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A Cast-Off Coven Audiobook
A Cast-Off Coven
Written by: 
Juliet Blackwell
Narrated by: 
Xe Sands
A Cast-Off Coven Audiobook

A Cast-Off Coven: Witchcraft Mysteries Series, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Students are spooked at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, and Lily is called in to search for possible paranormal activity. In return she's been promised a trunkful of Victorian-era clothes recently discovered in a school storage closet.

But Lily finds something else: the body of a wealthy patron of the school. In between running the store and seeing her new boyfriend, Max - a "mythbuster" who is uncomfortable with her witchcraft - she uses her sleuthing skills to try to solve the murder. Soon Lily senses something from the school's vintage clothes, but it's not the smell of mothballs - it's the unmistakable aura of evil intent.

©2010 Juliet Blackwell (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Set in a vintage clothing store and starring a sensible and entertaining witch, this series will please paranormal fans." (Romantic Times)

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    KTeaX Madison, Wisconsin, United States 08-23-14
    KTeaX Madison, Wisconsin, United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "My new favorite listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Cast-Off Coven the most enjoyable?

    The characters and the unique story line! I adore this cast of characters and the way magic and vintage clothing intermingle. What a hoot! It's a delicious listen.


    What other book might you compare A Cast-Off Coven to and why?

    Anything by Charlaine Harris - it has that "take you through my every-day" charm that Ms. Harris' books have that's soothing and invigorating. Of course there's the accidental sleuthing as well!


    What three words best describe Xe Sands’s performance?

    Consistent, gentle, unique


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I would not be the person writing this tag, because this is what it would be: "Who knew a witchy wardrobe could be so dangerous?"


    Any additional comments?

    I adore this series. The narrator is definitely an acquired taste. She tends to trail off as she speaks, and everyone has the same lazy, quiet tonality, which I sometimes find irritating, but as I've gotten used to her, I've really admired the consistency of her characterizations. Fun fun!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. April Holgate Montrose, PA, United States 01-09-14
    K. April Holgate Montrose, PA, United States 01-09-14 Member Since 2012

    I am open to reviewing quality products.

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    "Witchy Cozy Mystery"

    Really interesting cozy mystery that mixes a touch of paranormal into the mix. Great characters and stories that flow nicely. Some of the twists are predictable, but that does not take away from the entertainment value.

    Lily is a natural witch and tries to keep her powers on the down low. That is not going so well for her since she settled in San Francisco. This book picks up where the last one left off, investigating ghosts at the Arts School. Things are, of course, not all that they seem and a murder happens. Lots going on my the mystery, it keeps a steady pace and never lulls.

    This book gives us a touch more in Lily, Max and Aiden's back-stories, as well as introducing two new men into the mix. So many fellas to choose from! Of course, the romance is strictly closed bedroom door. Sigh, no smexy action here. This is totally to be expected as the book is more about the mystery than the love affair.

    I have the audiobooks of this series, great deal on Audible. The narrator, Xe Sands, is fantastic. I love her style and her tone is perfect. She really has a way of making the story come alive, animated and dynamic read. Definitely adding her to my list of narrators to fangirl over!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marla Independence, MO, United States 12-23-13
    Marla Independence, MO, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2014

    I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.

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    "A Spook at the School"
    Where does A Cast-Off Coven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoy Juliet Blackwell's series about a witch running a second hand clothing store. Her spells, charms and knowledge of all things occult, brings a sense of realness to her stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her protagonist is a witch who isn't comfortable in her abilities and needs training, but despite this she continues on confronting the evil who endangers people. With each book her abilities grow as well as the circle of friends, both magical and human.


    Have you listened to any of Xe Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Xe does a fine job and make listening to the book a joy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes. One gets drawn in quickly to the story line and the sense of danger and mystery excite you to finish.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David L Hall Hot Springs Village, AR 11-22-13
    David L Hall Hot Springs Village, AR 11-22-13 Member Since 2016

    David L Hall "Get the Best & Forget the Rest"

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    "Fun and fast ++ A whimsical break from the tense"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The characters are well developed and the theme is a typical good guy bad guy story. But the humor makes this particular story different and a delight. I hated for the story to end.


    Have you listened to any of Xe Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first book of Xe Sands's.


    Was A Cast-Off Coven worth the listening time?

    I recommend this for a fun break away from a tense or riveting story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a change of pace, give this delightful story a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather W. Bean Cleveland, NC United States 11-01-13
    Heather W. Bean Cleveland, NC United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2013

    Mad Mama

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    Any additional comments?

    This series is great. It put me a little in mind of The Hollows series by Kim Harrison (which is also fabulous if you haven't listened to it) but not so much so that it's like a copy cat. This author certainly knows how to keep you interested. I've already downloaded the third book and will probably blaze through the whole series within the week. Love it!

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    Lady S. United States 04-08-16
    Lady S. United States 04-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Another splendid book"

    You know how sometimes you want to see or read a scary book but you're too chicken to watch or read something that might make it hard to sleep alone or look in the mirror? Well, that's me, I often want a little something kinda sorta almost scary but with a little romance and humor coupled with some friendship and mystery, and that's when look for a Juliet Blackwell book. She knows just how to tease my appetite without scaring me senseless. This was a very good book, as are all of her books as far as I'm concerned. If your on the fence about this book climb on over and sit yourself down and relax. Your enjoyment is guaranteed.

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    Lorri Chicago, IL, United States 08-19-15
    Lorri Chicago, IL, United States 08-19-15 Member Since 2008

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Narrator ruins a good cozy mystery: Probably."
    What disappointed you about A Cast-Off Coven?

    Cannot listen to this narrator any more!! Books MAY be okay but can't tell through the obnoxiously breathy, humorless narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Why, why, why why, would you keep using this same narrator for all 7 books????? She saps every scrap of humor from this book. Her style brings vividly to mind the late night phone commercials.....................

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nanabev sebastopol, CA, United States 08-04-15
    nanabev sebastopol, CA, United States 08-04-15 Member Since 2011

    Beverly

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    "Wonderful"

    Juliet Blackwell and Xe Sands put together the most wonderful listening times. The are light and just enough suspense to keep you guessing I always order at least 2 at a time so I know I always have another one when I finish one

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    Thomas 04-19-15
    Thomas 04-19-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as good as the first"

    I like the characters, for the most part, but I feel like it is lacking in the witchcraft area. She is supposed to be an untrained powerful witch, but all she does is brew and rely on spiritual support. Also too much emphasis on ghost and demons.

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    Sandra R. Marcil 10-24-14 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Another fun story"
    Where does A Cast-Off Coven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really find these books fun and enjoyable.


    Would you recommend A Cast-Off Coven to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure would.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I love Oscar, he is so totally lovable. He makes the books!


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