Billy Blade is a hardworking, hard living, razor sharp musical force. Mysterious behind his dark shades, the rough around the edges Texan mesmerizes with his haunting harmonica and tantalizes with his dangerous looks and smooth country charm. His latest album is topping the charts. He's the newly crowned King of the Bacchus Krewe. He's definitely living the rock star dream. Exotic Creole beauty Thyme Bellerose couldn't be more content. She has it all. An adoring grandmother. A handsome Tulane medical student beau. A satisfying job in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter. Her life is as rich as the ice cream she creates. She's got everything under control. But control is an illusion. Dreams can turn into nightmares. And now during Mardi Gras, otherworldly powers stand ready to shape their destinies in ways they could never imagine. Shadow and light. Magic and mystery. Reality and myth. All come together in a place where rules bend and lines blur. Even those between life and death.
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yes yes and yes
I love all Michelle Mankin books
But this one has now become my favorite.
I love how Kai and Wen always seem to become the characters and bring them to life in a way that is new everytime I hear them narrate.
I also love that there is always background music when Lyrics are presented
I love the originality of the story
from the amazing plot twists and the character development
and the love/hate relationship a reader/listener develops with the characters both main and supporting
Billy Blade the unsuspecting hero. who thought he was incapable of love but fell in love with Ghost Girl
I so wish I was able to but it certainly helped my work night pass
Michelle. Kai, Wen yall are amazing and ruining me for all other narrators and authors.
but keep it up cant wait to listen to the next one
This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s got everything I could want in a novel – characters I love, the struggle between light and dark, themes of integration and discrimination, a great love story with almost-insurmountable obstacles, a ghost, and Greek mythology (which I never thought I’d like, but I love in this!), all set against the magical backdrop of New Orleans. Each chapter begins with either a quote or a stanza from a poem, which sets the stage perfectly. In the audiobook, this is backed by haunting music that reflects the tone of the story.
Rocker romances are my guilty pleasure, but this book is really a paranormal story. The country/rock star aspect is secondary and a fairly minor detail to get Billy to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I discovered Michelle Mankin’s Raging Tempest series a few months ago and fell in love with it. I didn’t think she could top it. But this, this is genius.
This is the first book in a series, not a serial. No cliffhanger here. The couple gets their HEA, or at least an HFN, but there is an overreaching story arc, the struggle to integrate dark and light, that will be continued. The battle may be won, but the war is not over.
Some people may need a trigger warning for one scene. It’s actually glossed over and not graphic at all, but it gets mentioned again later in the book, again without too many details. There is graphic violence in the first part. If you’re squeamish or easily grossed out, you might want to skip ahead, but the story is definitely worth a listen.
Of course, Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross do a fantastic job with the reading. They both put the perfect amount of pain, joy, or resignation into their voices, depending on the scene. I love the way they sound when they read the quote at the beginning of each chapter. Their voices are perfect for the mystical feel of this story. I'd love to listen to more paranormal from them.
I loved this book! It's the first one by Michelle Mankin that I have read, but it won't be the last one. The story is narrated by Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross, who are quickly becoming favourites of mine.
"Strange Magic" is set in New Orleans, a city of contrasts, light and darkness, magic and voodoo... Thyme Bellerose lives a happy life and dreams about her future with her boyfriend, but soon her dreams become nightmares thanks to some dark characters she didn't know existed in real life.
A few years later, Billy Blade, a famous singer is invited to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, a time when everything is allowed and the world of the spirits is closer than ever to the world of the living. Billy soon discovers that things are not what they seem.
Thyme and Billy meet and fall in love, but there's a long dangerous road ahead before they can reach their happy ending.
Katrina also plays an important part in the story. I won't tell you more, you'll have to read (or listen to) the story. I'm sure you'll like it.
N.Y. Times Bestselling Author
I loved the concept. It was very different from all any other paranormal story I have read before.
Love comes in all forms.
I can't say how much I love Michelle Mankin's books. They are all beautifully written and her lyrics are enough to make you cry. Pair that with the smokin' hot performance of Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross and I guarantee you will be spoiled for other narrations. Being an audiobook fanatic, I have to say these narrators are the best I have listened to by far. Not only do they speak clearly, but every character has their own voice and they convey so much emotion with every book they produce. They don't just read, they story tell, which is so important for the reader to experience what the characters are going through.
I listened to this book when it was released at an earlier date in two parts, and all in one day. Here are my reviews.
Review for Strange Magic Part1:
"Magical first installment!!!!"
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely!! I have read almost all of Michelle Mankin's books. Each one is better than the last.
What did you like best about this story?
I love how real the characters came across.
Which character – as performed by Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross – was your favorite?
My favorites were Thyme as performed by Kai and Billy and Leon as performed by Wen. They both have an excellent range of voices to use when narrating. Each character has their own voice. They are true storytellers.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Yes, I felt such sadness for Thyme. I could relate to her character in many ways.
Any additional comments?
This was a fantastic first installment. It was filled with sadness, love, magic, and even some action. Everything a love story should be. I cannot wait to get started on the second part
Review for Strange Magic Part 2:
"Love Love Love this series!!!!"
Would you consider the audio edition of Strange Magic - Part Two to be better than the print version?
Most definitely!! Listening to the book brings it more to life much more than I could ever imagine reading the book on my own.
What other book might you compare Strange Magic - Part Two to and why?
The Tempest series also written by Michelle Mankin.
What about Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross ’s performance did you like?
I have listened to many books narrated by Kai and Wen. Every book they read gets better and better. In fact, I found many new authors because of them. I have purchased book is solely on just wanting to listen to them. They read with emotion and passuon. And every character has their own voice. They are true storytellers. And listening to Wen's smokin' hot voice is just an added bonus.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There were many. Too many to count. This book if filled with sad and happy moments alike.
Any additional comments?
After listening to the first book I immediately purchased this one. I couldn't imagine this book being much better than first, but it was. It was filled with love, sadness, hot sex, and lots of action, and beautiful poetry. Michelle Mankin is one of my favorite writers and I will read any book she releases. Her lyrical writing is nothing more than beautiful and she sprinkles magic over each page she writes.
The same goes for the narrators Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross. They bring such passion into every book they read. I will never get tired of listening to them.
I enjoyed this mythological story of Billy & Thyme. I must admit it took me a little bit of time to follow what was happening but when it all started to click I was hooked. It's a beautiful story and it is quite long but held my interest throughout. I'm actually excited to find out what happens in book 2 and the other members.
This is such a great book!!! The story is fantastic. Gripping.. The performance excellent I don't know when I've enjoyed a book so well written and performed, not just read..
Now I need to go look for the next book in this series... 💜
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