Review: Wake the Dead by Stacey Rourke

Posted October 27, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews, Sweet Delight / 26 Comments

Tags: , ,

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Wake the Dead by Stacey Rourke
Wake the Dead
Narrated by Brenda Scott Wlazlo

One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
one-flame

Series: The Journals of Octavia Hollows #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Audio Flow
Released on August 29, 2019
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author
add to goodreads

The Delight

When I spotted the title and then read the blurb, I was hooked.  New to me author and narrator, a snarky necromancer on a journey quest to find answers including about herself- oh yeah.  And, this opener has left me a taste for more Octavia adventures.

Review

Octavia is on the road with her pet resurrected pig, Bacon, to discover the truth of the love of her life’s death and disappearance (yes, in that order).  She rolls into Seattle when a strange request is brought to her.  A grieving family is under a curse of their child aging rapidly beginning right after his hospital nurse is murdered.  They beg Octavia to help them and she does knowing she’ll have to resurrect the nurse to get some answers.

Octavia’s past fails with her magic have left her leery of using her magic.  She lost her family, many foster care homes, and was forced to leave another place because she made mistakes with her death magic or scared people because of it.  She’s a loner now and feel it is best to stay that way so she doesn’t get hurt again by someone’s rejection.  This quest to solve the mystery about the one person who loved her no matter what is what drives her now.

The humor in this first installment and getting to know Octavia had me smiling and rooting for her quickly.  Bacon, her resurrected pig, had me chuckling.  Her snarky outer shell and need to push back with attitude made me want to hug her poor bruised soul even when I know she would bristle at the thought.  For all her bristles, she’s a generous, caring person who set out to help strangers in this one and mourned over each loss.

Brenda Scott Wlazlo’s narration work was superb and well-matched to the story and as the voice of Octavia.  She was also versatile with the other voices in the story and kept up a good pace to whatever was going on in each scene.  I hope she is doing the whole series.

To wrap up, it was a sensational first in series and I look forward to more of Octavia’s adventures.  I think paranormal cozy or urban fantasy fans should give this one a go.

My thanks to Caffeinated PR Services for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange of an honest review.

Challenges Met

New Release #136
Audio #76

The following two tabs change content below.
I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

26
Leave a Reply

avatar
12 Comment threads
14 Thread replies
2 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
13 Comment authors
LornaAnne - Books of My HeartCarole @ Carole's Random Life in BooksNadeneSarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Melanie Simmons
Guest

This does sound like a lot of fun. They would be new to me author and narrator too. I’m going to have to try to find time to try these.

Sophia Rose
Guest

Melanie, I say this with near certainty, this book is you. 🙂

Carole Rae
Guest

Fun!!

Sophia Rose
Guest

You know it, Carole!

Mary Kirkland
Guest

That sounds like a really good book.

Sophia Rose
Guest

It turned out to be sensational, Mary. I think you’d get a kick out of her adventures. The second one is in Vegas. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
Guest

Octavia sounds like a fun character, and I’m happy to hear the narration was good. I’ll have to check this series out. 🙂

Sophia Rose
Guest

Her personality is that tough girl (don’t hurt me b/c I’ve been kicked around enough) who thought she had seen it all. It was a neat start and the rest of the stories just built on it. And, oh man does she get into trouble without even trying. 🙂

Lola
Guest

This sounds like a fun one. I’ll have to see if the site I use for audio has this one. She sounds like a fun character and I also like the sound of her pet pig bacon. The mysteries and her reluctance to use magic also sound interesting. Great review!

Sophia Rose
Guest

Oh good! Hope you find it on the list. It’s a fun one. 🙂

Angela - Angel's Guilty Pleasures
Guest

This sounds great. Great review. Added to my TBR!

Sophia Rose
Guest

Woohoo! Glad you found one you might like.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
Guest

Yay. Isn’t this a fun series! Perfect for audio 🙂

Sophia Rose
Guest

Yes!!!! Definitely one that was better on audio.

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
Guest

Sounds like a fun/thrilling read. Glad you liked it!

Sophia Rose
Guest

Most definitely, Sarah!

Nadene
Guest

I enjoyed this one too.

Sophia Rose
Guest

I just had to snag the rest of her series when Kimberly offered it. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
Guest

This sounds like such a fun series. I love that she has a pet pig named Bacon. I may have to give this one a try.

Sophia Rose
Guest

Bacon was a fun addition to the team. He has his brave moments, but he is also a great companion for her. Scene stealer at times. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart
Guest

I’m glad it worked out well for you; it sounds like fun. Wonderful review!

Sophia Rose
Guest

The whole series turned out to be a blast, Anne. 🙂

Lorna
Guest
Lorna

Ooh this sounds good. Is there a romance at all?

Sophia Rose
Guest

It’s a blast. There is a romance, but it doesn’t start to blossom until book five since she’s on the road following her route back to the beginning to get answers.

Lorna
Guest
Lorna

I just bought it. Was only $4.86 on Audible.

Sophia Rose
Guest

Crossing my fingers you end up liking it, Lorna. 🙂