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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Dirty Magic was a great mix of Urban Fantasy and Mystery! In other words, I dug it.
Story Thoughts: Fact: I am a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers. I get excited about good old fashioned detective work. So when I heard that Jaye was doing an UF meets Mystery book, I got excited. She did not disappoint! The mystery was solid, well thought out, and most of the case solving came from tracking down the clues through working the scene/beat/players! I am always a little worried that "paranormal" elements will be used too much to solve a case in a paranormal/mystery mix but there was a great balance here. There were all the UF elements people love so much: world building, action, and snappy dialogue. Overall this was just a good mix of both worlds and I am excited to see where the series goes from here.
Character Thoughts: Kate is an interesting leading lady. She is strong, independent, stubborn, loyal, and at times a little unlikable. She is a good cop, a good sister, and a good friend. She is also quick at learning on the job. I think the longer she is with the team (Magical Enforcement Agency) the more she will fit in with them. Here is where I think the characters shined: I really liked the MEA task force! They were a great group of characters and hopefully as the series progresses we learn more about them.
Narrated By Morgan Hallett / Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
This was my first Morgan Hallett book and I thought she did an excellent job. The pacing and tone of the story was well matched to her voice! The character voices were well done (male and female)with just enough uniqueness to tell who was talking at all times. There were one or two voices that took a bit to get used too but other than that I think the narration was spot on. I will be continuing this series in audio.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed Dirty Magic and can't wait for Kate's next adventure!
Note: Yes I am ignoring the setup for a love triangle. The romance won't be the main reason that I am reading this series.
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What did you like best about Dirty Magic? What did you like least?
The concept of the story is pretty good, and the characters are fairly interesting if a little trope. Unfortunately, the dialog reads like it was written by a bored, Midwestern housewife who learned to write "tough street talk" while watching old episodes of "Dragnet." In one scene, the hardboiled special agent actually says "Come on team, weve got crimes to solve" I mean COME ON! Who talks like that?
Would you be willing to try another book from Jaye Wells? Why or why not?
Probably not, her juvenile writing style makes it almost impossible to enjoy her fairly good plot.
What aspect of Morgan Hallett’s performance would you have changed?
She did really well considering what she had to work with
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
I might, if the person who wrote the screenplay changes enough of the dialog around it might make a decent movie.
Any additional comments?
I only read this book because I'm such a big fan a Kevin Hearne and it showed up as a book he was currently reading. Im hoping that was just some marketing ploy by Audible to move "Dirty Magic" I have a hard time believing the guy who wrote the Iron Druid series actually liked this book.
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