Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Sophia Rose Reviews A Royal Witch by Danielle Garrett, Narrated by Amanda Ronconi

Today Sophia Rose shares her review of Danielle Garrett's A Royal Witch. This is a series I've wanted to pick up, hmmm what am I waiting for!
A Royal Witch by Danielle Garrett, Narrated by Amanda Ronconi
#7 Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries
Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Tantor Audio
Published:  1.28.20
Rating: 4
Narrator Rating: 5
Format:  MP3
Source:  Tantor Audio
Sellers: AmazonKobo

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GoodReads Blurb:
The Beechwood Manor is filling up fast and Holly’s feeling the pinch.

There are several new roommates in the Beechwood Manor, and one of them is a royal witch.

Literally and figuratively.

Unrest in a haven-ally magical kingdom leads a foreign princess into hiding and the Supernatural Protection Agency deems the Beechwood Manor as the perfect safe house—and Holly, her perfect guardian.

But with Holly's business taking off and a new apprentice under her wing, a royal babysitting detail is the last thing she needs. Besides, the spoiled princess is adamant she can take care of herself. So who could blame her if her supervision is a little lax?

When tragedy strikes, the bratty royal’s problems land at the manor’s front door and it’s going to take all hands on deck if the paranormal roomies hope to make it out alive.

Sophia Rose's Review:

Holly and the gang at Beechwood Manor face a new challenge when their house guest is none other than a British royal pain who is the Doctor Doolittle of the paranormal creature world.  Things are as lively as ever for poor Holly as she gets pulled in so many directions including a new dangerous case involving a murder and disappearance.  This was a good blend of suspense and character-driven plot showing a wonderful depth while still being a light-hearted paranormal cozy mystery.

A Royal Witch is the seventh installment in a series that doesn't make a good standalone or read/listen well out of order.

Holly is the focal figure of the book/series and at this point there is a lot going on around her and within her own personal life.  She has gone from a person with nothing and a tattered reputation to a successful business woman who fixed her rep and got her potions license, friendless to surrounded by wonderful friends, aimless to landing in a warm home of people at the mansion, finding a gift for helping people and solving baffling paranormal and human mystery cases and, of course, finding love with Adam the dog shifter. 

She's come a long way and it shows, but in A Royal Witch, her deep ties to so many also have her stressed and stretched to the max.  I love how she continues to face hardships and conflicts, struggles with weaknesses and continues to grow as a character.  Her shop grand opening is nearly there, Cassie's wedding is almost there and it’s all bridesmaids on deck.  Posey her ghostly landlady is having an existential crisis and talks of ridding her mansion of boarders, her past with the wrong guy is destroying her current true relationship with Adam, and Meryl, the supernatural agent living there has been forced to take a case that gets the whole gang into trouble over their heads with a royal guest.

I do love how these mysteries are wrapped up in layers of other plot threads like I just listed above and that the author fully develops all her characters surrounding Holly so I am vested in all their stories together as a whole. 

The world of Beechwood Harbor and beyond with its ever expanding revealed magical community is amazing and exciting.  This book focused on political conflicts elsewhere and adorable, but mischievous magical creatures.  There was also a thrilling new shifter introduced near the end.

The climax was exciting and the denouement left things in a good place that will carry over into the next book.

Amanda Ronconi continues to dazzle as series' narrator and I slip into her wry, husky storytelling easily now.  It was fun hearing her add the British upper crust accents of the guests from overseas to her already large repertoire of cast voices.

All in all, this was another series winner and I can only urge those who enjoy their cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist to rush out and try these.

My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author Bio:
From a young age, Danielle Garrett was obsessed with fantastic places and the stories set in them. As a lifelong bookworm, she’s gone on hundreds of adventures through the eyes of wizards, princesses, elves, and some rather wonderful everyday people as well.
Danielle now lives in Oregon and while she travels as often as possible, she wouldn’t call anywhere else home. She shares her life with her husband and their house full of animals, and when not writing, spends her time being a house servant for three extremely spoiled cats.

Sophia’s Bio:
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.
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  1. This series is on my wish list Sophia Rose I just need to figure out how to clone myself for more time :) Thanks for the super review

    1. LOL, yes, we need reading clones so we can get to all the good books on our list.

  2. Holly sounds like she's underwent a ton of character growth, and I enjoy seeing this in a story. I've never read a cozy mystery but your review makes me want to try one. I like the sound of this series, with all of the layers and plot threads, magical creatures, and fully developed cast. Wonderful Review Sophia :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    1. Glad I could tempt you, Lindy. I admit that I don't reach for cozies in general, but I do enjoy paranormal or historical ones. :)

  3. I haven't read this author but this sounds like a fun read.

    1. These are great, Mary. There were cute dragon and unicorns in this one, but the exciting paranormal mysteries are the best part.

  4. I haven’t read anything from this author before but thus sure sounds like something I’d enjoy.

    1. These are a great blend of paranormal mystery adventures with light fun. :)

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    1. Glad to help you pile one more series on the stack, Nadene. :)

  6. Sophia Rose this does sound really good and I like the blend of suspense, paranormal and the fact it is character driven. Very tempted!

    1. Yes, it does mix up quite the cocktail of fun listening, Kathryn. :)

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    1. Yeah, that romance story line and the one with Posey have me curious.