Pure

New World Magic, Book One
Narrated by: Kim Alexander
Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
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"A unicorn walks into a bar...."

That is not a joke.

Look, I’m a bartender. I have nothing to do with the xenos. I don’t care if it’s an elf or a vampire - as long as they don’t bother me, I steer clear. I have my reasons - you can see them in the scars on my neck.

I never wanted to get involved. But my life changed for the second time when I saved the life of a unicorn. I made an enemy of something old - old and evil, and whatever it was, it’ll be back for another try. I also made a friend when I decided to help March. He’s only been a human man for a day. I’m responsible for him now. He’s my friend...and maybe something more. Maybe a lot more. 

It doesn’t matter to me that he isn’t magical anymore. I don’t care if he’s not Pure.

But he does.

From best-selling author Kim Alexander comes a modern fairy tale of magic, love, and redemption.

©2017 kim anniballi (P)2018 kim anniballi

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A delightful urban fantasy with heart and humor!

I had never before read or listened to any book by Kim Alexander, but I immediately found that I was in for a treat. I love this story! It rivals the best urban fantasy books that I have ever read. I plan on listening to this audiobook again in the future because it was so entertaining, and I can’t wait for the next one in the series. This short (2.25 hours) audiobook is the first installment in the “New World Magic” urban fantasy series. It is set in an alternate version of our modern world in which “Xenos” (paranormal beings) made themselves known to humans about 8 years ago and mostly live peacefully together.

It was so refreshing in an urban fantasy to have as a heroine a human woman without any psychic or magical abilities. Ruby just has her wits, courage, and garlic hot pepper spray. She is pragmatic, warm-hearted, and sometimes vulnerable. The story is told from Ruby’s first person perspective, but she thankfully does not sound egotistical at all. March, a guy who used to be a unicorn, exudes the right combination of naivety and otherworldliness. All of the characters are distinctive and vibrant.

There is a romantic element to this story, but it is still an urban fantasy in format. The dialogue was marvelous, funny, and witty. FYI, in there is some bad language, a few moderately graphic bedroom scenes, and a little bit of bloody violence. I think that there was the right amount of all three of these things, not overdoing anything.

The author Kim Alexander was also the narrator, and she did a perfect job! I am very impressed. She is as excellent at narrating her own book as Neil Gaiman and Bryan Cranston. Kim Alexander brings the story to life with vigor, humor, and great pacing. Her voice is very pleasant. She is awesome at both male and female voices. She talks rather fast, but she enunciates very well so that every word is intelligible. She is equally adept at evoking the different flavors of action, introspective, or romantic scenes. I can’t wait to listen to her narrate future audiobooks!

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Pure

Loved this audiobook about a unicorn. Magical beings in this book. Author did a great job narrating also.

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Unicorns are real

I loved this story. Kim wrote and did the narration for the book so it came across exactly how she wouldn’t have wanted it to. Enjoyable characters even if some of them aren’t nice. Overall I loved this story and look forward to more.

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Fun!

I really enjoyed this urban fantasy story! Kim Alexander did a great job narrating and I'm looking forward to the second book. That's my only complaint! I didn't want it to end!

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Slow Down.....

Enjoyed the story itself. I was intrigued at its uniqueness, however, the author who was narrating was in a tremendous hurry to read it. SLOW DOWN!! Its your story, why in such a rush to get through it! I felt I would have enjoyed this a little more if it was paced better.

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loved it

Really enjoyed this book. Had a different take on vampires that I'm not use to. I liked it. Was my first book by this author. I have been missing out.

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Pacing was too fast. Otherwise, great!

My only real gripe with this story was that it was trying to contain about 5 hours in a 2.5 hour work. There's a lot of detail about this iteration of the world I feel like wasn't explored or explained because it was trying to be too self-contained. Alexander seemed to want to keep the story small, but it wanted to be larger. As a result, I never managed to catch my breath and fully immerse myself in it. It was a great premise, and the story was well-done, but I wanted it to be a little more deep, a little slower and more drawn-out.


I really loved the history and premise though. Of that, I cannot say enough. But each big plot point happened too quickly for me to enjoy it as much as I wished to. Will I read this author again? Absolutely!

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A great fantasy with a bit of everything.

A very enjoyable fantasy story that has humour, romance, magic, shapes shifters, etc. and even unicorns. A very easy read that is entertaining. Having it read to me was a nice bonus. I would definitely recommend it to everyone, especially as a first foray into this genre.

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  • alexandra cruxon
  • 05-08-20

great start

Was my first book by this author with a different take on vampires i really enjoyed it.
The author did the narrating and it felt rushed other than that i loved the main characters and hope so see a book 2.