Series: Oona Crate Mystery #1
Published by Egmont USA on July 26, 2011
Source: Owned Audible Book
Oona Crate was born to be the Wizard’s apprentice, but she has another destiny in mind. Despite possessing the rare gift of natural magic, Oona wants to be a detective.
Eager for a case to prove herself, she wants to show her uncle—the Wizard of Dark Street—that logic is as powerful as magic. But when someone attacks the Wizard, Oona must delve even deeper into the world of magic to discover who wanted her uncle dead.
Full of magic, odd characters, evil henchmen, and a street where nothing is normal, The Wizard of Dark Street will have you guessing until the very end.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
I totally bought this audiobook because I liked the cover and it was on sale on Audible at one point. I’m easy like that. Plus, when I listened to the little preview, I liked the narrator’s voice. I was worried that it might be too middle-gradeish because Oona’s age, but those fears turned out to be unfounded.
I loved Oona, and all the inhabitants of Dark Street. I liked figuring out the mystery alongside Oona (who rather than a magician would like to be a detective). I loved the magic and the twist on wizards and witches that Odyssey serves up.
The book impressed me, and I’ve already listened to the second book. Sometimes I just need a magical pick me up, and that’s what I get from this series.
I’m usually not a fan of authors serving as narrators. For instance, as much as I love Stephen King, I dislike his narrations. But occasionally an author is Brilliant (with a capital B) as the narrator- Neil Gaiman, Libba Bray and Chris Colfer come to mind. Add Shawn Thomas Odyssey to the list. He’s so good that I was shocked when I found out he also wrote the book. Like a good narrator, he gives all his characters their own voice, and I especially love his Irish accent for Adler. Sigh.