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Teddy

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  • Cat Got Your Diamonds

  • The Kitty Couture Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Julie Chase
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Grandeur and opulence are everything in the famed New Orleans Garden District where pets are family and no bling is too big. Opening Furry Godmother, pet boutique and organic treat bakery, is Lacy Marie Crocker's dream come true - until the glitter gun used to make her Shih Tzu tutus becomes a murder weapon - and Lacy becomes public enemy number one. Now detective Jack Oliver is hounding Lacy, and her Furry Godmother investor wants out before his name is tarnished by association. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hacknyed

  • By Teddy on 12-04-19

Hacknyed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-19

Oh {yawn!}

He's deliberately obnoxious, misogynistic and provoking, but he's SO handsome... {sigh!}

Really? How completely overused is that one, and how shallow and lacking in self-worth does a woman have to be to be attracted to an otherwise vile man simply becasue of his looks.

It's really not trait that causes me to have any empathy with the main protagonist of a story, and if there's no empathy with the main protagoist I'm not going to enjoy the book.

  • Death by Committee

  • Abby McCree Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Alexis Morgan
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery - Aunt Sybil's only known rival is buried in her backyard! Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept that her beloved aunt had anything to do with the murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacklustre main protagonist

  • By Teddy on 11-04-19

Lacklustre main protagonist

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-19

The murder mystery aspect of the story OK (if you don't mind spotting the murderer early on and seeing how it unfolds while already knowing whodunnit) but the main protagonist, Abby, is the dictionary definition of lacklustre.

adjective
1.
lacking in vitality, force, or conviction; uninspired or uninspiring.

She allows herself to be manipulated and coerced into "volunteering" for jobs she's not interested in actuallyn taking on, she allows people to insult and badmouth her without any retaliation to speak of, and she allows her lodger to pull macho bullshit and tell her what to do, simply because he is good looking... Which is just pathetic.

He orders her to stay out of the investigation, not get involved in police business, and always take the path of safety simply because she's female (he's no more a member of the police force than she is, but it's OK for him to be involved and get himself injured because he's A Man, apprently), and she doesn't object to about his sexist overly-macho attitude!!

If she has no self-respect, how can the reader be expected to respect her enough to care what happens to her. Really she does not inspire anything but contempt.

  • Rose and Helena Save Christmas

  • A Novella
  • By: Jana DeLeon, Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Rose Gardner and Neely Kate Colson are thrilled with Mason's early present to Rose - a trip for the two of them to New Orleans for shopping, great food, and awesome seats to Wicked. Neely Kate plans to use the opportunity to visit a psychic and find out once and for all what her paranormal ability is. But when the psychic is murdered, and Neely Kate and Rose were the last people to see her alive, they find themselves the main suspects in a Christmas killing.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointingly unengaging

  • By Teddy on 08-04-19

Disappointingly unengaging

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-19

I love the Mudbug books so was looking forward to this one, unfortunately Rose and Neely Kate don't blend well with Helena and Taylor (and Neely Kate is far too irritating a character to enjoy. Helena is bad but at least entertaining, Neely Kate missed out on that)

All in all, I couldn't stay interested enough to care about the story unfolding or the eventual outcome. I just zoned out durign the Rose & Neely Kate portions.

  • Don’t Stop Bewitching

  • A Happily Everlasting World Novel (Bewitchingly Ever After, Book 1)
  • By: Mandy M. Roth
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Cat-shifter Curt Warrick doesn't want to take a road trip with five other guys, but when his best friend leaves him no choice, he finds himself in a van headed to Louisiana. There is a bright side: The trip will give him a chance to expand his enterprise. Missi (Mississippi) Peugeot hates rich men who think they can throw money around to get what they want. When a flashy, yet fetching, stranger shows up in a van announcing he's looking to buy property and begin developing the town, she speaks out of anger and accidentally puts a curse on Curt. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dosappointingly Dire

  • By Teddy on 25-03-19

Dosappointingly Dire

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-19

I'm all for suspending my disbelief in order to enjoy a good story.

I draw the line, however, at hanging it by the neck until dead.

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  • Witch Way to Spellbinder Bay

  • Spellbinder Bay Cozy Paranormal Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Sam Short
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Would you drop everything and move to a town with a peculiar name, because an odd little man made you a strange offer? Millie Thorn did, and she could never have guessed what mysteries and revelations were awaiting her in the magical town of Spellbinder Bay. After witnessing a murder on her first day in the bay, Millie is cast into a world she never knew existed - a world of magic and the paranormal, and a world where it's seemingly normal to have a conversation with a cockatiel named Reuben.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good cozy mystery story

  • By Paul Lloyd on 16-02-19

Great narrator, dire book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-19

Millie Thorn is, unfortunately a doormat and as such, not a very appealing main protagonist.

She is drugged (by magical means, but the effect is the same) into compliance, lured to a remote seaside town, where she meets a succession of rude and/or irritating people who go out of their way to frighten her, and she witnesses a murder. She is then drugged into compliance againe, informed that she is a witch, magic is real, the town is inhabited by all manner of supernatural beings, scared witless, picked up by the police while fleeing and told she cannot be allowed to leave (due to being a witness to the murder), is taken back to the creepy place where she was drugged and terrified in order to be questioned,

Not one objection to being drugged against her will, no attempt to fight back, other than the aborted attempt to flee...
Nothing,

She doesn't even tell the irritating little shit who tries to hit on her to f**k off, even though it's obvious that he's an irritant to eveyone.

A complete doormat.

And if you can't like or empathise with the main protagonist, what's the point of the book.

Not one I'd care to recommend other than to say that the narration is very good.

  • Dark, Witch & Creamy

  • Bewitched by Chocolate Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Caitlyn's world changes when she learns that she was found as an abandoned baby and adopted by her American family. Now, her search for answers takes her to a tiny English village where a man has been murdered - and where a mysterious shop selling enchanted chocolates is home to the "local witch".... Soon Caitlyn finds herself fending off a toothless old vampire, rescuing an adorable kitten and meeting handsome aristocrat Lord James Fitzroy...not to mention discovering that she herself might have magical blood in her veins!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deliciousness!

  • By Teddy on 06-02-19

Deliciousness!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-19

A delightfully delicious first book in a new series. I enjoyed it immensely and immediately bought book two.

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  • Agent of Enchantment

  • Dark Fae FBI, Book 1
  • By: C.N. Crawford, Alex Rivers
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

I thought this would be a simple profiling case. Just another Jack the Ripper wannabe, prowling London’s streets, searching for easy kills. I was wrong. This killer is fae, and he’s as elusive as smoke on the wind. But I’m an FBI profiler, and it’s my job to track him down. It doesn’t matter that one of the main suspects - a lethally alluring fae - is trying to seduce me...or kill me, I’m not sure which. I won’t be stopped, not even when panic roils through the streets of London or when the police start to suspect me.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but ends well

  • By Jessica Wolfe on 16-01-18

Disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-18

In the first few chapters alone this book oscillates between a gripping and engaging crime style, and the worst sort of overblown bodice-ripper romance. It's extremely disappointing that a potentially good book should be spoiled by such disjointed swings in style (and one of them should be such an offputting style)

Another problem is how jarring it is when English characters use American words and terms rather than the English equivalents. It's obvious that some attempt has been made to include English slang but not enough to prevent obvious Americanism's.

The narrator is quite good - some of her accents need work, but she's better than many narrators of American books in non-American settings.

On the whole, thought, not a book I'd recommend

  • Dearest

  • By: Alethea Kontis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday's palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he's her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday's unique magic somehow break the spell?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maintaining the quality

  • By Teddy on 24-10-18

Maintaining the quality

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-10-18

Yet more delightfully entertaining twists on classic fairytales - this series continues to deliver the type of stories promised from the start with no decline in quality of the storytelling.

  • Hero

  • By: Alethea Kontis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Rough-and-tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she's the only one of her sisters without any magic - until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, "Did romance have to be part of the adventure?"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By Teddy on 24-10-18

Thoroughly enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-10-18

A book for each of the seven Woodcutter sisters is a wonderful prospect if the first two books of the series are anything to go by.

  • Enchanted

  • By: Alethea Kontis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

It isn’t easy being Sunday’s child, not when you’re the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true. When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night, Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging and Entertaining

  • By Teddy on 24-10-18

Engaging and Entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-10-18

This is an absolutely delightful twist on the classic fairytale setting. An excellent first of a series and a definate enticement to listen to further books in the series.