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On the day of their 13th birthdays, twins Jack and Maddie Austin receive a special gift from their Uncle Benny: two necklaces, along with a note shrouded in secrecy. The celebration is interrupted by three intruders, led by the evil being Tardon, who kidnaps the twin's parents. Uncle Benny manages to escape with the twins and later, reveals the truth behind both their gifts and identities: that Jack and Maddie are powerful wizards from the magical realm. Now, faced with the decision of a lifetime, they must return to that realm, rescue their parents and save all the realms from imminent doom.

©2014 Cris Pasqueralle (P)2014 Cosby Media Productions

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  • Mandy
  • Hillsboro, Oregon
  • 04-09-18

Could have been so much better

I give this about 2.5 stars. Seemed like it has a good idea and would be interesting but it’s very very slow at the beginning a very slow start. Way too many dialogue tags happens at everything they say and a bit too much telling. The narrator however did a very good job with what she had.

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  • TU
  • 05-14-18

felt forced

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

This was a disappointing listen for me. I figured it was geared towards a younger audiance by the synopsis, but that doens't always equate to my liking it or not. This book just felt forced and slow. The narration was similarly dry. Her voice was pleasant enough, but the dialog came across very poorly and didn't sound that natural. There were too many so and so said this and this person said that. It just wasn't very immersive. I will probably pass on the next book.

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Who’s telling the truth?

This is a fairly fast paced story. The twins Jack and Maddie are unique. On their 13th birthday, just as a secret that has been kept from them is about to be revealed, their parents are kidnapped and their uncle manages to get the twins away. Suddenly in another realm, they learn some of their true history and work towards a plan to rescue their parents.
I enjoyed the story. The magic of the twins evolves quite quickly (and sometimes a little too conveniently). The kids are of course surprised by this newly disclosed information and Jack becomes a defiant teenager. My issue with the story however is...he quickly decides he knows best how to rescue his parents and takes charge and the adults let him. Knowing full well he’s inexperienced and since he has no idea how his magic works, I found it a bit annoying that he made decisions especially when he was clueless to the potential power of the kidnapper Tardon and others lives were at stake too. A more collaborative plan would suit my tastes. Who knows how this will play out in the following books however.
There’s a hint the kids might not be hearing the whole truth. Not much is said about the multiple realms and I hope we learn more in the next books.

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator and I would listen to another. She did well choosing voices for each character and had a nice pace to her reading. She’s pleasant to listen to.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review

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  • Myztikal
  • On the Edge of Glory
  • 04-15-18

Pass or Miss ...

Story 2 stars; 3 stars overall - an extra star because narrator brought more life to the writing

It’s okay. But the characters weren’t really likable, overall. As siblings, their relationship worked. Everything else were puzzle pieces struggling to fit together.
The ‘big reveal prophecy’ to the twins 30 minutes til the end is too cliche and typical.
The writing is simplistic and unimaginative. The world building is nearly vanilla and didn’t evoke any wonderment.
Elizabeth Phillips is a narrator I recently came across and liked. Searching her works, I stumbled upon this. And with a main character sharing the same name as my granddaughter, I had hoped to share the story with her one day.
I’m really confused how this book is 300 pages/ 4h 50min and book 2 is 167 pages and 4h 40mins. But it’s a different narrator on book 2 and one I usually avoid because she sounds like she’s sleeptalking. So no foul. Seems like it’s just not meant to be.
Audiobook is being returned and the series - acutally, serial because it’s like incomplete - will be forgotten.

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Magical Adventure

This magical adventure has the heart and ties of true family. Twins search for their missing parents and begin to find themselves along the way. Mean while making new friends and discovering enemies they never knew they had.

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It was foretold

Jack and Matty (short for Matilda?) are twins. A very uncommon thing in our world. It is even more rare from the realm where they have come from! Tomorrow is their 13th birthday and their lives are about to change forever. Their innocence will be shattered and they will need to come together if they hope to survive.

I really enjoyed this novel. There was the right amount fantasy but still feels as if it is real. The author has done an excellent job of slowly releasing details,
foreshadowing, without giving away too much.

The narrator reading the story helped to add a sense of character. For the most part I enjoyed her performance though occasionally I felt the emphasis was a little off how I felt the situation should have been. I really liked the sound of her voice and how she slightly changed her voice depending on who was the speaker.

I cannot wait to listen to the next book. We are left knowing there is more coming as the story most definitely cannot be left as it is at the end of this book. You are left happy enough ..... But eager to know what happens next in the twins adventure.

I received a copy of this audible recording in exchange for my honest opinion which I have provided based on my personal use, having listened no less than three times!