Audio Delight Review: Bewitched by Darynda Jones

Posted June 19, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews / 8 Comments

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

Audio Delight Review: Bewitched by Darynda Jones
Bewitched
Narrated by Traci Odom

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Series: Betwixt and Between #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on March 30, 2021
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

After the big bombshell at the end of the previous book, I was all agasp to forge on to listen in on what came next.  An intrepid newly discovered witch, a ghost grandma, a wolfish handyman in a kilt, a sentient house, and a feisty BFF (un)settle in for their next venture into the magical world and I strapped in with earbuds installed to join them for the hijinks.

Review

Bewitched is the second installment in the Betwixt and Between series that do not work well out of order.

Defiance “Daphne” Dayne awakes abruptly and discovers she’s lost six months since she was last awake.  Performing major magic took a great deal out of her.  Now, she has a message pad full of requests for her help, a protective vine covered house, a smug handyman who seems less disturbed by her dream fantasies than she is, a hiding grandmother ghost, and a bestie who thinks they are going to go LLC with the new magical gig.  But, Defiance saw something in those dreams that terrifies her and leaves her willing to lie like a rug to her nearest and dearest as she slams clothes into her bag prepared to run back to Arizona or anywhere else she isn’t forced to face the magic.  Too bad life has a cruel sense of humor and her plans go awry.

Betwixted had the job of introducing the world and the characters while Bewitched is something of a processing book where the world and characters are further teased out for better understanding. This makes the story move along steadily and keeps the interest strongly on the characters, but there are moments of suspense and excitement of an action sort, too.  There is progress in Defiance growing more adjusted to the new life and figuring out how her magic works, but, then again, she spent much of the book attempting to lie to her friends and family that it was all gone so she didn’t have to deal with it all.

The tone and focus of the book made me see why the author describes the series as paranormal women’s fiction though it also still felt like paranormal cozy meets urban fantasy to me.

Defiance is a blend of intuition and impetuosity.  She has the biggest heart and it gets her into trouble because she lunges into danger if it will save someone even a stranger and she tends to hold back when she should be more forthcoming if she thinks it will protect those she loves.  Yes, this led to some shake my head moments.

The magical world is fascinating and fun as are the quirky relationships and humor.  There are mysteries throughout that tantalize like why did Ruthie push away the chief?  What is rattling behind the locked door in the attic?  Why do the phone messages glow?  And so much more.  Defiance’s cases lend a further bit of excitement to the mix and never seem to go easily.

Another lovely bit about this book is the depth of Defiance’s existing relationships along with the new relationships she forges in this story.  There is sexy romance with Roane, sassy besties with Annette, and deep family connection with Gigi, Percy, and her dads.

Traci Odom is a spot on match for this series and voices the characters and the scenes amazingly.  Her tone and pacing are pitch perfect and she had me feeling emotionally connected from the start and to the end.

All in all, this was even better than the first book and I can’t wait to see what comes next after, you guessed it, another last minute revelation.  Because of how this book/series feels to me, I’m going to recommend it to urban fantasy fans, paranormal cozy mystery lovers, and even to speculative women’s fiction group because of the splendid blend of elements and genres.

My thanks to Tantor Audio for providing an MP3 to be listened to in exchange for an honest review.

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COYER Community #45 Buddy Read with Nadene @ Addicted to Reading.
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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.

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Mary Kirkland
1 month ago

I haven’t read this author yet but this definitely sounds like a book that I would enjoy.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

You would get a kick out of these, Mary!

Anne - Books of My Heart

I’m glad you enjoyed this so much! I would consider the #PWF books from this author as I like her other books.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

I’ve read the Charley Davidsons and the one Sunshine Vicram. I need to read her Never Neath and the YA ones. I’m not familiar with the PWF ones.

Jen
Jen
1 month ago

Great review, Sophia. I agree that the second book really takes off after a bit of a slow start. The world is interesting and exciting and I always want to know more and WHY… I look forward to reading your reviews on subsequent stories.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Jen

Yes, the why is what grabs me, too. 🙂

Carole Rae
1 month ago

Better than book 1??? Woah!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Hehe! What will book three bring?