The Beacon – Chrissy Lessey

“In the early morning hours, Stevie Lewis crept through her door with the stealth of a hungry cat.”

Goodreads Synopsis:

There can only be one queen…35197465

Still reeling from the devastation wrought by Susan, Stevie struggles to find a way to retrieve the amulet from the dark witch who now calls herself queen. She develops a plan to amplify her powers, believing it will give her an edge, but the magic is untested and dangerous.

Susan will stop at nothing to complete her rise to power, including eliminating the last of Lucia’s descendants: Stevie and Charlie. She calls for a showdown, with all of the town’s witches present, leaving Stevie no choice but to comply.

Queens who came before her sacrificed their lives to protect the witches, and Stevie is prepared to join their ranks. In this life or death battle, she’ll do whatever it takes to save her people.

Review:

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So after finishing The Hunted I was super excited to find out what would happen in the last book of the Crystal Coast Trilogy. I may be fan girling a little bit about this series haha.

The plot starts of right after The hunted finishes which leaves the characters in more than a little bit of a mess. Being the last book of the series the plot is fast paced enough as the challenges and problems from the last books all come to a head leaving Stevie with some impossible choices. The ending was fairly dramatic with a few twists I didn’t see coming and a few that I did but it definitely left for a satisfying ending which left me smiling. (It’s hard to go into too much detail without giving a whole lot away!)

Now in terms of characters it was great to catch up with Stevie again and watch her develop as she struggles to take on the role of the new Queen as well as face the numerous decisions and obstacles which have suddenly been put in her lap. It was also great to catch up with Vanessa as I really wanted to see if she would be able to actually escape the toxic effect of her mother. I did feel that it was missing some of the interactions with the other characters at times and there was a lot I would loved to of gone into deeper (spin offs maybe) with each of them but I understand there was a lot to cover as well as a lot of characters. One aspect that I do feel that was missing was Charlie and his abilities, we know he is meant to be a powerful little witch but his powers are not something that seem to be showcased very much if at all. Saying that in a lot of other aspects he makes leaps and bounds which was great to read. I was a bit disappointed when I finished the book simply because it had finished haha, I love finding a new world to be able to immerse myself into and it always kind of sucks when it ends no matter how good the ending! Either way a great way to end the series and I highly recommend.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

 

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The Hunted – Chrissy Lessey

“Everything is different now”

Goodreads Synopsis:

A new queen rises…The Hunted (The Crystal Coast Series 2)

When Stevie vanquished her family’s greatest threat, she thought they’d be safe. Unaware of the evil surrounding her, she trains with her coven and prepares to inherit her mother’s role as queen and protector of the amulet.

Chaplain Benjamin Parris, descendant of the notorious reverend behind the Salem Witch Trails, plots to resume his family’s mission and rid the world of witches. He joins forces with Susan Moore, who’s sought revenge against the coven for years, and together, they formulate a plan to destroy Stevie’s family.

Left weakened after the theft of their protective amulet, the coven confronts the unthinkable as a modern day witch hunt unfolds around them. And this time, Stevie might not be able to save the people she loves.

Review:

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I had originally read the first book in the series after downloading it from NetGalley and fell in love with it immediately (you can read my review here), so when I got the chance to read the second I was more than a little excited. ‘The Hunted’ starts of immediately after the events of the first book, leaving Stevie in a place where she is dealing with her new powers, the knowledge that she is one day meant to be Queen of her coven and making sure her five year old, non-verbal magical son doesn’t accidentally turn is classmates into a frog. The story itself is a bit shorter then first, so the plot moves quickly, with more then a few twists and turns. There was not as much character development as the first but it was great to see the whole coven again, some who have a few surprises of their own.

One of the aspects I have loved with the series is that the author has the ability to explore the past and incorporate it within a modern world. She is able to do this through flash-backs as well as bringing aspects of the past into the 21st Century, e.g. the Salem Witch Trials. I wouldn’t class this as Historical Fiction or anything but it was good to read. As for the ending, after an initial ‘twist’ that I didn’t really see coming, the ending I was pretty sure of. However although it wasn’t really a surprise it was well done and full of drama leaving me wanting more! I think I would of liked to see a little bit more to the story as it did feel quite short, however at 286 pages perhaps that was just me. Either way one I would recommend.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

The Coven – Chrissy Lessey

‘Magic, witches, and secrets. So many secrets.”

Goodreads Synopsis:34946772

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 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.

Review:

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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 was who everything seemed to flow seamlessly.

Stevie had to be my favourite character by far and the one whose character development I am eagerly awaiting to see in the next books in the series. (Sidenote, don’t you just hate finding a book you love and knowing you will have to wait for the next in the series. I am not a patient person haha.) What I did like was that although she is a direct descendant of the original ‘Queen’ and is effectively a queen in training she has no idea of her own powers or that exist in the first place, it was great making that discovery with her and I felt it also gave a better understanding of the history and what everyone is really about as everything was explained to her.

The highlight though had to be her relationship with her son Charlie. This something I think the author managed to pull of exceptionally well as what the synopsis does not mention is that Charlie is autistic, and unlike other books I have read I felt she was able to write his character in away that was authentic to the situation. It is her love and devotion for him that ‘awakens’ her powers, and it affects a lot of the decisions she has to make later on in the book.

There is a lot more I could say about how much I loved this book but for now I think I’m going to leave it so this doesn’t end up a rambling mess!

If anyone else has any suggestions for similar books though I would love to hear, I feel a witch/magic book marathon coming on!

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Already impatiently waiting for the next release haha

 

 

 

The Ninth Circle – C. A Harland

“Records? You’re telling me hell has a filing system?”

Goodreads Synopsis:

the ninth circleTala Morgenstern lives for the hunt, embracing her heritage as a demon hunter. When her younger sister, Hartley, disappears while on the trail of her long-lost father, Tala must seek the help of her other sister Aiva, who has turned her back on the underworld of magic and hunting. Suspecting demonic involvement, Tala and Aiva race to find Hartley before she can be claimed by hell.

Their search takes them deeper into the bowels of Dublin’s criminal underground, where the gangs are led by demons, and the currency is souls. With each Circle of hell bringing new dangers, and new revelations about their own place in the demon hunting world, Tala and Aiva have to rely on each other if they are to stand a chance of fighting their way to the Ninth Circle, and the demon lord who is waiting for them

Review:

Thank you to Netgalley for a free copy of this book in exchange to for an honest review.

I have to admit what first drew me to this book was the cover, I had already clicked download to kindle before reading what the book was about… woops. Once I had read the synopsis though I am happy to say that not only did it grab my interest but the book itself met all of my expectations throughout and then some. The story follows sister’s Tala and Aiva through a race through the nine circles, each facing a new challenge as they progress through, I was worried this may become repetitive but the action was fast paced and and there were enough differences for this to not be a problem. The characters themselves are well defined and their opposite natures work well together, their is a slight emphasis on them using their ‘female wiles’ to get through certain situations but it doesn’t detract from the story in any way. As a duo of demon slaying sisters in a profession that is deemed as a ‘family business their are times it could be seen as a female ‘Supernatural’ though I feel it did still manage to maintain an air of originality. One of the things that was great to see was that although there was definite potential for love interests it was not something the book focused on at all devoting more time to the sisters demon slaying exploits. Overall I would definitely recommend and am already eagerly waiting the next installment! (Don’t you just hate finding a book you love before the sequels have been written!)

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes 

Would I read another book from this author: Yep, waiting for the next book

 

Double-sided Magic – McKenzie Hunter

“There was no redemption, and we didn’t deserve mercy” Mckenzie Hunter, Double-sided Magic
In a world where the supernatural live among humans and magic is both revered and prosecuted Levy Michaels must hide in plain sight. As a Legacy, she is part of a powerful race that has been driven to extinction for the crimes of their past. If she wishes to survive, everyone must believe that she is human. However after a series of events which she seems to be at the centre, how long can she keep her secret?
I must admit I struggled getting through the first half of this book, the story was slow and the writing became very repetitive, however I persevered and was glad that I did. The story itself got me hooked as it lures you into the world of mages, fae, witches and shapeshifters all living within the human world. The characters had some kick to them and the romance within the story wasn’t overplayed as in some other books, but it didn’t quite flow leaving a few parts rambling. Overall a quick and fairly enjoyable read.

Rating: 6.5/10

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes, but not to everyone

Would I read another book from this author: I would be willing to try another