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Publisher's Summary

Destruction.

In a family of healers who save, all I do is destroy. My enforced solitude is for my own safety as well as that of the world, or so my mother tells me.

When the boy next door beckons, I can't help but sneak out to forge a friendship with him. Loneliness leads me to defy my family, but desperation prevails when I discover that the grounds of his private academy hold a secret that could help me learn why my ability is so disastrous...or push me to create a catastrophe that will bring about my family's deaths.

Merith Leigh has decided to give herself the best 16th birthday present ever: Freedom. She's spent the last two years in silent communication with Taran, the boy next door, and his encouragement to meet him beyond their bedroom window views has tempted her to finally break free of her family's bonds. With a leap of faith, she trusts Taran with her dark secret, and he takes her to meet his friends at his private academy, where a secret society that studies magic lurks with secrets of their own. Can Taran and his classmates help her discover why she carries the gift of destruction rather than her family's skill at healing, or will their association prove deadly?

©2020 Molly Lavenza (P)2020 Molly Lavenza

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  • Alyssa Alleman
  • 25-05-2021

cant wait for more

the low performance score is because if a chapter ends somber the very next thing u hear should not be a perky voice saying the chapter number. it would pull me right out of the emotions of the story and aggravate me. thats really my main complaint

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  • Sandy C
  • 19-05-2021

Oh my charms this is a good yarn

What an incredible surprise this book was, my first time with Both Molly Lavenza (Author) and Carolyn Kashner (Narrator). In an era of so many 'clone' books that try to copy the successful approach of another author's series this book was such a lovely fresh breath of fresh air. Not a hint of staleness or predictability and the twist toward the end was unexpected and fun - and I am rarely stupefied by a twist. So my advice: Don't read ahead and be careful of spoiler reviews.

Now this is a light hearted book designed to be suitable for the young as well as the old so don't expect too much depth and angst or explicit romantic scenes. But these will not be needed to keep you captivated from Page 1.

In addition there is a somewhat slow pace to the book that allowed a lot of time to introduce us to characters that may become important in subsequent books in the series. I did not find this at all to be negative. In addition, this story is told exclusively from Merith's Leigh's perspective and for this book, I found this apt and appropriate.

Another strong positive is the absence of cliffhangers. Although the story-line leaves the reader feeling the adventure and mysteries are just beginning, there is a very appropriate epilogue and some of the central mysteries of Book 1 are resolved. I am however excited that the audiobook for Books 2 and 3 are already released. This suits an impatient series follower wanting to explore some other outstanding mysteries.

A short comment on the narration: I did find it a little different from what I was used to and maybe a touch stilted but the narration style suited the main characters and there were excellent distinctions between which character was being quoted. In addition, the pace flowed very well and my interest was focused throughout. Only a skilled narrator can achieve this.
Unique and fresh with flawless narration.

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  • D Hawley
  • 14-05-2021

Freedom or curse

Story itself is good, narration is not. Took a bit to get into the story due to the narrator. The characters are pretty good and evolve well. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Sophy Sorn
  • 04-03-2021

Great read

This book is a slow read and I’m not sure how the ending went and I’m assuming that there’s more? All in all I enjoyed reading it. Carolyn Kashner did an amazing job at narrating

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  • Belinda C
  • 13-02-2021

So good

I really liked Merith and Taron the surprises make me want to read this book again and listen also.

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  • Lexi Zieve
  • 12-02-2021

Good first book

I really liked this first book in this new series. I was definitely very interested from when I started and kept wanting to know more. I didn’t want to stop listening since I wanted to find out what would happen next. There were some very good plot twists. I don’t want to give anything away but this was a really good book! I can’t wait to listen to the next book.

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  • Sarah K
  • 24-01-2021

I liked the story but

I liked the beginning of the book, watching the relationship between Merith and Taren develop. Merith is so young and innocent, so it wasn’t a shock to see her a target of bullying not only from her family, but also at Arda Academy.

I really wanted to like this story more after reading the synopsis, but it turned into more of a “day in the life” and felt like it dragged, instead of telling us more about what Merith’s talent is and why her family is how they are. I did appreciate seeing the school through the author’s eye and how she told a story vs allowing drama to rule the book.

The narrator of the audio version through the story off and made it drag for me even more. She shouted each new chapter, then read the story almost monotone. I listened to a few samples of her other work and decided, this narrator probably isn’t for me. I think for book 2 I would rather read it.

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  • Angie
  • 19-01-2021

very enjoyable

I found this to be engaging and I kept wanting to listen even when I didn't have time! I do hope there is more character development of the schoolmates in the next book.

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  • Shelby
  • 18-01-2021

plot twist

I love a good book with a good plot twist. this book lived up to that!! I thoroughly enjoyed the narration of this books as well as the exceptional writing by the author! I can not wait to hear more in the next book!

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  • Amanda T
  • 14-01-2021

amazing

I love how Heir of Charms has such an amazing twist to the story. the character are so well put together in the story and love where it takes place the narrator did such a great job bringing the book to life

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  • Ian
  • 02-06-2021

A charming tale

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review.

This book is pretty good, definitely suited to a younger audience. saying that I enjoyed it. the story itself was very well written, nicely paced and its got everything you'd want in a young adult magical fantasy. Great characters with good progression, detailing and depth making it more enjoyable.
the narration is on point, bringing the story to life, capturing the full essence of the fantasy tale.

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  • E.L.F
  • 26-05-2021

magic school fun

This book definitely reads as very age appropriate, aimed at the younger end of the YA genre, it's a nice introduction to the world of magic schools and charms without being too heavy handed about which side is right and what is wrong.

Admittedly because of this some of the sentences construction did feel a bit clunky, reinstating the same thing just with different words within the same line.

The overall construction and idea of the book is good tho and that's why I gave it 5 stars as I think younger listeners/newer readers will get a lot out of this series.

I also think the narrator did a great job.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Sandy C
  • 18-05-2021

Oh my 'Charms' this is a good yarn

What an incredible surprise this book was, my first time with Both Molly Lavenza (Author) and Caolyn Kashner (Narrator). In an era of so many 'clone' books that try to copy the successful approach of another author's series this book was such a lovely fresh breath of fresh air. Not a hint of staleness or predictability and the twist toward the end was unexpected and fun - and I am rarely stupefied by a twist. So my advice: Don't read ahead and be careful of spoiler reviews.

Now this is a light hearted book designed to be suitable for the young as well as the old so don't expect too much depth and angst or explicit romantic scenes. But these will not be needed to keep you captivated from Page 1.

In addition there is a somewhat slow pace to the book that allowed a lot of time to introduce us to characters that may become important in subsequent books in the series. I did not find this at all to be negative. In addition, this story is told exclusively from Merith's Leigh's perspective and for this book, I found this apt and appropriate.

Another strong positive is the absence of cliffhangers. Although the storyline leaves the reader feeling the adventure and mysteries are just beginning, there is a very appropriate epilogue and some of the central mysteries of Book 1 are resolved. I am however excited that the audiobook for Books 2 and 3 are already released. This suits an impatient series follower wanting to explore some other outstanding mysteries.

A short comment on the narration: I did find it a little different from what I was used to and maybe a touch stilted but the narration style suited the main characters and there were excellent distinctions between which character was being quoted. In addition, the pace flowed very well and my interest was focused throughout. Only a skilled narrator can achieve this.

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  • Weirdpup13
  • 25-11-2020

Mysteries

This academy book starts really YA then turns PNR! I loved the mix of it!!it is a huge mystery til the end when you get a dash of some answers but are still left with so many more! I am putting book 2 on my TBR list!

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  • locky8
  • 05-11-2020

A good start to the series.

Merith has been trapped in her home by her mother, aunts and grandmother for years. She comes from a long line of healing witches but Merith's powers are a bit volatile. She's made friends with guy next door but they've never spoken to him. But all that's about to change Merith wants to get away from her controlling family. They act like they hate her anyway. Her neighbour Taran wants to help her escape. This book was a little slow to start but I could understand as it was more about setting the scene and character building and I just felt it lacked something with the narration. It didn't sound expressive enough. The story got really good at the end so made up for the slow start and it left a few questions at the end setting it up for a second book. I received a free audio copy of this book from the author but the opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Well-Read Mermaid
  • 03-10-2020

I need more!

So good! I wasn't expecting so much mystery. I cannot wait for the next book!

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  • inga
  • 27-09-2020

Nicely developed characters

I received a free audio copy of this book directly from the author for an honest review.

I really loved the beginning of the book and the relationship between Merith and Taran and I did enjoy the other nicely developed characters throughout the book. Although some things were a little predictable it worked well in the story had it been paced a bit differently. Maybe that’s more a personal preference though. I wanted to like this story more but in the whole story it actually only went forward mere days which I found quite frustrating and sometimes actually dragged a little bit instead of moving foreword.

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  • Roger P.
  • 22-09-2020

Good read

I liked the story and the pace and the build of the characters but I do think this was made for a younger crowd. So id recommend it for high schoolers or young college kids. Good read though.

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