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review 2016-11-08 15:47
NYC is Weirder than You Thought: Enchanted, Inc | Review
Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel - Shanna Swendson,Eva Wilhelm,Audible Studios

A fluffy Adult Contemporary Fantasy that resonated with me (since I lived in NYC for 4 years, although I never saw any fairies)

 

Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that sells tricks of the trade to the magic community.

 

For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset. Lacking any bit of magic, she can easily spot a fake spell, catch hidden clauses in competitor's contracts, and detect magically disguised intruders. Suddenly, average Katie is very special indeed. She quickly learns that office politics are even more complicated when your new boss is a real ogre, and you have a crush on the sexy, shy, ultra powerful head of the R&D department, who is so busy fighting an evil competitor threatening to sell black magic on the street that he seems barely to notice Katie.

 

Now it's up to Katie to pull off the impossible: save the world and - hopefully - live happily ever after.

 

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BOOK DETAILS:

Enchanted, Inc by Shanna Swendson, read by Eva Wilhelm, published by Audible Studios (2014) / Length: 10 hrs 31 min

 

SERIES INFO:

This is Book #1 of 7 in the completed "Enchanted, Inc" series. All of them are available on audio.

 

SUMMARY:

I'm not a huge fan of Urban Fantasy, since I don't really like "dark" and so much of that genre merits the description. It was a real pleasure to find this comedic city based fantasy.

 

I wasn't pleased with the love triangle that developed later in the book, however.

 

CHARACTERS:

Katie: I like that she totally willing to the let the stronger people protect her from the "scary bad guys," yet jumps in whenever she can.

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review 2016-11-05 17:12
What is Real?: Only You Can Save Mankind | Review
Only You Can Save Mankind - Terry Pratchett,Richard Mitchley,Random House AudioBooks

A fun little MG Paranormal SF that may require some explanation of history.

 

 

As the mighty alien fleet from the very latest computer game thunders across the computer screen, Johnny prepares to blow them into the usual million pieces. And they send him a message: We surrender. They're not supposed to do that! They're supposed to die. And computer joysticks don't have 'Don't Fire' buttons. But it's only a game... isn't it. Isn't it?

 

 

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BOOK DETAILS:

Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett, read by Richard Mitchley, published by Random House Audio (2011) / Length: 4 hrs 11 min (this is the Unabridged version)

 

SERIES INFO:

This is Book #1 of the "Johnny Maxwell" trilogy. All of them are available on audio.

 

SUMMARY:

Like most Pratchett book, this one is a pleasure to read for people who love interesting characters.

 

Note: It takes place during the first Gulf War; so you might need to explain who "Stormin' Norman" is, and other such things, to children who are going to read it. It isn't absolutely necessary though. The book has some interesting commentary on how the war is just another "show" to kids who have grown up with lots of different screens in their lives, and yet they can't help but be affected by it.

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review 2016-11-03 15:45
Time Travel in Texas: Prom Night in Purgatory | Review
Prom Night in Purgatory: Purgatory, Book 2 - Amy Harmon,Emily Woo Zeller,Tantor Audio

A slightly confusing but wonderful YA Paranormal Romance.

 

Where does before end and after begin? Johnny Kinross is a boy from the 1950s, a boy trapped in time, and Maggie is the girl who loves him. By some miracle and against all odds, Johnny and Maggie are given a second chance at life and love. But Johnny is freed from Purgatory only to find himself in a totally different time and place, in a world full of strangers. One unsolved mystery becomes another, and Johnny and Maggie must unravel the past to have any chance at a future.

 

 

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BOOK DETAILS:

Prom Night in Purgatory by Amy Harmon, read by Emily Woo Zeller, published by Tantor Audio (2014) / Length: 8 hrs 18 min

 

SERIES INFO:

This is Book #2 in the "Purgatory" duology.

 

**This review contains spoilers for the previous book.**

 

SUMMARY:

I wasn't sure that I wanted to read this. Sometimes I worry that it might be better to leave things the way they ended previously. But in the end I couldn't resist. My first time through, I wasn’t able to keep it entirely straight. But I enjoyed it enough to listen a second time. The issue is flashbacks, paranormal “dreams,” and time twisting.

 

However, and despite their issues in this book, the central romance remains a favorite.

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review 2016-10-29 15:45
Just this Side of Reality: Nim's Island | Review
Nim's Island - Wendy Orr,Kate Reading,Inc. Blackstone Audio

An enchanting MG Contemporary Fantasy

 

Nim lives on an island in the middle of the wide blue sea, shared by only her father, Jack, a marine iguana called Fred, a sea lion called Selkie, a turtle called Chica, and a satellite dish for her e-mail. No one else in the world lives quite like Nim, and she wouldn't swap places with anyone.

But when Jack disappears in his sailing boat and disaster threatens her home, Nim must be braver than she's ever been before. And she needs help from her friends, old and new.

 

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BOOK DETAILS:

Nim's Island by Wendy Orr, read by Kate Reading, published by Blackstone Audio (2008) / Length: 2 hrs 25 min

 

SERIES INFO:

This is Book #1 of 3 in the Nim series. It is the only one available on audio.

 

SUMMARY:

It could be argued that this book is not really fantasy, it is just a book about a very imaginative little girl who is good with animals. That's probably true; but it reads more like a fantasy than a straightforward contemporary, so I feel comfortable reviewing it here on the blog.

 

Although the book is very short, it feels longer (in a good way). And it is strong in all three areas I generally review (see below).

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review 2016-10-20 18:10
Freakiness in Florida: The Amazing Wolf Boy | Review
The Amazing Wolf Boy - Roxanne Smolen,Danny Randerson,Inc. moonRox

A sympathetic protagonist & sweet love story make this YA Fantasy shine.

 

Cody Forester plans to become a doctor. Instead, he becomes a werewolf. The first time Cody shows fang and fur, his parents ship him off to podunkville to live with his black sheep uncle. His revised career choice is social hermit. As the new kid, he makes more enemies than friends. His high school teachers label him a troublemaker. The whole town hates him. Except Brittany. She's beautiful, with her eyes painted black and her lips dark purple.

 

 

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Source: I received this book for free from the author. My opinions are my own.

 

BOOK DETAILS:

The Amazing Wolf Boy by Roxanne Smolen, read by Danny Randerson, published 2016 / Length: 10 hrs 13 min

 

SERIES INFO:

This is Book #1 of 4 in the "Amazing Wolf Boy" series. So far it is the only one on audio.

 

SUMMARY:

Although there were a number of things I didn't like in this book (it starts off with one of my most disliked tropes, see below), I was nevertheless drawn in from the beginning and really enjoyed it. It was well written, with characters I liked, and I especially enjoyed the realistic progression of the teenage romance. I am looking forward to when the next book becomes available on audio.

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