Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Every Saturday night, she gathers with her three best friends—Peach, Millie, and Stacy—and drinks the same margaritas while listening to the same old stories. Intent on shaking things up, she puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends... but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman who shows Olivia that there is more to her life than she ever dreamed.
As Liv’s latent magical powers come to the surface, she discovers that having an interesting life is maybe not all it’s cracked up to be. The dark side of someone else’s magic is taking over good people in town, and changing them into vessels of malevolence. Unwilling to cede her home to darkness, she battles the demons of her familial past and her magical present, with those she loves at her side - and in the cross fire. Can the most important things in life—friendship, love, magic, and waffles—get her through the worst that the universe can throw at her?
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Well since I bought it due to great reviews, I guess all the other fans of M. Harper except for me and few others lured to it. Gave it two stars because I actually finished it- well done me!
The story had an opportunity to be great. The stage is set very well, the side characters good, the basic story line perfect.
But then the author has plopped Olivia- our female lead into it. She is so dumb it should be against law. She gets signs all over the place and she still makes the stupidest mistakes ever. Not just one as we humans do and learn from it, but one after another, after another and another…. I just wanted to shake her most of the book. The “love” she claims for our male lead Tobias is something very odd from her side. Very similar to all her relationships. Rather selfish in some ways.
Amanda is one of the best narrators of audio books. She does Molly Harper's books and I love her voice. She is great on all male and female voices. So, every character (however stupid) is helped along by greatest possible support of a master of narration.
If you dislike heroines who are stupid (not just naive) and often are tempted while reading/listening to a book to slap them- this is not for you. If you do not mind woman in her late 20s behaving like a 14 year old... yep, right up your favourites
I just wish I payed more attention to negative reviews as I stupidly bought another audio by the author at the same time without thinking. I need to start paying more attention with reviews and waste my credits
I have read a lot of negative feed back about this story... is it fair...in my opinion NO. A bit 'darker' than the average fantasy romance but an interesting story line. I think it is unfair to call the main character dim witted. It is easy to stand on the sideline & heckle. We have a saying 'you cannot see the wood for the trees'. Some times we are too close & things take a while to click. Not a light hearted book but a good story with plenty of action.
- Mrs. S. B. Potter