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Charming

Bastan Hollow Saga, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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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 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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  • seelk
  • Ontario, Canada
  • 09-15-19

charming indeed :D

Fairy tale with a twist... or two :D Love the premise with all its intertwined worlds, there are humans, witches and warlocks, goblins and trolls, mischievous fairies in a story like you've never heard before. Highly entertaining, humour, suspense, drama, mystery is mixed adding a bit of romance and a smidge of steamy. Lilou cracked me up again and again, she is my fave character joined by Arlo who is not quite what he shows to the world. Love their interactions and enjoyed following them on their journey listening how Lilou won over many who didn't believe she can do the quest assigned to her. The secondary characters nicely woven in adding to the richness of the story. The too much detailing of some scenes were a bit overwhelming for me and found myself drifting off, then had to go back and listen again, luckily there were not many.
The narrators did a great job in giving each character their own voices, a few even had accents. Their personality were clearly heard and I enjoyed listening to the dual narration. I hope they are the ones doing the next book too. Looking forward to the next book.

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An adult Fairytale

This was a great adult fairytale with a bit more romance in it. It does start to get steamy or else I would let my daughter listen to it. Witches and warlocks and magic all intertwined with forbidden love made for an amazing story. The scribing of magic in the battle and the energy kept me so intrigued, I loved it. the very end felt like it just cut off though..... not sure what happened there. Off to the next book.

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Multiverses of Fairy Tales, magic users and humans

Fractured Fairy Tales anyone? I miss the old cartoons that featured fairytales that were just a little bent. Many good memories.
I like Jane Washington, but sometimes, like this story, she creates a complicated world or situation that she doesn’t quite unpack very well. It’s an art and science to create, then to give out just enough information CLEARLY to advance the story, but not confuse the reader; also not to drown the reader in details.
I appreciate having both male and female narrators, especially since the story alternated between the main characters’ POV. But...Why were the narrators pronouncing her name as LIE-LOW? When I read the ebook story, I pronounced Lilou as LEE-LOU. Otherwise, why the “u” in the spelling? Predatory NOT preparatory; etc., etc. etc.
Dear producers: please use talent that reads books extensively and knows language; then edit the recording before releasing. Also for yourself: Audible-Great Courses!