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Enter the swirling mists of an enchanted land, and open your heart to the mystery....

Carlie has the perfect life. A wonderful family and a best friend she adores. A house by the beach so she can go surfing after school. A clever, rational mind and big dreams of becoming a lawyer. A future she's excited about and can't wait to begin.

But in a split second her perfect life shatters, and she is sent to the other side of the world to live with a stranger. In this mystical, mist-drenched new land, she is faced with a mystery that will make her question everything she's ever known about her parents, her life and her very self. A dark secret that made her mother run away from home as a teenager. An old family friend who is not what he seems. A woman in blue who she's not convinced is real. A shadowy black cat that she'd swear is reading her mind. A deserted old cottage she can't always find. And a circle of wild-haired witches who want her to join their ranks.

Will she have the courage to journey into the mists, and into her own heart, to discover the truth? And can she somehow weave together a life that she'll want to live - or will she give up and allow despair to sweep her away from the world forever?

©2016 Serene Conneeley (P)2017 Serene Conneeley

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wow fantastic

what a totally fantastic young adult audiobook from the pen of Serene Conneeley and brilliantly narrated by Gabrielle Baker. I am really looking forward to more in the series it is just so good xxxxxx

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Emotional journey from grief to self discovery

Following the tragic death of her parents in a car accident, 17 year old Carlie has to leave her life in Australia and go to live with the grandmother she has never met in England. Carlie assumes that her mother never got a long with her grandmother which is why she suddenly upped and left home when she was Carlie’s age. Initially Carlie, in her grief, is hostile towards her grandmother. Gradually over time however, Carlie uncovers the truth behind her mothers decision to leave when she is given the opportunity to glimpse into the past.. Into the Mist is the first instalment of the Into the Mists trilogy and was my first introduction to the author. The plot focuses on a teen girl trying to come to terms with the immense loss of both her parents, who is suddenly uprooted to the other side of the world. One moonlit night, Carlie is able to step into the past and catch a glimpse of her mother’s life - a life that once was and could have been, if not for a fateful decision made by a desperate woman. By understanding her mother’s reasons for leaving, Carlie and her grandmother are able to emerge into a life of acceptance, forgiveness and healing as well as the courage to move on. The author has done an admirable job in depicting an otherworldly feel when describing the English landscape. I felt as though I was there with Carlie, experiencing the extraordinary sights, smells and sounds. The woman in blue was particularly intriguing. My only criticism is that the book was a tad long winded and repetitive at times. Having said that, I was impressed by her knowledge of the mechanics of magic, card reading and paganism. Carlie’s journey from a girl suffering from survivors guilt, bitterness and self loathing to someone who through love and healing tries to rise up from her pain and loss, was a revelation. I feel that the author has laid the groundwork with her characters and offered us a brief tantalising insight into a magical world that she has merely touched upon. I look forward to exploring what she has in mind for Carlie in the next instalment. I received an advanced free audible copy of Into the Mists which was narrated by Gabrielle Baker. I was impressed by the way she was masterfully able to bring each character to life with their own unique voice, switching effortlessly between characters and accents.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-03-20

Bond!

Great story! Love how a grandmother and granddaughter, come together for the first time! And how they form a special bond! Narrator was great to!

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  • Chantal
  • 03-05-17

love !

I loved the book and story!! Couldn't stop listening !! Great read for driving ! 😊

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  • Crystal Majjik
  • 31-03-17

Beautifully written magical story

Where was this book when I was a teen? Perfect for those young adults who find themselves drawn into new age stores but don't really know why or what to do once there.
Beautifully written, lovable characters, set in a perfect little town.
This magical novel for all ages walks you through grief and loneliness and healing, showing you can survive and thrive with loving support.
I found the narrator a bit slow at first as I am a fast reader but after the first chapter I was used to her style.
I would recommend this book to young adult readers and anyone who loves to find magic in their life.

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  • Rebecca
  • 16-03-17

A melodic tale.

A story of loss and a magical journey of self discovery and acceptance. Beautifully narrated.

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  • Carla B.
  • 02-12-20

Less paranormal, more about grief and recovery

When I went into this book, I expected something like The Secret Circle or Charmed. What I got was a miserable teenager who took half the story to stop being so down and self absorbed. Which is BAD. I'd imagine someone going through real grief would be likely to feel this awful for that long. The pacing was just slow and I really struggled to get through it. The story picked up about halfway through (when more characters and elements were introduced) and it was nice getting to know the mystery behind her mom's sudden disappearance. I just wished I'd known it wasn't going to be as supernatural as it is more Wiccan. If you're into crystals and healing and rituals for wellness, then this is a great representation of the craft! I do appreciate the details in this story and even though I personally didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would, I could tell a lot of time and care had been put into it. -- I enjoyed Baker's performance, but one thing bothered me above all else: Carlie is Australian. The narration should have the proper accent. It makes absolutely no sense that her voice is Aussie, but her thoughts are not. That's the only thing that bothered me, because I DEFINITELY think to myself with an American accent, so a story about me living in England wouldn't be narrated with a British accent if it were my thoughts and perspective. -- All in all, I am interested in Carlie's life as she grows! I have a sneaking suspicion that this first book was just a slow start and that the real juicy material will come in the later installments. So I am eager to get to those as see how they turn out!

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  • Michele Thompson
  • 14-05-20

Great start

I really liked the start to this series. Carly has alot to overcome and I hope she does.

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  • Stormer83
  • 11-05-20

Good start

I enjoyed this book very good story can't wait to read the rest of the series I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • cmoulton
  • 08-05-20

More Wiccan than Paranormal

This book is well written, descriptive, and informative in some ways. The story line is much slower than I expected but part of that was due to the story not being quite what I expected either. When you read that it's about witches you immediately think more the paranormal sort. However, this is more the Wiccan sort. It touches on some of the mythology, tricks of the trade/beliefs, and healing with nature all while telling the story of a girl finding who she is because of her concealed family history. It's a decent read more for a teenager than an adult but it was interesting in it's own right.

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  • April W
  • 30-04-20

It’s about grief

The first hour is painful to listen to. The book opens with Carlie having lost her parents in a car accident and being convinced it was all her fault since she was driving. The anger, the tantrums, the emotional trauma is certainly well represented, but it nearly made me give up on the story. After Carlie is sent from Australia to England to live with a grandmother she never knew, things slowly change. There is a bit of witchcraft and god and goddess worship. I don’t know what I expected in picking up this book but it wasn’t what I got. I liked the book all right. It was a lot about grieving and finding out the truth about her mom. The narrator did a good job. Thank you to the author the the gift of listening to this book.

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  • Amanda
  • 20-04-20

Just ok

The book was good, but just not for me. There was no real emotion I felt from the narrator, and the book just fell flat for me.