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Charming

Bastan Hollow Saga, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
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Lilou Adler is a student at the Bastan college for applied physics: a magic school focused on training adult witches and warlocks to become enforcers. As an enforcer-in-training, she is one of the many tasked with keeping each generation of fairy tale creatures on track with their fates.

There are just a few problems:

  1. Being tasked with the all-important "Cinderella" tale as her first assignment had to be a clerical error.
  2. Prince Charming is too busy chasing fairy "tail" to settle down.
  3. Cinderella has sticky fingers and boundary issues.
  4. A certain someone is hell-bent on taking her out of commission, but not even the high warlock of Bastan can stop this witch when she gets started. 

Arlo Demarcus is the high warlock of Bastan and it’s his job to investigate magical crimes and to enforce magical law. It’s also his job to protect the next target in a string of magical murders: Lilou Adler.

There are just a few problems:

  1. Lilou being tasked with the all-important "Cinderella" tale as her first assignment had to be a joke.
  2. A certain someone is hell-bent on making his job a living hell, but there’s no way a twenty-something Enforcer-in-training is going to stop this warlock when he gets started. 

This is a full, stand-alone novel. It is book number one of the Bastan Hollow Saga, but each book can be listened to as a stand-alone.

©2018 Jane Washington (P)2019 Jane Washington

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Really Really Greatly Entertaining!

I was hesitant to purchase this Audible due to the storyline written in it's preface sounded too much like a fairy tale theme which I personally didn't believe that I would enjoy listening to. Due to the fact that the Author is one of my favorites, Jane Washington, I decided to take a chance and I am SO thankful that I did because this Novel was EXCELLENT! I highly recommend "Charming" if you want a exceptional written original story; which is hard to find , plus amazing Naration throughout and just plain old fun!

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One of my favorite books of the year!

Lilou is one of my all time favorite female characters ever! I loved her so much. She was goofy and sarcastic and a rule breaker. She was a natural leader too which worked out well for her in her quest. I went into this book blind. Jane Washington is one of my go to authors, so I didn't really care too much what it was about. But this world is so unique and interesting. Witches have to keep the world safe by making sure that certain fairy tale scenes happen. This one was making sure "Cinderella" or Beth in this book and Prince Charming get married. I have never read anything like this and I can't wait for the next book!

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One of my favorites to listen to over and over ❤️❤️

If you want to read a thoroughly enjoyable funny story...pick this up! This whole story has kept me laughing, smiling and chortling all day long! I really never know what is going to happen next! That is the beauty of this. It completely entertains me and keeps me guessing and wondering. I walk around with a giant smile on my face while listening. The characters...i have never read/listened to any others like these. Lilou is stubborn and really just trying to figure out how to do this insurmountable task. So she bumbles, breaks the rules and runs across the most amazing characters while getting herself out of hot water time and again. I know so already said this but I never knew what Lilou was going to do or say next!

The narrators of this book...ROCK! They NAIL all of these voices..time and time again! From all the Goblins and the Stone creatures to the college kids, fairy’s and enforcers. I am going to say these are new favorites for me! They make the noises/words for the characters and I can easily picture them in my mind. YAY! Lindsey Dorcus and Lance Rasmussen!

This is a first time author for me. How this author came up with this story I don’t know. But I can NOT wait for the next or even more in this series.

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Truly fantastic fairy-tale fantasy!

This was a truly fantastic fairy-tale fantasy. It was funny, charming, and I just can't wait for more. If you love a heroine who is clever and funny, this is a great place to start. The dual narration was also on-point. I really can't wait for more in this series.

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such a great listen!

A friend of mine recommended that I give this book a listen and since I have read Jane Washington before and enjoyed her writing plus my friend is hardly ever wrong on a book recommendation, I decided to check Charming out. I was not disappointed. I found myself often laughing out loud at the characters antics. The writing is great and the narrators, Lindsey Dorcus and Lance Rasmussen, do an amazing job of bringing the characters to life. What an interesting twist on fairytales. This book is definitely worth a credit. I look forward to reading the next one.
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Highly recommend, worth the credit!

I love the way Jane Washington put her own spin on fairy tales. Not only was it original it very entertaining. The narrator's did a good job bringing this story to life. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out on audio. #AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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A Charming tale

Not your typical fairy tale, this was the first book of Jane Washington’s that I’ve listened to and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Dorcus and Rasmussen did a wonderful job of bringing the quirky characters and the worlds to life. I often found myself laughing at the antics of Lilou and the others. I’m looking forward to book two.

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Magic and Different worlds

I love how they train witches to keep the fairy tales going. Seems weird at first but once it is all explained it makes sense. I love how she is the youngest but the most powerful and how she finds how to do things her way. Very good story.
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good listen

I liked the story for the most part. It was interesting and pretty easy to follow. The only down side was the extreme detail of the runes. Don't get me wrong I like detail but it interrupted the flow of the narrators. I listen while driving and can't exactly draw what is being described.

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A Charming and Amusing Story

This book was very engaging and I was disappointed when it ended . Lilou is a hilarious character and I found myself laughing out loud many times . The narration was also spot on .

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  • Amber N
  • 12-05-19

Amazing!

Absolutely loved it! The heroine is awesome and I love her sense of humor/snark. The H/h are so cute together and the side characters make this audiobook even more fantastic. There is so much humor throughout. Everything is unique and unforgettable. Can't wait for more! The narrators did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life with distinctive voices and lots of passion.
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  • Marcelle Ellis
  • 11-25-19

Amazing and funny

I could stop laughing, this was such an enjoyable experience. This book was a great adventure with so many great characters they never seem to amazed me on what they would do next. This is a must have book.

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  • Jacquie Stolz
  • 11-23-19

Unique and fun PNR

I loved Lilo and the entire cast of characters. This was a story full of hilarity, murder, mystery, and magic. Looking forward to the next book in this series.

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  • Sarahlou
  • 11-21-19

Enteraining must listen to

I am a Jane Washington novice, shes always recommended by one of my friends so when I got the chance to listen to this book I jumped at it. I was addicted from beginning to end with the brilliant storyline and narration. The storyline has so much going on and you never want to stop listening as you are waiting to see what would happen next.

Jane has brought us great characters that entertain and endear themselves to us and the these two narrators did such an amazing job bringing them to life. I honestly think I could listen to Lance Rasmussen read anything!

I cant wait to see what happens with this series next.

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  • Mari Garcia
  • 11-10-19

So much fun!!

This book was so much fun to listen to. The book was well written. The characters were lovable, somewhat relatable, and just so crazy. The narration complemented the book well and made for a highly entertaining read. Fabulous.

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  • 10-17-19

Inventive and fun with great narration

I started laughing almost immediately from the beginning of the story. There is such fun banter and the characters are hilarious. I feel like the author had a lot of fun writing to this story and the narrators had fun reading the story. It’s an imaginative look at fairy tales- focusing on all the “work” it takes to enforce the HEA for the fairy tales (so the world doesn’t come to an end, apparently!). Lilou is the witch charged with protecting the Cinderella tale. Arlo is the warlock charged with protecting Lilou. There's a bit of a mystery (who is hunting Lilou?) and while the romance is secondary, it works so well within the story. The supportive cast (especially the “statue” Lucifer) are just perfect the complement the wackiness.

I really liked this book from the first page. It was too much fun and so imaginative.

Both Lindsey Dorcus and Lance Rasmussen were great. They both infused humor into their voices. They did a fantastic job modulating their voices and introducing accents so that they were able to play multiple characters. Their narration complemented the story so well that it only added to the enjoyment.

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