Review: White Witch by Trish Milburn (The Coven #1)Release Date: February 15, 2012
Title: White Witch
Series: Coven #1
Author: Trish Milburn
Pages: 188
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Source: NetGalley
From the 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.
4 Stars

I gotta say – I was hooked pretty early on when it was revealed that the main character and her new best friends are both Whedon fans. That was definitely enough to keep me reading.

This is definitely the kind of book that I most enjoy reading – it reminded me of Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series or Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. Supernatural + good powerful girl who can kick butt = WINNER!

Sometimes the writing was a little distracting – there were a few too many pop culture references thrown in. Enough that if felt as if the author were desperately pandering to a specific audience – but that sort of pandering was not necessary.

My only real complaint was that it was too short. I loved the conflict and the romance (and NO love triangle!) but I want more of the story now.

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