Listened for Fun (Audible) Overall Rating: 4.25 Character Rating: 4.00 Story Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the ove..Show More »rall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Dirty Magic was a great mix of Urban Fantasy and Mystery! In other words, I dug it.
Story Thoughts: Fact: I am a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers. I get excited about good old fashioned detective work. So when I heard that Jaye was doing an UF meets Mystery book, I got excited. She did not disappoint! The mystery was solid, well thought out, and most of the case solving came from tracking down the clues through working the scene/beat/players! I am always a little worried that "paranormal" elements will be used too much to solve a case in a paranormal/mystery mix but there was a great balance here. There were all the UF elements people love so much: world building, action, and snappy dialogue. Overall this was just a good mix of both worlds and I am excited to see where the series goes from here.
Character Thoughts: Kate is an interesting leading lady. She is strong, independent, stubborn, loyal, and at times a little unlikable. She is a good cop, a good sister, and a good friend. She is also quick at learning on the job. I think the longer she is with the team (Magical Enforcement Agency) the more she will fit in with them. Here is where I think the characters shined: I really liked the MEA task force! They were a great group of characters and hopefully as the series progresses we learn more about them.
Narrated By Morgan Hallett / Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
This was my first Morgan Hallett book and I thought she did an excellent job. The pacing and tone of the story was well matched to her voice! The character voices were well done (male and female)with just enough uniqueness to tell who was talking at all times. There were one or two voices that took a bit to get used too but other than that I think the narration was spot on. I will be continuing this series in audio.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed Dirty Magic and can't wait for Kate's next adventure!
Note: Yes I am ignoring the setup for a love triangle. The romance won't be the main reason that I am reading this series.
Listened for Fun (Audible) Overall Rating 4.00 Story Rating 4.25 Character Rating 3.75
Audio Rating 3.50 (not part of the overall..Show More » rating)
First Thought when Finished:Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells was a good mix of gritty mystery, brash detective work, and enough magic to keep you guessing.
Overall Thoughts:I was a bit hesitant to listen to this because a friend of mine had huge problems with it. Though something she said made me think I would like it (see negative reviews really aren't a bad thing). Yes this is gritty, crass, and very raw series. The language is a bit like reading/listening to an OZ episode (which I loved so this is a huge compliment). Mix that with a rape potion and it is a dark case. I LOVED IT! Seriously the case was downright awesome. I had some character issues in Cursed Moon (Kate was close to going into annoying UF lead for me) but the ending made me think that maybe those will be over with book 3. I think she came to terms with herself, so I hold out hope. Overall though I would say this is a great mix of Urban Fantasy and Gritty Thriller!
Narrated By Morgan Hallett / Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
I liked the audio in 1.5x speed but in 1x speed it drove me nuts. Morgan isn't a bad narrator (I had less of a problem in book 1) but something just sounded off in a few of the secondary character voices. I will continue this in audio as it may have been me not the narrator this go around.
Status Updates and Quotes 5%: "#Listening Chapter 3 she just cursed herself. Never think everything seems together :)"
40%: #Listening 4 hrs 30 min in: Interesting case. Had to laugh because if I was Kate I would have checked out his ass too :)
80%: #Listening Gritty, Crass, and I am really liking it. Kate is getting on my nerves but I have a feeling she is going to call herself out before the end of the book."
“But men who dress as goats and gallivant through sex riots playing flutes tend not to be the most logical people.”
“Debriefings were always framed as closure, but sometimes they felt like ritualized reopening of wounds. Having to stand in front of someone with the power to steal your badge and defend the choices you made in the line of fire felt like its own sort of hell. Not the watery hell of that lake with the monster and the madman, but a hell lorded over by the demons Would Have, Could Have, and Should have.”
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