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Family Magic: Volume 1 Paperback – 17 Oct 2011

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  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (17 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466451033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466451032
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,315,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About me, huh? Well, my official bio reads like this: Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle grade and young adult author with a passion for the paranormal. But that sounds so freaking formal, doesn't it? I'm a storyteller who hears teenager's voices so loud I have to write them down. I love the idea of sports even though sports hate me. I've dabbled in everything from improv theater to film making and writing TV shows, singing in an all girl band to running my own hair salon.

But always, always, writing books calls me home.

I've had my sights set on world literary domination for a while now. Which means getting my books out there, to you, my darling readers. It's the coolest thing ever, this job of mine, being able to tell stories I love, only to see them all shiny and happy in your hands... thank you for reading.

As for the rest of it, I'm short (permanent), slightly round (changeable) and blonde (for ever and ever). I love to talk one on one about the deepest topics and can't seem to stop seeing the big picture. I happily live on Prince Edward Island, Canada, home to Anne of Green Gables and the most beautiful red beaches in the world, with my very patient husband and five massive cats.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.R. Barker on 27 Jun. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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 that as her powers grow so does her lack of control. To make matters worse she can’t seem to have a conversation with her mother without having raging arguments that put the whole family on edge.

Every aspect of her life seems to be dominated by her smothering coven and Syd find herself losing her temper and her control far too often.

When an evil force infiltrates the coven she is dragged into the dispute and her family is implicated Syd finds herself having to learn to control her powers and her anger.

But there is something different about Syd’s magic, something that scares even her demon father, and despite the need for Syd to take control of herself and her powers she is constantly waging a war between using her magic and bottling it up.

I really got into the head of Syd and couldn’t help but be carried away with her tempestuous temper.
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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 friend recommended it a while ago. Unfortunately, I have only just now managed to get to read it. I am really kicking myself, because it was a fantastic story!
I started to read and couldn't put it down! Sydlynn may not be a typical teen, but her desire to be normal and fit in is something that everyone can relate to. It was interesting to see how this character grew through the story; her confidence in her magic and the relationships with new friends. I loved Syd's grandmother, who although damaged by a powerfully misfired spell, is still a formidable woman in her lucid moments. There are several twists in this story, which kept me hooked! The coven is facing a dangerous foe and, although I kind of guessed who that was before it was revealed, the mystery and suspense that is built up was electrifying. Syd's also facing a potential love triangle, and a fight between her witch half and what her demon half wants. I must admit that I am not really a fan of love triangles, but Brad Peters and Quaid Moromond are like chalk and cheese. Brad may be the star football player of the school, but I liked his warmth and charm. Quaid is the typical bad boy, but it's more image than reality. He is dark and brooding, but also has a vibe that Syd's demon is drawn to.
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By kirstyv on 23 July 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Although Sydlynn is sixteen and clearly full of angst I found her conflict between 'normality' and using her magical powers and interesting one and I feel that Patti Larsen allows Syd to be the most open and honest character in the story, meaning that she is the one we have most affinity with.
I found Family Magic was an original interpretation of the witch coven story; Sydlynn's father is a full Demon who lives in Demonicon; her sister chooses to live in her Demon form, only using magic to hide herself in public; Sassafras is a Demon boy trapped inside a cat's body and although Syd wants her magic removed she finds her powers grow stronger as her family is threatened by an unknown force.
I especially enjoyed the way in which Sydlynn's character develops, not just through her magic but also as an ordinary teenager.
In Family Magic Patti Larsen successfully combines her magical storytelling with a hint of romance, humour and mystery meaning that this would be the perfect cross-genre book and one I would suggest readers add to their TBR pile.
I received this as a review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.
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Format: Paperback
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. This book is packed with all sorts of things like high school bullies, boys, teen angst, talking cat, vampires, coven, crazy grandma, spells gone awry, and so much more.

I recommend to all paranormal book lovers of YA age or adults. You will not be bored reading this book. And when I looked to see if it is a series, it is and has like 20 books. I'm going to have to read them all!! And I'm going to have to buy them in paperback, so I can have them for my classroom because I think the kids will love them.
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