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  • Livskraft

  • Rosalie Watson, Book 1
  • By: Teressa J. Martin
  • Narrated by: Michella Moss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

In the small town of Silverstone, Texas, 21-year-old Rosalie Watson is an average medical student just trying to get by. At least she would be average, if not for her magical ability to heal any living thing. As citizens of Silverstone begin to go missing, Rosalie wonders who or what could be behind the disappearances. When she meets heartthrob Jackson Bulgari, she’ll discover a world of magic and mystery unlike anything she ever thought possible. No doubt Rosalie will face challenges and hardship every step of the way, but the real question is: Can she handle it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rosalie Watson's Precious Little Life

  • By Eve on 06-07-19

Fascinating, Fast moving plot

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-19

Livskraft is written by Teressa J. Martin and narrated (beautifully) by Michella Moss. It is the story of Rosalie Watson and her unusual abilities and unusual friends in "Silverstone", Texas. (Silverstone sounded like a blend of Dallas and Austin to this Texan.) It is a great story and Martin tells it well. The audio narration by Michella Moss does it justice. Moss not only has a beautiful voice but a real talent for conveying characterization and mood. More on that later.

Fans of modern urban fantasy fiction will love the close personal relationships, the (sometimes startling) magic and tense suspense sustained by the tightly plotted narrative. Martin's uncluttered, easy, "you are there" prose style keeps the reader attentive to every sentence. But it is the plot of this book that is the real star. Surprises, horror, suspense and a shattering climax result in a page turner you will be sorry is over. When I finished the final chapter, I wanted to contact the author and ask how the sequel was coming along.

I am happy to report there are two more in the series!

One thing I would like the author to consider doing is to write a backstory appendix or prequel to bolster the themes and principles of her world. I don't know if this is planned but it would add to the richness of her world. That said, she does a fine job of world-building in the course of this single novel.

Special notice needs to be given to the audible narrator Michella Moss. Martin was wise to go to a top professional (you know Moss from TV voiceovers e.g. Sandals Resorts commercials etc...). This resulted in an audiobook that comes alive in her narration.

The combination of suspenseful, tightly plotted storyline conveyed by Moss' talented voice narration makes this top of its class. When you finish this book you will want more from this most promising young author.

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