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Would you listen to Strange Magic (The MAGIC series) Book 1 again? Why?
yes yes and yes
I love all Michelle Mankin books
But this one has now become my favorite.
I love how Kai and Wen always seem to become the characters and bring them to life in a way that is new everytime I hear them narrate.
I also love that there is always background music when Lyrics are presented
What did you like best about this story?
I love the originality of the story
from the amazing plot twists and the character development
and the love/hate relationship a reader/listener develops with the characters both main and supporting
Which character – as performed by Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross – was your favorite?
Billy Blade the unsuspecting hero. who thought he was incapable of love but fell in love with Ghost Girl
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I so wish I was able to but it certainly helped my work night pass
Any additional comments?
Michelle. Kai, Wen yall are amazing and ruining me for all other narrators and authors.
but keep it up cant wait to listen to the next one
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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, a ghost, 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. In the audiobook, 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 fairly 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.
This is the first book in a series, not a serial. No cliffhanger here. The couple gets their HEA, or at least an HFN, but there is an overreaching story arc, the struggle to integrate dark and light, that will be continued. The battle may be won, but the war is not over.
Some people may need a trigger warning for one scene. It’s actually glossed over and not graphic at all, but it gets mentioned again later in the book, again without too many 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 a listen.
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 they sound when they read the quote at the beginning of each chapter. Their voices are perfect for the mystical feel of this story. I'd love to listen to more paranormal from them.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful