Brainiac Tessa McClean’s newly discovered magical powers give her hope of an escape from her inadequate life. But the thrill of being a witch fades when she learns of a rival coven and begins to suspect her own coven’s objective. Evidence tells Tessa to trust one side, but instinct drives her toward the other.
When Hayden Anders, the most delinquent kid in school — and the toughest — offers self-defense lessons in exchange for tutoring, the timing couldn’t be better. Though the idea of hanging out with a bad-boy that tempting is unnerving, staying alive amidst warring witches takes priority. She vows to hold onto her values and not surrender to the bad-boy she begins to secretly want.
Together, Tessa and Hayden uncover the truth about the two factions — a truth that explains why the covens will stop at nothing to lure her to their side. Tessa has only a matter of weeks to form an alliance with one coven or the other, but the wrong decision could cost Tessa the lives of all those she loves — including Hayden.
I was immediately drawn into Tessa’s world and had no difficulty relating to most of the other characters, either. The point of view alternated frequently between Tessa, a young witch just discovering she has supernatural powers, and Hayden, her assigned protector – a young man who is struggling to overcome a difficult childhood. An experienced brawler, Hayden enjoys playing the field until Tessa refuses to take his flirting and advances seriously; simultaneously keeping him on his toes and off-balance.
With her breezy irreverence, remarkable self-assurance, and beguiling innocence, Tessa’s voice is the one I enjoyed the most. Personally, I would have liked the entire tale to have been told from her perspective exclusively. However, Hayden’s voice grew on me after a bit, and I soon relished seeing situations through his eyes, as well.
My interest never waned throughout the story, but I actually do think, at well over 8000 kindle locations, the story was a bit long, and could have benefited from some surgical editing in a few places. This is an impressive beginning to a series that promises to deliver a rollicking saga with continually evolving mysterious sub-plots, lots of action, and characters that are constantly challenged to make difficult choices; the consequences of which are still mostly unforeseen. I am looking forward to the next installment.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
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