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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.
©2016 Michelle Mankin (P)2016 Michelle Mankin
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5 out of 5 stars
By nelle on 06-01-16

Love is Immortal

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

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By KindleBabe on 04-30-16

A Magical Story

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.

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