Death and Relaxation

Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Series: Ordinary Magic, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (250 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An exciting new urban fantasy series by national best-selling author Devon Monk.  

Monsters, gods, and mayhem....

Police Chief Delaney Reed can handle the Valkyries, werewolves, gill-men, and other paranormal creatures who call the small beach town of Ordinary, Oregon, their home. It’s the vacationing gods who keep her up at night. 

With the famous rhubarb festival right around the corner, small-town tensions, tempers, and godly tantrums are at an all-time high. The last thing Delaney needs is her ex-boyfriend reappearing just when she's finally caught the attention of Ryder Bailey, the one man she should never love. 

No, scratch that. The actual last thing she needs is a dead body washing ashore, especially since the dead body is a god. 

Catching a murderer, wrestling a god power, and rescheduling the apocalypse? Just another day on the job in Ordinary. Falling in love with her childhood friend while trying to keep the secrets of her town secret? That’s going to take some work.

©2016 Devon Monk (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Great beginning

This is a great start for a new series. I couldn't put it down and read it one sitting. I'm a huge fan of Devon Monk. I've read every book she's written and then got the audio editions for all of the Allie Beckstrom books.
This books is lighter and more humorous than her others. I really liked the sheriff and her sisters. They weren't constantly bickering, even though they had different personalities and ideas they tried to help each other. I loved the idea of the town of Ordinary, with the vacationing gods, vampires and werewolves living amongst the humans. I especially want to get to know more about the gods. This story does not end on a cliffhanger. It solves the main mystery introduced at the beginning but it does set up the next book in the last few pages. It can't get here soon enough!
Kristine Hvam does another great job as narrator, she brings the characters and action to life.

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A good urban fantasy with a bit of mystery

Nothing wrong, but nothing exceptional. The narrator is quite good. This is pretty typical urban fantasy. It was good enough to continue listening to the rest of the series, but I didn't feel like I couldn't put it down either. Character development is good, but the plot is fairly transparent. Foreshadowing with a sledgehammer!

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heartfelt!

i have enjoyed all the books from the ordinary series. I read this book awhile ago then chose to buy it on audible. the narrator is great,perfect! she makes me believe she is Delany.Jean.Mia.carter....EVERYONE

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YES!!!!!!!!!!

I was told to give this book a try & HOLY CRAP!!!!!!! I was blown away by how much I loved this story... I'm now super attached to these characters, the story & Ordinary!!!! Take a trip to this tiny coastal town, occupied by vacationing gods, vamps & other creatures! I on the 3rd book now & REALLY hope there are more coming!!!!!

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Gods vacation as mortals in a small Oregon town.

In a small, costal town, gods and other supernatural creatures, living as mortals and blending in with an unknowing population and are protected by a lady sheriff. The lady sheriff, Delaney Reed and her two sister are from the long line of Reeds, who have overseen the town called Ordinary for generations and control the comings and goings of all the non-mortal residents.

Things begin to unravel when an old flame returns to town and a murdered vampire is discovered with mystical glyphs, written in blood, all over the body. The hunt for the murdered begins and it is finally revealed that there is a plot for evil to take over the town. The story is resolved in the third and final book.

I enjoyed this mini-series. The story idea is original, the characters are interesting and the narrator does an excellent job. I enjoyed the series and will try other books by Devon Monk. HOWEVER, the narrator mispronounce the name of "Thanatos" EVERY SINGLE TIME. And Thanatos was a major character and mentioned often. Why didn't Ms Hvam check this out before recording? It wan't once, it wasn't twice . . . . . it was dozens of times. So very distracting. Only goes to show that there are no editors paying attention, or they aren't doing their job.

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Fantastic world building

I enjoyed this book. The world building was excellent. The idea that gods of different parthenons all go to the same little town for a vacation without their powers is awesome. The gods themselves are well defined, well written and well performed. The mystery is good too. I got drawn in to who murdered Heim although I figured out who the god power needed to go to. My only complaint is the single sex scene. It was well written. I just didn’t feel like it was necessary. It didn’t add to the tension between Delaney and Ryder. In fact, it dissipated all the feelings I had for them as a couple because they were so stupid afterwards. I’m not a prude and I’m don’t mind sex scenes when they further the plot. This one just seems stuck in so it could have a sex scene. Overall, though, the story is good and I enjoyed it.

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Could have been better...

I got tired of her going on and on about Ryder... super annoying! I did like the Gods though... would be nice if there qas a story about how they cope with being mortal. Not sure if Im going to continue the series...

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Good world but lots of describing

The idea is great. I wish the author trusted the reader a bit more. Things that are obvious and best left unsaid are explained in excruciating detail. Maybe it’s a romance novel thing.

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Pretty good read..

Hmmm! I’m going to give this 3 stars because I neither liked nor disliked it. I liked the 3 sisters, Delaney, Jean and Myra. And it was certainly a different kind of story: Gods who went on vacation to Ordinary, Oregon but while they were there they had to give up their powers and become everyday working mortals. They can be killed and one of them, Heimdall, did just that. So, Delaney had to find the murderer AND find a mortal who was willing to take the place of that God and all his powers.

There was a lot of dialogue in this and several times I found myself laughing out loud. The conversations between the sisters were pretty funny sometimes. I will be reading the second book to see what happens in Ordinary.

There was a LOT of sexual thoughts on Delaney’s part but when it was time to do the dirty it was fade-to-black, and that really surprised me.

So, a lot of lust and not an ounce of sex and the F-bomb was used 1 time.

As to the narration: Khristine Hvam did a great job on the narration. On the voices and the emotions when she read.

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So glad I found this series!

I really enjoyed the first book of the series and just downloaded the second book. The story has a little twist on the standard paranormal story because not only are there werewolves and vampires, etc, the god of many pantheons live in Ordinary, Oregon.
The only minor issue I had with the book was the narrator's pronunciation of "Thanatos". She may have been using a lesser known, but perfectly acceptable version, but it still grated on my nerves a bit (not enough for me to knock a star off or anything).
Either way, it was a very enjoyable listen and I'm looking forward to learning more about the town and it's inhabitants.

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  • Roobarb
  • 03-03-20

Really enjoyed this

I tried this after it popped up as a suggestion. I'm so glad I did, it's right up my street. Magic, crime, paranormal, gods, you name it and it seems to be here, even a rhubarb festival. Fantastic!

I'm off to see what's next...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-19

Great Series

So glad I found this series aftet finishing the Innkeeper series which is also brilliant