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!
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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.
Nadene's addiction to reading began at an early age, when a family friend gifted her a copy of Wuthering Heights. From that moment she was never without a book.She will read anything as long the material is compelling enough to hold her attention. She gained many experiences through the pages of the books she had the opportunity to read.She created this blog to share her love of books with like minded individuals hopes that in sharing reviews of the books read visitors to the blog will discover their next addictive read. When not reading, Nadene enjoys cooking, listening to music and watching television.
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The fact that the main character has a pet pig named Bacon is enough of a reason to pick this one up. Great review!
Glad you enjoyed this book.
oh this sounds good, a pet pig brought back to life lol
I haven’t read this book or this author but it does sound pretty good and the pig’s name is hilarious. Thanks for the great review.
OOOooo I’m adding it to my wishlist right now:
I know will enjoy it.
This sounds like a great book.
It is, but don’t just take my word for it. 🙂
This definitely looks like a good book! Thanks for putting it on my radar!
You are welcome, Kristy. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Great review! This sounds like a book I’d very much enjoy. I’ve rarely seen necromancers and never with this ability.
I had a great time with this one, too. I’m listening to the second novella right now. 🙂
Not a book I’m familiar with but it loos intriguing. Glad you liked it. Great review.
It was an interesting and fun read.
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.
Yay. I am enjoying this series too. It has a fun mix of humor, action and magic.
It sure does. Thanks for introducing it to me.
This really does sound like a wonderful start to a new series.
I’m too wimpy for these – the cover already has me frightened! 😉
Its not scary at all.