Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset. Lacking any bit of magic, she can easily spot a fake spell, catch hidden clauses in competitor's contracts, and detect magically disguised intruders. Suddenly, average Katie is very special indeed. She quickly learns that office politics are even more complicated when your new boss is a real ogre, and you have a crush on the sexy, shy, ultra powerful head of the R&D department, who is so busy fighting an evil competitor threatening to sell black magic on the street that he seems barely to notice Katie. Now it's up to Katie to pull off the impossible: save the world and - hopefully - live happily ever after.
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I do not recommend this audiobook. While the story is cute and I might have enjoyed its whimsical plot if read by someone other than Wilhelm, I struggled to get through the first download and then gave up.
This was my first Shanna Swendson book so I want to be fair. I might have enjoyed it if read by another narrator or if I read it in paperback.
The heroine is supposed to be from Texas (hiding her accent in New York) in the present day, but Wilhelm's stage diction makes the book sound like it's being read by Kathryn Hepburn in the 1940s. Every time she said "hand" (and it was often), I cringed. The narration makes the heroine sound like she's from upscale Connecticut, except when she talked to her new boss and then she suddenly sounds like she's from a Texas backwater. It was bad enough that I gave up. I was tired of cringing from the overblown elocution. I will not buy another audiobook by this narrator.
- Dona Schneider
fun and interesting
easy to listen to - great ideas - made me smile
made me laugh out loud and smiled most of the way through - kind of like a demented cat