Strange Magic - Part One : Magic (Mankin)

  • by Michelle Mankin
  • Narrated by Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
  • Series: Magic (Mankin)
  • 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Billy Blade is a hardworking, hard-living, razor-sharp musical force. Mysterious behind his dark shades, the rough-around-the-edges Texan mesmerizes with his haunting harmonica and tantalizes with his dangerous looks and smooth country charm. His latest album is topping the charts. He's the newly crowned King of the Bacchus Krewe. He's definitely living the rock star dream.
Exotic Creole beauty Thyme Bellerose couldn't be more content. She has it all. An adoring grandmother. A handsome Tulane medical student beau. A satisfying job in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter. Her life is as rich as the ice cream she creates. She's got everything under control.
But control is an illusion. Dreams can turn into nightmares. And now, during Mardi Gras, otherworldly powers stand ready to shape their destinies in ways they could never imagine.
Shadow and light, magic and mystery, reality and myth: all come together in a place where rules bend and lines blur- even those between life and death.
Please note. This is part one of a two-part novel. It does not stand alone.


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A Magical Listen, Part 1 of 2

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s got everything I could want in a novel – characters I love, the struggle between light and dark, themes of integration and discrimination, a great love story with almost-insurmountable obstacles, and Greek mythology (which I never thought I’d like, but I love in this!), all set against the magical backdrop of New Orleans. Each chapter begins with either a quote or a stanza from a poem, which sets the stage perfectly, and this is backed by haunting music that reflects the tone of the story.

Rocker romances are my guilty pleasure, but this book is really a paranormal story. The country/rock star aspect is secondary and a minor detail to get Billy to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I discovered Michelle Mankin’s Raging Tempest series a few months ago and fell in love with it. I didn’t think she could top it. But this, this is genius.

Some people may need a trigger warning for one scene. It’s actually glossed over and not graphic at all but happens at the end of the first part and gets talked about in the second part, again without details. There is graphic violence in the first part. If you’re squeamish or easily grossed out, you might want to skip ahead, but the story is definitely worth listening to.

Of course, Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross do a fantastic job with the reading. They both put the perfect amount of pain, joy, or resignation into their voices, depending on the scene. I love the way both their voices sound when they read the quote at the beginning of each chapter. It's perfect.
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- KindleBabe

An Unexpected Adventure!!!

What is already an epic story bringing an exciting adventure with Magic, Mythology, and Love, plus a raw Nawlins flavor, is truly brought to life by the amazing narrators, whose dual narrating makes you feel like you are right there with the characters, not to mention they both have very pleasant, attractive voices. I could listen to them all day. Good thing this is only part one of the story. I am gonna listen to part two, now, and you should absolutely join me in enjoying this epic tale!!!
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- Nastasia Nazar

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-17-2015
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