Author: K. B. Miller
Book: Compulsion (Moon Coven #1)
Published: November 2011
Publisher: BKC Publishing
Lilyann Moon has finally escaped to college when she receives word that her beloved grandmother has died under mysterious circumstances. Devastated, Lily returns to her hometown to help settle her grandmother’s affairs. When her will is read, the grandmother gives each of her grandchildren a gift of moonstone. In addition, her grandmother bequeaths Lily her farm.
Additional messages her grandmother left on the farm reveal a strange and dangerous truth. The Moon family is a family of witches, and Lily is now coven leader. She and her family must quickly master their powers because vampires have invaded their small town and thirst for powerful witch blood. Worse is that her boyfriend is a vampire. Which side is he on?
B. Miller’s Compulsion is the first book in the Moon Coven series. Lilyann discovers she is part of a family of witches. The problem is that her coven is made up of her siblings and cousins and none of them are trained. Their dead grandmother has left them clues, and Lily meets a cute vampire named Mason whose brothers and sister want to wipe out the Moon Coven.
I found the characters interesting in a family dynamic sort of way. I enjoyed the dichotomy of powerful witches exchanging family banter. The action is exciting. My first critique of the story is the author really should review how to use commas. While I agree that there are several contradictory rules for their use, I think many could have been left out. The major storytelling problem is that you have a group of fledgling witches suddenly taking on vampires in battles that they seem almost Mary Sue or Gary Stew-ish. The book learning doesn’t really explain their accelerated mastery of the art. Still, the book is enjoyable.