🎧 Berls Reviews Practical Hexes

Posted April 21, 2022 by Berls in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

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.

🎧 Berls Reviews Practical HexesPractical Hexes by Kim Richardson
Narrator: Devon Sorvari
Series: The Witches of Hollow Cove #5
Published by Tantor Audio on December 14, 2021
Genres: Romance, Paranormal, Cozy Mystery
Length: 7 hours and 24 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Never in my thirty years did I think my new normal would be a gig as a soul collector’s assistant—slave really—where I help stockpile souls from the miserable mortals who sell them to him. The demon thinks he can control me, but I plan on doing things differently… my way. But we all know it’s never that easy or that simple, especially in my life.
Surprisingly, things get off to a good start. Who am I kidding? The job doesn’t pan out to be what I first thought. It’s worse. Way worse. And before I know it, I’m in hot water with no easy way out.
If that isn’t bad enough, the soul collector is hiding something from me that could make or break the deal I made with him. Something, if found out, that could change everything…
It’s time to yank up my big girl panties, chuck down some wine, and do things my way. If it doesn’t kill me first.
If you like fast-paced urban fantasy adventure with a kick-butt heroine and plenty of action, suspense, and humor, you’ll love Practical Hexes.

My top thoughts:

This is one of my favorites so far in The Witches of Hollow Cove series. Tessa didn’t irritate me nearly as much as she has in previous books (which obviously isn’t that much or I wouldn’t still be reading the series) and the plot was very compelling. That last book had ended on a bit of a cliff, so I was pretty eager to see what would happen. As this is book 5, definite series spoilers to follow.

What I liked/didn’t like:

In the last book, Tessa had made a deal with a soul catcher to be in his service for one month in exchange for releasing all the souls he had taken as part of another contract. And at the end of that book, he had called in her payment. So I was excited to see what the soul collecting would look like. It was an interesting world development, with some unexpected consequences that really made up the bulk of the conflict for Practical Hexes. As is typical of this series, there’s no predicting where things will go or how she’ll solve her problem as that all unfolds as Tessa learns new things. I found it very engaging and was very interested to see how she’d get herself out of this mess.

I do still feel that the characters are on the flatter side/fairly two dimensional. I’d really like to see a little more depth – I keep hoping for it. We got a small glimpse of it in her father and the soul collector, so maybe others will develop a bit more as the series progresses? I do enjoy the stories, so that would bring the whole thing up a notch for me.

It ends with this main story arch completed but yet another (maybe really 2?) cliffs. I’m expecting consequences from how she solved her mess and then there’s a bombshell her aunts dropped — one that I HOPE will lead to more depth in their characters for the next book.

Narrator thoughts:

The narration continues to be an uncertainty for me. I don’t dislike Devon Sevari by any means – I just find myself struggling with the dialogue and wondering how much is the writing and how much is the narration. If voiced differently, would it bother me less? But maybe my problem with the dialogue is part of this larger character issue I have? I don’t know, but I will continue listening and I’d like to try out another book/series narrated by Devon Sevari sometime to compare.
3.5 stars pretty good

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