About the Book
Battling the dark side is hard enough, now he has the lives of the world in his hands. Cole knows now what the prophecy meant and that it was for him to fulfill. Can he live up to the Taylor name and the path his grandfather laid out for him? And can he actually survive his 18th birthday and the transition into a god?
Knowing her destiny, Whitney still lets Cole into her heart. And keeping her alive is all he lives for. He doesn’t want to admit how vulnerable he is. Or that it is Whitney who was sent to protect him. She wants him to save her, she wishes for it to be the truth. Her death has been attested though, hadn’t it? Can Cole change the paths for both Whitney and himself? Against all odds will the coven come together to keep us safe from the darkness we can’t see?
Only the attested will tell us.
The Vilincia Coven: The Attested
Book 2 in The Vilincia Coven series.
About the Author
Book 1: The Vilincia Coven: Watcher
I love books with paranormal elements, and this one didn’t let me down. It started with important history on the founder families of Vilincia, which is fascinating enough to get its own book. Then everything changed to the present, and we’re right in the middle of college (private school) life.
I liked the mix of typical teenage drama and dynamics with the witchy element to it. The author managed to catapult me right into the middle of the action, and she introduced flawed, authentic characters. Her use of dialogue was really good, but in my opinion we could have done with more descriptions to underline the action and make things scarier and more mysterious. We get to know a bit about gods and demons and witchcraft, and there’s a nice dose of romance mixed into the story.
If you like YA books and easy, light to digest, paranormal books, you’ll enjoy this novel. The story didn’t have me hooked right from the start, but sticking with it was a good idea, for things became more interesting and fast-paced.
The editing and proofing could have been a lot better though…
Book 2 - The Vilincia Coven: Attested
“The Attested” picked right up where Book 1 ended, and it was interesting to see the emotional interaction. Cole seemed a little more grown-up to me because of all that had happened, and the same was true for the other characters. No wonder, if a boy’s birthday might mean his death, with the end of the world as an added bonus… The story unfolds with first a few happy moments that lull you into believing things will work out, and then you’re faced with betrayals, drama and lots of witchcraft.
This book reveals more about the once powerful founding families who want to regain control, and it shows less of the college life the reader got to witness during the first book, “The Watcher”. You’ll be in for a (pleasant) surprise regarding the relationship between Cole and Whitney, so the romance part of the book doesn’t get lost in the rest.
Once again, the author relies a lot on dialogue and on simple language, much as if you were watching a movie or listening to people speak. It does work well for the story and is typical for YA, but sometimes it took the pace of out things for me, and I wish there had been more background facts and setting and descriptions to make the story more powerful. Speaking of action: I had expected more than in Book 1, but there was actually less. The steam sort of evaporated with still some chapters left to the book, which confused me. I kept thinking something had to be off… Then again, it was nice to read about the ceremony and read about everyone enjoying a happy ending. Let’s see what Book 3, The Truth, has in store. The title sounds promising.
Once again, the editing could have been better, but this novel was more ‘readable’ than Book 1.