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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Audiobook review of The Half-Assed Wizard by Gary Jonas, Narrated by Joe Hempel.

The Half-Assed Wizard: Volume 1 by Gary Jonas Narrated by Joe Hempel 4*
Blurb: A couple of jerks wake me up at the crack of noon. Seems my klepto uncle stole an ancient deck of Tarot cards from a high-powered wizard, and too many losers want to ruin my day to get them back.
The cards are cool, so I check them out, but my magic-happy cousin, Sabrina, tells me I'm not supposed to touch them. Oops. Too late. Now the damn cards are tuned to me, and if someone else wants to use them, I have to die. Why couldn't she have led with that information?
Magic was never my scene, but my dad is one of the most powerful wizards in the world, so I've got unrealized potential if I ever bother to apply myself. I'd rather power nap, but with wizards, gunslingers, and cannibalistic shark dudes coming at me, that's not gonna happen.
They say I'm a half-assed wizard, but if I don't play my cards right, I'm gonna get my whole ass killed.

My Review: “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.” Both author and narrator are new to me, but they certainly kept me entertained for four and a half hours with this wonderful Urban Fantasy. The main character was not one that I would normally enjoy at all, but somehow I found myself wanting him to succeed and beat the bad guys. I think that both the writer and the narrator were instumental in making me feel this way, and I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed the book half as much as I did, without Joe Hempel bringing Gary Jonas' words to life. I highly recommend both narrator and author to anyone looking for an entertaining, whimsical, and intense Urban Fantasy read.

Reviewing Manic Pixie Dream Boy by K.A. Merikan

Manic Pixie Dream Boy (The Underdogs #1) by K.A. Merikan 4*
BLURB:---. You can’t hide the cracks under the spotlight .---
Dusk. Leader of The Underdogs. Destined for greatness. Lives in the now.
Abe. AKA Lolly. Iridescent. Unicorn.
All Dusk wants out of life is for his band to become world famous. He also wants to have a lot of fun along the way. And to get his rocks off. When he wants something, he goes for it, consequences be damned.
So when he sees a gorgeous pink-haired guy who is the human equivalent of tattooed cotton candy, he can’t help but have a taste. But it’s when Lolly ends up on their tour bus that Dusk knows their meeting was destiny.
Abe is the kind of guy who goes with the flow. He was hitchhiking anyway, so why not spend the week with a hot piece of rocker beefcake, getting smothered by his sexy long hair? And why not play the part of the supportive cutie while he’s at it? It’s not like he’d be sticking around for long anyway.
All plans hit a wall when photos of Abe and Dusk emerge online, suddenly pushing the band into the spotlight. To take advantage of the sudden popularity, the band offers Abe money for staying.
Which isn’t even fake.
Or is it?

My Reveiw: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. K.A. Meriakn have done it again and produced a great story, and I'm so glad this is #1 of a new series, as I found it to be a really fun read . I loved the interaction between Dusk and Lolly (Abe) and I also liked all the secondary characters and can only hope that the next one will be about another of the band members. I'd love to say a lot about the story but feel that anything I say won't do it justice and only give out spoilers (which regular readers know is not my thing). I will say that if you like a cute, sexy, and fast romance you won't go wrong with this one.