I visit my favorite coffee house everyday. I enjoy trying to figure out "stories" about the people in the shop and this book expands on my imagination.
I started with this book and wish I would have started with the first book in the series. I was surprised by the ending. But a little annoyed by plot points that were started, but not finished in the book.
Ms. Gibel's performance was acceptable. I know others complained about her performance. I found it to be just fine.
No. However, I did want to come back to the book and read when time allowed.
As I mentioned above, there was a plot point involving the main character's daughter. It was not handled at all well and did not enhance the story at all. I found it to be a very serious situation, but the main character's attitude of "I hope her father talks to her about this", made me quite crazy. The main character was worried about everyone else when this should have become her main concern and should have been handled by both parents together. Very unhappy with this. It should have been edited out of the book or moved to the next book if it is going to be a concern in the next story. This is the reason I dropped my ratings to "3".
I just realized that Kitty's pack has been very discontented to this point. Considering what they faced, their reaction was normal. However, in this book we get to see the pack working together as a team. We also get to see and experience a full-moon romp from the werewolves' perspective. This was great and I enjoyed all of this action very much. But that isn't the best part. Cormac is back. I won't say more than that, but I love him and his role in this book is very interesting.
I always compare books about weres to other were series. It is interesting to see how Kitty's pack stacks up next to the packs in the Kate Daniel's series (by Ilona Andrews) and the Mercy Thompson's series (by Patricia Briggs). Kitty ranks just behind the other two series...which is great since they are my very favorite series on werewolves.
Probably when Ben shows some jealousy toward time Kitty spends with Cormac. I'm very glad there is no temptation on Kitty's part (or Cormac's part) to be unfaithful to Ben. Anyway, this scene is cleverly written - and again it is from the werewolf point-of-view.
I didn't cry, although a few sad things do happen. I did giggle quite a few times - Kitty just has a way of getting in trouble!
I have already purchased the next book and look forward to reading it...right now!
I have already started my second listen through this book. It is an entertaining, "feel-good" story that shows the entire community coming together to help one another when pranks first start hitting the various churches and temples in the town. This is not a preachy story - it is a feel good story that restores your faith in human kind in an idealized American community. I am decorating the office for Halloween right now, but really want to sing Christmas carols because of this lovely story.
Six Geese A Slaying by Ms. Andrews. Another Christmas story in the same small town. They remind me of each other because of the romance between Meg and her wonderful husband, Michael. Duck the Halls may be a more relaxing read because the action isn't quite so frenetic as the action in "Six Geese". Both stories are quite fun to read. Their young twin boys are toddlers and they have cute cameos throughout the book, but they do not take over the story. Quite delightful.
Ms. Dunne's narration is acceptable. She is consistent with her voices and is easy to follow. Ms. Dunne read brother Rob as a "Valley Boy" type character in former stories in this series. In this book she reads him with a normal voice, which is much better.
I did laugh...no tears...but mostly I just felt good as I listened to this book. If you like feel good stories, I bet you'll like this one.
Thank you Donna Andrews for another wonderful story. I look forward to your next book and plan on listening to this one as I prepare for the Christmas season.
Magic Rises ranks in the top five of all the books I've ever read and definitely one of the top three that I've listened to.
I cannot remember the title, but Jim Butcher's Alera Codex series has a book that takes place on the sea. The similarity is not so much that they both have traveling by boat in the story, but the fact that they both expand the world in each particular series. All former books in this series have been brilliantly written to take place in Atlanta, Georgia. This book actually makes the world around them into a character. We learn how the magic fluctuations have affected Old World nations differently from cities in the USA. Also in common with Alera Codex, this book has a group of warriors going abroad to find help for a problem they have at home. They are willing to risk their lives in this venture, but know that they must do everything they can to succeed so that the situation at home can, hopefully, be repaired.
I've always said Kate, because she is my favorite character in the series. But Aunt Bea is a very likable, yet intimidating woman who makes grown men hide when they know she is near. I love the interplay between Aunt Bea and anyone else. Additionally, the interplay between Kate and Barabas is too funny for words. Throughout the entirety of his presence in the series I always get at least a smile when they interact, if not a fully belly laugh. Renee is great with all the voices, but Bea and Barabas are my favorites in this particular book.
I also thank Recorded Books for bringing Renee back to read the book for us. She owns these characters and is an astounding vocal actress. Besides doing great voices, she acts out the words rather than reads them. The vocal dynamics and amazing plot work together to create an unforgettable adventure.
Yes, but I couldn't because of work. When the next book in the series comes out, I hope to be able to plan a vacation day so that I can take time to enjoy the book in one sitting.
This book is action-packed, with many surprises. It also has some amazing character development and relationship building that is very well handled and adds to the story/plot line. Having said that, please be assured that this book moves FAST. The authors have proven to be skilled, even elegant writers and brilliant storytellers. If you have not read anything in this series, I highly recommend that you get book one and start from the beginning. This book is written in such a way that you can read it without reading the rest of the books first, but you will enjoy it so much more if you start from the beginning. Thanks again for an excellent read.
I listened to the book twice already. Yes, I will listen again. I am an invested reader having read all 15 books in the series. I feel like it is reunion time when July rolls around and I get to read about Meg's latest adventures and catch up on all the family gossip.
Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos - another book from this series. Why? Because it takes place in a similar venue. Meg is dealing with unhappy vendors, theft and the like. The stories are different, but both are quite enjoyable.
I've gotten used to listening to books with the greatest readers ever. I'm sorry but Bernadette Dunne isn't one of them. This may be in part due to the fact that I read most of the 15 books before finding any of the series on Audible. I had a clear definition of what I expected the people to sound like. Unfortunately, some of them are way off the mark. The voice for Meg is good. I will say the Ms. Dunne neither adds to or detracts from my enjoyment of the story.
This question isn't really appropriate to the story. Meg and her family are very upbeat and this story has a murder, of course, but nothing that "moved me". I will say that there is one character in the story that I intensely dislike. This person is a creep. Will this person get what he/she seems to deserve? Read the book to find out - I don't want to spoil the story for any of you.
If I had it to do over, I think I'd read the book before listening, just to see if there is a difference in the way I perceive the story. I love that absent family members were mentioned and their absence from the story was successfully explained away. So successfully that I hope Ms. Andrews' next book will tell us how things turn out for her grandfather in his latest adventure. I would also love to see more interaction between Meg and her twins. Meg was very busy in this story as the fair organizer in this story so she had to delegate most of her motherly duties to daddy and the rest of the family. I hope to see some moments between Meg and her children in future stories where Meg is able to just be in the moment with the boys and enjoy their company.
Heartbreaking - Hopeful - Loving
We are back in America and meet Sierra Brighton, an orphaned teenager who uses her magical powers to dance with the ocean - yes, the water itself. Ms. Geary pulled me into the scene (and the book) with her wonderful writing. I felt like I was there with Sierra enjoying the freedom and happiness of this magical dance. This is especially noteworthy since I cannot swim - what a wonderful "experience" for me! Thanks also to Ms. Pardee for another outstanding narration!
Sierra is a very sympathetic orphan who is the perfect mix of tough-as-nails versus broken little girl character. Ms. Geary did a fabulous job developing her for this story. The three twin girls work lovingly with Sierra and I enjoyed these scenes very much. Aervyn still owns my heart. When he grows up, I want to marry him.
Yes, in fact I did listen to this book until its completion at 1 am in the morning - on a work night.
The book is about a young girl who loses her mother and has to hide her witchy talents while being placed in various foster care homes for six years. It is a lonely existence, but she seems to fair better than most in this system. However, she is about to turn 18 and will be kicked out of foster care at that time. Nell's wonderful witch-finder spell finds Sierra in the nick of time and that is where the magic truly begins. While there is much laughter and happiness in this story, it also had some heart-rending moments to it. (Not bad enough to make me cry though.) The story also has some world-wide implications which were a pleasant, yet well thought-out surprise. Well done, Ms. Geary! There is a bonus feature to this book - A Witch Central Wedding was added to the end in it's entirety. It is an item that you pay for separately on Amazon, so I was thrilled to get this little bonus here. Thank you very much for that little present.Lastly, when I looked on Amazon to get Sierra's last name (Brighton), I was pleasantly surprised to see that there are more books in this series that are not available on Audible. So if you enjoy this series as much as I do, please look for the rest of the series there. Audible, PLEASE bring the rest of the audio books in this series to your offerings. I'd really enjoy being able to hear them narrated as well as reading them on my Kindle. Thank you!
This book was quite interesting, although I found it took a little longer to get into this book than it did book one of the series. Why? We move from Chicago and California to Fisher's Cove in Nova Scotia to meet an entirely new clan of witches. Once all the introductions were made, and many of our favorites from book one arrive in Nova Scotia, things got rolling along nicely.
I identified with Elorie Shaw, the main character in this story, who is an artisan who makes jewelry from pieces of glass along the beaches of Fisher's Cove. That is about all you learn about Nova Scotia, unfortunately. The story is really people-based, and you don't learn much about the place other than the fact that witches and humans co-exist gracefully in this lovely place. This is not a criticism, just an observation.
Ms. Geary writes a story about a new kind of witchcraft, which fits the modern day world very well. Ms. Pardee continues her stellar job of narrating all the people in this story, including a grumpy gentleman who may be hiding a heart of gold. The byplay between this man and Aervyn is absolutely delightful.
Again, this book is recommended for all ages, young adult on up. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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.
I read the books in the order they were published. In other words, even though this book is the precursor to books 1 - 3, I read this last and I'm glad I did. There are little gems hidden in this book that you will not appreciate unless you've read the other books first. Don't get me wrong, this book stands on it's own. However, the listening/reading experience is greater if you have read books 1-3 first.
I love Martha Harmon Pardee's narration. I love the way she can put a smile in her voice that carries through to the listener. She is the perfect narrator for this series.
The entire series is a lighthearted tale that is a great listen for the beginning of summer. This time of year I desire stories that are clever, yet amusing. This series is a great start to summer and can be recommended for young adults as well as an older "girl" like me who sometimes wants to get away from great epic stories. (I save those for dark dreary winter days!)
Lightning and bushes - I won't say more than that!
Pink glitter - seriously fun stuff!
Yes, Virginia, there really are witches!
I have been reading some fairly serious stories lately. It was lovely to find this series (which I completed in one-week). It is a lighthearted, fun-filled, family driven story that is full of love, friendship and magic. Additionally, it was a cleverly written, enjoyable series. I'm sorry to say I've read everything that has been written to date about these wonderful witches. I truly hope more stories are forth-coming.
First, Johanna Parker does an incredible job narrating this wonderful story. I highly recommend the audio versions of this series just for the pleasure listening to Dianatha's speech patterns as portrayed by Ms. Parker. She always makes me laugh out loud.
Second, I am surprised to see that Audible has listed all the negative reviews before the positive ones. Why not mix them up a bit?
Third, I am very happy with the way the stories are wrapped up. True, a few "strings" are left hanging, but I hope that means that Ms. Harris may be considering writing other stories based in the Sookieverse, but not including her. A burning question I have that goes completely unanswered - unless I lost concentration and missed it - how did Hunter get his mind-reading abilities?
Be aware that the Prologue is very dark. The rest of the book lightens up a bit. Without giving away any spoilers I love the way we are weaned away from some characters and toward other characters, which is the way I would expect life to go if supernatural beings inhabited in our universe. There is no way Ms. Harris could write this story and make everyone happy. Even though I think many of the endings are exactly what they need to be, it is still bittersweet. This series takes a very innocent Sookie from her first love with visions of happily ever after, to a woman beaten down by life, betrayal, and the loss of innocence, even though she is able to maintain a modicum of the life-long values she was taught by her Grandmother. At the end of the series Sookie grows into a strong woman who knows her own worth and won't be swayed by the demands of others. Sookie is far from perfect, but aren't we all? But in the end she seems to live by the motto "to thine own self be true". Well done, Ms. Harris and thank you for this.
I loved the reappearance of many characters in this story. I did not expect or dream of some of the characters that made appearances in this book. Some of the story endings may have been wrapped up too tidily? This is the point that made me rate the story as a 4 instead of a 5. While I love the book and wouldn't change it, I know this made me raise an eyebrow. I can only assume the very critical readers among us are very unhappy about this.
Finally, thanks Ms. Harris. This series has been worth every minute I have spent on it. As a reader of your Aurora Teegarden series and the ending of this wonderful series, I look forward to whatever you throw our way next. I'm sure it'll be a great treat.
Excuse me while I re-read the book now...
I didn't read the print version, but I think the audio version is probably equal to the print version. Very enjoyable!
It was a story about four generations of a witch family. I enjoyed how realistic the family dynamics were, even though this is a story about people with magical powers. Witchy aunties are tasked with raising two great-nieces after their parents are killed. The sisters are exposed to matters heretofore unknown to them. It is interesting to watch them grow into adults and see how they handled their lives in general. I loved how the ending of the book wraps up the story nicely.
How the younger sisters reacted to one another after one of them escapes a dire situation. Very well done.
Yes. However, the book was slightly too long to be completed in one day. The book was good enough that I was sad to see it end. I need to check and see what other books this author has written. Also, the narrator did a fabulous job and made the experience very pleasant, indeed!
The use of the "F" word was jarring in this family-type story. While an occasional use of the word could have been handled to great effect, the constant re-use of the word felt very jarring to me. It honestly felt like the author/reader were not used to the word, but it was put in the story for shock-value. I took a star off the rating for this alone. Otherwise, it would have received all five-stars from me.
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