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Sam is stuck with the worst job of her career: manage the comeback of self-centered pop star Margo Metal, who might be using black magic to stage her big comeback. Meanwhile, someone is following Sam, which raises questions about who she can really trust in Mount Hazel. Can Sam use her powers to solve the murder of Martha Hope before someone else gets hurt?

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  • Catharine Blankenship
  • 28-06-2019

Witches of the Wood

Skyler Finn has produced an amazing story that is only made better by the narrator Stacy Gonzalez. From the very beginning I was drawn into this world. You have Sam who was raised by her father and Grandmother taken from her mothers side of the family not long after her birth. Wanting to find out more about that side of her family she begs her boss to send her out to do PR for a pop star making a comeback. Little does she know she’s bitten off way more than she ever imagined. Learning she is a witch is just the beginning. All of this happens in the first 10 chapters so hold on and prepare to lose sleep, I know I did because I just couldn’t stop listening. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

“ I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.”

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  • Kandice C.
  • 26-07-2019

Very very good

I found this audiobook to be a very very good listen. It has a great combination of murder, mystery, suspense and humor. The narrator does a great job of bringing each character to life.

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  • Lidia Chymkowska
  • 18-07-2019

Black magic, white magic and ghosts...:)

It's a very good starter to a new series, with an engaging plot, fascinating take on magic and characters that will stay in your mind....

It starts fairly simple - Sam grasps at an opportunity to visit her home town and finally meet her estranged mother while working as a PR for a pop star who wants to make a big comeback... What Samantha doesn't expect is to find out magic is real, she herself is a witch - more powerful than anyone could have imagined - and to have to solve a murder case in which magic plays an essential part... All that while tackling her new infatuation with Peter, an investigative reporter for a local newspaper, and her growing attachment to the family she has just met...

The plot is multilayered, with two or three subplots that intermingle with the main plotline and form an important background for it. It's also fast, with a lot of things happening at once, with events unfolding at a racing speed and sudden turns and twists that completely change your perspective on things:)

The main characters have distinct, complex personalities, and secrets they hide from others. They are memorable, relatable and definitely interesting.

Narration by Ms Gonzales is very good; she does different voices really well (I liked Margo's voice a lot:)) and makes the story come to life to such an extent that you would never want to stop listening, even late at night (like me:)).

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

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  • Katie
  • 11-07-2019

A mix between Bewitched and The Twilight Zone.....

Witches of the Wood tells the story of Samantha Hale, a 30 year-old woman working in the marketing and promotion field. Thinking she has discovered the job that will skyrocket her career, she asks her boss to assign her to the comeback of a former pop star, Margo Metal. Unbeknownst to her, the job includes traveling to her birthplace, Mount Hazel, where Margo is staging her return in a haunted mansion. Sam decides to track down the mother that she hasn't seen since she was a toddler, since she is still living in Mount Hazel. This leads to all kinds of surprise revelations for Sam about her family and herself,

While dealing with the drama of a former rock star, the reappearance of a philandering former heartbreak and the mysterious death of two young people associated with Margo's haunted mansion, Sam also grows closer to her younger cousin Tamsin and meets a possible love interest in the form of local newspaper reporter (and bartender and barista) Peter. Although the book is filled with much comedy and lighthearted banter between characters, the paranormal elements are dark and disturbing. Sam senses an evil presence in Mount Hazel and possibly even closer to her rock star. This investigation leads her to put her life in danger multiple times, and the ending is a true nail-biter. I found Sam to be a delightful character, and I loved all the secondary characters, both friend and foe. Between the mystery and chilly paranormal elements of the story, and the dry wit of the author, Witches of the Wood is a winner.

Stacy Gonzalez's narration outstanding. She has a young, light voice with a slightly bouncy delivery that I found charming. She differentiates extremely well between characters, and I loved her interpretation of Sam's sarcastic personality. I would have really enjoyed this story regardless of the narrator, but I think Gonzalez moved the book from great to fabulous, and I will definitely be watching for more of her narrations in the future.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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  • DonnaC
  • 30-06-2019

Great Story!

I enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator did a great job. The story was about a woman named Sam who travels for work to the town her mother lives. She has not seen her mother since she was a child. Her father had sole custody and she believed her mother was crazy. She is worried that she has inherited that trait.

Within her first day in town she runs into her mother and family. She learns she is a witch. There is a mystery of a missing teenager that kicks off the main plotline and moves the story forward. Sam finds herself in the middle of dark happenings. The book unfolds from there.

This is a clean story with interesting characters. It is a series starter with world building and the main character learning she has magic. The only thing I noticed was the book seems like it was written in episodes. Some of the background on the main character is repeated in the book.

This was fun to listen to. I am interested in the next book. I requested and received a free copy of the audio in exchange for a honest review.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 21-04-2021

Excellent

Curiosity about her mother’s side of the family, she pushes for a job that goes beyond what she can do or even hope to except. Finding she is a witch is one thing how to accept I and what does it mean. The narration was great by Stacy Gonzales. Delightful story. Given a audio for my voluntary review

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