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Elana Black. Saving the day even if she has to tear a hole in the universe to do it.  

An unbeatable mythological horror has its sights set on Elana, and that's not the worst of her problems. Gods want to use her, shadowy agents want to eliminate her, and a powerful sorcerer wants to kill her; all as she rushes to stop an event that portends the death of her best friend, Olivia. It's all catching up with her, and just in time for Christmas. Elana is going to have to figure out how all of it is connected but she's in over her head, outnumbered, and running out of time.  

And she always thought magic would make her life easier. 

©2017 Danny Bell (P)2018 Danny Bell

Critic Reviews

"In this fantasy, Elana Black can insert herself into a book or television story and engage with all the characters. Whitton Frank narrates this story breathlessly, portraying the characters, both real and fictional. Frank's narration becomes more emotional as Elana flexes her skills, her ability to change storylines and save their characters from death. Unfortunately, Elana is not the only person who can change stories, a situation that forces her to battle for her life. Frank works hard to keep up with the shifting scenes as the line between fact and fiction blurs and the action heats up. Her performance fades into the story as good battles evil and characters chase one another from book to TV and back again. The dialogue is nonstop, the action fast paced, and the story good enough to make listeners willing to suspend their disbelief." (AudioFile Magazine

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The world of Elana is starting to be revealed.

I immediately started this book after reading Empty Threat because i wanted to know what happens. The second book really starts to build and show you the world of magic that Elana is in and it's huge and so diverse that it has endless story possibilities. I really enjoyed it and it gave me a sense of completeness that I won't agonize over what happens next unlike other series where your waiting years to know! I will get the next book when it comes out now that I've grown to enjoy the company of Elana, Olivia and the rest of her friends.

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Who needs a Tardis when you have a Bookstore?

This book was a lot to unpack. It doesn't stand alone, by the way, so read Empty Threat first.

I have to say that I wish there had been more reminders of who is who and what is what. Because. Unpacking. Lots.
Elana is a young introvert who has stumbled (maybe) into magic and a special brand of fantasy. She has a major God-like creature angry at her and another who wants her to become her pet assassin. While evading 2-headed monsters and avoiding murder, she's also trying to re-build broken friendships.

But all she really wants to do is save everybody. And, for some reason, she wants to do it by herself. This is a hard concept for me. I mean, even Jack Bower had sidekicks. Though usually they were at a desk on a computer while he outran all the bullets on his own. I did like her refusal to accept that, if your only two choices suck, then there must be a third choice out there. That is heroism in the vein of Kirk and Kent. I can only guess that Elana's sweeping embrace of her sudden power and purpose are about her, as yet unrevealed, heritage. Stay tuned?

Whitton Frank is very talented with dialogue. I think her exposition needs work. And that may be because the core voice of the book is Elana's and I found that voice too stagey and not personal enough. As in she's performing the story from a big stage instead of telling it to me in my headphones. She does find that intimate tone in several of her other characters though - so yay! Her accent work was fun and not heavy-handed. The book itself has some very funny lines and concepts in it and I think Ms. Frank didn't do Mr. Bell's humor the justice it deserved.

Overall, I did like it and can recommend it highly.

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A Killer Sequel that Stands on Its Own!

One of the problems I have with sequels is that they are usually just weak reflections of the first book. Not this time. This book has a strong story, possibly stronger than the first book.

We start out the book with our heroine Elana Black again. In the first book, she had just discovered what she was and what she could do, now she's not only having to deal with it, but has to deal with a Godzilla-sized monster sent to destroy her. There is loads of action that leads to an epic battle, but a solid plot as well. The characters in this book are faced with many unpleasant choices and sometime they cannot escape making those choices. This book is a rollercoaster ride, yes, but not without pulling on your emotions. A completely absorbing, 100% original tale. A bravo to the author for having a female hero who isn't afraid to throw a punch or a sarcastic line, yet still manages to be completely human.

The narrator...what can say. She is the character, no matter who she's playing. The right voice, the right emotion. What a stellar team!

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Entertaining, original

This is the second book i have read/listened to by this author and second of this series. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
I’m enjoying the uniqueness. There was the mystery group trying to stop Elana, her friends that were helping her and now we have gods involved. There is a battle amongst all stories, comics and tv Shows that most never knew was happening.

This is the second book I have listened to by this narrator ( Whitton A Frank ) and I would definitely listen to another. She reads the book as if we are listening to Elana as things are happening and what is going on in her head. Her character voices are subtly distinct. I like the personalities she gives the characters.

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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Crazily magical...:)

The second book in the series is even faster, crazier and more magical than the first one...:)

Elana is in trouble, big trouble this time...
Again, the book starts quite innocently, with a short outing with a friend into the mountains. What could go wrong with that, right? Well... it's Elana, so you cannot expect everything to go according to plan...:) And then it starts: monsters, gods, sorcerers - everyone wants Elana, most of them want her dead... And all she wants is to save Olivia, a friend she feels she let down in the past...

The plot is crazy as hell, fast as hell and magical as hell :) We get more insight into the system of magic, and I still don't grasp it in its entirety - but that's OK, Elana doesn't either :) There are more characters we deal with than in book one, and they play more important parts in the story. They are very well written, complex and with secrets of their own, which makes them intriguing and believable. And although the book may be read as a standalone, there's definitely an opening for the next installment in the series - and you do want to continue with Elana's adventures :)

Narration by Ms Frank is as good as in book one - she does the individual voices really well, with the personality of the characters shining through her words. She's also great at conveying emotions; we do feel them while listening to her.

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

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Saving The World by Christmas

Elana battles monsters, gods and the occasional sorcerer to rescue an old friend and save the world in this second story in the Black Pages series.
There's lots of action and some very interesting characters, some sympathetic, others, not at all. I loved the diversity of the mythologies and thoroughly enjoyed Elana's efforts to win her battles by outsmarting rather than out-muscling her oponents.
A good story, made even better by the excellent narration of Whitton Frank.
Epic fantasy in a modern world.

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Fun story

Strong female characters keep me interested in this series. they are relatable and fun. I also love the relationships between them.

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Whiny and Annoying

Rarely do I find both a storyline and performance lacking...actually, this is a first.

I first need to make a confession...this is the first book I've read in the series. Many books explain things as you go so it's unnecessary to read them in order...this is apparently not one of them. The only thing the author has repeated many times is: this is the good Jason, not the bad one who tried to kill me. So trying to make sense of all the characters is extremely difficult. That's on me for not reading book 1 first.

Here is what I cannot tolerate. Elana is a whiny and very annoying main character. So many reviews identified her as a great character...I'm just not seeing it. There was nothing, and I truly mean nothing, that allowed me to connect with this character. And the narrator, perhaps bravo to her, captured that whiny, annoying character so well that my skin actually started to feel like ants were crawling all over it. I've had the pleasure of listening to many female narrators who pulled off a male voice admirably...this was not one of them.

Many reviewers wrote that they alternated between laughing one minute and action the next. Sadly, I did not find anything humorous about this character. It's unclear to me whether this would be a better book to read vs. listen to. Perhaps Elana wouldn't come across as a whiny, obnoxious young witch if you read it yourself.

I managed to make it approximately halfway through the book before I asked why I kept torturing myself.

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Mr. Danny Bell has done it again!

Yep! This second book in his series was absolutely riveting!!! I cant wait for the next book! I am completely hooked on these novels. with the build from the first book, the second one took twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. The suspense was perfect. Fantastically wonderful job by Ms. Whitton Frank as well. It is so easy to tell who is who by her vocal changes. And her accents in the first and second book are great! Love this book!! I would absolutely recommend it to anyone and everyone. Well done Mr. Bell!! Keep these stories coming!!!

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The third book can't hit the site quick enough.

I enjoyed the first book, but this one showed the author's growth as a storyteller.

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  • 09-06-18

Great sequel, great narration!

Elana Black is my favourite story-loving nerd, fast food taco connoisseur, and magic user. I enjoyed "Empty Threat", and "Warning Call" is a worthy successor. Elana Black is back as a more powerful, and confident with bigger challenges - it's great to see her grow as a character. Whitton Frank is both the real life inspiration for the character and a brilliant narrator.