Company Town

The Quinn Henaghan Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: Maggie Baker
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Magic! Monsters! Mayhem! All the things mousy Quinn Henaghan didn’t want in her life. But now, thanks to a long-hidden power, Quinn is fast on her way to becoming the world’s most powerful sorceress. 

Can she master her gift in time to save Los Angeles from the demon who’s been ruling it for a century?

A paranormal adult romance thriller! In the tradition of the Dresden Files and Doctor Strange!

©2018 Paul Neuhaus (P)2018 Paul Neuhaus

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OK but Not in Tradition of Dresden Files

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This book was advertised as "a paranormal adult romance thriller! In the tradition of the Dresden Files." I love the Dresden Files - the humor, the adventure, the great characters and their development throughout the series -- so, absolutely, count me in. Strong female lead -- double count me in. Very quickly it became clear, this is not in the tradition of the Dresden Files nor is it even its distant cousin.

So what is it? It is an urban fantasy with a female lead. The story is strung together with a lot of information conveyed in dialogue. Quinn does not know that she has any powers until she is poisoned by a dagger. She immediately accepts her abilities and has a mission. She has the ability to travel to other dimensions/time - interesting. There are two celebrity cameos - nice twist. But overall, it was okay but it did not keep my attention in that I was curious about what was happening or what would happen next.

The narrator, Maggie Baker, was fine. She did not really do voices for the characters and at times, to me, her reading seemed a little flat but overall ok.

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Ok urban fantasy mystery laced with Hollywood nostalgia

I’ve been trying to figure out how to review this book. It wasn’t really like what the blurb said or implied it would be in the sense that it was full of monsters, mayhem and excitement. There was some action but it was more of an urban fantasy mystery book.
There was a nice air of old Hollywood nostalgia throughout the book. Quinn was an old Hollywood enthusiast so to speak and had a blog about it. Classic people and places were referred to throughout the story.
I didn’t find Quinn to be too quick on the uptake at times. Which could be frustrating. She wasn’t coming into her own powers she was duped into them which was pretty obvious but she had no idea. She also vomited and blew up a toilet and actually thought that was something a doctor might be able to help with. Then all of a sudden she was like this star pupil after having these powers out of no where. I just wasn’t buying it. Plus the magic itself was super complicated and confusing.
Also, I didn’t like the inconsistency of how the author would at one point refer to her by her first name, Quinn, and then 5 minutes later refer to her by her last name, Henaghen. It wasn’t like it was a certain character who used one name in particular. There was incongruous switching back and forth.
The other thing I found to be odd was that several things were referred to or described as vaginas. I’m all for vaginal descriptives but they just didn’t fit in this story or coming from this character. There would be a portal to another dimension and Quinn would describe it as looking vaginal or there would be a tear in something or a gap or a slot... vagina, vagina, vagina, all vaginas! You see where I’m going here? It just didn’t fit in. This was not a vagina story or not even a character who in the least seemed like she would constantly be thinking like that. It was weird. Weird like a vagina. We were all thinking it. I just said it so no one else had to.
The narrator for the audiobook was ok. She spoke clearly and the production was well done.
Overall this wasn’t a bad story. I just had some pet peeves about it. Did I love it? No. Did I hate it? No. Would I read another in the series? Most likely.
3 stars.

I would like to thank the author/narrator/publisher for generously providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Company Town

I enjoyed this book.Some of it passed me by ,but, I got most of the jokes and stuff. Narration by Maggie Baker was swell. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Great Story!

This awesome story is both extremely well written and narrated. You cannot help but like the main character. Any fan of the fantasy or magical genre will love this one.