To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Lily is a witch in hiding. She runs a vintage clothing store. While visiting a client, a neighbors child is taken. Lily is determined to get her back. The client had had her child taken also 35 years ago from the same neighborhood......co incidence? Hhmm this is only the beginning. With a newspaper, mythbuster on her trail, the head of the witches (Aiden), a vodoo priest and a johnny on the spot neighborhood hottie all add to the scenerio to aide her in her quest makes for pretty good story telling.
Though the idea of this book is the kind of fiction I find entertaining, I found the characters a little hollow, I wish I would get to know them a little more to really care what happens to them.
The story was fine. Nothing new or exciting. Just average. The narrator is clearly talented in some respects but made this weird choice to use a breathy weird voice for the main character. Some of other character voices are less annoying. The other reviews that speak of the narrator have it spot on. I had to turn it off and take a break more than once because it was unbearable. I hate to say it but I will need to really want to hear a book badly before I will again purchase anything read by Xe Sands.
A different narrator.
not at all, I enjoy the genre.
It's hard to tell. I've gone through my library and tried to pick a favorite but truly, my fave's are British (or are supremely gifted with an accent), so maybe Jennifer Ikeda. I just completed the trilogy of Deborah Harkness' All Soul's trilogy and am still amazed at Jennifer's range. I just couldn't get past the breathy voice of Xe Sands. I don't think I've heard anything else she's done so this might be an isolated reading.
I shall have to read this book, not listen to it.
Other readers/listeners out there: I wouldn't necessarily pass on this book just because I don't care for the narrator. Instead listen to the sample. That should give you an indicator on whether you can listen to the whole book...unless the book is a stinker, and I wouldn't know because I stopped at 10 minutes in. Being a narrator is difficult job (I would imagine) and I only have a couple handfuls of favorites and I have listened to hundreds of books, so I don't want to disparage Xe as a narrator in general. I just couldn't get far in this book and I am hoping that I can get my credit returned. I would hate to have wasted one.
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I found myself on a five hour ride in a shared cab in Greece, with three other people who did not speak a word of English. While this book is not great literature, it kept me entertained and made the time pass pleasantly. In other word, it's a "beach read" - honestly I would not go out of my way to read a second book by the same author, though. It's pretty predictable.
This book was fair and would have been better with another narrator. I almost traded the book back bust decided to tough out the slow monotone and I finally got used to it. The reader's voice achieved few levels and sounded sleepy all the way through. For those that are also interested in witch lore this had some good information.
I enjoyed when she made the Madragora out of Mandrake root and when she described brewing and ritual.
Her energy level seemed to be low. No highs and lows vocally with a monotone that sounded flat.
Very very high!
Hard to pick between content and narrator....and so I won't! I liked everything about this book. AND that there will be more too.
Love her easy style
No. I like to stretch out a good story.
I've been looking for a good series for a while now. So glad I found it!
A long time since any book grabbed me like this one! Absolutely loved the experience. Combination of great women's relationships and good sexual tension. The Pot Belly pig/ Gargoyle is genius. Great character building, dialog, and the plot was fun! The characters have depth, yet they are not evil! (okay, to me it seems like most authors spend way too much time giving the villain some layers)The only bad thing about this book is that there are no more available! Thank you for the ride Juliet!
Not a romance but a story about a witch, who leads a fairly regular life (with very little crush over some men in her life without anything actually happening).
Easy listen not overly exciting but keeps things light and interesting.
The narration was alright, was a bit hard to tell the characters apart at times.
Not sure I would buy the next book in this series (bought this one at a sale)
Definitely. Very easy and entertaining read
light, funny, warm
I laughed out loud several times through out the book