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Publisher's Summary

Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle. Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan's extensive family overruns his mother’s home. Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic. But she’s a Baylor, and there’s nothing she wouldn't do for her sister's happiness. Nevada will have her fairy-tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.

©2018 Ilona Gordon and Andrew Gordon (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Narrator was a disappointment

Renee Raudman, one of my favorite narrators, only read the opening. The rest of the book was read by someone else and she is only ok.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A bit more please

I have listened and read everything Ilona Andrews has put out but when they announce a change of narrator I was a bit crushed. Reneé Raudman has been hands down one of the best narrators ever. But with that being said Emily Rankin was also great. She really brought Catalina to life. This story was more so about her and the struggles of finding yourself and your own voice. I really understand her a lot more now and I am just as invested in her story as I would be with Nevada. Rogan’s mother is everything i had hoped she would be as well. I cannot wait to see what happens next.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Catalina Steps Forward

This novella moves the series forward from the viewpoint of Catalina, the next oldest sister, as she works to organize her sister Nevada’s marriage to Connor Rogan. We get to observe her growing into her confidence and maturity as she deals with each challenge that comes up - the theft, the catering break in, exposing family shenanigans; then dealing with it all. The tiara thief was who I thought it was, but I still enjoyed it. It was very satisfying when Catalina caught the person behind the break-in.
And it’s really interesting where the story ends with Mrs Rogan offering to help teach and mentor Catalina.
I will definitely be looking forward to the next book featuring Catalina.

I’m sad that this is probably Raudman’s last narration for Andrews - she’s done a wonderful job, and is one of my favorites.
Rankin is a well established narrator, but I have no previous work of hers in my very extensive library of audios. While she has a pleasant voice, her reading sounded so flat and slow after Raudman. I didn’t expect that since my default listening speed is 1.25; and I often listen at 1.5.

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Teenage Angst

I cannot believe this is the same author who wrote book 2 in this series. The narration by Renee Raudman was great as always but Emily Rankin was awful. There was a 3 year wait between book 1 and book 2 and I still followed the series. Then we got book 3 which left a lot of unanswered questions, the author promised a book 4 to resolve the unanswered questions and instead we get a 2nd rate story with all the teenage angst that comes with an immature 18 year old and a bad narrator. I am done with this author and this series.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Passing of the torch done right!

In many ways this book is passing the torch. Not only did we get a new heroine but a new narrator too. (good choices, marketing!) I can't wait for Catalina's first full book. (and hopefully we'll see Alessandro too.) This book was fun, funny, and made me ready for more. I did guess part of the plot but there is a lot going on here. New narrator is good, I will need to associate her versions of the voices now but it won't be too bad. I think they should have Raudman help coach Rankin for the first book maybe.

Catalina is different from Nevada, so far in a good way. These differences are enough so that we can have new twists and still continue the overall plot with no issues. I like seeing the same characters through the eyes of another. The different POV helps us explore familiar characters in new ways.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jen
  • Philippines
  • 11-06-18

Great book!

Loved it! I liked Catalina in first three books but I absolutely adore her here. I am looking forward to her story and the story of the rest of the family in the future :)

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love it

I normally dont read the short stories but I loved it. glad characters are coming into their own

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Moving on...

Short, fun, but like so many, I missed really touching base with Navada and Rogan. Renee Raudman narrated the beginning of this book, the prologue that belonged to Nevada. Emily Rankin took over when the POV switched to Catalina Baylor, Nevada's younger sister, and the main protagonist in this story. This is a transition book, closing out--mostly--the story arc that was Nevada and Rogan's and moving onto the younger members of the Baylor family, most notably Catalina, who is a siren. Watching her coming into, at least partially, her own was a pleasure. There's bad relatives, a theft, secrets, and a bit of wedding mayhem to keep the action going. There's hints of future romance for Catalina, though not enough to actually label this book as a romance, and perhaps a a clue about the secret identity of an evil mastermind wh0 was hinted at at the end of WILDFIRE. I'm going to miss Renee's narration, though Emily did a decent job. I'm looking forward to new installments. #UrbanFantasy #MagicAndMayhem #FemaleProtagonist #ComingOfAge #ParanormalSuspense #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Margaret
  • Corryton, TN, United States
  • 11-17-18

Good, too short

Really good story but it is too short. It feels like a prelude to the real story. Or maybe the first 5 chapters of a book with 25 left to go.
Both narrators are very good, and I liked Catalina having her “own” voice. Connor’s mom is an amazing character. I hope she makes more appearances in the future.
I gave the story 4 stars because I dislike teasers - and this is just a peek at Catalina’s potential. There was room for more here.

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Not what I expected, hence, 3stars

This is Catalina’s story. Nevada, Regan and the wedding were merely a backdrop. I suppose this could be a start of new arc in a story and that would be awesome. Did not expect it though, and fell a bit disappointed.
I liked dragon lady immensly and would like to see more of her in the future. Is there a future for this series? Please, say yes!

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  • hayho
  • 11-06-18

Phenomenal book

Catalina comes into her own in this book. It gives you a taster of what’s to come. You learn more about her powers, I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

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  • S. Robberts
  • 11-07-18

Fantastic!

Loved it! Can't wait for the next one! Ilona always delivers a great mystery with lots of drama along the way.