Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Coven - Witchiness All Around

TITLE: The Coven (The Crystal Coast Series #1)
AUTHOR: Chrissy Lessey
PUBLISHER: Tenacious Books
PUBLISHING DATE: June 27, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: 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's Historical 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 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.

MY THOUGHTS: 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 Sam around as much as possible.  One day some of Blackbeard's sunken treasure is discovered which leads dark witch Vanessa to return to Beaufort with hopes of destroying the coven which put her mother in a mental institution.  However, she didn't count on her actions awakening Stevie's witchy powers which only strengthen the coven's abilities.

I really enjoyed this book and it was a really quick read.  It had enough paranormal and fantasy elements to pique my interest, but was also light and a great "summer read" for those of us who don't read what I call straight-up romance.  There was enough action and intrigue in the book to keep the pacing comfortable and although it's a start of a series, there is enough of a resolution at the end that the reader is not left with a cliffhanger hangover.

I would compare this book to some of Nora Robert's paranormal romance books and if you like them, The Coven should be an automatic read.  I received this book from the author and Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

RATING: 3 PAWS



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chrissy Lessey is a beach bum with a deep appreciation for good jokes, strong coffee and salt air.  She lives on the beautiful Crystal Coast of North Carolina where she finds endless opportunities to procrastinate and daydream.  A long-time fan of rock music, Chrissy married a talented drummer.  She still loves listening to him play - as long as it's not in their house.  Together they have two energetic children and an ill-mannered dog.







15 comments:

  1. This sounds like a fun read, kind of like a palate cleanser inbetween more intense reads :)

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    1. That's a perfect way to explain it!

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    2. Yeah, these kinds of books are perfect to read in-between heavier reads. Glad you enjoyed it, Barb!

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  2. Definitely a lighter style of read - maybe a holiday read.
    Lynn :D

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    1. Yea it would be good for that. Because of the beach setting, it also makes a good summer read (if you look for those kind of things).

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  3. I like the sound of this one, Barb! I enjoy books that don't perfectly into any category and are a bit different. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. It's a super quick read too so you might want to check it out.

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  4. Sounds like this could be a fun read. :)

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    1. I know right? But there were no cats either.

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  6. Cute one. I do like lighter stuff for poolside reads. I can pull myself away from the book to dip in the pool and then resume the read:)

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    1. It would be a good pool read. Very easy to pick up and put back down without getting really lost.

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  7. sometimes what you need is just the right amount of magic on the lighter side :) gorgeous cover too!

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  8. This doesn't really sound like a book that would be light, but I'm glad it was a fun read! Sometimes that's just the kind of book you need.

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