Monday 7 October 2019

Mini Reviews: Siren's Song & Wake The Dead!

An audiobook novella and a novella that turned into a full-length novel... A bit of an odd combination to share a mini-reviews slot but both are UF mixed with mystery, both have magic and both were a lot of fun!


*Audiobook received free in exchange of an honest review*

With a touch of her hand, Octavia Hollows can restore life. Yet, she couldn’t save the man she loved from the horrific accident that stole him from her. Octavia thought she could outrun the pain, but ghosts from the past refuse to be silenced. Out of options, she chooses to retrace her wayward journey across the country in search of answers. Surrounded by baffling mysteries of the undead, what she learns about herself along the way might become her greatest weapon.

Seattle, Washington: Land of cloudy skies and a great cup of coffee.

Octavia blew into town in search of information, only to get swirled up in a paranormal predicament even she couldn’t fathom. A neonatal nurse is dead, and her young patient is aging at an alarming rate.

Can Octavia unlock the secrets to this confusing curse before time runs out?

If you like snarky humor, fantastical monsters, and farm-animal sidekicks, The Journals of Octavia Hollows are the paranormal cozy mystery novellas you've been waiting for!

First off, I listened to this book on audio. The narrator was easy to listen to and engaging and the book-length was under 3hrs listening time which was perfect for me to listen to over a couple of days of commuting.

Second, this isn't my first Stacey Rourke book and it seems she has a thing for writing kinda prickly but likeable lead characters... Octavia is in her early twenties and has had it rough in life so I could understand why she was the way she was from the defensive barbs to the soft heart underneath. The author cleverly reveals enough about Octavia's past to make her understandable and relateable (even though she's a freaking necromancer and nothing about her is normal!) without revealing too much about her in one go. It added to the air of mystery in the book and made me look forward to learning more about her in future instalments.

Third, this is one of the best novellas I've ever read that isn't attached to a well established series.
There is world building, character development, and an engaging and thoroughly entertaining story that both made me laugh repeatedly and tugged on my heartstrings. 
I enjoyed the mystery and the sense of danger. The supernatural elements and the interpersonal moments. I loved how the book had a well developed plotline of its own while simultaneously setting up the series plot. I was engrossed from beginning to end and I'm all in for reading the rest of the series and seeing how things play out with the overarching elements.


*Read via Kindle Unlimited*

War mages are the magical equivalent of tanks: tough, powerful, and deadly. They have to be, in order to defend the supernatural community from the dangerous threats it sometimes faces. But what happens when the threat is them?

John Pritkin has been trying to recover from a demon curse that separated his body and soul and almost killed him. The reunification has left him with a flood of memories to process, some that he recalls from his past and some that he doesn’t, as well as wonky magic, fluctuating power levels, and a splitting headache. Something that only intensifies when he finds himself stuck in a city under siege—by his fellow war mages.

As the only one not overwhelmed by a massive enthrallment spell, John must find a way to free his fellow mages before they destroy themselves, and take a city of a million people along with them.

I feel like I waited forever for this book to come out! It was supposed to be a novella but it grew and grew until it was a full-length monster of a book. Normally, this would be fine with me but I must admit that I'd have probably enjoyed this book more if it was a novella... There was a lot of stuff that could have been trimmed out. However, I enjoyed the book regardless of all the random stuff.
I mean, it's a Pritkin book! I love that crazy assed War Mage!
And in this book we get to see what Pritkin was up to in between the last two Cassie Palmer books and how the events of Ride The Storm have changed him.
We've had Pritkin novellas and pov shorts before but getting to see inside his head for a full novel? Awesome. I just wish there were some more Cassie related thoughts... Although when there were Cassie thoughts, I wasn't disappointed!

Basically, this is something worth reading if you're a fan of the series. If you're not I don't think there'd be much point in reading it.



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    1. I'm reading more of the Octavia Hollows series for Fraterfest. :)

  2. The cover of Wake the Dead is pretty creepy! That’s cool that Siren’s Song turned into a full length novel. Exciting for those that are fans of character/series.

    1. The book was pretty creepy in places but I really enjoyed it. :)

  3. Great mini reviews :) I am really intrigued with the Stacey Rourke book, although I do like the sound of the Mage in Sirens song- might need to check out the Cassie Palmer books first.

    Chanzie @ Free To Be Me

    1. The Cassie Palmer series is a long one and Pritkin goes through quite the evolution over 11 books (so far!) but I love him!

  4. Farm animal sidekicks? That sounds interesting! I'm a little unsure if I'd like the MC though!

    1. She's prickly but funny and likeable. It's a novella so if you're curious it wouldn't be too much on a time investment to see if you liked it. :)


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