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 :)
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.
"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"
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.
"Lovely mystery with tons of laughs"
This was a different kind of read for me. I totally enjoyed the twists and turns along with the laughs and smiles. There were a few areas that just about broke my heart but most were a total delight. Nothing is as it seems to be you can’t trust those you think you can and those you do trust you might now want to. You along with Mara will have to work out what it right, wrong and happening. When playing with magic one must be careful things maybe be given in a way that you do not want. There is always a price to pay for any wish that comes true.
Poor Mara has lost just about everything her job, her apartment and now her aunt that she has never known. Once she moves into her aunts home everything is off balance and nothing is as it seems. She has weird dreams that could be the death of her. There is evil around and she has to work it out before she ends up dead. Spirits are all-round some good some bad.
Ms. Rose as narrator was a delight with her many different character voices. You have no trouble knowing who is talking or what they are feeling. She gives the right tone to each emotion if the character laughs so does she which made it a wonderful listen you could really get into. I love the evil witch laugh which had me looking around. As I shopped I would laugh or chuckle everyone around me looked at me funny. There are no background noises or any place where the volume changes if a break was taken you cannot tell. Here male and female voices were a delight to listen to. She has a very smooth voice you have no trouble listening to for hours. I am looking forward to listening to more audios by her.
I loved Gus he was so funny making me laughs with his sarcastic way he really made the story so much fun. I really enjoyed the other characters each brings so much to the story. Aunt Tillie is a trip that you can never really get a handle on. I even enjoyed the evil ones. I adore the house and all it brings to the story. If you are looking for a book that has a little of everything you have found it. This is filled with magic, mystery, mayhem and tons of humor. It really was a very fun humorous listen that I totally enjoyed. The ending was great and could be the end but I do believe this is a series. It can be read as a standalone with an ending that leaves you wondering a few things but a good ending.
"A 'bewitching' read:"
Well done! This was a 'chance' I took (reading an author I hadn't read before), based upon the premise... and not only was I *not* disappointed... I was very happily surprised! I'll gladly add the rest of this author's titles - past and future- to my collection!
I love how the narrator used different voices/accents. I love the story, being mystical and special without being boring. I am now looking for book 2 ! :)
"fun light reading"
Yes. It is definitely chick lit with ghosts and witches. It is a lot more fun than many of the books in the 'light reading' category. The characters and story are well written.
Mara because she is a complete person with or without a man. She is independent. When she does get help it doesn't feel as though she had to be rescued.
Fortunetelling for the spoiled rich in L.A. Or anything with that crazy landlady.
Gus steals the scenes he is in, but I think if he had gone head to head with the crazy landlady it might have been a toss up.
I'll check out the next book in the series.
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