I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Magical Mojo by Kim Richardson
Narrator: Devon Sorvari
Series: The Witches of Hollow Cove #4
Published by Tantor Audio on November 23, 2021
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Romance, Paranormal
Length: 7 hours 27 minutes
Hollow Cove was never a dangerous city. Weird and eccentric, maybe. But not dangerous. Until now.
A new magic threatens our paranormal community and competes for dominance. Something awakens in the night, and it’s a real stinker. Not kidding.
I’m a Merlin now, and my plan is simple: get in, protect my family and friends, and defeat this new evil. But it’s never that simple. One small misstep could lead to disaster.
Soon, I’m neck-high in a giant, stinking mess of crap, and it’s steadily rising. But the last thing I expected was for the man I was falling for could threaten everything…
My top thoughts:
I am glad to be catching up with this series again. Some of the same things that bothered me previously (and I had forgotten about) still bother me, but I like the story and find the magic interesting. And there’s definitely some humor.
What I liked/didn’t like:
First, let me get out of the way the things that continue to bother me. The way they talk! It just feels off – Tessa (the main character)- particularly grates on me with some of the things she says. But her gran too (in this one). I’m wondering is it the narration or the dialogue? It’s obviously not BAD as I’m still enjoying the books, but there’s something that feels not quite authentic about it. Like a joke trying to be funny and falls flat. IDK. I’d be curious to know if anyone else reading these books has had a similar response or if it’s just me.
The other thing, a very small thing…. Tessa frequently says she has “giant lady balls.” And, well, I don’t like it. LOL. I know, but I don’t. It just bugs me.
Those complaints aside, I really LOVED the story. This was zombies like you’ve never seen before and it was definitely a bit comical. It’s not the kind of cozy mystery that you could have ever solved on your own, you don’t have enough information. Instead, you’re along for the ride and it’s a fun one. I also am enjoying seeing the progress – and bumps – in Tessa and Marcus’s relationship. And Tessa’s mom is in town which adds some interesting elements for the series plot. I love the magic and find it interesting – especially House – the magical sentient home where they live. It ended on an interesting discovery, as well as a bit of a “oh crap” moment. I do look forward to seeing what both will mean for the next book.
I think I like the narration by Devon Sorvari. I say THINK because I do have that one hang up about the dialogue where I’m not sure if her delivery is the problem. I feel like it’s not, because in all other ways I’m really enjoying her performance and it’s an easy listen at 2x speed. I may need to read a bit of the next book to just see if that alters my opinion. Or maybe listen to another book narrated by Devon Sorvari and see if I have the same response.