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.Witch Slapped by Dakota Cassidy
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Series: Witchless in Seattle #1
Published by Tantor Audio on June 21, 2016
Genres: Cozy, Paranormal
Length: 6 hours 36 minutes
Narrator Rating: A
I finally read a #COYER book! Yay!
Hello. My name is Stevie Cartwright, and I've been witchless for thirty days. If only there was a support group for down-on-their-luck ex-witches who've had their powers slapped right out of them (literally). Just as I was licking my wounds after returning to my hometown of Ebenezer Falls, Washington, and navigating my suddenly non-magical existence with the help of my familiar, Belfry, things got sticky. Enter an ex-spy and newly departed spirit named Winterbottom, who's infiltrated my life with his sexy British accent and a couple of requests . . . Thanks to Belfry's successful attempt to use me as a human antenna to the afterlife, I can somehow hear Win. I should be ecstatic; helping departed souls used to be my witch specialty. It's like I got the teensiest piece of my old life back. Except Win's dropped me right at a dead woman's feet . . .
I picked up Witch Slapped because (1) I’ve read a couple Dakota Cassidy books and enjoyed them and (2) the title! Witch Slapped just made me laugh and I thought surely this book would make me laugh too. Well, I wasn’t disappointed! I laughed, a lot.
- I really enjoyed the characters – especially the bat familiar Belfry. He was a great companion and the voice for him was adorable. (NOTE: I’ve learned the others found it annoying. I’m assuming my opinion is based on being a Kindergarten teacher with children all the time).
- The main character, Stevie (isn’t that a great name?!?!) has a lot of great qualities – I like that she’s struggling without her powers (and the reason she lost them makes her very like-able), I like that she has curves (her being not so thin and fit comes to play) and I like the empathy she shares with people.
- The mystery kept me on my toes, which is always fun. I loved watching Stevie struggle to figure out what happened without the use of her witchy powers that she’s grown so dependent on.
- I really enjoyed the narration and would give it an A. As I said, I liked Belfry’s voice and I think Hollie Jackson nailed the personality of both Stevie and Win – the British benefactor ghost.
What Didn’t Work:
- It bugged me how easily things worked out for Stevie. (1) Wills are not changed that easily, especially post-moretm. But Stevie repeatedly becomes the benefactor of a ghost who’s altering his will. (2) Um you can’t perform physical acts that are difficult for everyone but Hollywood stunt doubles just because someone tells you HOW. I guarantee you that the couple of this Stevie did in the book would have landed me in the hospital or worse. Even with the helpful directions.
- I just wish the story & side characters were a little more fully developed. There was a potential love interest and some people around town and I never felt like I got to know them at all. But there’s more to the series so I look forward to getting to know them.
Witch Slapped was a fun cozy mystery and now that I’m seeing it’s a spin-off from another series I know that will go back and it read it as well – the question is just when. Will I finish this one first, now that I’m in it? IDK. I look forward to both!
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