BARELY BEWITCHED by Kimberly Frost – Audio Release


BarelyBewitched-audio coverSouthern Witch series — Book 2
by Kimberly Frost
Narrated by Amy Rubinate
Audiobook published by Tantor Media
Publication date Sep 24, 2015
Running time 9 hrs

Messing with magic can spell disaster!
Welcome to Duvall, Texas, where Tammy Jo Trask has just unleashed an accidental Armageddon.
Tammy Jo’s misfiring magic has attracted the unwanted attention of WAM, the World Association of Magic. Now, a wand-wielding wizard and a menacing fire warlock have come to Duvall to train her for a dangerous mandatory challenge. But is there more to their arrival than they claim?
When a curse leads to a toxic spill of pixie dust, the town comes unglued and the doors between the human and faery worlds begin to open. To rescue the town and to face the impossible magical test, Tammy needs the help of incredibly handsome Bryn Lyons, but WAM has declared him totally off-limits. To avoid deadly consequences, Tammy probably ought to follow the rules this time…
On the other hand, rebellion is an old Texas tradition.


My Take Oblong


It’s hard not to care about the means-well-but-gets-blamed-for-everything, Tammy-Jo Trask, and the nice men who inhabit her world. But even I don;t trust Bryn Lyons, whereas I am pretty sure Tammy’s ex-husband is THE ONE. But it’s also impossible to ignore her youth and immaturity. And, it’s hard to believe her ex is not a lot older than she is – he is considerably more mature.

But, as world building goes this world, where supes live alongside, but secretively, from humans feels developed by the seat of the pants. How to explain why a character doesn’t drown when the plot has him in the water – of course! he’s part water critter.

Flaws aside, I still want to know who Tammy Jo will end up with in this very Stephanie-Plum-Morelli-Ranger love triangle. And, i like to see Tammy Jo uncover more of her abilities without any real help.  In this book, she really has to depend on herself and it is good to see her stand on her own, but not be so prideful she refuses to ask for help when necessary.

As far as the recording goes, I wanted to claw my ears out as a variety of horribly portrayed accents from posh-English to kind of Irish were relentlessly forced into my brain. STOP! I wanted to cry – if you cannot do the accent well just don’t do barelybewitched_printcoverit. The accent on Tammy Jo is okay, but accents are not this reader’s forté.  I have listened to  one other book read by Amy Rubinate and had a similar issue with accents.

I really wish I had read this book instead of having listened to it.  I think I would have liked it more. I know I like the print cover better. It least on the print covers (newly revised) the character looks like a woman of substance instead of a teenage hick. There’s nothing wrong with the way individual components are drawn, but the main character’s “likeness” does not work for this audio cover.

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