I would recommend this story to anyone who loves to read. I have read the series in book form and this is the first step into a world of wonder and sweeps you from your mundane existence.
The characters ore so real that you will learn to love them all.
Moria is a witch to be reckoned with
In terms of honesty i must admit that this author is one of the best story tellers I have ever read. There are several times that I laughed so hard I literally hurt my ribs.
Having read the book the day before and then listening to it on Audible it was almost like reading a different book. The reason is the things I see in my mind are different from the things the reader draws for me to see! It is worth more that the small sum charged.
I had recently found this series in print. I'm so happy it is in Audible too! I loved how they delt with the "internet chats" so you knew how the characters were talking. And the Narrator was really spot on with Aervyn. This is a wonderful book. I can't wait for the rest.
I have read everything this author has written.... and intend to keep on reading! But being able to come back and revisit my friends in this way is perfection!
being dyslexic, I never read allot but I loved books...doesn't mix right? NOPE...wrong...Audible allows me to "read" at a pace that works for me and they have a great selection of books to keep me interested. I'm a fiction , sci-fi, and adventure books with strong female characters reader. I have been on a Vampire kick lately so female protags have been on my list.
This isn't a traditional "action" witch book. It was a great story about discovery and relationships...and adopting people into a family. ..The characters make you smile, they make you laugh, and the make you cry too. I recommend this book to those who love to observe interactions and people.
let me see as I silently giggle to myself, oh my too trite. I tried, but I just couldn't finish this, this should be offered in the bad writing contest with all the adjectives and 'subliminal' descriptions.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
A Modern Witch isn't a terrible book. It's a boring book and not for me. That being said, Debora Geary creates a world filled with some interesting characters, but ones that can do no wrong. There's no jealously, conflict, or consequences in the entire book. There's only one part where a character gets mad, but that's rectified by some food. Even 4-year old super witch Aervin speaks like an adult and has nearly god-like powers.
So, what's this book about. It's about friends, family, love, and finding yourself. Main character Lauren is a hot-shot Realtor in Downtown Chicago, who finds out she's a witch. She trains and learns about her powers and how to learn the basics of the witching world where she makes friends with the friends and family of Witch Central. Along with her friend Nat, they navigate her new talents, friends and romance. However, it's all dialogue, with no conflict. Nothing really happens, no villains, no conflict, no risks. It's a slice of life in this witching world. It's a fine book, but there's no real plot, it's just a group of people. It's a change of pace from what I normally read or listen to. I won't listen to more of this series, there's too many other stories out there with risk to the characters, but I think this is suited for someone who wants a happy story about love, family, friends, kids, ice cream, and happiness.
I'll be glad to not hear witchlings or brother-mine for quite a long time.
Martha Harmon Pardee's narration feels like your favorite aunt reading a bedtime story to you. She doesn't nail every accent in the book, but her Irish and West-coast accents are pretty good, but her Boston one isn't.
A Modern Witch is a sweet read, but it's not for me.
"during the Salem witch hunts in your country many innocents were sentenced to burn at the stake, as well as a number of our sisters."
Normally I take historical inaccuracy with a grain of salt in literature, especially if it's a key part of the book, Someone wants to make Abraham Lincoln a vampire hunter? Go to!
But a modern fluffy urban fantasy book about witches that addresses the Salem witch trials with the sentence above? That's just... wrong and lazy. 20 people were executed during the period from February 1692 to May 1693, 1 was crushed to death for refusing to enter a plea, the others were hung for *not* confessing to witchcraft (Salem being one of the few places where a guilty plea actually got you off, or at least not killed) many more people were accused and several died in jail.
No one went up in flames, no one was sentenced to go up in flames, that wasn't the punishment for witchcraft in New England. As the author could have found out with five minutes of research on Wikipedia. The same sentence changing "during the Salem witch hunts in your country" to "During the witch hunts in medieval Europe" and everything would be fine.
This is the kind of shoddy writing that really bugs me (obviously) and other peoples mileage will vary I'm sure, but if your going to talk about a well known and well documented historical incident a tiny bit of basic research isn't a lot to ask.
Sweet, Clever, And Engaging
I have found this book and others in the series so far to be amazingly entertaining to listen to and read. The story is a gentle tale of discovery and a quiet moment amongst some of the faster paced stories I enjoy in the Urban Fantasy genre. The story's pace makes it one of a kind and unique without direct comparison at this time.
The "narrator" in audiobooks is more of a voice-only actor than a mere copy reader. A good story teller makes or breaks an audiobook. Ms. Pardee nails it. Her voice timbre and ability to play each character makes the story believable and makes it easier to fall in love with these particular characters.
No, I didn't have an extreme reaction to this series, which, ironically, made the stories all the more appealing to me. They were a respite, a calm island in the midst of danger-filled, fast-paced, nail-biting stories I otherwise prefer.
These Modern Witch books tell a lovely, heart-warming story that makes me wish this universe were real and that these characters were people I knew.
Story is OK, not great. Don't think I'll be purchasing next book in series
pleasant enough story. well read. really a romance novel with some magic thrown in. I probably won't do the rest of the series but this was OK