Scared Witchless: Bless Your Witch Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Dylan Apel is having one heck of a summer. She knows her hand-made clothing is special, but magical? Discovering that she's a witch is bad enough, but when Dylan realizes there are folks who'll kill to possess her witchy powers - that's enough to make a girl want to hide out in the back of her boutique. The only problem is, Queen Witch is in town, itchin' to make sure Dylan learns to cast spells, and this witch won't take no for an answer. Dylan must learn fast - someone just killed her best client with a poisoned gown meant for Dylan. Was it the tall, mysterious hottie in black, who's suddenly everywhere she goes? After all, the first thing Roman Bane says is he doesn't like witches. Is he here to save her, or kill her? Dylan is barely getting a handle on her new powers when she finds herself surrounded by witches bossing her this way and that, local police nosing about, and wary clients - death by clothing is not good for business. And the solstice is coming...a time when witch powers are at their peak. Can Dylan survive the chaos long enough to figure out her new life?
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 13 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 30, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #189,835 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,600 in Supernatural Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,436 in Cozy Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#5,691 in Women Sleuth Mysteries
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This book has it all - magic, mystery, family secrets, humor, and romance, and it was a fast-paced, entertaining read from beginning to end! I appreciated that there were several twists and turns in the plot that I did not see coming. (I spent most of the book being sure I know who the evil, power-stealing witch was only to end up being dead wrong!) I've read quite a few books involving characters with supernatural powers, plus I've watched many TV shows in that genre (including all 8 seasons of Charmed which was about a trio of witchy sisters), so I didn't expect this book to feel as clever and fresh as it did. Kudos to Ms. Boyles for reinventing the wheel and doing some really imaginative world-building in this book. I particularly liked the idea of there being Witch Police and how strict (and scary!) they were.
As much as I enjoyed all of the female characters in the book, I ended up being most fascinated by Roman Bane, the enigmatic bodyguard Dylan finds herself crushing on despite knowing what a bad idea it is. Roman had such a complex and tragic backstory, plus let's be honest, he's HOT. (I kept imagining Alexander Skarsgard as the character since he was described as being tall, with longish blond hair.) I can't wait to see where the Dylan/Roman relationship goes in future books, especially since things left off in a very interesting place for them. Also, I want to find out what happens with Dylan's other sisters. (Middle sister Sera has powers and an unhappy love life while Reid, the youngest Apel sibling, seems to have missed out on inheriting any witchly gifts and she's got a thing for their hunky next-door neighbor.)
I will be counting down the days until Book 2 of this series is released!
Appearance (there's a reason I'm reviewing appearance): The book has a nice cover, print is of a good size, binding seems secure. There are a few layout issues, but very minor. The book is a bit odd-sized for this type of paperback, which was my first clue that this was a self-published book.
Content: Boyles has potential (and since she has more books, hopefully the following issues have been resolved). The concept is there, the personalities are there, and the ability to write is there; the follow through needs some work. A professional editor would have been a great help here, and this is also where the self-publishing is very evident. Issues of editing concerning word choice and language are evident, such as character being described as "ADD" when it comes to her nails (she is constantly repairing nails that she deems too chipped) when the author meant "OCD." This is just one example of incorrect word choice/awkward similes that an editor should have been able to help with.
The main character is supposed to be... 26, I believe. She is a business owner, and one of three sisters. She (and her sisters) come across as if they are in their mid-teens. The type of language used, the reactions, and logic... all feel incredibly immature, especially from women that have started their own businesses. Each character has a very distinct personality, but not much depth. The youngest sister, in particular, has been relegated to not-yet-adult due to her age of 18, and then the odd-one-out; something which is repeated frequently. A part of this stems from the author's type of humour, but a part seems to come from a habit of cyclical storytelling. There were repeated mentions of concerns about safety and death, but there was no feeling that any of the sisters were actually in danger, despite the murder.
This is also supposed to be a mystery. The book felt more like an exploration of the sisters trying to learn magic (taught very strangely by everyone), with very little actual detective work. The deductive (faulty) leaps were painful.
The romantic elements also felt incredibly juvenial, again due to the language used to describe the romantic interest and the main character's pull to him.
I want to repeat: This book had potential. All of the elements are there, they just need refining and some re-wording. The book is an easy, light read with decent humour.
The girls lives change when their shops get favorable right ups in the paper. Dylan is visited by the Queen Witch and told that she and her sister are witches and that other witches would try to kill them for their power. She tries to teach them a crash course in spell work and provides them with a hunky bodyguard.
There are plenty of twists to this story as they try to find out who is trying to kill them and why their grandmother didn't want them to know that they were witches. I enjoyed this story immensely. The characters were interesting. I will be looking for growth in the characters as the series progresses. I would recommend this book for people who enjoy cozy mysteries with witches as protagonists.
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I read this with audible narration, and Angela Dawe is a great reader, adding humour and a sense of place with her Southern accent.