Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, hail from a long line of witches who have the power to grant wishes using spells. They've come to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but they soon find themselves knee deep in murder.
Until three weeks ago, Darcy and Harper were working dead-end jobs and trying to put their troubles behind them. Then their aunt Velma delivered a bombshell: They're actually Wishcrafters-witches with the power to grant wishes with a mere spell. Wanting a fresh start, they head to their aunt's magic-themed tourist town to master their newfound skills.
But their magic fails them when a wannabe witch turns up dead - strangled with Aunt Ve's scarf - and Ve's sweetheart, Sylar, is found looming over the body. Ve is standing by her man, but Darcy overheard Skylar wish that the victim would disappear - forever. With Harper distracted by her handsome new crush, Darcy is determined to sleuth her way to the truth. But it'll take more than a wish to unravel this mystery....
©2012 Heather Webber (P)2014 Tantor
I enjoyed everything about this book: the story, the characters, and the narration. A definite recommended read!
AKA The Geeky Blogger
Read for Bookclub (DFWTea)(Kindle)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75
Audio Rating: 4.00
First Thought when Finished: I am not sure where my original review of It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake went (this is a re-read for me) but it was fun coming back to the beginning of the series to refresh my memory of the sisters when they were new to town. Sometimes re-reads are just what hits the spot!
Audio Thoughts: I thought Colleen was a good match for the characters and sassy-ness of the story :)
Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, Done Reviews
I laughed, I worried, I had a blast listening to this book. What a breath of fresh air. A fun book with witches, hot guys, laughs and it was CLEAN. Hallelujah. I will definitely read more from her. Clean books that are also great reads are the best.
Megh the Book Devourer
If the narrator sounded less effected and nasal the entire experience of listening to the book would have been better.
I have listened to many books and many narrators. Some I absolutely love and will try an author just because I love the narrator, some are so so, I can overcome listening to them because I love the story and get familiar with their style and don't notice it anymore. With this book I had read the story and liked it so I thought I would give the audible version a try because sometimes listening to the story brings out even more detail. I could not finish listening to the book. In fact it put so on edge I stopped liking the story.
There are so many things wrong with this book that I can't name them all. Actually I don't want to name them all because I don't want to spend that much time on this book. I will give a few examples to demonstrate my point.
1. It was difficult and distracting to keep up with all of the crafters.
2. The lead character's mother died at the age of 7. It is then that she decides to take on the responsibility of raising her sister? Really!!!
3. The residents and business owners in the Enchanted Village are more concerned about how a pickpocket is affecting tourism than a murder.
4. The lead characters are just boring. They start looking into the murder out of curiosity.
5. The narrator isn't write for this book. She doesn't differentiate between the characters very well.
I can go on, but, I think I will just move on to another book.
This was an enjoyable light listen / murder mystery. I like the magical theme of the book so it was appealing and I found it to be decent mystery as well. The narrator was fine but not terrific. I liked some aspects of her narrating better than others....not sure where she is from as she has unusual or unique pronunciation of certain words. When she spoke the character name of Alexandra, it often sounded (to me) like AlexandER instead, but not a "deal breaker" on listening to more of this series (I think she narrates more of the books). I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries with a little light romance thrown into the mix!
For a first in a series book either you want more or you never ever want to hear another word from the author. It Takes a Witch is a book leaving you eager to hear the next one in the series.
There were many the book is well written.
Yes, if you have the time for it. If you don't your eager to get back to it.
Fantasy, Romance, Mysteries, History are among my favorites. I am a bit sucker for humor in romance books no matter the type.
Slow start and narrators voice took some getting used to. Plenty of twists, turns and some not so obvious surprises. Will see if book 2 improves with some stilted dialogue.
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