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Blood & Ash: A Snarky Urban Fantasy Detective Series

The Jezebel Files, Book One
Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
Series: The Jezebel Files, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
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Cold-blooded kidnappers. Long-lost magic. When things get serious, she goes full Sherlock.

Ashira Cohen takes pride in being the only female private investigator in Vancouver. With her skills, her missing persons case should be a piece of cake.

She wasn't counting on getting bashed in the skull, revealing a hidden tattoo and supernatural powers she shouldn't possess.

Or the bitter icing on top: a spree of abductions and terrifying ghostly creatures on a deadly bender.

And don't even get her started on the golems.

Reluctantly partnered with her long-time nemesis Levi, the infuriating leader of the magic community, Ash resolves to keep her focus on the clue trail and off their sexual tension because WTF is up with that?

But with a mastermind organization pulling strings from the shadows and Levi's arrogance driving her to pick out his body bag, can Ash rescue the captives and uncover the truth or will the next blood spilled be her own?

Blood & Ash is the epic first novel in The Jezebel Files. If you like headstrong heroines, complex mysteries, and a dash of red-hot romance, you'll love Deborah Wilde's laugh out loud tale.

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  • katy gunn
  • 03-03-2020

Filler book

I chose this book because I am waiting for the new Dresden book (Jim Butcher) and the new Guild Codex (Annette Marie) book to drop. it was a nice quick book and satisfied my detective urban fantasy craving. Narration was good, no page shuffling or background noise. Story could be smoother....but it is the first book of the series....so it will most likely improve.

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  • Turtle
  • 20-02-2020

Explicit mind candy

The story is entertaining as long as the listener realizes this is pure mind candy. Be aware that it is very explicit regarding language and sex; listener must be willing to accept constant F-bombs and sex descriptions.

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  • LexiLikesLiterature
  • 06-03-2020

Same Story Different Names

The main character, Ash, is constantly telling us what her personality is like. It works better when the reader is able to make those determinations based on the character's behavior. An example is when Ash describes herself as being closed off because she has issues with abandonment. And then she keeps reminding us.

The world building is minimal but I think for the mood of the book it doesn't hinder anything. As the story continues and things get more complicated, they'll need to be some more details added.

To be honest, I started this review at the beginning of the week and hot distracted... its Wednesday now and I cant even remember what this book was about 😬 soooo, I'll listen to it again and get back to you.

Ok, I listened to the first two chapters and it all came back to me.

I found this series much better than the Unlikeable Demon Slayer by this author, but the plots are very very similar. In both books the lead female randomly learns of her magic. The lead guy is a famous magic user. The two leads don't get along but secretly love each other. The only difference in the books are the type of jobs the characters have. Like I said, very similar.

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  • Readsalot
  • 27-03-2020

Predictable

Predictable and trite. Don’t bother. No character development. Shallow characters. Heroine is a mundane detective. She gets an injury during a fight and a tattoo hidden under her hair is marred, this releasing magic she never knew she had. Not just any magic, but blood magic. She knows it’s blood magic even though no one has ever heard of blood magic because ? Who knows? Suddenly she can expertly wield her magic, creating weapons and armor made of blood. Oh, and if ripping off that idea of Ilona Andrews’ wasn’t bad enough, she also takes on golems. Somehow she Intuits that if she erases the e from the word emet written onto the golems’ forehead, that will kill the golem. (Sound familiar readers of Ilona Andrews?) Bland, predictable, and done a million times over by better writers. Don’t waste your money.

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  • Book Dragon
  • 16-02-2020

LOVED!

The story was awesome. It had moments of seriousness but buffered with humor. I didn't want to stop listening to the story because I wanted to know what was going to happen.

Hollie Jackson did an amazing job narrating the story. She did the different voices well and even at the fast pace I listen to books didn't sound weird.

Will definitely pick up more by this author and narrator.

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  • Michelle Titherington VanDaley
  • 13-02-2020

Sensational & Snarky

I loved theis first in series. The female lead is sensationally snarky & flawed but strong. The way magic is portrayed in this world is quite original. The narrator was fantastic at bringing the story and characters to life. I look forward to more from this author and in this series

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-07-2020

outstanding

phew. kept me on my toes and was epic read and even had my husband listening.

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  • michele
  • 13-06-2020

Not for me

Normally I love snark. In this book the author was just trying to hard and therefore it fell flat and was more irritating then funny. Returned it

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  • Savannah Medina
  • 15-05-2020

best snarky urban fantasy!

love this new series! Deborah Wilde does it again & doesn't disappoint! I could listen to it again & again!

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  • A Soles
  • 26-04-2020

Couldn't get enough!

Usually, I read a book before getting the audio. I didn't this time & was really impressed. Strong and intelligent characters are everywhere. Really cool world building and will definitely be getting the rest in the series.

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  • Sarah
  • 22-04-2020

Great start to a new series

Having purchased the kindle version of this book I was offered the opportunity to try the audible version for free - it didn’t disappoint! Great start to the new series and with a narrator the British ears can listen to without trouble (not always the case with UF set in NA). Skipped straight to the audible version for book 2 and anticipating the 3rd in the series coming soon.

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  • Annie A
  • 20-06-2020

Awesome

First book for me by DW and really enjoyed it!! Have down loaded book 2.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-2020

Rather promising

Quite enjoyable. One of the better stories I've found lately. Am hoping it will turn out good.

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  • Dobbss
  • 06-05-2020

Cracking start to a new series

This is a fantastic start to a new series, with well thought out plot lines and captivating characters. This book is really fast paced and hard to put down, I devoured it in one sitting. I especially enjoyed the interplay between Ashira and her nemesis, Levi. She's a great character who's clever and funny, with just enough to snark to keep her likeable and not abrasive. The secondary characters are well developed, interesting and really add to the story.

The narrator is the perfect fit for this series, she really brings the story alive.

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  • Mrs C
  • 02-05-2020

Great Story

I really enjoyed the story and the performance. I like the main character with nice mix of snark and morals. It was a fun and exciting story to listen to.

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  • Mum from norfolk
  • 14-04-2020

Fantastic!!

Brilliant story and fantastic fantasy world created by and for the characters and story. Can't wait for the next books in the series. The audio version was perfect - cleverly narrated so to being all the characters to life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-04-2020

Entertaining romp draws you in

This is an entertaining bit of escapism ideal for these difficult (virus-ridden) times. Deborah Wilde's world building is vivid, convincing and different enough to draw you in to the world and the story.
The narrative unfolds from what seems like conventional "Tough Girl PI" beginnings to becoming increasingly intriguing as we find out more about the world and a chance injury leads to Ash making a shattering discovery about herself.
Naturally we have a brooding and impressive male interest, but there are also several of the lively side-characters we have enjoyed in Ms Wilde's other books. Her writing is great and the narration brings them to life so that it felt more like I had been watching a serial than just listening to a book.
I look forward to the sequel!

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  • Tiggz00
  • 12-04-2020

Loved it!

I initially read this book but as a lover of audio books, was extremely happy when this released. A well thought out plot, a heroine that doesn't take anyone else's crap and an original storyline that keeps listeners enthralled. What's not to love? The narrator really does this story justice and I can't wait to listen to the next one.

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  • Longears
  • 11-04-2020

A Snarky Urban Fantasy Detective Story

There is snark, in abundance, it is contemporary and there are fantastic things going on. Except there's a bit more going for this tale. A simple investigation explodes into another world entirely. Ashira's novel magic, in fact the system of magic, is interesting. The mysteries unfurl and the scope of the story expands as the investigations progress. We meet all manner of engaging and terrible people. There is chemistry with Levi there, and a goodly pinch of humour throughout. I liked the market and the golems and the mythology and this set up into looking like an interesting series whilst leaving me feeling pleased to have had a peek into a compelling world. All the while guided there by the excellent narration from Hollie Jackson.

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  • Niam
  • 09-04-2020

Fantastic!!

This is my first read of Deborah Wilde. I haven’t read the Unlikable Demon Hunter series, but that will be my next stop as I’ve really enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator is brilliant, characters are believable and the story flows really well!! Just brought the next one, really excited to start this one!!