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When my boy Henry was killed, I tracked a pooka through the deep wood for three days with no food in my gut and only my daddy's hunting knife for comfort. Was what got me into the monster killing business, that pooka, and I ain't regretted a single day of it since.

The day I stumbled on a four-legged critter with human eyes, the rightness of my revenge begun to unravel, leading me to a clan of two-natured shifters what'd been living under my nose the whole time. And when the two-natured started showing up in odd places, stalking humans in a very unnatural way, weren't nothing I could do but dig to the bottom of it.

And what I found turned my world and ever thing I knowed upside down.

Author's Note: The Deep Wood was written in the native dialect of the narrator, found in the rural areas of the Southern Appalachians. The grammar, spelling, and syntax are not standardized American English.

©2017 C.D. Watson (P)2017 C.D. Watson

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Amazing Paranormal Fantasy

I enjoyed the first book and this one is even better. This is a unique story and a lot was explained in this book. There was a lot of character development and we got to meet several of Sunshine family members.

Narration is outstanding with unique accent that fits Sunshine perfectly.

There seems to be a bit less action in this book but we dig deeper into Sunshine family and history.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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A Great Listen

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, and have voluntarily left this review. I really enjoyed this novel, it was as good as the first one. This is a strange tale filled with suspense, action and humour. Sunshine is a very interesting main character, she's very unique and loves the people she considers hers. The fast paced plot is complimented by the well written character. It's a great series, looking forward to Volume 3.

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1st book drug, but glad moved through the second

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I was disappointed with the first book other then the narration. She made the story. you kinda have to read the first or you miss out on some much in the second. Love the second, and I'm in love Sunshine s love interest. The story content is so much better this time around. More supernatural stuff coming in the third I'm sure. And the backwoods southern twang is precious. Not over down like you hear in a lot of books. This one sounds real and natural. I would recommend this book and looking forward to the 3rd.

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  • Zarah
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  • 01-06-18

still enjoying the series

Again, I enjoyed my time with Ms. Sunshine Walkingstick. This isn't a book of fast paced action, but more of slow developments and strength of character. I happen to enjoy that, but if you're looking for shootouts and car chases, or dramatic clashes of humans versus monster, you'll be disappointed.

What I like most is Sunshines voice. She's...Appalachian I suppose is what I'd call it. In the first book I struggled a bit with it, but here I quite enjoyed it. Both the way Roman wrote it and the way Winder voiced it. Maybe it just took getting used to.

While I understood Sunshine had trust issues, I eventually became confused about why she was so unable to recognize Riley's intentions toward her. He's certainly not hiding his feelings. The whole this is starting to stress the bounds of credibility. Similarly, considering the events at the end of the book, I'd have expected to see a bit more stress on his part.

All in all, however, I very much enjoyed this and am looking forward to book three.

Note: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. But I chose to listen and review it.

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Amazing characters

This book could probably be read as a standalone but it has huge spoilers for book one, so if you plan to read the series you should do so in order.

If you enjoyed book one then you'll enjoy this one as well. It's written in the same style and all the main characters are in this book too. The relationship between Sunshine and Riley is very slow to develop, Sunshine's reasons for keeping things slow could be better explained, but overall this seems to fit with her history.

There was less action in this book than I was expecting but more intrigue and more character building, it was very interesting to get to meet some of Sunshine's family and find out more of her history.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next book.

The narration is first class, the character voices are excellent especially the local accent and the dialect that Sunshine and her family speak.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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Charming to start with but I was bored by the end

Firstly, I was freely given this book in return for an un biased review so I will do my best to deliver.
The narrator's accent was the most noticeable part of this book. I thought it was charmingly different to start with but I was so over it by the end that I could not listen to another book with this accent. I even skipped the free excerpt for the next book because the narrator had become so irksome. There seemed to be no change in her delivery despite what was happening in the story and the incorrect grammar and pronunciation when from charming to irritating quite quickly.
The shapeshifter plot was predictable but interesting enough. At first I was also interested in the day to day domestic happenings of Sunshine's life but they never led anywhere and her handling of her 'romance' made me want to shake her to liven her up a bit.
Finally I found that I couldn't get emotionally involved in her son's death which amazed me because I am usually a real softie. I think it was the way it was presented that stopped me empathising.
Anyway enough negativity! I did read the book to the end and enjoyed some it but I wouldn't buy another one in the series

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Neighborhood Detective

In this story, Sunny finds out more of her heritage from her father’s Cherokee side. Very emotional questions arise about who or what killed her son Henry.
From this book, I dedeuce Sunny seems to be a mostly ordinary woman called to do some slightly extraordinary things; rather than an extraordinary woman with a mission to help others, or grow into a higher destiny. I’m going to see if I can find a way to check out Book 1, Greenwood Cove to find if there’s more to Sunny.
I started getting impatient with her after the 3rd time Sunny called herself scrawny, but I guess one of the issues she has to deal with is negative self-image. Every hero or heroine has their weaknesses.
Winder’s narration is amazing. She must have grown up or spent time in the Appalachian area of the US to give such a perfect accent and pronunciations. And she still communicates emotions and character differentiation.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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I loved this urban fantasy...

I knew that I would be in for a good time with this book as I had just finished up listening to Death Omen, another dynamite Sunshine Walkingstick story, though a short one!
I was given a free review copy of this audiobook, and voluntarily left a review.
Celia Roman really nailed the homeyness and goodwill of our protagonist as she protects her family, friends and neighborhood. Sunshine is protective like a mother bear, or should I say cougar! And Rebecca Winder gave us a stellar performance complete with a delightful southern Appalachian accent... 
There be monsters out there that you'd be right to be scared of, but you just ask around, and the folk will tell you to contact Sunshine for help, that is iff'n you don't already have her on speed dial. Step into Deep Wood, and step into Sunshine Walkingstick's world... I loved this story, and I think you will too!

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Book 2

Based upon the book description, I anticipated that there would be more action around hunting monsters. In reality, the action, with the exception of the last fight scene, was sub-par. Sunshine is definitely a strong willed independent southern woman but she is also wishy washy with regards to her feelings about her boyfriend; though, why she has the hesitation is unclear. The main couple has a very, very slow relationship build; book 2 and the couple hasn't moved passed first base. Sunshine's business accumen & growth could also use some work. I liked the premise of the book, the mystery with the paternal family, and Sunshine & Riley as a couple. The narrator did a fine job portraying a southern voice but could work a bit on appropriate enthusiasm, at times the same voice tone and inflection had very little variation for the scene. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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a great book

I loveeeee this!!! so much 😍😍😍
i love that sunshine is such a strong character she is amazing 😍😍 love love love this book

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."