White Witch by Trish Milburn
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Overall: I can’t put my finger on what was so amazing about this book that I finished it in only a few hours. The characters were fun. The back story was interesting. The action was constant. The writing wasn’t nobel-prize amazing, but this novel was FUN to read. I’ve been reading quite a few witch stories lately but I think that Jax might be the most powerful witch of them all. It was almost scary how much control she could have over other people. She felt godlike at times, and yet so human. She was so afraid to use her powers and to hurt people that I couldn’t help but root for everything to turn out okay for her.
Characters: Jax is about the closest thing you can get to a likeable Mary-Sue. She’s pretty, she’s powerful, and every boy in the school wants to bed her, yet, Jax is so insecure and untrusting that her perfections are forgotten and forgiven. Jax doesn’t want the attention – she’s being hunted by her family. Oh, and when we eventually do get to meet her family, it’s clear that they truly are as bad as she makes them seem. I thought my family had issues, but at least we didn’t literally kill each other. I like that Keller sometimes did things that I didn’t expect. He wasn’t a slave to Jax, even though he clearly liked (loved) her, and did whatever he thought best. Toni was a fun girl who reminded me of a good friend in high school…only Toni wasn’t on drugs and she probably didn’t fail most of her classes. Still, it made me miss my bubbly friend who I haven’t seen since I left high school.
Plot: Jax leaves her coven/family because they’re evil. She tries to be a normal girl and fails miserably. Then again, trying to be normal when you’re the new girl in a small town is impossible for the most normal of people. The song “people are strange when they’re strange” rings true. Jax pisses off Stacy and a lot of the other girls when she attracts the attention of the hottest guy in town, who also is a witch hunter. She also gains allies like Toni, who is Keller’s best friend and thus not competition. The plot is pretty straightforward but it’s non-stop action and drama.
Ending: Did they really do that? Wow. This ending probably will piss some people off, but it isn’t a cliffhanger…and it was strangely appropriate. LOVED the surprise at the end.
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.
This book is good for those who loved Buffy and Angel – only Buffy is the one going to be slain this time.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
(Picture and information borrowed from Amazon.)
Trish Milburn wrote her first book in the sixth grade and has the cardboard-and-fabric-bound, handwritten, and colored-pencil-illustrated copy to prove it. That “book” was called Land of the Misty Gems, and not surprisingly it was a romance. She’s always loved stories with happy endings, whether those stories come in the form of books, movies, TV programs or marriage to her own hero.
Trish grew up in Kentucky and worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist for a number of years. She still does freelance work, but she devotes most of her time to writing novels. While working toward her first sale, she finaled in the prestigious Golden Heart contest sponsored by Romance Writers of America eight times, winning twice. She was also a finalist in Harlequin American’s Great American Novel contest, which led to her first sale to American.
Other than reading, Trish enjoys traveling (by car or train – she’s a terra firma girl!), hiking, nature photography, and visiting national parks. Two of her life goals are to visit every unit of the U.S. National Park Service and hike the Appalachian Trail. While many authors buy themselves a piece of jewelry or gorgeous new shoes to commemorate their first sales, Trish bought herself a TiVo so she doesn’t miss any of her favorite shows while she’s typing away at the computer keyboard to meet her deadlines.
In addition to romances for Harlequin American, Trish writes young adult novels under the name Tricia Mills for Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.