A little magic can go a long way - to really screwing up a girl's life!
Mara is having the worst month of her life. At least, that's what her cards tell her and they've never been wrong. She's evicted from her apartment, loses her job, and is banned from Beverly Hills. So when the tarot cards predict her imminent demise, she uses a little magic to make her world right.
Suddenly, an aunt she's never met dies, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But when Mara moves into her inherited home, she discovers Aunt Tillie never moved out. She's still one pissed-off old lady, even postmortem, and she blames Mara's magical meddling for her death.
When Mara accidentally releases a demon and awakens the spirit of the most powerful witch in history, Tillie's ready to kill her - literally. It's the only way she can think of to save the girl from herself. The witch and the demon, however, have other plans for Mara's body!
©2011, 2012 HekaRose Publishing and Christiana Miller (P)2014 HekaRose Publishing and Christiana Miller
Dead charming. Fun.
I thought it was a very complementary mix of author and narrator - which is essential in such a light, characterful tale with lots of witty asides and so on. Although the story was substantial, it was the dialogue that I felt was the shining part. It was that interplay, and the range of interesting characters behind it that really kept me engaged and listening.
I very much enjoyed the character of Gus in particular, although all of them were well-written.
I did receive this audio book in exchange for an honest review, and I can honestly say that I thought her narration was ideally pitched for the book. As mentioned before, I thought Christiana Miller's strength was in her writing of characters and their dialogue - and Marie Rose's performances enhanced that brilliantly.
You always knew exactly which character was talking - she gave them all distinctive voices that I felt fitted seamlessly with their dialogue, so scenes really did come to life. Her delivery was light, engaging, and her timing on the comic lines often made me smile.
I particularly enjoyed her performance of Gus - and her depiction of the creepy Lehrer made me quite physically cringe.
Not having read the book before listening, I was obviously coming to these characters through the prism of her performance, but it felt to me like a cohesive audio story (rather than a narrator narrating a book in audio form), which was why it was immersive.
Actually yes - partly due to unforeseen circumstances, I did end up listening to most of it in one sitting. I don't normally listen to audio books in quite such a long session, and so it wasn't entirely ideal, but it was real credit to the book that it held my attention that long. It did feel a tiny bit long for a light tale, but it was thoroughly enjoyable.
Reading is a passion and an obsession.
I received a complimentary audio book copy from the author in return for an honest review.
This is the first book in the Toad Witch Series. I enjoyed it.
I downloaded this audio book and started listening. This story was narrated by Marie Rose. She did a wonderful job in bringing the characters to life, but I felt that her narration was a bit rushed at times.
Mara is a character I struggled to like. In fact, I wanted to strangle her myself due to her "woe is me" attitude. Granted she has not had the best of luck, what with losing her job and then her apartment, but in a way she brought these things on herself. She is a powerful witch, though I found her to be a poor lead character.
This was a story that I struggled to get into at first. I found myself a bit ambivalent to most of the characters, which saddened me. However, I did love Gus. He felt more like a lead character to me, rather than a secondary one; I loved his flamboyant and boisterous attitude.The story lagged and didn't really get interesting until Mara met Aunt Tillie at the cottage. I found myself doing a lot of eye rolling at some of the situations Mara found herself in, and was fully on Aunt Tillie's side for getting rid of her. However, that being said, it was interesting to follow Mara through the latter part of the story. I am not fully versed on the practice of Wicca, so cannot comment on whether the spells used by both Mara and Gus would actually work. However, to err on the side of caution, I would say don't use them - you could accidentally release a demon, or a power hungry witch! There are some light moments in the story which made me giggle, but there are also some dark moments that made me shudder. There are also several twists in this tale that kept the latter half of the book interesting, but there were also a few threads that were left loose and never fully explored. Perhaps these will be dealt with further in the series. Unfortunately, with all due respect to the author, I don't think I will be continuing with this series, as I just couldn't connect with the characters. Though I love paranormal stories full of humor, this book just wasn't my cup of tea. I will leave it up to you, the reader, to decide for yourselves.
Christiana Miller has written an intriguing tale. Her writing style is not particularly fast paced compared to other authors I have read, but she does have a flair for describing scenes vibrantly. Her world building was wonderful, but her characters, especially the heroine, could have done with being less helpless and had more common sense. The flow of the story was a bit erratic in the beginning, but evened out near the end.
Due to several mentions of explicit sex and sexual acts, I do not recommend this book to younger readers. However, I recommend this book if you love paranormal romance or stories about Wicca and witches. - Lynn Worton
Mystical, Hysterical and Engrossing.
This is my first of this type of book, so nothing to compare it to......yet.....
Marie Rose's use of tone and accents really helped pull me into the tale. Good attempt at a Scottish accent for Lysette.
Cant wait to try others in this series.
I love the story! Especially Grundleshanks :) It doesn't follow the route you think it will, which makes it interesting to both read, and listen to.
Soeone tell aunt Tillie she's dead is the first book of this kind I've read so I can't really compare it to anything!
I know he's not a lead character but I love Gus :) He's such a fun guy you'd really like as a friend.
Don't mess with Aunt Tillie - she's a feisty old bird!
The narration was spot on and the wee changes in the script made it better. The characters were well represented. A really enjoyable listen :)
"Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead"
I truly enjoyed this book!Narrated beautifully by Marie Rose ,this is the story of Maura who is tossed out of her apartment and is trying to live in Aunt Tillies old house.Maura is a witch with a curse on her and what can go wrong usually does for her.Tillie is a ghost with an agenda.A fun,funny romp through the world of witchcraft!"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse dot com"
Yes. Fun, quirky chick lot with a good reader. Easy to become absorbed in the story.
It was just fun and light. Love the relationship between Mara and Gus.
Gus. So funny!
Great film to lose yourself in.
Liked the story and the light, witty banter between Mara and Gus.
Great story with fantastic performance artist
Gus... So well written you feel you know him
Amazing performer, I do believe the best I've heard.
Simply sinfully delightful.
A must hear!
"great tale, superb narration"
I really enjoy audiobooks so Im biased yes, but the narration brings new life to an old format
spooky elements surrounding Aunt Tilley's death ! Suspense....
none yet but would definitely consider
love the Scottish accent, hard for Americans to pull off
can't wait for the sequel...
"O, those characters!"
Laugh out loud. Okay, I simply can't be held to only 3 words here, sorry, but this story has more than one angle. Another three words to describe this audio story could equally be: chilling, thrilling and spooky. It's not often you can find a paranormal fantasy that delivers both laughs and frights, almost right on top of each other.
" Aunt Tillie" was more humorous and sardonic in tone than "Practical Magic" (one of my favorites!) but they share similar witchy plot points and both can also be chilling at times in their paranormal, back-from-the-dead-parts. I read and watch "Practical Magic" over and over, and I see myself enjoying "Aunt Tillie" the say way, again and again.
I could go on and on here. Marie Rose has a very diverse character range. Obviously, we spend the most time in the heroine, Mara's, head and so she HAS to be every bit as likable and engaging as the narrator makes her - even when Mara's doing something that seems pretty blindly mistaken, Marie Rose make us like and root for her anyway. Kind of like when I Love Lucy is goofing up, you just love Lucy anyway. Gus, OMG! He's wonderful as Mara's gay best friend. I wish he was MY gay BFF! There are numerous side characters and accents, from British, to MidWest, to Scottish to surfer dude, etc., all acted here by the same person yet they don't even sound like they are spoken by the same actress. It was very easy to differentiate all the many voices. This is really a rich read.
Actually, I did listen all in one sitting while crafting. The kind of hobby done with our hands.. not witch-crafting, lol.
There doesn't seem to be much promotion for this audiobook yet. I would have missed it entirely, but by chance I saw this posted in my Facebook audiobook group and picked it up on a whim because I was in the mood for something like this. Very glad I did.
"Paranormal Witchy Hotness"
Exciting witchy hotness
There are several wonderful characters, and I hope I get to read more about them.
Mara is the main favorite. She takes what life throws at her and tries to make the best of it and keep moving forward.
Overall her voice is soothing, easy to listen to.
I like the way she has distinctive voices for different characters, making it very easy to follow the action.
I was not expecting some of the adult situations.
A perfect combination of witchy ghost story, romance, humor, and light thrills, this story provided a perfect escape from life for a while. I've read this book before, in ebook (not that I retained it, I read ALOT, but I remembered that I loved it, so when I heard about it being offered up for free to select reviewers, I absolutely signed up!) This narrator is freaking hilarious! Gus's voice is GENIUS! Her regular reading voice, in Mara's POV, is properly affected by events; Mr. Lyra (with his wicked accent) and Gus (the gay best friend) are too funny! Equally hilarious are the Hispanic apartment manager and the gay landlord. I can't WAIT until ALL of this series are available, and would definitely recommend to anyone who likes paranormal dramedy, except maybe my dad.
"Wow!!!!! Absolutely LOVED this book!!!!"
The research and details that were carefully entwined in this book were amazing.
Memorable banter between gus and mara.
No I haven't but I will be checking into her other books!! Great job!!
I laughed out loud several times. This sounds like just like me and my gay best friend. Proud hag right here!haha
The dedication put into this book and audiobook by the narrator was just amazing!!! Truthfully this has to be one of my favorite books I have read this year!!!
This was a cozy interesting read with wonderfully colorful characters. The story kept me listening and entertained while the characters kept me company.
Yes, it is a wonderful story. The characters are fun and interesting they make you want to listen to the story over and over again.
All the characters are great but Aunt Tillie is a power all her own in this book.
All of them
Guss, Marie did such a good job with his character and she made him very funny.
Everyone this is a charming, funny and delight to listen to. Try it. You'll like it to.
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