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Damsel Under Stress: A Novel | [Shanna Swendson]

Damsel Under Stress: A Novel

To-do: Stop the bad guys. Rescue the wizard. Find the perfect outfit for New Year's Eve. At last, Owen Palmer, the dreamboat wizard at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., has conjured up the courage to get Katie Chandler under the mistletoe at the office holiday party. But just when it looks like Katie has found her prince, in pops her inept fairy godmother, Ethelinda, to throw a wand into the works. Ethelinda's timing couldn’t be worse. A plot hatched by MSI's rogue ex-employees, Idris and his evil fairy gal pal Ari, threatens to expose the company's secrets - and the very existence of magic itself.
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To-do: Stop the bad guys. Rescue the wizard. Find the perfect outfit for New Year's Eve.

At last, Owen Palmer, the dreamboat wizard at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., has conjured up the courage to get Katie Chandler under the mistletoe at the office holiday party. But just when it looks like Katie has found her prince, in pops her inept fairy godmother, Ethelinda, to throw a wand into the works. Ethelinda's timing couldn’t be worse. A plot hatched by MSI's rogue ex-employees, Idris and his evil fairy gal pal Ari, threatens to expose the company's secrets - and the very existence of magic itself. Even worse, it could also mean the end of Katie's happily-ever-after. Now Katie and Owen must work side by side (but alas, not cheek to cheek) to thwart the villains' plans. Braving black-magic-wielding sorceresses, subway-dwelling dragons, lovelorn frog princes, and even the dreaded trip to meet Owen's parents at Christmas, Katie and her beau are in a battle to beat Idris at his own sinister game. All mischief and matters of the heart will come to a head at a big New Year's Eve gala, when the crystal ball will drop, champagne will pour, and Katie will find herself truly spellbound.

©2007 Shannon Swendson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Catherine Norfolk, VA, United States 01-17-14
    Catherine Norfolk, VA, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2010

    I'm a avid listener, 1000+ in my collection. Some of my favorite series includes: Charlaine Harris's Sookie S., J.K's Harry P. and K. Armstrongs Otherworld. Single books T. Clancy's Hunt for Red October and S. Meyer's The Host.

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    "Fun easy listen."

    Audible has given us the first three books in this series and I have listened to them all. I find them light and quirky. If you like Molly Harpers books, you may like these. I hope Audible will give us the rest of this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ABB 04-13-15
    ABB 04-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Magic is for real again"

    Growing up in New York City I'd always known about the rumor of alligators in the sewer system, but now finding out that they are really dragons that live in the depths of the rail systems makes the possibilities of riding the Amtrak or subway even more exciting.
    Once again Shanna Swendson has written a delightful tail about the magical craziness of NYC. As a New Yorker, now living in very rural USA, I can relate to both sides of her story. It is enchanting, light hearted and a great deal of fun, without all the darkness of today's most popular mystery fantasies. Ms. Swendson's writing style is engaging and Ms. Eva Wilhem's performance as first person narrator, heroine is spot-on. I recommend you start with book 1, Enchanted Inc., so as to become familiar with all the characters. Once you have finished book 1, you'll be hooked and on to book 2, Once Upon Stilettos, which will send you directly to book 3. Damsel in Distress; all three are equal fun and the plot remains the same but very, very different scenarios. You honestly Don't know where the stories are going until they get there.
    So if what you are looking for is light reading, magic mixed with a touch reality and a touch of romance (glad to say no shades of gray here), I'd say at least the first 3 (I'm just now starting #4) of the Swendson Enchanted series are a delightful set of brain candy. It is written as "chick" stuff.
    I'd recommend teens through adult for relaxation-fun, subway, lunch break, beach, Sunday reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    madam2u 01-26-15
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    "Great Story"

    Although, somewhat predictable in parts it was quite imaginative. I'm personally not too thrilled with the ending, but I do see the point.

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    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 04-13-15
    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 04-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "ready for the next one.... need me some more Sam"

    fun fast funny..... easy listen. great series, cant say enough. I'm a Sam fan would love to see more of him.

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    Kindle Customer 04-25-14
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    "Dissapointing"
    What would have made Damsel Under Stress better?

    If the author had kept track of events, instead of trying to be humorous. The story had so much potential and I have kept listening hoping that it would get better, but there is more sarcastic wit than actual believable storyline. Here you have a powerful wizard, and a witty female character, and they fall into one death defying situation after another, only to come out of it and start making silly jokes, and completely forget the fact that they are in danger.


    What was most disappointing about Shanna Swendson’s story?

    The most disappointing thing about the story was the need to make the lead character's only focus be dating, falling in love, and clothes. Here you have a story of supposed good v evil, but It reads more like a cheerleaders battle of the sexes. The lead characters are constantly facing danger, but are oblivious to strange when it is in front of them. They walk into situation that would make anyone suspicious, let alone people that are supposed to be in a battle against a magician. It just became too junior high for me, this is a grown woman, she should sound like a grown woman.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I am not sure, most of it would start with so much potential and end up sounding ridiculous. I can't say I have a favorite scene.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, and frustration.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie 04-07-14
    Bonnie 04-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Alice in Wonderland meets Harry Potter"

    Enchanted Inc. is the third in the series from author Shanna Swendson. This is a fun chick series that is a mystery, an adventure, and a romantic comedy which is lighthearted, magical, and fun.

    There are characters you'll love and remember. The heroin, Katie, is “completely ordinary” in a universe of magic. This is a good thing.

    For adults the series is “Alice in Wonderland” and “Harry Potter” all rolled into one. It is a mystical romp and a fun escape. Read and enjoy.

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    "Charming, surprising and funny."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I like any book which develops an unusual idea to a point where it is a well developed world. In this third book Shanna Swensdon continues her story of a parallel world of magic where only some people can recognise the world beyond the ordinary. This is a light hearted look at an idea of magic and as such Shanna Swensdon takes part of the story to the ridiculous which serves to make it more lively, funny and interesting. I also liked that the characters are likeable, sometimes I will stop reading a book because the characters are so unpleasant I find myself not really caring what happens to them, these characters are likeable, not as well rounded as they might be in a book of a more serious nature but sufficient to engage in a book of this sort.


    What does Eva Wilhelm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her intonation is lively and funny. She has good comedic timing which makes the listener more likely to get the gags.


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    Marla Independence, MO, United States 07-12-15
    Marla Independence, MO, United States 07-12-15 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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    "Good Continuation of Katie's Tales at Enchant Inc."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Shanna Swendson's novels about Katie Chandler, a immune to magic, employee at Magic, Spells & Illusions Inc., has the fun of Charlene Harris's True Blood novels, but without the gore and explicit sex. For those who like the tales of the paranormal, romance and humor, I would recommend her books. They are light, amusing, and inventive. I would not recommend them if one rather have a story of the paranormal, with horror, sex, and gore.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Damsel Under Stress?

    "There be dragons!" and potential in-laws, in this 3rd novel of Enchanted, Inc. I won't go into details, but both are fun. It also progresses the characters' development. Plus she introduces a fairy godmother and two new gargoyles, which adds to the hilarity.


    What three words best describe Eva Wilhelm’s performance?

    Good, Paced & Clever


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

    If I had the time to listen in one sitting I would. As it was, I listened to this in 3 sittings, and in between times, I was looking forward to finishing the book.


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    Melody Ocoee, FL 05-09-15
    Melody Ocoee, FL 05-09-15 Member Since 2015

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "fun"

    I like this series for just simple, easy, fun. Not the most mentally challenging, but fun.

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    twinsmom 04-19-15
    twinsmom 04-19-15
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    "For fans of the series"

    A frustrating ending but still a great addition to the series. While not a cliffhanger, the end makes you want to quickly pick up book 4, which I'm about to do as soon as I finish this review. Have really enjoyed this whole series so far both on audio and on kindle.

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