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 is the most serious, well-written, frightening book ever written by Victoria Laurie. I highly recommend this book. It is the most mature storyline attempted by this author. It is a well executed ghost story with an underlying serious subject matter.
While there are still some comic scenes in the book, the majority of the story is serious, sentimental and brilliantly written. MJ goes home to Georgia on vacation with Heath and Gilley. There MJ meets her father's new fiancé and finds her father to be happy, loving and content in his new life. The fiancé is a delightful person. Of course the vacation is interrupted by the most destructive, personal fiends that the ghost hunters have ever come across. This book make me laugh, cry and enjoy every single word.
Yes this book needs to be heard. The comedy, tragedy, and fear in the various scenes almost had me pacing the floor. I attribute this to excellent writing and amazing narration!
Oh dear, I almost hate to say it, but it reminds me of books by C. Willis, D. Harkness and J. Butcher's Alera Codex series. Not because of the stories themselves, but because of the way I was absorbed into the pages of these books and walked along side the characters as they traveled through their lives. The stories in this series are amazing and in no way copy other time traveling adventures. I walked, ran, and cried my way through this book with Max and all her teammates. It was quite a shock to leave that world and come back into my own happy, yet uneventful life!
I now know exactly what the extinct dodo bird sounded like before it became extinct! Ms. Ramm is an amazing narrator. The entire Dodo bird chase is probably my favorite listening experience in this book. No, wait. Maybe it was when Jack the Ripper is trying to kill Max. So many choices, I suggest you read the book and pick your own.
David. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't say more. David's story moved me deeply.
I have already read the entire series. This is my favorite book in the series and I've read it many times. The entire series is brilliant and I highly recommend all of it.
I quite enjoy time travel stories and put off reading this series because it sounded a bit too much like Connie Willis' amazing series. This series leans more toward a fantasy time traveling experience as opposed to Willis' fiction which read more like a reality-based time travel series, if that makes any sense. I enjoyed this series in a totally different way than Willis' books. I highly recommend both of them!
After living with Max as she toils through historian training, you get to see her exuberance at waiting for her first time traveling event. What a delightful scene! There are so many more stories I loved from this book, but I must warn you that the author isn't afraid to end the lives of lovable characters. However, this book did not make me cry...whew!
Everything! The voices, the accents, her technical skills at knowing when to speed up, slow down. Simply a beautiful performance!
History, romance, intrigue and dinosaurs!
This series is funny, sad, full of facts and stands on its own. I'd say it is appropriate reading for adults and possibly older teenagers. Parents of young teens, I suggest reading the book to see if you would be comfortable with your children reading the fairly detailed love scenes. Not a problem for adults, but I wouldn't hand this over to my young teens to read.
The author kept repeating the formula of Nina and Greg getting close, immediately followed by Nina getting cold feet and stepping back. Repeat and read again. This happened several times and reminded me of the movie Groundhog Day.
Too much swearing, the middle could have been shortened and more character development would have been nice. The first book in the series had much more substance to it. This was disappointing. I don't know if it was poor writing or poor editing. I am sorry to be so critical. The first book showed wonderful potential if you could get past the cursing. I suffered through slightly less cursing in this book because I expected another clever story. The bones were there, but the execution was lacking.
I like the narrator. She did the best she could with this plot.
Oh, I hope not a series. Maybe a made for TV movie.
I will be reading book three just because I'm invested in the third female lead. Between the cursing and this poorly edited story, im disappointed.
after reading books one and two, the reader is comfortable with the cast of characters. Plus the fact that this is probably the best storyline so far and you have a very enjoyable listening experience.
i thought I knew how the book was going to end. However, there were a number of clues given to us that did keep me wondering. I enjoyed this very much.
i love the emotion she brings to the scenes. Whether it is exasperation, frustration, or sarcasm, her reading hits the mark every time and quite often makes me laugh out loud!
the scenes between Kath and Mel were very touching. Mel is probably my second favorite character. She is likable, her personality is perfect. Her situation in this book makes me want to support and comfort her. However, this is something she wouldn't appreciate!
i recommend this book. I look forward to reading more stories in this series.
Yes, I would recommend this book to my cozy mystery reading friends. It is the best book in the series...each book seems to be getting better.
Actually, it did keep me wondering. This story is about Georgie escaping her rotten sister-in-law's family for Christmas by taking a paid job as a hired hostess/helper over the Christmas holidays at a country estate. The owners are hosting a large Christmas party, scheduled to last many days and Georgie is to help with activities and needs of the guests. It just so happens that someone died in what is thought to be a bizzare accident before she arrived. However, more people meet with "accidents" following her arrival and she can't help but cry MURDER!
This is the closest so far to an Agatha Christie style mystery in the bunch. That is a high compliment from me. If you are not a fan of Ms. Christie, but you enjoy the Royal Spyness books, I think you'll also adore this story.
All the scenes between Georgie and her beau. Yes, they are together throughout most of the story. I love all the scenes between them.
No tears were shed in listening to this book! There were a number of giggles along the way and a whole lot of satisfied listening.
This is a mystery I will pull out each December to get me in the mood for Christmas. You thought I was going to say murder, didn't you?
I list my cozy mysteries more by two categories. The first category is: I will read again, the second category is: I won't read again. This book definitely falls into the first category!
Kath is my favorite character. She is believable - not perfect, quite clever, yet not a know-it-all. While this story is about the death of Kath's grandmother, this is not a tear jerker. The plot is really filled with many people, I had to stop and rewind a couple of times to catch up with something I missed in the plot, but that has more to do with my attention span than the story. I found this to be fast-paced and fun to listen to. There were a number of times I laughed out loud!
she did an excellent job reading this story. I forgot I was listening and became engrossed in the story very quickly. This is a compliment to both the writer and the reader.
i did laugh out loud a few times. Probably more than I usually do and that is a good thing!
if you like cozy mysteries with a touch of paranormal in the plot, I recommend this book.
Imagine being sent to Transylvania in the middle of winter to attend a royal wedding. Compound that by the fact that you are traveling with a cockney maid who has never held a position for more than three weeks and knows nothing about her duties. During the festivities preceding the wedding there is a murder and the wedding party is trapped in a gothic mountain castle with a murderer. The inept maid goes missing. Another murder occurs and political rivals try to accuse you of murder. On top of that, you witness things that make you begin to wonder whether or not vampires actually exist! These are all things Georgie faces in this story.
This is my favorite book in the series to date. Sleeping in this castle of intrigue would be enough to give anyone nightmares and make you fear that you will be attacked by vampires! The reader gives us another outstanding performance and this book moved along very nicely.
Yes, I would. I found this to be a lighthearted read/listen with murder, mystery, royalty and romance. I also think it is an appropriate book for tweens...although it may be too tame and innocent for some of them.
The book has references to historical happenings and people as seen through the eyes of a fictitious relative. I love the humor and the story hints at some very serious things like war, drugs and murder. But it is basically fast-paced story, with likable characters that you want to see succeed.
All the scenes that describe the main character's ability to be a klutz.
No tears, but there were a number of giggles throughout the book.
The narrator did a fine job portraying the various accents. It aided in visualizing the class system in Britain at the time.
I have had to work hard to like this series. I love Butcher's Alera Codex series, but this series has been slow to grab my interest. However, this book finally has won me over. We learn about Harry's past. We see inside a wizard meeting and learn that they can be good, bad, or very petty. We see Harry's friends supporting him, even when he does his best to push them away. I enjoyed learning more about fairies in Dresden's world. I enjoyed all the creatures and their stories. Marsden does a fabulous job with the voices of Toot Toot and his compatriots. They made me laugh like crazy and I have a strong craving for pizza right now! This is something I could not say about the first three stories. Not much to laugh about in the first three books.
Most importantly, the growth of the characters in this book have guaranteed that I will be reading the next book in this series by tomorrow.
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