Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Every Saturday night, she gathers with her three best friends—Peach, Millie, and Stacy—and drinks the same margaritas while listening to the same old stories. Intent on shaking things up, she puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends... but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman who shows Olivia that there is more to her life than she ever dreamed.
As Liv’s latent magical powers come to the surface, she discovers that having an interesting life is maybe not all it’s cracked up to be. The dark side of someone else’s magic is taking over good people in town, and changing them into vessels of malevolence. Unwilling to cede her home to darkness, she battles the demons of her familial past and her magical present, with those she loves at her side - and in the cross fire. Can the most important things in life—friendship, love, magic, and waffles—get her through the worst that the universe can throw at her?
©2012 Lucy March (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I can't remember why I ordered this book in the first place... perhaps a sale? Anyway, it was a bad pick for me. I enjoy escaping into a good story but this one was so annoying and all over the place. I disliked most of the characters with the exception of Tobias, with whom we barely scratch the surface. The rules of the "magic" seemed like the author just made it up as she went and then broke her own rules. The main character was silly and I just wanted her to go away. The narration was not my style either. I had trouble sticking with this book through the end and was glad when it was over.
I have already gone through the book twice. The characters were likeable, the story a new and refreshing take on Magical People. I have been in a "Molly Harper" book sort of mood, having just finished her vampire series. This fit the bill perfectly. As someone else said in a review here, Lucy March is not Molly Harper, but she is close. In fact, I was so certain that she was Molly Harper, I had to check out both of their websites before I would believe it wasn't a Molly book.
Of course Amanda Ronconi does her usual stellar job...her voice is the perfect fit for this book.
Oh dear, there were two, both having to do with betrayal...I don't want to say anymore because I don't want to give away anything in the plot.
Davina, most definitely. Ms. Ronconi is human and only has so many voices to use in her narration. Most of the voices we've heard before. That is not a complaint, it is her magic. Even though the voices are similar/same to other characters in other books, she manages to individualize each character so that they are still unique to the personality currently being read. However, Davina is a voice I haven't heard before from Ms. Ronconi and I absolutely loved it!
Yes, I even stayed up way past my bedtime to finish the book the first time through.
If you are in the mood for a light-hearted paranormal romance, this book is for you!
I accidentally found this title because of the narrator, Amanda Ronconi. I had enjoyed her narration of another book, and was curious to see what else she had worked on. This title was on sale, and I thought I'd give it a try. I was charmed by the story, and even went hunting for more titles by the author. No luck yet, but I'll get her sophomore effort!
The magic system is new and original, but it doesn't take away from the story. It builds slowly with the plot, until they're so inexorably entwined that you can't resist finding out where the author is going to go with them.
Amanda is funny and manages to convey so many different emotions in her voice that you just can't resist her. I always feel like I'm listening to a friend telling me a story.
Yes, it has a bit of a slow start, but the characters are so engaging that it doesn't last for long!
it's a top 20 book
I love livs powers.
I want a little gibson of my own
stacy - she reminds me off m own friends willing to take the normal and the weird in stride.
Fun, original, heartbreaking
The Unseen by Alexandra Sokoloff because the book explores a little romance and a girl with newly awakened powers who struggles with a new self-identity.
When magic overtakes a small town, one girl must control her new gifts to fight the powers of night.
Great book. I would love to see it develop into a series. Liv's new reality and powers promise many adventures to come as she learns to control her gifts.
A middle-aged romantic who grew up reading Heinlen, Louis L'Amour and Richard Hooker. Expect and honest opinion, even if it's not PC.
I hope this book is a success and Lucy March writes many more. Her characters and plot are wonderful.
With Amanda narrating, the story reminds me of Molly Harpers' wonderful tales, but that's a very good thing.
Wish I could get a mug bunny of my very own!
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
Never read the print version.
The conversation between Olivia and her conduit friends. Freaking hilarious!!!!
She is the absolute BEST narrarator I have ever heard. Love her! Every character is spot on. She is a great actress. Sooo convincing. Couldn't be more pleased with her performance.
Absolutely! I fell asleep listening to it and was mad every time i woke up and couldn't find my spot. I mean I HAD to listen to it!
Hands down my favorite purchase on audible. So worth the credit or cash. I loved every minute of it. This is my first time reading this author and narrator. Very pleased!!!! A must have!!!!
To be honest the narrator made the story, but the main character was a disappointment, she was way to naive and trusted a stranger, before she would a long time friend, until it was almost too late. The author could have made her actions a little less stupid.
Character & personality.
Yes, just to get it over with.
Although I have read many reviews comparing this book to Molly Harper, I didn't find it similar, except the narrator is the same. The story revolves around 'magicals' who each have their own unique magic ability, and can only function in either day or night. A combination of fantasy, mystery and romance, with plenty of humor and excellent narration, this book is definitely worth a credit.
No to Lucy, yes to Amanda
yes, all her Molly Harper readings, her reading was comparable and very good.
The general idea was interesting and it had potential, but when bad choices by the characters is the only thing that moves the plot forward, I find it frustrating and just plain unimaginative writing.The main characters constant self flagellation was irritating, and peoples inability to 'communicate' or keeping things from each other to save each others feelings was an aspect that I didn't like either.Will probably not revisit the author. Amanda Ronconi was great as always.
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