working and avoiding her mothers Beaufort Historic Society meeting. she is catapulted into a world of magic when her beloved son Charlie is targeted and her undiscovered magical powers save him, powers that she didn’t know she had.

The Beaufort Historic Society is not what Stevie thought it was, this quirky group are actually witches and Stevie needs to get caught up and in
☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
Wow, what a fun start to a series! I thought this book was great and loved the characters it was definitely something different to enjoy on a relaxing day! I recommend checking this one out.😀🧚‍♀️❤📚
DNF at 30%

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a copy of this book. unfortunately it wasnt for me abd i just couldn't soldier on until the end.
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
This was a super cute start to a new series which overall, I find hard to classify. It has elements of fantasy as well as paranormal romance, but isn't extremely heavy on either. Stevie is doing her best to co-parent her autistic son Charlie following her divorce. She is also doing her best to keep her best friend Lexi from hooking her up with every eligible bachelor in the quaint coastal town. Her parents help with Charlie as much as they can, but their tactics include inviting her ex-husband S ...more
This book wasn't exactly what I was thinking it would be. Maybe it was the cover or maybe it was the description. Anyways, I would classify it as a paranormal mystery. It has a tiny bit of romance but it definitely is not the main focus of the book. The main focus of the book is a line of witches that are descendants of three witches that originally landed in what is now Beaufort, North Carolina. It is told from multiple POVs but mostly from Stevie's. There are mentions of pirates, ship wrecks, ...more
Sue Wallace
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The coven by chrissy lessey.
The future queen awakens…

Newly single mother Stevie Lewis divides her time between raising Charlie, running a store with her best friend, and avoiding the meetings of her mother’s Beaufort Historic Society. Although her life has its challenges, it’s altogether average. Just the way she likes it.

When Vanessa, a ruthless dark witch, launches an attack against young Charlie, Stevie’s simple life derails, and her long-dormant powers awaken. A 300-year-old secret is expo
*ARC received from NetGalley*

So, let me start off by saying I don't read a lot of what's known as "women's fiction" even though most of the authors I read happen to be female, but that being said this reminded me quite a bit of Practical Magic which I loved. It also reminded me of, oddly enough, Boys on the Side because of all the support newly divorced Stevie has from friends and family in raising her young autistic son. I am by no means an expert, but this book also seems to paint a pretty fai
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 actually. I really enjoyed this book. Love, magic and danger, but with a realism that I appreciate. Modern take on a family of witches and I look forward to reading more from Mrs. Lessey.
Jenny Whetzel
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought this was okay. Even though just "okay" I want to read the next in the series! ...more
Jessica Calla
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book in one sitting! Fans of Nora Roberts’ light paranormal stories (Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy, Three Sisters Island Trilogy) will love THE COVEN, the first book in Chrissy Lessey’s Crystal Coast Series, published by Tenacious Books.

When Blackbeard’s sunken flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, is uncovered off the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, Stevie Lewis’ world is suddenly turned upside down. Her usual day-to-day life of raising her special needs son and dealing with her eccen
Erin Rhew
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lessey has created a magical world filled with a vibrant cast of characters. One reviewer called it Practical Magic meets Steel Magnolias, and I think that's a perfect description.

The South, with all its quirk and charm, comes to life in this story. And with it, a whole host of characters who are complex and unique in their own ways. The reader's eyes are opened to the world of witches and witchcraft in a small coastal town, which doesn't realize what's going on right under its citizen's noses.

☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
Wow, what a fun start to a series! I thought this book was great and loved the characters it was definitely something different to enjoy on a relaxing day! I recommend checking this one out.😀🧚‍♀️❤📚
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The Coven is one of those books where I spent a good deal of time debating whether I was to give a three star or a four star rating. It is one of those books where I would give a three-point-five star rating were half stars possible. Alas, as half stars are not possible, I opted to round down. Part of me wanted to round up, I admit, but in the end I decided to round down.

The Coven is a great read for anyone who enjoys a good urban fantasy involving witches. A community with secrets, a family wit
Ashley Aponte
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imagine waking up one day and finding out you're a witch.

I really liked this book. The story was well written, and easy to get into. The characters had depth, and the story kept a great pace throughout, however, it took a little while to build up to the action. The different abilities were unique and interesting, and complimented the story.

I really got into this book and will definitely be reading the next 2 books in the series.

Billy Buttons
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: The Coven
Author: Chrissy Lessey

Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 18
Editing: 8/10
Writing Style: 10/10
Content: 10/10
Cover: 10/10
Of the 18 readers:
18 would read another book by this author.
17 thought the cover was good or excellent.
18 felt it was easy to follow.
18 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
6 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
12 felt the author’s
Lloyd Andrew Green
I thoroughly enjoyed The Coven: Book One by Chrissy Lessey. The characters were interesting and it’s obvious that a lot of care was taken to correctly convey the area where the story takes place. There were times that Stevie’s learning about her new “gifts” felt like Witch Training 101 but Ms. Lessey’s real point was so much deeper than that. The real story is about a mother’s love for her autistic son. During the story, Stevie’s instincts are to use her newfound gifts to protect her son. She un ...more
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and easy read with well written and interesting characters. I gave it only 3 starts because it feels so similar to other books I've read, though it was a good book in itself. I'll definitely follow up with the rest of her series. ...more
Judith Moore
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Full review up on my blog:
Where to start with this book? Well let’s kick off with the things I did like. You all know I love a book with more than one woman in it. In this case there are multiple women, which is always a good thing. There was also a nice relationship between Stevie and her mother which is a dynamic that actually I don’t read a lot of (so often mothers are awful people or they are dead).

I also enjoyed the ‘witches in a modern setting’ aspect of this. I think it may have been stre
Cathy Ryan
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romance
The prologue sets up the basis of the story. In 1718 a small colony of witches lived peacefully on a small island, until the queen, Lucia, had a vision of discovery and the persecution to come. ‘She who holds the amulet, holds the power.’ She chooses the three strongest of the young women, with the necessary gifts to ensure their survival. When Lucia’s vision of the pirate attack became actual fact, the fates of Hannah, Catherine and Charlotte were sealed. They find themselves aboard Blackbeard’ ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
This book takes place in a small North Carolina town where descendants of some colonial witches still live and practice their craft. For obvious reasons, they are a secret group, but highly self-regulated. Typically, the abilities travel along family lines and crop up in childhood/adolescence, at which point, the witch/warlock is initiated into the Coven and introduced to their history and practice.

Stevie is a newly-divorced mom of a young
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
This is my review of the audio version as posted on Audible:

There may be some spoilers, sorry...:)
It is a book with some good ideas that should probably be worked on a little bit - and then it could be a great story. But first things first...
The main idea of a coven hiding in plain sight is great; the idea of the main character being a single mother of an autistic child - even better; the idea of a powerful evil witch with revenge as the sole purpose of her life - greater still... But all that f
Amy Shelton
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

This is going to be a really hard review to write, so if it’s equally hard to read, I apologize.

The blurb was intriguing and to me, really promised to be a great read. It seemed exciting, intriguing, and interesting. I was excited to read it.

Sadly, as I came up to read this, I was extremely disappointed. It didn’t grab my attention, felt slow to start, and was kind of boring. I didn’t feel there was much action or exciting moments. I f
Megan | A Page to Turn
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adult
I wasn't really sure what to think walking into this book - it's considered magical realism, but it's also leaning on the side of fantasy. The Coven kept me on the edge of my seat while I passed page and page of secrets, revenge, and other events that grabbed at my attention. I was captured and couldn't stop reading. I devoured this thing in less than two days. This is my first book by the author, and I look forward to reading more of this series.

With beautiful setting descriptions, Lessey built
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed @

Okay not gonna lie I adored this book. The prologue starts of in the past with a sacrifice and three young witches captured by the notorious pirate Blackbeard, before fast forwarding to modern times where there decedents find themselves in all sorts of trouble. The start of the book is a bit choppy as it moves through introducing all of the main characters, it took me a bit to catch up as each had their own chapter but once I had grasped who w
Cathlene Kilpatrick
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed the exceptional technical skill used in composing this novel. The character development was thorough without giving too many personal details. The perspective it lent on raising a child with Autism was both informative, and realistic. If you have a child on the spectrum this may be a nice novel. If you do not then I still recommend it, you may gain some new knowledge on struggles and possible triggers for children who register. Either way I had an emp ...more
Rennie James
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magical
***3.5 stars***

As a fan of Charmed, I'm a sucker for stories about hereditary witches! This one worked on many levels but also fell a bit flat for me on others. As there are many reviews, I'll just leave a bare bones break down here:

1. Stevie's character does just float along until a big choice at the end. TBH, I supported her choice but I expected a bit more fallout from the Coven.
2. I'm not sure how I feel about the treatment of autism in this book, but I suspect many could have strong reactio
Chrissie Gerber
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Not a bad read. I have to say that at the beginning the jumps between characters are a bit harsh until they come together and you figure out just how they each fit into the story. Then things get interesting fast. The story burns bright and is over way too soon. You're thinking this is getting good, then it's over. Guess that there will be more in this series, and they can go a lot of ways. I'd like to see what the next step in this world could be...

We spend most of the story with Stevie after t
Anne Monteith
I really enjoyed this novel, especially which the author included the struggle that a family with an autistic child endures. Every time Charlie had a breakthrough I found myself smiling and I really want to see what happens in the next two books when/if they go on sale.

I really liked the opening and wish that we were told more of the original witches’ stories, perhaps the author will do another book or series, Stevie was an amazing woman even before she discovered her powers. I loved most of the
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Chrissy Lessey is an American author and screenwriter. She’s best known for her internationally bestselling Crystal Coast Series—a contemporary fantasy trilogy consisting of The Coven, The Hunted, and The Beacon. Her fourth novel, The Secret Keepers, serves as a historical prequel to the series. In screenwriting, Lessey has placed in a number of prestigious competitions including the Academy Nicho ...more

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