This book was part of the selection for one of Audible's promotions, and I picked it up more or less on a whim. I was very pleasantly surprised - this book is a lovely, character driven story where things are wrapped up cleanly but without being _overly_ predictable.
There were few surprises, it was more about the emotional journey of the characters. And while there were times it seemed less about the (nominal) main character and more about introducing us to Witch Central and the merry band within, it is still Lauren's journey.
The next books are even better, although I don't know if I can recommend reading _any_ of the series in public as they _all_ made me weepy at some point. It didn't feel manipulative though, just like you were attached to these people and a response was genuinely evoked. I did immediately buy the entire rest of the series (2-7) in ebook on the basis of listening to this one, and I have not been disappointed.
Well, the last few books I listened to were pretty much slash and pow books. I was ready to hear a nice story. These books are all about home, love, acceptance and making the world a better place through magic and family. While the story is predictable and not the classic romance novel, it is great at taking you to a place where very lovable characters struggle to find their way, and in the end do, with the help of great friends and family.
Hey, they are a bit predictable and corny, but Ms. Geary tells a sweet story with plenty of excitement, and parts of it are really a fun ride! And it did help me recover from the Kaboom books I mentioned above! Cheers!
This book, as a part of a much larger series, is filled with deep characters that are so real they could step off the page. However, my favorite thing with each book in this series is the deep feeling of joy and contentment I feel during and after I read them. Thank you Debora Geary. I own all the books you have written thus far and will continue to buy them all both in Kindle and Audible formats.
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
If I have a friend who likes witchcraft and who may wonder what it may be like to be a witch, I may recommed this book. To me this was a book leading up to another book. It didn't have much of a plot or any mystery to it. I don't think anyone will find this book interesting unless you have a fantasy about become a modern witch.
Most of my friends do not have any interest in witchcraft.
She performed all of the children's roles well. The rest all sounded the same, unless the character called for an accent.
The relationship between the adults and any of the children. They all loved kids.
I'm not going to bother getting another by Debora Geary.
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
This is a review of the first 3 books in this series. Each book is a stand alone story but listen in order as characters develop in each. The stories follow the lives of a community of witches in Berkley & Nova Scotia. This isn't a good vs evil tale - it is stories of families & of new witches developing their powers. Nell & Jamie are siblings that have an online gaming site, Witch Net. The site is used to identify witches & to connect them into chat rooms at Witch Net. Each book focuses on witches & their powers identified online via Witch Net.
The 1st book was the authors first & the verbiage reflects that - sometimes it is a little choppy & the exchange between characters gets a little hokey. For example, Nell refers to her brother as "brother mine" constantly - who talks like that?? I will say hang on & get through book 1. Decent story & the writing gets a lot better in book 2 & 3. I will listen to the next in the series if Audible adds. If you like Deborah Harkness you will probably like this author.
Family romance with computers and good witches. Decent world building integrating witchery with modern America. Overall very upbeat and sweet with wonder but a minimum of oppositional difficulties - more like ideal real life life than epic fantasy. Great characters and family interplay. Narrator reads at a good speed with dramatic, amused overtones, very like the book's tone. This does have the unfortunate effect of making the experience almost TOO saccharin. So, though I have enjoyed these books one-after-another in Kindle, I'm not yet certain when I might get the next one in Whispersync Audible, though at the price, probably the next time I need a death-by-chocolate dessert after a heavier epic literary meal.
Wife to sometimes neglected husband (due to listening to audiobooks) and mother to adult children. I am a relatively recent avid reader/listener, only really starting to read for pleasure a few years ago but now am thoroughly addicted.
For the first half of the book I found the story a little slow and not very interesting. Overall by the time I finished I felt it was an okay read and the story was cute. The story is about a woman who is a witch but doesn't know it. She's discovered by a family of witches who cast a finding spell through the Internet. The main character is both receptive to the testing and highly resistant to the idea of being a witch and the reader is along for the ride in her journey. There were a few really great characters who were way more likable than the main character in my opinion. I will not be purchasing the next book in the series as I didn't like the book enough to justify continuing with the series when there are so many other better options.
I've enjoyed listening to these books. They are fun and endearing and perfect for my commutes home. The story touches the edge of a fantasy world, but deeply rooted in a world in which you can completely understand and identify with.
Family - Magic - FUN!
Nell is central to this story and very enjoyable. However, I vote for Aervyn, a four-year old witch-child. He completely steals the show and won my heart immediately. What do they tell actors, "don't work with children or animals"? Well, same goes for this story, the children are bright stars in this book. In fact, all the characters are wonderful.
She brings a smile in her voice which is delightful. She handles the children perfectly. Her voice is mellow and I could listen to her all day long - in fact, I did!
When Lauren realizes that her best-friend's future happiness may best be served by someone other than herself. It is a selfless, honest realization that can only be made by a true friend. A warmhearted story that is well written and beautifully narrated.
This story grabbed me from the beginning. It is a cleverly written and happy story. I highly recommend this book for all age groups - young adult on up.
A five star rating is a rare occurrence from me, as is a one star rating. I primarily listen to sci-fi though I will branch out occasionally. Political satire/comedy and I did manage to laugh my way through that whole E.L. James series... you know the one...
I may end up losing my man card. Deborah seems to have developed a habit of writing heart warming fictions with characters that I really grow to love. If you see me listening to something and a slight glint is in the corner of my eye, please just assume that its sun glare. I know I'm in a dim lit room, but damn it just because a book is sweet and heart warming does not mean I should end up like a kid watching E.T. for the first time.
Anyway Deborah's books are excellent and Martha Harmon Pardee is the perfect narrator to bring out the heart of these books. I only hope that Deborah becomes popular enough to get the rest of her Witch Central and Modern Witch books on Audible. I've already listened to the three available twice each and still the same spots got me both times through.