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Here we have a supernatural mystery where the supernatural doesn't overwhelm the story. It gives the story a good grounding while having enough wonder at what the supernatural side of things will contribute.
On the downside the characters were a little two dimensional. There needs to be a bit more development there. The villain of the piece was a little obvious and could have been more of a surprise with a few more tweaks and less mustache twirling.
I've already picked up the next two in the series. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and am always looking for promising authors.
A good narrator can make or break an audiobook. Additionally, the right narrator can really bring the characters to life. Amy R. does a good job here and I think can be safely added to the list of Narrators that I will gladly listen to.
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.
A fun, snarky, entertaining story. That really is the whole of it. Some of her earlier work took a little time to grow on me, but the more of her work I read and listen to the more I like her. Amanda Ronconi is excellent as usual. They are an excellent team.
The Rook really is an excellent book, and is more impressive because it is the first book in this authors stable. A lot of creative ideas and concepts came together. I look forward to the next novel... which if his website is any indication he just finished a first draft of and has sent it on to agent and editor for perusal.
I started with Molly Harper's Naked Werewolf books, and I think I have her to blame for my decent into the Paranormal Romance novels that as a guy I should probably be embarrassed to admit to enjoying. However, she has a certain style and wit that appeals to me. This is my first foray outside her Paranormal series and I have to admit to liking it as well. Despite the lack of fangs, spells, or strange diets I really seem to enjoy Molly's work. I recommend this and any other book by the author. The narrator is just about perfect for the roll. Don't be concerned about the 4 star rating, I round down and its really more like a 4.75 star, and I get tougher on the author the more I enjoy the book,
While the concept is interesting, it is obvious that this is a novice work. It needs a deal more polishing and a completely different narrator. I thought maybe the author did the narration and self published, but I guess not.
Needs more polish and maybe expand it out. There were no surprises and the bad guy screamed bad guy right from the get go.
Narrator is the equivalent of Kristen Stewart and lacks proper expression. I'm hoping it was her first attempt. She needs to step back and think more about the characters she is portraying.
The only emotion the book evoked is a vague curiosity about how this would have turned out with a few more months of polish.
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