Can you live 28 years without discovering you're a witch?
Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least.
The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.
A Modern Witch is a full-length novel, 81,000 words.
The next two books in the series, A Hidden Witch and A Reckless Witch, are coming soon to audio.>
Debora Geary is working on several more audiobooks expected out in 2012, if the kids don't spill any more water on her laptop.
©2011 Debora Geary (P)2012 Debora Geary
First, this book is not for the "defeat the evil wizard with lightning bolts from my fingertips" fantasy lovers among us. I enjoy those too but this is different. The author of this book has given us something far less common, far more subtle, and very potent. Like many uncommon, subtle, and potent things in life, it takes a more sensitive palate to appreciate it fully. I think that many of the harsh comments originate from disappointed expectations and an inability to savor this kind of story slowly and mindfully. This is like sipping a cup of hot tea in your favorite chair on a cold night rather than howling at the moon with tequila and whiskey on the beach.The author has created a magic system that is complex but also deeply woven into the personality and spirits of the characters. And, the characters are normal, modern day people with whom one can identify. The result is that when they perform magic, you feel it along with them. They use their magic for real things you might imagine one would in a modern, every day world. It is very accessible and intuitive with enough levitation and gee whizzy magic to remind you that it really is magic. As for the "Chik Lit" comments, the *setting* is centered around family, children, and friends but the *story* is getting you introduced to the context, magic system, and the world as a first book in a series would have to. I'm a 50 yr old, hetero male, and well, I'm writing this (using my wife's account, ha!). Lastly, if you happen to be a practicer of magick, it is nice to escape into a world that you would feel at home in. However, I don't *think* the author is neo-pagan. What she has created feels different from that. I think she did something more closer to the human spirit. Hard to explain but calm, quiet, powerful, and....feels right. She was aiming for something specific and I think she got it. I'm looking forward to the other books.
The Narrator (again folks, not so quick):
Ok, I almost didn't make it through the first part of the book because of the way the main character was performed. It grated on my nerves badly before I realized what the narrator was doing. The main character has to evolve from a person who doesn't believe in witchcraft to being a witch herself (that's not a spoiler). When you know this, you realize it is not a weakness of the narrator but one of her strengths. Even though it might be annoying at first, and maybe not executed perfectly, she pulls it off, if you know what she's doing and stick with it. Also, most of the characters are women with a sprinkling of children. The author has her hands full trying to create distinct female voices without going overboard. Looking back on it, I applaud her now. I would have to listen to the beginning again to know if I would still find it annoying but don't let it distract you. It won't sound like a "coffee commercial" (as one commenter aptly put it) for too terribly long.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
I like the idea of the series-and I did appreciate that I could listen to this with my 9 year old grand daughter in the car with me - it's very 1950s TV. Not a swear word, no blood and guts, no terrible evil waiting to get the cute kid. "It's Leave it to Beaver".... with witches....in 2014. As some previous reviewer said - this is an alternative to Vampires and Zombies.
The plot needs to up tempo a bit and the narrator needs to "WAKE UP!!!!" Her phrasing was tedious and bored sounding. If you can't sleep, this is the narrator for you-she ought to read "go to sleep" meditations for a living!
With the right narrator, this book might be more enjoyable. I've already bought the second book in the series on an Audible deal...3 books for 2 credits. When am I going to learn that Audible sprinkles their loser books amongst these 'good deals'..I think these are going back.
Witch Family Living
This is basically a contemporary novel, but instead of the protagonist being Joe/Joanne-normal, we are following the life of witches. These witches don't fight evil, or act evilly, they simply exist, following their own traditions while living and working like anyone else. It was a really interesting take on the subject, and it was extremely humorous and heartwarming.
Jamie-he's fun and interesting, and you can't help but love how much he loves his family.
Not in the sense that it was suspenseful or engrossing and I just had to know what happens, but listening to this story made me smile, and gave me a light feeling, so I definitely enjoyed listening to it and was disappointed when I had to turn it off.
absolutely! Awesome story line with turns unexpected and humor interjected. I am so proud to be a witch.
Reality mixed with fantasy.
The complete metamorphosis of voice type, Timor, and talent of delivery.
Yes, but alas, I work.
No, The narrator talked each line punctually, taking you out of the story. There was no flow and no difference each sentence. This wasn't distracting immediately, but after 15 minutes I couldn't stop picturing the narrator forcing a smile the whole time while reading each sentence line by line rather then telling a story. She reads very clearly, but could be replaced with a computer.
Not sure if the book was going to be good or not, it started to get cheezy quickly, and with the lackluster narration I only could listen to 20 min.
Series: unique chars/plot line multi genre: Fantasy /Mystery/Adventure, Nars lg. repertoire ...diverse defined chars and comic timing
I'm drawn to series because they allow you to become fully invested in the characters and because they allow for the storyline and characters to evolve throughout the series. Unfortunately in order to introduce the characters and story premise, the first book is frequently light on plot and loses it's audience before it gets off the ground. NO SPOILERS!
I've decided to take on reviewing series as I think sometimes the first book gets a bad wrap, low ratings and therefore the series is overlooked.
To date I've listened to A Modern Witch through A Celtic Witch in the Modern Witch series. First... if you looking for a storyline with Witches, dark magic and evil elements or hot spicy sex keep looking this is not the series for you. A Modern Witch story premise is of a culture of witches existing under the radar, they possess different talents with different degrees of intensity, they use a computer program with a spell component which has the ability to find other witches, in some cases witches that aren't aware they are witches. The next step to discover their talents and to introduce them to the Witch community. (side note) They are strongest when gathered in a circle ceremony enabling them to meld their powers and create amazing spells. This is the elementary bare bones premise of The Modern Witch Series.
A Modern Witch is about love and support of family/friends and community. The series has a lot of heart and romance, because of this. if I'm honest, it's probably geared more towards the female audience. The 'Witches' are depicted as normal everyday people with powers and weaknesses both emotional and physical. The series has strong substance and has been very cleverly written with some extremely unique elements, I don't want to give any of them away as they would definately fall in the spoiler range.
I stongly advise listening to this series and to 'read' at least the first three in the series because there is a lot of substance to the reads and I'm afraid if you give up after the first you will be judging this series before you fully grasp where it is taking you. That being said there's humor, lots of fun, fantasy and laughter too...of particular mention the antics in an ongoing Witches Only web access virtual reality game which will definately supply you with giggles throughout the series.
The first book in this series is "To Have and To Code" which actually introduces Nell and her husband to be, Daniel (critical characters) To Have... genre is mainly light romance, it does also feature the web game site's inception and 'spell coding'. I'll admit I read To Have... after I read A Modern Witch. A Modern Witch has a decided different flavor as it takes place many years later after Nell and Dan have married and they now have several children, which sets the tone and provides a different premise for the stories to come. I highly suggest reading To Have... as it answers some questions and introduces characters which will later appear in The Modern Witch series. Just be warned, if you start with To Have.. it doesn't have the same premise or 'feel' as the rest of the 'reads' in The Modern Witch series.
Of additional note:
There are 2 mini stories "A Witches Central Wedding" and "Swordfight and Lullabies" which are included as extra's at the end of each book they subsequently follow. So don't make the mistake of paying for the e-book as I did with "A Witches Central Wedding".
Plus... there is one more book in The Modern Witch series (yet to be recorded) a spin off trilogy and another spin off (Nell's family) I'm presuming with a different premise, of Which/Witch, I am not so patiently waiting for....Take note Audible!
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someone with a family
more action please
disappointment, good storyline, but my personal preference differs
The story captivated me. This is a deviation from the type of books that I read and was entertaining. I listened to the sample and was sucked in. I have enjoyed the journey of the characters.
I loved the way that the author blended what I have typically considered "witchy" behavior with modern and "today" types of activities. It had a perfect love story, and I am deciding if I want to consider the rest of the series or not.
There were so many for me personally. But I'd say the pre-cog experience with Nat and Jamie. And then the part when the autistic boy was given a weighted vest. I literally cried and I just kept telling myself "It's just a book, calm down." But I'm very involved with my reads especially when they are audio.
I liked all of them. It would be hard to pick just one.
I did listen to it voraciously, but due to some of the more emotional parts I did have to just stop it once and a while.
I liked the book. I would recommend it to others.
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