Author: Trish Milburn
Series: Coven Trilogy, book 1
Genre: YA Paranormal, Witches
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Source: Review copy from publisher
“Witchcraft Is Her Family’s Business. No One Quits The Family And Lives To Tell About It.
“Jax” Pherson has power, enough power to know her future will end in service to the dark coven her father controls. Unless she can stay hidden in a small community in the mountains of North Carolina. She must find a way to live without magic and deny the darkness she feels welling up inside her—the same dark power that fuels the covens around the world. All she wants is a normal life. A boyfriend. Friends. Some place to belong, but all too soon Jax’s barely begun new life hangs in the balance when she discovers that the boy she’s attracted to is sworn to kill her kind. He’s a hunter with good reason to kill everything that goes bump in the night. Even the most fleeting use of her power is tantamount to signing her death warrant and will bring both hunter and coven down on her. But can she walk away when her friends are threatened by an old evil? Something created by the magic of witches? Jax’s only hope of survival is to convince the boy she loves to forget everything he’s ever been taught and help her find a way to fight the covens. To believe there is some good in her.”
White Witch is the first book in the Coven Trilogy by Trish Milburn.
All witches are bad and use dark magic, they use their power to control and hurt humans, but Jax is different, she doesn’t want to use her dark power and hurt people, her only option to evade her future is to escape her family’s coven and do whatever is needed to avoid being caught by them. She knows if she is caught she is going to have the same fate her mother had, a slowly and painful death by her father’s hand.
After months of planning Jax is able to escape. Leaving fake trails to Alaska she settles in a little town in North Carolina. The only thing Jax wants is to go to school, have friends, maybe to date somebody, all in all just to have a normal life. Everything is going well until the day she runs into hunter while taking a walk in the forest, this guy is not any hunter, but one specialized in killing paranormal beings, those includes witches as Jax. Jax is able to escape him before he notices her but she is not that lucky during her first day at school when she runs into him, he is the cousin of her new best friend, Toni.
Jax knows the last thing she should be is attracted to a hunter but there is something about Kellar that is impossible for her to deny.
Jax will not have any problem passing as a normal girl if she doesn’t use her magic. The only telltales of her heritage are her unbelievable good looks, super strength and speed. She can’t change her looks but she can control what she does to pretend to be normal. Also under any circumstances she should use her magic, the moment she uses her power her family will be able to find her, using her power is like lighting a beacon light saying “I’m here”. But this is easier say than done, when somebody she cares is in danger she is forced to use her power to save him/her. Now her friends including Kellar know what she is and it’s a just matter of time for her family to show up and find her. The decision to be made is to stay put and fight for what she wants or leave before it’s too late for her and her new friends.
Despite the very stereotypical characters (the incredibly beautiful heroine, the dreamy hero, the funny and weird best friend, the mean and jealous queen bee of the school and the very evil father/villain) I can say I enjoyed White Witch. Even though I would have prefer and not so perfect heroine I liked Jax and is was easy to understand and to connect with her desire to be normal. Keller was nice, I liked that regardless of the “love at first sight” it took sometime for him to come to terms that Jax was a witch, that made him feel more real.
Toni is one of my favorite characters, she is strong, understanding and caring, she also brought the laughs to the story.
White Witch is a fast paced, fast read book with an interesting premise. There is not a dull moment in the story and the background story about the witch hunt in Salem made of the story a more engaging one. The end is not properly a cliffhanger but one that will leave you wanting to get your hands in the next installment (not yet release) of this series, Bane.
I would recommend this book to YA lovers who like witches and paranormal stories. White Witch was my first book by Mrs. Milburn; I’m looking forward to the end of this year for the release of the next installment, Bane.
My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws
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