Synopsis: Her mom's a witch. Her dad's a demon. And she just wants to be ordinary.
Sydlynn Hayle's life couldn't be more complicated. Trying to please her coven, starting over in a new town, and fending off a bully cheerleader who hates her are just the beginning of her troubles. What to do when delicious football hero Brad Peters--boyfriend of her cheer nemesis--shows interest? If only the darkly yummy witch, Quaid Moromond, didn't make it so difficult for her to focus on fitting in with the normal kids. Add to that her crazy grandmother's constant escapes driving her family to the brink and Syd's between a rock and a coven site. Forced to take on power she doesn't want to protect a coven who blames her for everything, only she can save her family's magic. If her family's distrust doesn't destroy her first.
Don't miss the exciting sequels in the Hayle Coven Novels: Witch Hunt Demon Child The Wild The Long Lost Gatekeeper Flesh and Blood Full Circle Divided Heart First Plane Light and Shadow Queen of Darkness Dark Promise Unseelie Ties Ancient Ways The Undying Shifting Loyalties Enforcer Coven Leader The Last Call"
Review: Family Magic was an easy, entertaining read. Sydlynn Hayle is the main character and has the whiny teenage girl personality in spades. After wanting to smack her for half the book, her loyalty and love for family begin to redeem her for the second half. I found Quaid and Brad to be one of the better triangles in YA since it was more subtly done. Sassafras and Gram were my favorite characters; they brought a lightness to somewhat dark material. The story reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but not for a copied plot. It was more for the feeling of a powerful setting and the beginning of a misfit squad that Sydlynn attracts. The friend found in an enemy was refreshing but maybe a bit quick for me. I enjoyed reading another of Larsen’s books, and look forward to reading more of Syd’s adventures.