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Invasion: An Urban Fantasy (The Carolina Files Book 1)

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30 review for Invasion: An Urban Fantasy (The Carolina Files Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Toni Glitz

    A paranormal mystery story with a touch of comic horror This is the first book in The Carolina Files; a planned Urban Fantasy meets PI series. The story features Tula Whitlow, a magic user who has let her talents lapse. She is one of three witch sisters, living in the small town of Henley-on-Hale, North Carolina. The town is a peaceful one and is made up of a good mix of magical and non magical inhabitants. Mystery and peril arrive, brought by visitors who are caught up in events just outside of t A paranormal mystery story with a touch of comic horror This is the first book in The Carolina Files; a planned Urban Fantasy meets PI series. The story features Tula Whitlow, a magic user who has let her talents lapse. She is one of three witch sisters, living in the small town of Henley-on-Hale, North Carolina. The town is a peaceful one and is made up of a good mix of magical and non magical inhabitants. Mystery and peril arrive, brought by visitors who are caught up in events just outside of the town’s borders. This is a tale of magic, villainy and a summoned malevolent ancient god. What could possibly go wrong? I loved this book. The main and secondary characters are well defined, grow throughout the book and I found myself invested in their journeys. I could definitely relate to the main character, who finds herself thrust into situations she has no idea how to manage, yet somehow makes it through, often by the skin of her teeth. She grows from a young lady who is winging her way through life and not really taking anything seriously, to a woman whose need for magical skill has been thrust back upon her, giving her a focus and sense of purpose by the end of this story arc. The writing is easy to read, funny in places and there were no grammatical or continuity issues to pull me out of the flow of the story. I found myself staying up into the early hours because I wanted to know what came next and I couldn’t put the book down. I’m delighted that there will be more books to come. I loved the humour and the comic horror element and I am really looking forward to what has the potential to be an excellent paranormal PI series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Martha Gettle

    I really liked this book This book is a departure from my usual style of reading. But the cover and the blurb sounded really interesting. So I decided to read it. I am glad I did it was excellent adventure with mystery and excitement. I was hooked from the start. I look forward to reading more of this authors work. I highly recommend this book.. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Livia

    This was such a fun read for me. The characters were so interesting, especially Tula. The story starts quickly and just keeps going and going without a single instance of dragging. It has a very nice never-saw-it-coming twist near the end, which is always super satisfying. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a good urban fantasy/paranormal mystery style of book, though this would appeal to many different types of readers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    HeatherJo Stock

    Good story I found the characters to be believable and the story line to be interesting. At the end of the story I was just as upset about twist in the story as Tula. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Markus Matthews

    Interesting but flawed. Tula is a witch that works doing part-time consulting with law enforcement. Her latest case has her searching for answers on why a young woman is being consumed by vines that are growing out of her. Normally, I can finish a book of this length in a day or two, but this one took me almost a month of stops and starts to finish. It wasn’t holding my interest, and yet, I struggled to figure out why. The prose was strong and well written, and I didn’t spot any grammar or spelling Interesting but flawed. Tula is a witch that works doing part-time consulting with law enforcement. Her latest case has her searching for answers on why a young woman is being consumed by vines that are growing out of her. Normally, I can finish a book of this length in a day or two, but this one took me almost a month of stops and starts to finish. It wasn’t holding my interest, and yet, I struggled to figure out why. The prose was strong and well written, and I didn’t spot any grammar or spelling issues. The supporting cast was quirky and interesting. The pacing of the story was good. I even liked the small-town setting. The problem was the main character, Tula. She felt like a side character that was given her own book but wasn’t strong enough to carry it. Tula is a witch, but with little to no training, which makes her spell casting unpredictable and unreliable. A main character in an urban fantasy novel that is weak in power can work, and if done right, can be really good. Usually, this is done by the character being exceptionally intelligent. Unfortunately, Tula wasn’t overly clever, if anything I found her a little dense, bumbling from one misadventure to another. In most of the key scenes, Tula is saved by another character that does have power, mainly her Aunt or Victor the vampire, rather than by her own abilities or wits. I will be stopping with the series here.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judith Korff

    Great new series! I really enjoyed Invasion. The plot is satisfying and richly told; the characters are well developed and seem to have been drawn with an eye to fleshing each of them out fully in future books. I look forward to watching each of the girls grow into their witchly power and in their relationship with one another. Definitely a great read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Micah Sam

    I love strong FMC and the author has a nack with bringing all of the characters to life. The book is captivating with its twist and suspense. I look forward to finishing this series. A must read for those who want a different unique paranormal story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Yavanna Wagenaar

    I loved this book. It was fun and easy to read. The main characters are very relatable. An overall good book to get lost in! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mechelle Fox

    A fine beginning Invasion seemed to me to be a fine beginning to what I hope will be a long and varied series of tales set in North Carolina. Tales of the things that form ghost stories in the mountains. Tales of magic.

  10. 4 out of 5

    traci m kelly

    Bewitching Loved the MC, plot, pacing, and supporting characters. The world building is excellent, the mundanity of magic is realistically portrayed, and the inspiring folklore is treated respectfully. Looking forward to more from this author!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mickey Noel

    Excellent story! This well written story has everything to hold the reader captive through to the end. Interesting characters and plot twists promise an intriguing series to folliw. Well done!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Ann

    Nancy Drew meets the paranormal Absolutely loved it. Can’t wait to start the next one. I love a good mystery with a female leading the charge, plus the supernatural. Such a great find

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I really enjoyed this fun romp. Plus, it takes place in the mountains of North Carolina, which is where I live!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Strong, intelligent MC. Excellent writing. Great world building and story. Highly recommend!

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    Suzie

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    RHONDA L MARSHALL

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    Charity humeniuk

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Lang

  22. 5 out of 5

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    Debbie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Zuercher Diveley

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    scott lynn

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    Melanie

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  29. 4 out of 5

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    Naomi Tomlin

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