I kept listening to this book, hoping it would get better. But alas, it didn't. The plot and the characters were unconvincing and the dialog was difficult to follow. I can't find anything positive to say about the reader either. The role of the "familiar" was fairly interesting, although it is rather difficult to conceive of a pig-like creature climbing on top of a refrigerator. Cats yes, pigs no.
No. The story had so much potential but had a hard time getting past the annoying breathy narrator. If only she would stop trying to keep a breathy raspy quality to her voice. It ruined all inflection of punctuation. Made her sound whiny and weak. Even when she was supposed to sound urgent she just sounded wavery and weak. I will be skipping the audible versions of these books if she's reading the rest of the series too. Ugh!
No. My friends don't like Katherine Hepburn either.
YES. Even when she was trying to convey a strong sense of urgency she sounded like she was a weak, crying, helpless female. Doesn't really fit the strong personality of the main character. The main character is supposed to be this strong, independent no nonsense witch, not this weak overly effeminate wavery little simp with no backbone. Not to mention she ends every sentence like a question regardless of whether it IS a question or not.
50 something, retired professional, mother, grandmother, wife.
it has between a while since I listened to this book and I don't remember very well what I liked and what I didn't. think it was middle of the road enjoyable.
All of her books are wonderful light reading and exceptional narration love the whole series
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, which offered a light, fun read. It didn't blow me away, but I found myself charmed by Lily, her shop, and her developing collection of friends. And, I'm always charmed by San Francisco, which Blackwell treated as another character. There was enough action and pace to keep things interesting. It seems like a solid foundation for a series, and I will read on.
I'm frequently dubious about first books in a series, but this one made me happy. I liked the characters, the plot was entertaining, and the narrator grew on me. Overall, it was a credit well-spent. I will listen to other books in the series and probably try the author's other series.
I like culinary mysteries. That is how I got started. I also like fiction.
The main plot of witches fighting demons is great. But the other side plots of love interests, spying and friendships makes me ready to read the next book.