Audiobook Review: Cornered Magic

Author: Charissa Dufour

Narrators: Janelle Tedesco

Length: 2 hours 41 minutes

Series: The Void Series, Book 1

Publisher: Charissa Dufour

Released: Nov. 20, 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Sam, a half-fae Void, is ostracized by her own people, much less the humans who control her home – the Illinois Mystical Reservation. Packed into the Reservation with vampires, werewolves, faes, and mages alike, Sam does her best to travel below the radar, but when her only friend asks for her help, she can’t say no. Her work to solve a fae’s murder brings her to the forefront of vampire politics, and changes her life forever.

My journey to becoming a writer began in 8th grade when I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and pulled from school to recover. During this time, I was left alone for hours on end and it was then that I discovered new friends within the pages of books. I also learned the blessing of creating my own friends by writing down the stories that plagued my lonely mind–as demented as that sounds. Therefore at the ripe age of fourteen, I wrote my first novel. It sucked! But I kept going and now I am an Indie Author with numerous books out. I never imagined that first horrible novel about a man who crashlanded on his long-lost homeworld would turn into a lifelong passion.
I now live in Chicago, IL with my amazing husband and two rambunctious cats, Groot and Rocket.

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Narrator Bio

I grew up in a small town near Boston singing, dancing, acting and loving every minute of it! I received a BFA in Musical Theater from Boston Conservatory and have performed all over the world doing shows like Guys and Dolls in Europe and The Producers here in the States. But it was when I did the National Tour of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Ann-Margret that my life really changed. That was where I met my husband, playing fiddle in a whorehouse of all things. We have two beautiful sons now and live in the magical part of New York City that is also right on the beach.

With two children, the touring show life no longer appealed to me so I looked to create new opportunities to use my skills and training. That was when I discovered audiobooks! My husband already had a recording studio in the garage and with my background in voice and speech, I took to it rather quickly. I love using my voice to tell an engaging story and taking on entirely different personas in the process. Working as an audiobook narrator I get to use so many of the skills I have learned as an actor and the imagination and stamina I have gained from being a mother.

I also work as an actor in film, television and commercials. And just in case that isn’t enough, I have recently jumped into the world of filmmaking. I’ve written, produced and starred in 3 short films and I find that creating my own work has been an overwhelmingly rewarding experience!

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To be fully honest with you guys, this was so short, I didn’t even realize when it ended. It has so many complicated aspects and so many extraordinary beings, I didn’t even get to become familiar with them. I am not saying this as a negative comment, I just want more.

Sam is a Void – she steals other’s abilities. This doesn’t make her the popular kid in school, on the contrary. She deals with being isolated, she deals with family issues, teenage stuff, I feel her life is more full of trouble than good things. So from this point of view, she is as normal as possible – if you can consider someone with special abilities as normal.

The plot is intense and still has a lot to offer. I mean, this world is just expanding. As our main character gets more an more absorbed by the murder, she becomes more aware of her surroundings, abilities and matures enough – for the first book, I mean.

I loved the narration. We have a clean voice, a clear pronunciation and the perfect pacing. Janelle Tedesco gives life to Sam as no other. Her tone is perfect for the story and I did enjoy the voice acting.

All in all, I cannot wait to learn more about this world and see what lies next for our main characters. Will Sam have the opportunity to a romance like no other? There are still many relationships to explore and I am eager for more. 4 stars for now J

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Charissa Dufour. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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