This is my favorite narrator and a search for her brought me to this author. I thought it was a great pairing and will be on the lookout for other books by this author.
From the title the book was basically what I expected, but the author made the heroine almost too stupid to live and that is why it earned such a low rating. The story gave an interesting concept of magic, and Amanda's performance kept me going were otherwise I might have put down the book and not picked it up again. The action was fairly well paced, but all in all I am not eager to read the next book in the series.
I really enjoy Amanda Ronconi as a narrator. She brings life and depth to her characters that brings them to life for me. Even though I am hearing the story, she is able to make it feel like I am watching it. That is of course mostly the author, but I give credit to Ronconi for knowing how to infuse emotion into her voice when necessary, hesitation, uncertainty, passion, and excitement, all finding places in her reading of the story.
This is a lightweight story that doesn't really have a lot of negativity. Even though some bad things happen, it was apparent that it would have a happy ending - and I'm a sucker for a happy ending. :-)
Who doesn't enjoy being transported to another world, and traveling on an unforgettable adventure? Thank you audio books! Happy dance <3
Start with a cute idea with some interesting takes on a well used theme. Put in a dash of forced, frustrating romantic interaction. Add one adorable living mug-bunny and one living paper crane. Stir in the weird plot twists. Throw in a few funny moments and you get this story. The whole of it seemed rushed to me. Maybe because it was resolved and wrapped up in the last 20 minutes of the story? Overall though, I did enjoy this as a nice palate cleanser between heavy stories. A great book to listen to while cleaning.
I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print
The "heroine" causes 90% of the problems & deaths, in this book and I can't remember the last time i wished for a main character to die quickly, save lives and put us all out of our misery. She "never" appears to learn & she causes more pain and death to her friends because basically she appears to be too stupid to live. She even admits her stupidity several times during the book.
Amanda does a wonderful job with the narration but even she is hard put to save this book.
The plot has promise but Olivia Kiskey (the Heroine) is so clueless to reality she causes harm, damage and death all around her, supposedly in the guise of "doing the right thing", she is the kind of friend who makes it superfluous to have enemies
Freelance Book Reviewer at Midnight Book Girl
I picked this audio up awhile ago, saving it for a time when I was in the mood for something cute and magical. This book delivered that, although it definitely had a darker side.
The town of Nodaway Falls felt cozy mystery charming, and someday I will make the Hubs move to a smaller, quainter town than where we currently live. Where, no doubt, I will suddenly discover that I have latent magical abilities, or that I'm actually quite crafty. I also loved the romantic tension between Olivia and Tobias. Although, authors, please. Stop trying to make the name Tobias sexy. It's not sexy. It's an old pervy man's name.
Friendship plays a large role in the book too. Despite the fact that it soon sours, I loved that Olivia met up with her friends Peach, Millie and Stacey weekly for drinks and confession. The difference between the women was nice, but still made sense that they would connect. However, some of the secrets and jealousy lingering beneath the surface were plain troubling.
The magic in the book is unique, or at least it's new to me. There's daytime magic users and nighttime magic users, and I like the constraints and problems the magic rules caused. Watching Olivia discover her magic and her true history was both fun and interesting- you have to love ceramic mug bunnies and paper birds!
I didn't expect this book to be as dark as it was in places, but I think it needed the higher stakes involved. It's not a perfect book by any means, sometimes the characters felt a little immature or silly. But because the book has such a great narrator, it helped me overlook issues that I might have worried more about had I read the book in print.
Once again, Amanda Ronconi! When I bought this book on Audible it was before I became a huge fan of Ronconi, but she's the main reason I finally listened to it. I had just finished another audio narrated by her and wasn't quite ready to move to a new narrator, event though the two books were both magical romances. Like I said, this book had some flaws, but with a great narration it's easy to just go with the flow and enjoy the fun and magic!
I enjoyed this book. Loved the characters and the story line. Caught myself laughing several times.
If you enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series, you might enjoy this book. Good narration, interesting story.
Best: It was generally a nice story
Least: It was listed as a romance. But the amount of romance in this book is minuscule.
It starts out with promise, but fizzles in the romance department through the vast majority of the story line. It only picks up at the very very end, which just is very unsatisfying for a romance reader.
Maybe, if I didn't have anything else to do. I wouldn't postpone other things to see this.
This may be a matter of Audible incorrectly classifying this story. It's much more of a fantasy and should not be advertised as a romance. It doesn't have enough romance in it to qualify it as such.
Amanda Ronconi's narration is excellent and witty as always.
Everything is great, the different voices and characters, the feeling that I'm there with them, one of their friends, her realistic delivery makes you able to believe in magic
Loved the story too! While they still speak and sound southern I was excited to listen to a magical story about Western New Yorkers since my hometown is Buffalo. The accent could be better but I like Ronconi's voice enough not to care.