I would not recommend this audiobook to a friend, but the e-book is still worth getting.
This book reminds me of Diana Wynne Jones' Deep Secrets, for its cheery blend of urban fantasy and geek culture.
Where to even begin! The story and main character have potential, if a tad heavy handed with the pop culture, but the narration is truly abysmal. Julia Farhat reads mechanically with hints of false cheer accentuating the ends of random words, transforming a character that should be likable and believable into an insincere Valley girl. She rarely displays any emotion that's consistent with what's taking place in the story, and on the occasions she does, it comes across forced and uninspired.
So long as they got someone else for the main character.
The story has potential, so I'm going to finish this book up via e-book, and buy the second one, Celebromancy, on audiobook since they got a new narrator who I am already familiar with.
The best thing about this story is how it paints a picture of historical London, and then introduces steampunk and magic elements so smoothly and naturally that there is little to no suspension of disbelief required on the part on the listener. The narration is perfectly executed, and the different voices of the reader are fluid and varied enough that you're rarely, if ever, brought out of the story.
A terrific buy for book lovers of all genres!
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