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By Kira on 30-04-14
fun, humorous fantasy
Would you listen to How (Not) to Kiss a Prince again? Why?
Yes, it was funny and engaging.
What was one of the most memorable moments of How (Not) to Kiss a Prince?
When Cindy used her powers to send Prince Justice into a cactus patch.
Any additional comments?
Ever hear of Murphy’s Law: anything that can go wrong will go wrong? Well, for someone like Cindy Eller, her life is practically a living example of Murphy’s Law. Lately, everything has been perfect. She has a wonderful ordinary (non-magical) boyfriend named Timothy, her bakery is doing well, and her magic, limited though it is, is mostly behaving itself and no longer turning men she kisses into toads. She shouldn’t have spoken so soon, however. When a prince from the Middlelands shows up at the bakery claiming to be her betrothed since before she was born and says Cindy’s younger sister can’t marry until they do, everything starts going downhill. Too bad this prince just won’t turn into a toad when he’s kissed. When she confronts her mother, she discovers that she bargained for her eldest daughter to marry said prince in exchange for a two-way ticked to Fairy. After returning, she discovered she was pregnant with a Fae’s baby and blocked Cindy’s magic, but that’s all she will tell her. To make matters worse, Cindy’s newest employee, a former cupid named Sumac’s magic is going haywire and making everyone fall in love with the desserts from Cindy’s shop. Will Cindy find a way to become un-betrothed? Will she survive two weddings in two weeks, a really busy shop, and figuring out the truth about her past?
Narrator, Michele Carpenter is a unique, funny, entertaining narrator ideally suited for this book. Although the narration was a bit choppy in the beginning, her use of different voices quickly draws the reader in and helped to distinguish and bring to life the well-developed characters. The plot is well-developed, fast-paced, and keeps the reader laughing from start to finish and the narrative does a great job of keeping pace. Transitions between action, humor, and internal dialogue are masterfully done. I especially liked the addition of songs at the beginning and the end of the book that the narrator created. It would have been nice to have a bit more drawn out of a conclusion, but the ending was satisfactory and leaves the reader wanting to further follow Cindy's adventures. Although it is recommended that listeners listen to How (Not) to Kiss a Toad first, it can be listened to out of order. This funny, lighthearted novel will appeal to humorous fantasy fans everywhere.
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By Gaele on 08-06-14
a quirky and fun series with plenty of characters
My second contact with a story in this series and it was as quirky and clever as the first! Cindy Eller is a witch who successfully can channel her magic into her baked goods: although she is still having issues with managing it in other ways. In the first book, every man that Cindy got close to turned into a toad – yes a toad. And despite that hiccup, her current boyfriend, Todd, was willing to give it a chance.
But this is all about Cindy’s discovery of her unknown betrothal to the Prince of the land in the middle – between the here and the otherworld. Aside from giving her a particularly quirky name, Cindy’s mother has been keeping several secrets from her, even binding her magic which has resulted in several mishaps, the toads being the least of them.
Again Reeves manages to present wholly unrealistic situations in a funny and relatable way with characters that you cannot help but enjoy and root for. With a new pixie-like assistant that is a former cupid to help with the baking, and a never-ending barrage of delectable treats and Cindy’s solid narrative voice, the story manages to keep you intrigued and interested. Plenty of giggles and some laugh out loud moments from the clever word play and use, this is a fun series that is suitable for YA and adult readers alike.
Narration for this book was provided by Michele Carpenter, and for her first narration I thought she did a marvelous job in defining voices and delivery styles for her characters without over-emphasizing or exaggerating their differences. While her pacing was a bit uneven early on, she did manage to find a comfortable delivery speed that enhanced the story. Her voicing for Cindy was spot on for the character, adding the proper amounts of sarcastic twinge, self-doubt and confusion when the moments called for it, and I look forward to more from her.
This is a quirky and fun series with plenty of characters to enjoy and a wonderful heroine in Cindy/ A touch of romance that stays in the very sweet and clean zone, and a story that manages to not delve into expletives, this is appropriate for adults and teens, with a nice twist to the standard witch stories.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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