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Listened for Fun/Read for Review(Audible/Edelweiss)
Overall Rating: 4.75
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 5.00
Audio Rating: 4.50
First Thought When Finished: My favorite so far in the spin off series.
Story Thoughts: OMG this freaking cracked me up. Nola (the leading lady) had a quest that just made me grin. As a person who had two very strong-willed grandmothers, I could just imagine one of them handing me something like that while making me promise to follow through. Poor Nola found out that it was going to be quite the task and not easy at all. She tackled it like a trooper and gave me some great big laughs along the way. I am a big fan of when Jane and her crazy mama make appearances in the spin off series so that was just icing on the cake.
Character Thoughts: Nola was a great addition to the Half Moon Hollow bunch. She is smart, witty, a little witchy, and can hold her own in the smart ass department. Really I think the strong female characters of the Hollows are just fantastic and since most of them made an appearance in this book, I was thrilled! Then there was hot-stuff Jed! Jed made me swoon and even with a crazy family, I would have snatched him up in a heartbeat. Swoon-worthy leading men are always a good reason to read a book but when they are hot-blooded shifters–it is a MUST!
Narrated By Amanda Ronconi / Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
Amanda hit it out of the park again. I admit that at first I thought she was dropping accents but then I was reminded that Nola was trying to hide her Irish behind a Boston accent. I don’t know how many narrators could pull that off but Amanda did! Seriously this is just a fun series to listen to on audio.
Final Thoughts: Fun Series and a MUST READ for me!
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This book is a great addition to her Half Moon Hollow series. In fact I enjoy the spin off better than I did the Nice Girls series. There are quite a few laugh out loud moments, this is a very light hearted and fun book. There was lots of characters that made a comeback in this story from previous books. This should not be the first book to read since a lot of references are made from Nice Girls and the other Half Moon Hollow books. I love Amanda Ronconi but it took a while to get used to her British/Irish accent, especially since she would drop it often.
Predictable, childish and what is with the narrators accent? I usually love books of this genre as pure escapism but this book left me cold.
It's the same light and humorous storytelling that I've come to depend on Molly Harper for. I'm really looking forward to a sequel.
At the beginning of the audio book, I kept wondering what accent the narrator was going for, thinking it was a terrible attempt at anything recognizable(Was it supposed to be English or American?). But finding out that the main character had lived between Boston and Ireland, I went from being annoyed with the narrator to being amazed at her ability to capture the main components of either accent and to maintain them *almost* consistently throughout the book. Almost.
I love Amanda Ronconi....WHY did they make her read this with an accent. Unbearable.
I have read all three books and like them all. All three keep readers engaged and interested. This book centers around shape shifters, witches and a very, very little on vampires so for those vampire lovers only interested in that aspect of the story, this book is not for you. Almost all is about witches but nevertheless the storyline is interesting so if you give it a chance you will not be disappointed.
So what is the plot you ask? It is about Nola coming to the US to search and reclaim the four elements her clan has had under their possession for many years. They were given to her grandfather by her grandmother after a quick affair when he was traveling through Ireland for safekeeping. Of course he did not know he had fathered a child when he leaves but he keeps the secrets to himself even after he returns home. These elements were determined to be four items chosen by the clans and whichever clan out of the two had all four could have all the witch power leaving the other with none. Since Nola’s clan was in favor of healing and not harming all non witch and the other clan felt it necessary to show their dominance by physically hurting and removing limbs from those they considered beneath them (again all non witch) once Nola’s clan had all four elements they rendered the other clan powerless to stop them from hurting people. Every so many years the cycle repeated and the clans had the opportunity to either regain their power or lose it to the other clan. So Nola gets sent to the Half Moon-Hollow, Kentucky to recollect the items from her grandfather. Once there she meets the young, dashing, beautiful and masculine Jed and the story gets even more interesting after that.
Hope you enjoy this as much as I have
The comedy was laugh out loud funny
Great, animated, consistent
I enjoyed Molly harpers new approach to the paranormal world
I laughed so hard during this book that I think I scared my office mates. I got some really interesting looks while listening to this book.
I loved the enteraction of the new characters with the series veterans, it even picked up on the novellas characters too...it felt like adding a couple more members to a large dysfunctional family.
**Spoiler** I loved the scene where Nola figured out what was truly going on with Beau...not a curse just funky genetics
I started this book in the afternoon, and I had serious issues with turning it off so I could sleep. But it kept me alert for my commute.
I loved how the narrator used a different tone of voice for each character, I have gotten several where I cannot listen to the book because its like listening to stereo instructions read aloud. That is definitely not a problem with this book or narrator.
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
I felt this book was the same plot line as Care and feeding stray vampires. Just exchange names and creature of origins and you got the same story twice. I had the story completely figured very early on and I was not surprise one bit. I even rolled my eyes when Nola was (trying) to confront her evil mother by calling her "mean and selfish"... Really? My elementary school kids can do better then that. I think my favorite parts in the two books was the reference to pepperoni and pineapple pizza...which I love and is my favorite and everyone thinks I'm weird because of it....and the bit about men having World of Warcraft addictions (AKA my husband).
What I look for in my paranormal romance books is the mystery of the occurring paranormal event and the strong intense/ emotional attraction of the main characters. I felt like this author turned a paranormal town into an average mundane event, there was nothing special or exciting about having vampires, witches and shifters around. You might as well be sitting at the bar at Cheers waiting for Norm to walk through the bar ( just as predicted) so everyone can yell "Hey, Norm". Predictable is not exciting for me.
I would say pass on the credit cause it really was nothing special.
I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to see Molly explore a different type of supernatural. One my favorites actually; I love witches and in this dystopian era of storytelling, you don't really see too much of them.
I really liked Nola. She's definitely one of my favorite Harper heroines. This was definitely one of the best books Harper has written. The mystery was laid out in a great way. Lots of little twists and turns. I really enjoyed that. Most of all, I really like that Harper never left Half Moon Hallow. It's definitely a place I would enjoy living, if only I could. I do like how new characters come along and tell new stories, and you get to experience the whole gang all over again. It's really cool to see everyone - Jane, Andrea and Dick Cheney - from somebody else's eyes.
It was enjoyable all around. Two thumbs way up. Fine holiday fun!