Thursday, October 17, 2019

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: WAKE THE DEAD by STACEY ROURKE @Rourkewrites #UrbanFantasy @CaffeinatedPR






Title: Wake the Dead
Series: The Journals of Octavia Hollows #1
Author: Stacey Rourke
Narrator (s): Brenda Scott Wlazlo
Publisher:  Audiobook- The Audio Flow, LLC  ebook -Anchor Group Publishing
Source:  Caffeinated PR in exchange for a honest review/ Purchased
Format: Audio Book/ebook
Release Date: Audio Book - August 23, 2019. ebook February 28, 2019
Length : 2 hrs and 29 mins
Speed: 1.30x
Reading Challenge: 2019 New Release, 2019 Fraterfest readathon
Purchase: AmazonAudible


The synopsis caught my attention and based on prior experience with the author; I knew I had to read/listen to Wake the Dead. I had no regrets about my decision. I enjoyed my journey with Octavia and her trusty companion, Bacon her resurrected pet pig.

Octavia and her pig sets out on a journey to figure out the circumstances of her fiancé’s death and disappearance of his body. While on her journey she found herself knee deep in a weird mystery investigation.


The characters were a hoot, my favorite being Octavia who is a witch and a necromancer. She is not your typical necromancer, as she possesses the Lazarus effect, where the persons or animals she resurrects are brought back to life in their original form, providing their death was not violent. Growing up had not been easy for her. She lost her parents, spent her life in foster care. She had difficulty making friends, as she was considered weird because of her magic. As a result, she is cautious when it comes to the use of her magic.

The author created an atmosphere infused with humour, sarcasm, magic and action.

Brenda Scott Wlazlo narrated this awesome story. As a new to me narrator, I did not know what to expect. However, she did not disappoint. She did an excellent job. She brought the story to life and she exhibits her versatility in the portrayal of the characters’ voices.

Conclusion/Recommendation
To sum up Wake the Dead was an awesome start to the series and I am looking forward to more adventures with Octavia and Bacon. I recommend this one to fans of Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Cozy Mysteries.


STORY

NARRATION



Wake the Dead audiobook cover art
With a touch of her hand, Octavia Hollows can restore life. Yet, she couldn’t save the man she loved from the horrific accident that stole him from her. Octavia thought she could outrun the pain, but ghosts from the past refuse to be silenced. Out of options, she chooses to retrace her wayward journey across the country in search of answers. Surrounded by baffling mysteries of the undead, what she learns about herself along the way might become her greatest weapon.

Seattle, Washington: Land of cloudy skies and a great cup of coffee.

Octavia blew into town in search of information, only to get swirled up in a paranormal predicament even she couldn’t fathom. A neonatal nurse is dead, and her young patient is aging at an alarming rate.

Can Octavia unlock the secrets to this confusing curse before time runs out?

©2019 Stacey Rourke (P)2019 The Audio Flow, LLC and Stacey Rourke

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