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Ever Strange

Series: Legal Magick, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
4 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It takes a monster to catch one.

Zane Walker - FBI, Magickal Crimes Division

There's a reason the bureau sends me undercover with the worst drug cartels in the world - my magick is as illegal and dirty as the enhancers they peddle. Just the kind that "Pennies" Machnik - Dziki crime lord - likes to use on his enemies. Being his enforcer lets me keep my own monster locked up while I build a case against him. If I can bring Pennies in, maybe I can finally put the stigma of what I am behind me. But when people start overdosing on his street drugs, a beautiful witch storms in, making demands she thinks she can back up with magick. I have to make a split second choice...and the monster comes raging out

Ever Strange - CEO, Strange Medical Technologies

Someone has killed my father. They made it look like an overdose, but Asher Strange, the world-renown researcher of medical magick, never took an illegal drug in his life...much less tawdry magick enhancers. I run the family empire, but no one was more proud of the Strange family name than my father. A long line of us stretches back to the first days of High Magick - no way he would throw that away chasing a quick high. But before I can get an autopsy, my father's body disappears...and being a Level One mage and one of the richest women in the city means I will get answers. 

Someone's putting deadly magick into street drugs...and it's killing people all over Chicago.

Zane's magick is monstrous, and Ever's power brings out his beast. But she insists on finding her father; keeping her safe has suddenly become his job - on top of stopping an epidemic of overdoses that just might be cover for a serial killer. Together, they work to stop the dark magick that's stalking the streets of Chicago..and try to keep their own secrets from consuming them both. 

Ever Strange is the first book in a new paranormal romantic suspense series from best-selling romance author Alisa Woods.

The first three books in the series (Ever Strange, Mercy Strange, Verity Strange) follow the three Strange sisters, each powerful witches in an influential magickal family embroiled in a mysterious plot to change everything about the magickal world. Part urban fantasy, Legal Magick takes place in an alternate Chicago where High Magick returned in 1859 and is now integral in every aspect of the legal - and illegal - world. Each book is a stand-alone romance.

©2019 Alisa Woods (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Barb (Paging Through The Days)
  • 09-06-2019

Ever ready for an adventure...

Ever Strange is one of my new BFFs.. haha.

This is something new in the way of Alisa's stories and at first I wasn't sure what would be happening here.. but I liked it. Ever and Zane being tossed together out of sheer necessity starts us off on a train wreck of ins and outs. These two, I swear they are like danger magnets. Though that seems to work in their favor.

Ever is one of those women that stands on her own two feet and doesn't back down. So when her fathers body disappears from the Morgue, she's on a mission to find out how and why. She will face off with the biggest jerk in town, putting herself into danger without ever knowing it.

Zane, a man of many coats is undercover, working a case that will either make or break the bad guys. Undercover usually isn't that big of a job but for Zane, he has a unique set of skills that are put to use. Skills that Ever happens to walk right into.

Now the two of them pair up to take on the bad guys and stop a killing spree, all while staying alive. This is coming harder and harder when every corner they turn lends them into the lions mouth, so to speak.

I enjoyed this story and look forward to the next book!

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  • Denimone
  • 09-06-2019

Could not finish

Narrators were terrible. Over dramatic for the male and nasally grating female. Glad I didn’t have to pay for the experience.

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  • happyjo
  • 04-06-2019

Ever strange

This was an enjoyable experience for me. Paranormal characters and evil science made for an adventurous story.

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  • Snowbunny1977
  • 12-06-2019

Not a fan of the audio

I listened for a bit and I just didn't like the narration. Male and female is new to me and I think it would have been better if they were more authentic with their characters. Came off as trying too hard and not genuine. Sorry.

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  • Mary Stuart
  • 31-05-2019

Falls a little Flat

So this is the first book in a series. I listened as part of my "Romance Package" only to find the rest of the series has to be purchased. I am not interested enough to pay the $20 a book for the rest. The story moves so slow I would be $100 poorer just to get to any climax and the story wasn't strong enough to leave me begging.

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  • Heartshell75
  • 15-05-2019

I hope this is a series.

I enjoyed this book. It was a fresh way of describing an world worldalternative world in which magic was rained down on earth. Changing half the population.

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  • Eclectic
  • 17-04-2019

A Must Listen!

There are some adult only segments. That said, this is for any adults who enjoy a story that sucks them in and won’t let go! Looking for the next in the series!

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  • Danea55
  • 16-04-2019

Another great series starter from Alisa Woods.

I've read her entire dragon and wolf shifter backlog, so I was excited to read this new series from the moment it was mentioned. This is the first book of hers I've listened to (I read a bit of it, but mostly listened) and I have to say I'm well pleased to have purchased it.

I really enjoy audible books being done in duet (either true duet or by chapter like this one) so I was majorly excited to find this was done that way. For clarity, each chapter is written from either Zane or Ever's perspectives and the narrator is different for each character. I find it makes listening to a book much more immersive when each perspective has its own voice.

Mr. Greenfield's performance was highly enjoyable and I look forward to future books he might read. Mrs. Hayden had great inflection but she had very little voice variation between characters. Far from bad though, I still enjoyed her reading. She did mispronounce a few words that made me giggle. Chaste being the standout. But she gave good emotion and energy, so 3.5 stars at least. :)

The story was immersive and the world building well though out as I've come to expect from Mrs. Woods' works. The world is essentially ours just a little in the future but in which magic is an every day part of life and pretty much decides the hierarchy of the world. Zane being an Incubus was as much fun as I hoped. Don't get me wrong, he was definitely a dark and damaged character, but he was also thoroughly fleshed out and extremely captivating because of it. Ever was a similar level of broken in a different way that made them a perfect fit. They're journey to discovering that really made this book the romance it is.

The overarching story plot was not completed in this, of course, as we still have two sisters yet to get stories for. The idea of drugs and crime trying to change the world isn't new, but the spin on it in this is definitely a new take. I won't say more so I don't spoil anything, but suffice to say this is a crime drama/magical/romance story that also brings in family as a strong element. Also, know that it's definitely steamy and 18+.

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  • Tammy N.
  • 11-04-2019

Starts slow but does get better

Zane is an undercover FBI agent & an incubus. Ever is a witch. She gets caught in a situation that could get her killed, but Zane saves her. They end up teaming up together for an undercover sting on a drug boss that Zane has been trying to take down. I won't give any spoilers tho.

This is not one of my faves from Alisa. It has a really interesting plot with well-developed characters. I found the first few chapters slow & hard for me to get into, but I ended up enjoying the storyline. It has plot twists & surprises along the way. It has a HEA but it ends on a big cliffhanger with more unanswered questions. I rated this down since it started out slow & I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get into the storyline. It deserves more than 3 stars but not a full 4, but that's just my opinion. Pick this one up & try it for yourself.

I was not a fan of the narrators.

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  • Porchia
  • 08-04-2019

Loved it

This is book 1 of the new series and wow does it hook you right off the bat. Could not put it down. Looking forward to the next book in the series. Narrators doe an awesome job.