A little magic can go a long way - to really screwing up a girl's life!
Mara is having the worst month of her life. At least, that's what her cards tell her and they've never been wrong. She's evicted from her apartment, loses her job, and is banned from Beverly Hills. So when the tarot cards predict her imminent demise, she uses a little magic to make her world right.
Suddenly, an aunt she's never met dies, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But when Mara moves into her inherited home, she discovers Aunt Tillie never moved out. She's still one pissed-off old lady, even postmortem, and she blames Mara's magical meddling for her death.
When Mara accidentally releases a demon and awakens the spirit of the most powerful witch in history, Tillie's ready to kill her - literally. It's the only way she can think of to save the girl from herself. The witch and the demon, however, have other plans for Mara's body!
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I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
I truly enjoyed this book!Narrated beautifully by Marie Rose ,this is the story of Maura who is tossed out of her apartment and is trying to live in Aunt Tillies old house.Maura is a witch with a curse on her and what can go wrong usually does for her.Tillie is a ghost with an agenda.A fun,funny romp through the world of witchcraft!"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse dot com"
Although I enjoyed this book, it wasn't anything to write home about. The characters were a bit shallow and sometimes a bit annoying but I did enjoy the friendship between Mara and her BGF. Not sure if I'll complete the series but if you're looking for a light undemanding read then you will enjoy the ride. The narrator does an excellent job with each character and was a pleasure to listen to. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I received this book as a gift, both Christiana Miller and Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead were new to me. I was pleasantly surprised, the book has just enough mystery, comedy, and steamy romance to pull you in and keep you interested. I love the fact that Mara has flaws, even though she is a witch she has everyday problems like everyone else (finances, family, relationships, etc.) I love her relationship with her best friend Gus. From their bickering to they way Gus comes to Mara's rescue shows you don't have to be blood related to have family. I love that this is her most successful relationship with a guy. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone that likes relatable characters with a touch of the supernatural mystery.
Marie Rose's performance was absolutely terrific.
This book entails a bit of mystery, lots of humor, great character personality and development. It is a light story with reality twists that most women can relate too in one way or another. The narrator did a superb job with character voices and it just added additional personality touch, which I very much appreciated because it kept the story and the characters interesting.
"Somebody Tell Aunt Tilly" made me laugh out loud. I listened to it in my car and it made the hours on the freeway fly by.
I loved the details about wicca; the author knows her craft in more ways than one.
The reader brought the eccentric characters to life.
I'm glad to know that this isn't a one off and that there are more novels in the series.
I really enjoyed the story and am looking forward to reading the next one in the series. My only disappointment is that it is not available on Audible. I am very picky about the narration of audio books (having been spoiled by starting out listening to Lorelei King). Ms. Rose did an excellent job with the narration and I would love to hear her do more.
Great story with fantastic performance artist
Gus... So well written you feel you know him
Amazing performer, I do believe the best I've heard.
Simply sinfully delightful.
A must hear!
I really enjoyed the story which held my attention at every turn. Very good paranormal yet not intense. More adult than the book cover leads you to think. I highly recommend this audiobook
I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are hilarious and witty. It's a great book to read if you want something light and goofy to read. This book is so worth listening to. I loved it !!!
I found the narrator to be very good at reading the book as well as giving the characters life and voice. As well as attitude and humor. Great job.
*****Received this via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review. ****
"A fun, engaging paranormal story"
Dead charming. Fun.
I thought it was a very complementary mix of author and narrator - which is essential in such a light, characterful tale with lots of witty asides and so on. Although the story was substantial, it was the dialogue that I felt was the shining part. It was that interplay, and the range of interesting characters behind it that really kept me engaged and listening.
I very much enjoyed the character of Gus in particular, although all of them were well-written.
I did receive this audio book in exchange for an honest review, and I can honestly say that I thought her narration was ideally pitched for the book. As mentioned before, I thought Christiana Miller's strength was in her writing of characters and their dialogue - and Marie Rose's performances enhanced that brilliantly.
You always knew exactly which character was talking - she gave them all distinctive voices that I felt fitted seamlessly with their dialogue, so scenes really did come to life. Her delivery was light, engaging, and her timing on the comic lines often made me smile.
I particularly enjoyed her performance of Gus - and her depiction of the creepy Lehrer made me quite physically cringe.
Not having read the book before listening, I was obviously coming to these characters through the prism of her performance, but it felt to me like a cohesive audio story (rather than a narrator narrating a book in audio form), which was why it was immersive.
Actually yes - partly due to unforeseen circumstances, I did end up listening to most of it in one sitting. I don't normally listen to audio books in quite such a long session, and so it wasn't entirely ideal, but it was real credit to the book that it held my attention that long. It did feel a tiny bit long for a light tale, but it was thoroughly enjoyable.
"Not for me"
I received a complimentary audio book copy from the author in return for an honest review.
This is the first book in the Toad Witch Series. I enjoyed it.
I downloaded this audio book and started listening. This story was narrated by Marie Rose. She did a wonderful job in bringing the characters to life, but I felt that her narration was a bit rushed at times.
Mara is a character I struggled to like. In fact, I wanted to strangle her myself due to her "woe is me" attitude. Granted she has not had the best of luck, what with losing her job and then her apartment, but in a way she brought these things on herself. She is a powerful witch, though I found her to be a poor lead character.
This was a story that I struggled to get into at first. I found myself a bit ambivalent to most of the characters, which saddened me. However, I did love Gus. He felt more like a lead character to me, rather than a secondary one; I loved his flamboyant and boisterous attitude.The story lagged and didn't really get interesting until Mara met Aunt Tillie at the cottage. I found myself doing a lot of eye rolling at some of the situations Mara found herself in, and was fully on Aunt Tillie's side for getting rid of her. However, that being said, it was interesting to follow Mara through the latter part of the story. I am not fully versed on the practice of Wicca, so cannot comment on whether the spells used by both Mara and Gus would actually work. However, to err on the side of caution, I would say don't use them - you could accidentally release a demon, or a power hungry witch! There are some light moments in the story which made me giggle, but there are also some dark moments that made me shudder. There are also several twists in this tale that kept the latter half of the book interesting, but there were also a few threads that were left loose and never fully explored. Perhaps these will be dealt with further in the series. Unfortunately, with all due respect to the author, I don't think I will be continuing with this series, as I just couldn't connect with the characters. Though I love paranormal stories full of humor, this book just wasn't my cup of tea. I will leave it up to you, the reader, to decide for yourselves.
Christiana Miller has written an intriguing tale. Her writing style is not particularly fast paced compared to other authors I have read, but she does have a flair for describing scenes vibrantly. Her world building was wonderful, but her characters, especially the heroine, could have done with being less helpless and had more common sense. The flow of the story was a bit erratic in the beginning, but evened out near the end.
Due to several mentions of explicit sex and sexual acts, I do not recommend this book to younger readers. However, I recommend this book if you love paranormal romance or stories about Wicca and witches. - Lynn Worton
"Very entertaining witchy tale."
Mystical, Hysterical and Engrossing.
This is my first of this type of book, so nothing to compare it to......yet.....
Marie Rose's use of tone and accents really helped pull me into the tale. Good attempt at a Scottish accent for Lysette.
Cant wait to try others in this series.
"Brilliant Narration of a really good story"
I love the story! Especially Grundleshanks :) It doesn't follow the route you think it will, which makes it interesting to both read, and listen to.
Soeone tell aunt Tillie she's dead is the first book of this kind I've read so I can't really compare it to anything!
I know he's not a lead character but I love Gus :) He's such a fun guy you'd really like as a friend.
Don't mess with Aunt Tillie - she's a feisty old bird!
The narration was spot on and the wee changes in the script made it better. The characters were well represented. A really enjoyable listen :)
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