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Tainted Waters: A Dark Paranormal Fantasy Novel

Paranormal Peacekeepers, Book 1
Narrated by: Joan Dukore
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)
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Half witch. Half light elf. Welcome by neither. 

Alice is alone and desperate to fit in at her aunt's coven when she embarks on a dubious quest for cave nettle.

Dark elf.

Decker is a leader running out of time. Isolated from the main cave system due to a hex making the water in his cave toxic, even the war his clan demands won't save them. The two must put aside centuries-old survival instincts and work together to save lives and preserve the fragile treaty between the coven and clan.

©2018 Lucretia Stanhope (P)2018 Lucretia Stanhope

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Wow

I got this ARC via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. This book was confusing from beginning to end. A good confusing because it was so well done by the narrator. Alice and the White rabbit, elves, witches, mages, undercover agents, spelled water, half human, half elf, and so many other strange things including a betrayal all combined to make this book a wow read. Loyalty tested, eating creatures for rituals, creating events in peoples minds that makes them loony all were included. Although it is described as a dark paranormal to me it is really not but is a good tale.

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Tainted Waters

I really enjoyed listening to this audio, it is a different take on elves and witches (and others). I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Alice is a witch I would enjoy hearing more of.

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Great story

I really enjoyed this story. It’s well written with twists and turns you won’t see coming. Alice is a young untrained witch that forms an unlikely alliance with Decker, a dark elf. Jasper is an Oracle who helps train Alice so she can fix the water her coven has tainted. Witches and elves, magic and spells make this a great story

Joan Dukore did a good job with the narration. She moved between characters easily bringing the story to life

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  • Myztikal
  • On the Edge of Glory
  • 01-11-19

The Story is More Tainted than the Waters

I was given this audiobook but the review is voluntary.

The cover and the description were captivating and I quickly requested to listen and review!

I suppose if you want an easy-to-read and ‘in for the ride’ non thinking book, this may be a book for you.
However, I never felt like I gave a flip about the dark elves’ tainted water nor the plight of the Alice, whose background is the typical mysterious, poor-me-I-don’t-fit in but now the witches wanna kill me because I betrayed them.
She comes across as TSTL who only has a sharp tongue when it suits the flavor of the moment but is more often an insipid dull flat character.

Decker had a creepy voice. Maybe it was supposed to be like that. But for what he does to her (to save himself), it was written so flippantly and she accepted it. Like. WHAT did I miss?

Jasper, the elven mage or whatever, knows WAY too much about witch magic. The reasons he gives is far fetched.

I love fantasy, but I’m really starting to wonder where I can find a good book. This is not the first elven book I’ve picked up in which I’m left with such a deep disappointment.

Is it too much to ask for real characters who have a distinct personality but grows? These characters are wishy washy and act like elementary kids .....



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A very original fantasy novel

I'm not sure what I expected with this novel, but it sure wasn't what I read. From page one it just felt different, one of a kind and unpredictable. It turned out to be just that.

The main character, Alice, a young witch, is sent on a simple errand by her coven to find a cave dwelling plant. Except this simple errand turns out to be a setup, a suicide mission as she finds herself surrounded by angry elves. Try as she might to explain away what happened, there is no way around it, this was no accident. Someone at the coven deliberately sent her to her death. However, things don't turn out quite that way. Alice convinces the elves that she can fix their water that was hexed. But since witches hexed it, they clearly feel they can't trust her. A truly character driven piece.

I won't give away any more of the story than that. I will say that the book has one surprising twist after another and many of the characters you spend most of the book trying to decide if they are good or bad. Most, you decide, are in fact gray, with many, many layers. The only one who is completely unquestionable is Alice who goes from a sweet, innocent trapped in a snare, to a brave hero, unafraid to face any challenge.

An excellent book, well written and well thought out. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

An added note narrator is spot on. She disappears into the background and lets all of the characters speak in their true voice. Very masterfully done.

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Great Book!

I really enjoyed this book. The narrator done a great job telling the story. A different type of story between elves and witches and the battle to fix their water. I look forward to listen to more books by this author.

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Tainted Waters

I was given this free review copy audiobook by the narrator, courtesy of Audiobook Boom, at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I really enjoyed this book! Alice was sent to gather nettle in a dark cave by someone from her aunt’s coven. Little did she know, she was sent to a very dangerous quest in the home of dark elves who would like to kill her. She is only spared because the Oracle, Jasper, sees her and the leader, Decker, healing the tainted waters of the cave. Of course it isn’t an easy task. Alice stays very busy trying to stay alive in this dark world.
Joan Dukore was a great narrator for this book. I enjoyed the ease she moved between characters, making each one unique.

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WHOA.. UNIQUE AND INTRIGUING TALE....

There's a little bit of everything for the paranormal fantasy fan, wow what a story! I found myself interested and thought the story and narration were great :) Elves and witches and little bit of in between, it's a twisted but intriguing tale, would recommend it to all fans of the genre :) :)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • TU
  • 08-02-18

worth checking out

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was pretty good. Part Alice in Wonderland, but only loosely in a dark fantasy world. I thought the narration was pretty decent. Her male voices weren't the best, but she was far better than others I've suffered through. All in all, I think this book is worth checking out.

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OK

I liked the discription of the book and it helps that it is my type of book. The first thing I have to mention is the narrator, I don't believe that this narrator was best for this book. She voiced the females well but the males she didn't do to good. Also I didn't feel certain feeling the characters had, so I did not feel anything for them. However, I believe this is also partly due to the book as well, for example, when the main character sneaked into a room and we are told that any moment someone will come in, I did not feel any of it. This is due to the fact that it is slowed down with information or long dialogue, so the feeling of urgency is lost and when something happens you don't feel it. Usually in a book there is a mixture of fast and slow pace, in this book (in my opioion) it was all slow. Which is a shame because I liked the plot itself, I thought it was a very good with interesting characters but the pace for me bought it down a lot.
Others might like it more then I did.
There is violence but no sexual content or profanity.