It Takes A Witch by Heather Blake | Audio Review

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It Takes A Witch by Heather Blake | Audio ReviewIt Takes a Witch by Heather Blake
Narrator: Coleen Marlo
Series: A Wishcraft Mystery #1
Published by NAL, Tantor Audio on January 3, 2012
Genres: Cozy, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 309
Length: 8 hours 42 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, hail from a long line of witches who have the power to grant wishes using spells. They've come to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but they soon find themselves knee deep in murder...

Until three weeks ago, Darcy and Harper were working dead-end jobs and trying to put their troubles behind them. Then their aunt Velma delivered a bombshell: They're actually Wishcrafters - witches with the power to grant wishes with a mere spell. Wanting a fresh start, they head to their aunt's magic-themed tourist town to master their newfound skills.

But their magic fails them when a wannabe witch turns up dead - strangled with Aunt Ve's scarf - and Ve's sweetheart, Sylar, is found looming over the body. Ve is standing by her man, but Darcy overheard Skylar wish that the victim would disappear - forever. With Harper distracted by her handsome new crush, Darcy is determined to sleuth her way to the truth. But it'll take more than a wish to unravel this mystery....

It Takes A Witch was another book club find that I really enjoyed. There’s definitely a bit of the ridiculous, but in a really fun, have a good laugh kind of way.

I really enjoyed the unique way witchcraft is setup in It Takes A Witch. Being a witch is a genetic thing – like most – but witches really only have one power. It was fun moving around this small town filled with different witches and learning about the different kinds of witches and what they could do. The other thing I really liked was that you didn’t always know who was a witch – there are lots of them in the small town, but there are plenty of norms too. And one of the number one rules of being a witch is that you can’t tell a norm. If you do, you could lose your powers. So I had a lot of fun trying to figure out who was “safe” to talk to.

That’s the other thing I really liked – the rules. I loved that there were rules to being a witch – and consequences for breaking them. I just felt bad for Darcy – the main character – because she’s new to her powers and her aunt isn’t really helping her much. She’s blundering around on her own and sometimes she gets into trouble… Though its been like a slap on the wrist so far.

Darcy was a fun character, though I didn’t get particularly attached to her. I liked her, but there’s nothing about her that stood out as particularly special, I guess. She’s a genuinely good person with good intentions, so that was a plus. I didn’t enjoy the semi-frequent references to missing her husband – she’s recently divorced – and her budding romance was fine, but didn’t get me excited or anything.

It Takes A Witch was definitely more about the cozy mystery style and the fun small town element for me than it was about the specific characters. There were a lot of them, and since we were constantly trying to figure out who could do what, I also sometimes got them confused.

The narration was okay – and I’ll continue the series listening – but I will say they narrator – Coleen Marlo – had a bit of a scratchy, grumbly voice that took me a little bit to get used to. Once I did, it worked fine and she did do a good job giving the characters distinct voices that matched their personalities.

If you like a cozy mystery with small town hijinks and a bit of magical mayhem mixed in, you’ll probably have as much fun with It Takes A Witch as I did.

3.5 stars pretty good

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About Heather Blake

Also writes as Heather Webber

Heather Blake grew up in a suburb of Boston, and enjoys going “home” in her novels. As a young mother, she tried her hand at writing novels and hasn’t looked back. Currently, Heather lives in the Cincinnati area, and is currently hard at work on her next novel.

15 Things You May Not Know About Me
1) I am completely, hopelessly addicted to Dr Pepper.
2) Three of my favorite shows as a child were Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and Quincy, M.D. (Is it any wonder I write what I do?)
3) I can eat a whole sleeve of Girl Scout Thin Mints without thinking twice. They’re there, and then they’re (poof!) gone.
4) My first trip to Salem, Massachusetts, was when I was a sixth-grader on a field trip.
5) I once quit a job at McDonald’s because I was only given a five cent raise.
6) I look forward to the first snow of the year every winter.
7) I like to be in complete control of the TV remote.
8) Still own a pair of ice skates I used as a child (yet have not been ice skating in over twenty years!).
9) I’m a very good driver (probably as a result of learning to drive in Massachusetts).
10) One of my favorite places is Stowe, Vermont.
11) I once kissed a dolphin (and loved it!).
12) I collect tiny glass and ceramic bowls.
13) One of my favorite items on my desk is a laughing Buddha.
14) I am as klutzy as people come—and have the scars to prove it.
15) I would probably be a nurse if I wasn’t a writer. (Thank goodness this writing thing seems to be working out.)


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8 Responses to “It Takes A Witch by Heather Blake | Audio Review”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    I’ve yet to read a cozy mystery, Berls. I don’t know how I feel about them and I guess there’s only one way to find out, huh? 😉 I like that witches only have one power and that they have rules, in this one. That seems unique. Darcy seems sweet. I’m glad you’ll continue this series even if there wasn’t really anything outstanding about the MC. Nice review!
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  2. Katherine

    I’ve enjoyed the Lucy Valentine series she writes under Heather Webber and it looks like this is similar in some ways. I’ve been wondering about this one since it looks a little more supernatural but it sounds like a fun read. I never understand when characters talk about an ex-spouse all the time. I get it occasionally coming up – especially if there’s a kid – but regular comments always confuse me a bit. I’m a scorched earth person myself so maybe that’s why? Glad you were able to get used to the narration. I’ll keep that in mind if I pick up the audio version.
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  3. Lupdilup

    One of the reasons I like longer samples is because it does take a little bit sometimes to get use a narration and a few more minutes of listening can make a big difference. I’ve hear of Coleen Marlo, but I haven’t gotten a chance to listen to her yet…This right here sound good 🙂
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