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Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, hail from a long line of witches who have the power to grant wishes using spells. They've come to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but they soon find themselves knee deep in murder.

Until three weeks ago, Darcy and Harper were working dead-end jobs and trying to put their troubles behind them. Then their aunt Velma delivered a bombshell: They're actually Wishcrafters-witches with the power to grant wishes with a mere spell. Wanting a fresh start, they head to their aunt's magic-themed tourist town to master their newfound skills.

But their magic fails them when a wannabe witch turns up dead - strangled with Aunt Ve's scarf - and Ve's sweetheart, Sylar, is found looming over the body. Ve is standing by her man, but Darcy overheard Skylar wish that the victim would disappear - forever. With Harper distracted by her handsome new crush, Darcy is determined to sleuth her way to the truth. But it'll take more than a wish to unravel this mystery....

©2012 Heather Webber (P)2014 Tantor

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An interesting start to the series

I was not in love with this book, however, it was entertaining enough to draw me into the series. There are many intricacies of the world that take a little time to grasp. Fortunately, Darcy is new to her powers and we are learning along with her. Turns out she is a pretty decent sleuth as well.

The romance angle here is nice, but way second burner to all the murder and learning the craft stuff. There are so many interesting characters coming at you. Lots of supporting to keep track of as well as their powers when you learn them. Her aunt V is a hoot, her sister Harper is fun as well, and the villagers are head spinning.

Totally clean romance, no bedroom action at all. Also, the mystery is fairly light. There are plenty of clues to help you solve right along with Darcy. A couple side plots keep things moving along at a steady pace.

Narrator Coleen Marlo does a great job with the read, although there were a few things I did not enjoy. Her pace was super swift, or at least it seemed that way in the Audible app. I also heard hints of a strange accent, her "o"s are very odd. I heard it most prominently when she says "potions" which happens often in this book. It was distracting at best.

In the end, I was entertained and curious to see more of the series. It wasn't amazing, just okay, but enough to pull me into the lives of the colorful denizens of the Enchanted Village.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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fun, clean mystery

Don't miss this laugh out loud mystery. Fun characters you'll fall in love with. great reader.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

I enjoyed everything about this book: the story, the characters, and the narration. A definite recommended read!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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a good mystery

Has a good story as well as magic. Looking forward to the next one in a week.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Narrator is horrible

I have listened to many books and many narrators. Some I absolutely love and will try an author just because I love the narrator, some are so so, I can overcome listening to them because I love the story and get familiar with their style and don't notice it anymore. With this book I had read the story and liked it so I thought I would give the audible version a try because sometimes listening to the story brings out even more detail. I could not finish listening to the book. In fact it put so on edge I stopped liking the story.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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great book, poor performance

I like the story it is fun and fast moving. I don't particularly like the narrator. She pronounces things funny and over annunciates words so they sound weird or puts emphasis in the wrong place. The worst is when she says the wrong thing, like when the name is Missy and she says Mike.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

I probably would've liked the story better if I'd read it myself instead of listening to the narration. The story itself was pretty fluffy, and I don't really mean that as a compliment. But the narration brought it down. Kudos to the narrator for the different voices she did, but something about her accent and what I'll call "over-enunciation," ground on my earlobes. Unfortunately, I already spent credits to buy the second book. I hope the second is better. I love witch stories, and this is definitely a different take. But the first book was pretty disappointing as far as story, intrigue, characterization, and the narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Loved the Story

Would you consider the audio edition of It Takes a Witch to be better than the print version?

The story got my attention right away. However, as other reviewers noted, the narrator was very uneven. Sometimes changing tone/inflection within the same speech. Very difficult to follow when multiple characters are having a conversation. Otherwise, it was a cute story just right for my computing back and forth to work.

What was one of the most memorable moments of It Takes a Witch?

The first time Darcy gets called on the carpet.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Keep a list of how each character is supposed to sound.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Could have been. But I listen on my compute. Didn't bother to me to cut it off in the middle of a chapter.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fun

Good clean story. Didn't figure out who committed the murder, but then no real clues were given. Left enough unanswered questions that I'll have to continue the series.

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  • LJM
  • Tewksbury, MA United States
  • 01-13-15

The story flows well!

What made the experience of listening to It Takes a Witch the most enjoyable?

For a first in a series book either you want more or you never ever want to hear another word from the author. It Takes a Witch is a book leaving you eager to hear the next one in the series.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were many the book is well written.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, if you have the time for it. If you don't your eager to get back to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful