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Lifetimes of family secrets. Threats from every direction. A young woman forced to discover the truth.

Tessa Lamar, a Southern girl with a crazy family and a brand new college degree, wants nothing more than for her life to finally start. When her uncle dies unexpectedly, she inherits more than his old truck. As lifetimes of family secrets send her carefully planned world into a tailspin, she realizes nothing will ever be the same.

After learning that she is not only a Firebird, but also half Nunnehi--the Cherokee equivalent to fairy--Tessa is forced to fight for her life against a conjurer determined to kill her, Tribal Elders trying to manipulate her, a crazier-than-a-bat mother, wolves, snakes, and one pissed off ghost. Worse still, she's caught between a gorgeous blue-eyed cop and a Nunnehi bodyguard who she can't decide if she wants to throttle or kiss. Good thing she was raised by two tough Southern ladies.

©2016 Wyndham House (P)2017 Wyndham House

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Amazing

Just loved this story. So easy to listen to, an extreme pleasure. This author really knows how to write a story.

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Absolutely LOVED this story.

What made the experience of listening to The Spirit Tree the most enjoyable?

I loved the storyline. It kept me entertained throughout the entire story. I wanted to know what happened next so I stayed engaged.

What did you like best about this story?

Exciting story with great characters

What does Holly Adams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great vocal tone and I could clearly understand who each character was simply by the voice

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

Yes!!

Any additional comments?

I'm excited to listen to more books from Kathryn. I hope there are more books in this story line

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Interesting and surprising

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The Native American elements were engaging and interesting. The supernatural elements were different than I am used to which made for a pleasant change from my normal reads.

I enjoyed the characters, as well as the storyline. The main character tended to get on my nerves at first but as the story continued she started evolving into an intriguing character. You could see her mature as she dealt with the many problems that kept piling into her shoulders.

The narrator was fun to listen to. She voiced each character quite well. At first I thought that the voice didn't fit the main character, but after a few chapters I grew accustomed to the voice and can now not imagine anyone else doing this character justice.

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a thrilling story with likable characters, interesting supernatural twists, and a little bit of heat.

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  • Zarah
  • St. louis, Mo
  • 09-21-17

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Pretty good. I liked the characters, Bryson was especially wonderful and I liked that Tessa had a backbone. The writing was smooth, as was the narration in the audio version. Mostly I liked it, but I had a few gripes.

I'm not down with the pointless love triangle. There was no need for it, but more importantly, it meant I never really felt the actual romance in the story. Sure, Tessa chose one man over another and we're told why, but the whole thing was just too diluted by there being two men.

Similarly, the secondary mystery (or maybe primary, it did come first) was solved too easily and then just disappeared from the plot in favor of another one. So there too, having two mysteries meant neither was strong enough on its own. Plus, it made the book feel awful long.

There were also a few TSTL moments in which Tessa threw herself into danger and had to be rescued. I got tired of her apologizing to Bryson for endangering herself.

Lastly, I'm a bit iffy with the use of Native American mythology in the plot. I'm not screaming appropriation or anything, but there were several occasions where I kind of had to side-eye the book.

On a broader, genre level, I have to ask why young women in such books are never raised to know their own heritage, such that some man (or men) have to step in and teach them amidst a crisis. This is practically a constant in fantasy and I'm ALWAYS confused by parents/guardians who raise their wards without teaching them the basics of their powers. I mean, if you're a shifter or have magic, shouldn't learning about them be as expected as, say, teaching a young girl about the period she'll have one day? Why do they NEVER do this? Why?

Despite my few complaints, the book is worth a read and I'll be happy to read more of Hearst's writing, but it wasn't perfect.

Note: I received a copy of this book for review, how ever doing so was entirely my choice.

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Great experience

Where does The Spirit Tree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This question is difficult to answer, because I don't like comparing books in different genres. The Spirit Tree would rank high among all the audiobooks I have listened to, because it was a great experience. A very good story and narration made it a great listening experience.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Spirit Tree?

Too many too count, and I don't like to give spoilers. Let's say that an appearance of a Firebird, and the circumstances were definitely memorable.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was Tessa talking to her uncle in the hospital, so touching and heartbreaking.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I like The Tree Spirit title. Another one that comes to mind would be either 'The Firebird" or 'The Phoenix", but they would be a bit obvious and unimaginative.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book very much. It's well written, with interesting and well developed characters. The plot was full of twists and turns, and kept me on the edge of my seat. The relationship between Tessa and her grandmother and aunt Dottie was very touching but fun to read as well. And I loved an addition of a handsome detective. <br/><br/>Tessa's way to discovering her heritage, with addition to some Native American magic was fascinating for me. I'm looking forward to listening to Book 2. <br/>

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wow what a fantastic story! !

On the death of her uncle, a young woman has her life turned upside.

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