by Chrissy Lessey
(The Crystal Coast Series 1)
Published by: Tenacious Books Publishing
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
The future queen awakens…
Newly single mother Stevie Lewis divides her time between raising Charlie, running a store with her best friend, and avoiding the meetings of her mother’s Beaufort Historic Society. Although her life has its challenges, it’s altogether average. Just the way she likes it.
When Vanessa, a ruthless dark witch, launches an attack against young Charlie, Stevie’s simple life derails, and her long-dormant powers awaken. A 300-year-old secret is exposed, revealing her destiny to one day rule the clandestine community of witches who hide in plain sight.
Now she must master her own magical powers before it’s too late. Because Vanessa’s on the warpath, and only Stevie can stop her.
This was a very light-hearted and fun read. It's a mix of fantasy, paranormal, and romance, bu never too heavy on either one of those genres. I would say it's a perfect mix of all three. I found myself learning about this witchy world along with Stevie.
I enjoyed the descriptions of the small town life that Stevie lives in, the neighbors and all those around her. I did really like that her and her mother had a close knit relationship, which to me is something you really rarely see in books now. It's usually the mother is overbearing or a harpy from hell. So to have a loving relationship being portrayed was pretty dang awesome.
Now I know a book needs an antagonist and a "villain" and Vanessa is this one in this book, but for some reason she just didn't "click" with me. I'm not saying she wasn't a decent adversary, but there was just something off about her characterization. I just didn't get her motives, and at times she seemed to do things just to check off "bad guy moves."
With that being said though, it was a quick read. I didn't love it to bits, but I didn't hate it either. It was fun, light-hearted (as mentioned before) and a good way to spend a few hours of your time.