Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Review: White Witch by Trish Milburn

Hi everyone! I'm feeling like another review. This time it's the turn of Trish Milburn's new Young Adult Series. White Witch is book 1 in the Coven series. Doesn't the cover look awesome!

Title: White Witch
Author: Trish Milburn
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Release Date: March 1st 2012
Series: The Coven Series, book 1
Source: I received this e-book (ARC) from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis from GoodReads:
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.

I may not be the biggest fan of Young Adult fiction but even I can tell when something is good. The fact that I devoured White Witch in one sitting says it all. White Witch contains everything you may expect from any usual teen fiction based around a girl starting a new school...the bitchy popular girl who hates you, the hot handsome guy everyone drools over, the quirky best friend...only Jax is no ordinary teenager. She's a witch.
Sixteen year old Jax is on the run from her coven...and her father. No longer able to stand the dark magic that the coven practice, Jax has decided to leave and hide. Unfortunately for her...no one has ever left the coven and lived. Jax's own mother was brutally executed by her father for attmepting to leave the coven and take her children with her. Now Jax has to get a handle on her magic for using it will be like sending a beacon with her wereabouts to her family. Something that's not exactly easy when you know you have the power to squash the queen bee who bullies Jax out of jealousy. I mean Jax is model gorgeous and super nice and gets all the male attention...what is there not to be jealous of?!

Jax does not want to be popular, all she wants is a normal life away from magic. She wants friends, a boyfriend...everything a teenage girl dreams of. Jax's bad luck strikes again however when she discovers that the boy she is attracted to (Keller) is a hunter sworn to track down and kill her kind. Despite her head telling her to run in the opposite direction, Jax follows her heart unable to deny the strong attraction. Despite the fact that the man she loves may kill her when/if he finds out the truth. After a night out goes bad, Jax is forced to reveal her true nature to her best friend and Keller - whom she has fallen for.
But a witch in love is a witch in trouble. Witches in love lose their powers...and with her evil coven hunting her...can Jax afford to give her heart away? 

I really enjoyed  White Witch, Trish Milburn is definately on to a good thing here. It's edgey with twists and turns as well as the normal high school drama...something I found strangely entertaining. Jax is super funny and the way she handles herself, especially during the exchanges with the school queen bee, is brilliant. Jax's new best friend is super cool too, as a fellow Joss Whedon fan I can totally relate to her and the way she accepts Jax for who she is puts my faith in their friendship. A late arrival in the story in the form of a young, hot male witch from Jax's past made me very suspicious. The information her brought Jax almost seemed too good to be true and I expected him to betray her any minute. Maybe I'm just a suspicious person but I still don't quite know what to make of him...he's certainly character I will be keeping an eye on. Though I will admit I had warmed to him by the end. 
White Witch naturally ends in a huge showdown between Jax and her coven...I won't spoil the outcome but woah...definately a good way to entice me to read then next one!! I cannot wait for round 2.

White Witch may only be 188 pages but it is 188 pages of awesome. If you're a fan of YA high-school romance, with a strong, funny and basically kick-ass heroine then this is the book for you.

My Rating: 4/5


Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Thanks for the wonderful review, Vikki!

Vikki said...

@Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills)

You're welcome Trish, I really enjoyed White Witch can't wait for the rest of the series :)

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