• Mad Magic

  • Mad Magic, Book 1
  • By: Nicole Conway
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,545 ratings)

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Mad Magic

By: Nicole Conway
Narrated by: Erin Moon
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Publisher's Summary

Mad Magic is a beautifully dark and rich young adult fantasy from Nicole Conway, best-selling author of the Dragonrider Chronicles.

Josie Barton is a high school student living in terror. Invisible creatures torment her everywhere she goes, constantly getting her into trouble at school, and even haunting her apartment. But just when Josie thinks things couldn't get any worse, she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a curse that threatens to end his life. Survival means he will have to swallow his pride and trust Josie with all his darkest secrets.

With the help of a gunslinging shaman and the enigmatic Prince of Nightmares, Zeph and Josie are only a heartbeat away from defeating one of the most diabolical faerie villains their world has ever known.

©2017 Nicole Conway (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Who is responsible for producing this????

This review isn’t about the story, or even the narrator, it’s about the insanely unprofessional production. I was actually liking this book, but then, horrifyingly, the narrator broke the fourth wall in chapter 3, drops right out of the narration and says in her regular voice: “hey, so, um, usually I would do text messages in a characters voice, but um, there’s a BIG REVEAL coming up. I’m not even going to tell you yet, so I’m just going to do them in her [the MC’s] neutral voice instead.” Then, she goes back into the story in the MCs voice like nothing happened.

WHAT. THE. HELL. Who produced this?? Who made that direction?? I am astounded at how unprofessional this is. Way to ruin what could have been a decent book.

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This was disturbing.

A sad, lonely, orphaned 17 year old (aka minor) girl meets her hot (30 plus a lot of somethings) neighbor when he saves her from a scary monster that's been living in her apartment/closet. Within a couple of days she decides she is in love with him. No, I'm not kidding. Yes, it was as awkward as it sounds. I was constantly cringing. Honestly the age difference was less of a problem for me than the mc's psychological state. She just latched on to the first person to show her the smallest kindness. The creepy and pathetic aspects of this story completely overwhelmed anything good about it. I made it a little over half way through and couldn't stand it anymore. I skipped to the last chapter or two to see how it ended. If the main character had been about to graduate from college instead of high school she still would have been kind of pathetic but at least it would have eliminated the creepy puppy love aspect. I'm very disturbed by how many good reviews this book has.

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Off putting narration

The narrator's childish voice coupled with some of the adult content was off putting for me. It might also be that I just don't like listening to glorified borderline pedophilia, but maybe I am sensitive. Either way, it just wasn't for me. Also, while the story had some interesting creative elements, there was very little depth to the character development.

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LITERALLY WHY

SERIOUSLY can anyone EXPLAIN to me WHY the narrator broke the wall like that??? Wow!! What a terrible direction!!!

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Overall great book, odd recording style

I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was great. It could have been better with more details around the age difference and “heart chord”. Because it really does come off as an adult being a predator on a young virgin sometimes. But it’s a young adult novel, so I guess that is expected? What was truly frustrating was WHY IN THE EARTH DID THE NARRATOR STOP THE STORY TO SPOIL A PART OF THE BOOK! As noted in a previous review, the narrator stopped and broke all the walls to mention that she wouldn’t use a certain voice about reading emails/texts, because it would give away a spoiler. I almost immediately knew who “Ben” was. That was incredibly frustrating. They should have just read it in the Josie characters voice, since she is the one reading the texts in her own mind? A few words were mispronounced as well. If not mispronounced, then said it a super odd way. If it wasn’t for that break in the story, the narration would have been really amazing. But I almost turned off the book after the break. I’m glad I kept listening for the story, it was pretty great.

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Why would the narrator do that!!! Fix it take that part out it’s stupid

Please edit this please your narrator totally ruins the story with her little announcement in chapter 3 why would you allow this. I was so annoyed I almost just returned the book and DNF. It’s been a year FIX IT

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Enjoyable and clean

I think I enjoyed the whole story except for the blurb put in by the narrator. That did not need to be included… It actually made it Obvious what direction the story was going into. Other than that I was ready for the release the performance was well done and the characters by the end of the story had been nicely developed

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Great book

Great book but got lost in some of the words and would have to rewind and listen to some parts over and over.

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Creepy

I struggled to finish this book due to the creepy statutory relationship. it was unsettling on so many levels.

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it was weird

I found it just plain weird I could not finish she fell in love with him in a few days and he was in love with her when she was a toddler just weird and a waste of time

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  • Secretis
  • 01-01-22

Unexpected

Was thinkin this is another relationship teen drama. This story had some teen love stuff, but it fits inside nice story of bias world where friend are not easy to find. Haven't listened other books from the series yet but hopefully thy are as good.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-01-22

Sharing a brilliant dream..

Loved it from start to finish,came back to reality with a strong feeling of disappointment that it was over and that I wouldn't be doing the adventure with all the wonderful character's anymore. So to the author my thanks for the opportunity to share the dream. .

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  • Charlotte
  • 10-20-22

A bit creepy

The narration wasn't half bad but was annoying when they stoped to explain how they weren't going to narrate like they normally did because there was a surprise reveal. I liked the start then an ancient man starting dateing a school girl who he used to babysit and fell in love with when they were 3. They talk about how creepy it is but do nothing to make it any less creepy and honestly didn't even need to be in the story they could have made them a less bearly legal age gap .

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  • Brian Hennessy
  • 10-09-22

Nope, very childish story

Nope.
Very childish and idiotic story Im afraid
Too predictable
Good reader though. Good accents

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-26-22

Loved this book

Absolutey loved the story and the characters Can’t wait to read the next books x

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-24-22

Good enough to keep my interest

I’ll start with the negatives and the proceed to the positives:
Let me start by saying that I find this romance to be very creepy and couldn’t shake the feeling even by the end of the book.
To be completely honest i was also not very fond of the narration and all the accents (especially JF), but of course I understand that it helps to bring the story to life. Personally I believe it would sound better if she used different American accents, but again that’s personal preference.
I find that the story progressed very fast, all the relationships (romantic and friendships) that formed and the feelings, even some events felt very rushed.
Having said all of that though it was good enough to keep my interest, I really liked hearing about fairies (a few well know names thrown in) and imagining the different creatures, it is a YA book after all.

What really kept me is that I really loved all the characters individually regardless of what I think about the plot, and more in particular our main character Jossie. She’s been through so much in her life but throughout the whole book she’s always showing understanding, positivity and kindness.
Such an easy listen even with the creepiness and the cringy accents, give it at least a try!

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  • Zoe
  • 09-23-22

creepy love story

performance was great, story line was great, the love story in it was the absolute worst and I won't be completing the series.

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  • Mrs. Casilda A. Slattery
  • 09-18-22

A Very good read

Enjoyed the book immenselY, the ups and downs of the adventure with romance thrown in the mix. Great book. Thank you.

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  • John
  • 08-23-22

sorry 😐

Sorry Erin but I finished this book in spite of your narration not because of it.

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  • Reginald Bimmler
  • 08-04-22

Overall, very enjoyable.

The story and the narration were very compelling, however notes for the editor were not removed, which spoiled a plot point.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-21

Great story

Great story read really well. Loved the characters and loved listening to it. Have download the next in the series.

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  • ELL
  • 08-27-22

some creepy themes. review contains spoilers

Interesting concept. Could've done with better editing.
The concept of a significantly older man being with a 17 year old is disturbing. The whole world this book is set in is annoyingly patriarcal. why select a king specifically and not a ruler?
The narrator sounded a bit nasal and isn't very good at non-american accents, but she did a good job of providing different voices for all of the characters.