Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead : Toad Witch

  • by Christiana Miller
  • Narrated by Marie Rose
  • Series: Toad Witch
  • 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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!

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This is not the cozy paranormal mystery

It was cute at times, had a few zingers, had a fabulous 'gay bestie', a heavy dose of magic, death, and a dash of romantic interest were all among the high points. They were what saved this book; without Gus (flaming and fun), his friendly banter, and the fantastic set-up my rating would have dropped faster than a skydiver in free fall. I really wanted to like this.

Buckle up, folks, for the obstacle course. This is not the cozy paranormal mystery it appears to be. I mentioned the toad-licking, right? That's just the tip of the iceberg. Illicit substances, spells that inadvertently kill your unknown family members, plot holes you can stick your head through, more illicit substances, and suddenly towards the end - kinkier than an old garden hose (a very conservative description of the *ahem* 'parties'.) Very old wicked witches apparently have quite the oat to soil. None of this is 'cozy', or PG, or even PG-13, adults only for this quite un-romantic tale.

Stereotypical characters, hallucinations, toads, and can I remind you once again about the licking of aforementioned toads? *Shudder* Through all this, it must be said, the narrator was instrumental in keeping me reading. Though I ultimately was not fond of the book, I would in no way be scared off from listening to the narrator again. The voices were distinct for the most part, consistent, dramatic, and she played up those zingers and made them shine. The fault lies with the material rather than the performance. The production quality was adequate but unimpressive; it didn't really add or detract from the overall experience.

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Not what I expected

I was not expecting this to be as good as it was, I thought it would be silly and predictable like all of the other witchy books I've read. This reminded me more of Molly Harper's books, (The Naked Werewolf series). The characters were fun and the main character Mara is likable in her secure insecurities. A fast romp through paranormal predictions, incantations, ghosts, spells, sex and possession.

Marie Rose does an outstanding job narrating, here again I am going to compare her to Molly Harper's narrator Amanda Ronconi. Great pace and voices, she definitely added to the story. A good writer/narrator paring. Not a good listen for young ears. I am looking forward to her next book.
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- Susan "I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-25-2014
  • Publisher: HekaRose Publishing Group