One of my escape reads has been Urban Fantasy and Paranormals, and today new to me author Katerina Martinez is on the blog today with the first in her Blood and Magick series narrated by Carly Robins. Please read on for my review of
Set in New Orleans (where better for an Urban Fantasy story) as the protagonist Madison moves into her dream Victorian-style house in the French Quarter for a new start. But, the house has secrets, Madison’s move has set a fire under the never-ending but so far dormant conflict between the vampires and the witches. With her new friend Remy, a witch, in tow – the story moves along quickly with plenty of action.
Starting off a bit slow – the story arc with the mystery is the captivating factor here. Conversations and lingering questions about Madison’s background and her reasons for making all the changes to her life. Secondary characters arrive without appearing as flat or decidedly black and white – an element that added greatly to the intrigue and engagement as each new introduction brought yet another thread to the plot. While I found some of the conversations stilted, and there wasn’t a great deal of personality development for Madison – leaving her tottering on the edge of meh. Fortunately though, the plot and action did bring her into play a bit more, and while her focus on her present to the utter lack of any history was still concerning, I can only hope that her reasons and history will come forward as the series progresses.
Narration for this book is provided by Carly Robins and as it was my first encounter with her, while I expected a bit of adjustment time to acclimate to her voice and style, I’m saddened to think that I could never actually escape into the story as she performed it. Her tone is young – perhaps a bit too young for this character, with a little-girl breathiness that didn’t come off as the kick-ass heroine that I believe the author intended. Particularly frustrating was the odd choices made during the performance: for example “she walked, softly, slowly down the hall” was slower, whispered and presented as if intending to add gravitas or tension to the story. The choices she made didn’t work well for the story, and when I expect narration to enhance and even improve the impression left by a story on conclusion, this just fell flat.
I’m left thinking that the story needed some editing and focus to build and develop the characters with an intention to a reader’s connection, without having a connection to Madison the story is memorable for the mystery and unique actions, and little else
Stars: Overall 3 Narration 2 Story 3
Title: Magick Reborn
Author: Katerina Martinez
Series: Blood and Magick #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Carly Robins
Published by: Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Published on: 16 May, 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 15 minutes
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Sometimes fate drops your future on your lap; other times fate hides it right under your nose.
When Madison traded up for a gorgeous Victorian house in the New Orleans French Quarter, she thought she was getting away from her toxic life. Sure, the house was old and run-down, but it was hers, and it was exactly the fresh start she wanted.
But then she meets Remy, a mysterious, sexy witch with power, class, and charm to spare, and everything changes.
Unknown to Madison, her arrival in New Orleans sets in motion a chain of events that throws everyone’s life into disarray—not just hers. Now, pushed into the middle of an ancient war between vampires and witches, she must unravel the secrets of the house she's inhabiting before the forces awakened by her very presence rise from their centuries-old slumber, hungry and eager to feed on everything they can find.
Starting with her.
A New Adult Urban Fantasy Novel
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.