Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Coven

34946772The 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 exposed, revealing her destiny to one day rule the clandestine community of witches who hide in plain sight.

Now she must master her own magical powers before it’s too late. Because Vanessa’s on the warpath, and only Stevie can stop her.

*May Contain Spoilers*

After years of being locked up in a mental institution, without magic, Susan finally sees a path forward. With the help of her daughter Vanessa, she can get her powers back and her revenge as she takes on The Coven, by Chrissy Lessey. 

Stevie is about to realize very soon that she is a witch, in a family with a very long line of witches. She's also about to learn that with the discovery of Blackbeard's long lost treasure, she and her son are in danger. Stevie is the main character of this novel as well as a single mom (recently divorced) and the daughter of Beaufort, North Carolina's coven Queen. Stevie is an incredibly caring person who enjoys the peaceful nature of photography and would do anything for her son. Readers will connect with Stevie through her friendly personality and the love she has for her son, who was recently diagnosed as autistic. With the plot moving forward at a pretty quick pace, readers will continue to feel a connection with Stevie as her father suffers a physical ailment and Vanessa reappears to help her mother get revenge. 

The story begins with Vanessa's return to Beaufort, NC at the beck and call of her mother. More of Blackbeard's treasure has been discovered and Susan thinks that includes a very powerful necklace - a necklace that could break the binding the coven put on her magic. Vanessa is tasked with doing whatever it takes to get the necklace, including murder. With this new threat, Dylan, a love interest for Stevie, also returns to Beaufort from London. In a matter of days, Stevie learns that she has magical powers and is inducted into the Historic Society and the Coven. But she has to learn how to harness her energy and control it if she plans on taking down Vanessa and protecting her son. Because the stakes are so high right off the bat, this book feels fast paced. It's really enjoyable because not only is it thrilling, but there are also multiple relationship dynamics that play off of each other, lending the book humor, love, and annoyance. After I started this, it didn't take me long to finish. It's easy to read and I didn't want to put it down. I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of fantasy and romance and I hope I get the chance to read the next book in the series. 

Rating: 4/5 Cups

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