Deanna Chase comes to the blog with the third book (and the first I’ve listened to) in her Last Witch Standing series, this one narrated by Traci Odom
Bitten at Daybreak
Phoebe has spent ages looking for her brother – and thinks that this time she may have found an answer. Taking her searches everywhere, she’s finally found Seth, but she’s stuck in this alternate universe and can’t get back. The Alternate Phoebe is married to the vampire Eadric, and while Phoebe’s stuck here, she’s also got to avoid him as best she can. Meanwhile, back in her own world, Phoebe’s alter-ego is causing mayhem – shifters are dying at unusual rates, and Phoebe’s love interest, Dax, is seeing all signs pointing to Phoebe being the culprit. But it doesn’t make sense to him – because his Phoebe would never……or would she?
Told in Phoebe’s voice in her alternate universe, and Dax’s in his – the pacing is fast, the story lines and characters arrive quickly and fully formed, and the dangers for both Phoebe and Dax are never-ending. Seth is the joiner in this one – as he helps to discover the portal creation, keeps Phoebe alive in her very real danger living with Eadric, and learns some things about her own powers, her strength and her concerns about just how well she and Dax mesh – will he understand that the Phoebe he’s with now isn’t her? Lots to unpack in this story – plenty of revelations and growth for Phoebe, and some real revelations between she, her brother, her relationship with Eadric and her relationship with Dax. It was a struggle coming into the story without having the background information – but the action, romance, adventure and questions were engaging and kept my interest flowing – ready to start at the beginning and dive into Phoebe’s world.
Narration for this story is provided by Traci Odom and it is my first encounter with her work. Her voice is pleasant and easy to understand, with pacing and adjustments for actions beyond the story to take hold. Her adjustment in tone and delivery to present characters makes sense and provides everyone with a distinct ‘personality’ that feels natural and possible for who they are and what sort of stress they are under at the moment. Clearly presented, she’s given the story wings and doesn’t rush or over-play moments that are needed to move the story forward.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: Bitten at Daybreak
Author: Deanna Chase
Series: Last Witch Standing #3
Genre: Action / Adventure, Contemporary Paranormal Romance, Fairies, Fantasy / Alternate Universe, Friendship, Paranormal, Romantic Elements, Shifters, Time Travel / Alternate Universe, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Witches
Narrator: Traci Odom
Published by: Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Published on: 14 May, 2019
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 5 Hours: 59 minutes
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Badass witch Phoebe Kilsen has spent years looking for her brother. Now that she’s found him, her world is turned upside down and everything she has ever known to be true appears to be false. Cut off from everyone except her brother, can she find a way back to her partner Dax, her best friend Willow, and her life’s work with the Void? Or will she be destined to living a lie with the one vampire she’s never trusted?
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.