White Witch by Trish Milburn: Review

Format: Paperback, 188 pagesPublished: March 1st 2012 by Bell Bridge Books (first published February 15th 2012) ISBN: 1611940834 (ISBN13: 9781611940831)Edition language: EnglishSeries: The Coven #1
Format: Paperback, 188 pages
Published: March 1st 2012 by Bell Bridge Books (first published February 15th 2012)
ISBN: 1611940834 (ISBN13: 9781611940831)
Edition language: English
Series: The Coven #1



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.

Source: Netgalley

My Rating: 4½ 5 stars

My Review: I have pretty much always loved the paranormal genre but on my mental list of likes and dislikes, witches have always been toward the bottom of the list.  However, over the last few years I have discovered that I am a bigger fan of witch and with-related books than I initially thought. Good thing I made this discovery because otherwise I might have bypassed Trish Milburn’s excellent first-in-a-series novel White Witch.

Jax is a witch and I don’t mean this in the “I’m trying to clean up my potty mouth” kind of way.  Jax really is a 16-year-old witch as well as a member of a very large and powerful coven based in Miami.  Jax has known since the day her coven killed her mother in front of her that she doesn’t belong in her coven or any coven at all.  Jax is more like her mother, a witch with a predisposition for white magic rather than black and absolutely no desire to kill or manipulate people so that her coven can become even wealthier and more powerful than they already are.  But Jax also knows that leaving the coven is forbidden and any attempt to do so brings with it an instantaneous death warrant.  Jax doesn’t care; she has to get out and so she runs.

Settling in Baker Gap, North Carolina is about as normal as a girl can get; especially a girl who is on the run and desperately hoping she can hide her presence from her family and the local paranormal hunters.  The hunters aren’t nearly as cheesy as that last sentence makes them sound. J  Using only the tiniest bit of her considerable power, Jax manages to get herself enrolled in the local high school, secures a place to live, and even begins to make some new friends.  Although Jax is always cautious and alert she enjoys her new freedom and the new life she is trying to make for herself.  But, as you might expect, White Witch just wouldn’t be a great or even good read without some serious drama.  Here’s the drama:

1)   Keller: super-hot high school hunter that Jax knows she shouldn’t become involved with but just can’t seem to help herself.

2)   Egan: an old friend from another powerful coven who, like Jax has flown the coup and has shown up on Jax’s doorstep.

3)   The Beginning Book: Egan found this long-thought-lost book of witch history and has discovered some shocking secrets. Secrets all coven leaders have desperately hoped would never ever see the light of day again, ever!

4)   Jax’s family/coven: Jax knows from the beginning if she uses too much power her family will find her and kill her but in a town like Baker Gap, not using her power is virtually impossible

The Bottom Line: Although a bit slow in the beginning, once this book really starts moving it is hard to put down.  With the exception of a couple of minor characters, I really liked the cast of White Witch.  Jax is fierce, loyal, and though afraid of what her family may do to her is still willing to risk everything in order to escape a life she knows is wrong.  Keller is cute, mostly sweet, and somewhat conflicted over his feelings for Jax.  Once he pulls his head out of his butt, Keller gets much better and significantly more likeable.  Egan and Toni are two of my favorite characters and two that I am hoping will make much larger appearances in future installments of the series.  The only thing keeping me from bumping this book up to a full five stars is the slow pace of the novel’s beginning.  White Witch is well worth the read so find the patience to get past the slow start.  It is absolutely worth it in the end!

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