Review: Wake The Dead by Stacey Rourke

Posted on October 17, 2019 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 22 Comments

Review: Wake The Dead by Stacey RourkeTitle: Wake the Dead
Author(s): Stacey Rourke
Series: The Journals of Octavia Hollows #1
Narrator(s): Brenda Scott Wlazlo
Published by Anchor Group Publishing, The Audio Flow LLC on February 28, 2019, August 23, 2019
Length: 2hrs 29 mins
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy
Source: Caffeinated PR
Format: Audiobook, ebook
Purchase: Amazon|Audible
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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?
If you like snarky humor, fantastical monsters, and farm-animal sidekicks, The Journals of Octavia Hollows are the paranormal cozy mystery novellas you've been waiting for!

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

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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.
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.
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22 responses to “Review: Wake The Dead by Stacey Rourke

  1. Eline

    Great review! This sounds like a book I’d very much enjoy. I’ve rarely seen necromancers and never with this ability.

  2. Kati ??

    Great review, this book looks and sounds like an amazing and fantastic book. I’m really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book. thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.