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The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic – Audio Book Review

October 5, 2015 Review 0 DNF

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic – Audio Book ReviewRelease Date: August 1, 2013
Title: The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
Author: Emily Croy Barker
Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
Publisher: Recorded Books
Source: Audible
From the Publisher: n imaginative story of a woman caught in an alternate world—where she will need to learn the skills of magic to survive

Nora Fischer’s dissertation is stalled and her boyfriend is about to marry another woman.  During a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding, Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where she’s transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty.  Before long, she has a set of glamorous new friends and her romance with gorgeous, masterful Raclin is heating up. It’s almost too good to be true.

Then the elegant veneer shatters. Nora’s new fantasy world turns darker, a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong. Making it here will take skills Nora never learned in graduate school. Her only real ally—and a reluctant one at that—is the magician Aruendiel, a grim, reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a shrouded past. And it will take her becoming Aruendiel’s student—and learning magic herself—to survive. When a passage home finally opens, Nora must weigh her "real life" against the dangerous power of love and magic.

For lovers of Lev Grossman's The Magicians series (The Magicians andThe Magician King) and Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night).
DNF Stars

Sweet jesus, when will this ever end?

I’m pretty sure if that’s your constant thought while reading and/or listening to a book… that book is not meant for you.

When I read a book, I usually become very intimately ingratiated into the life of the main character. And generally speaking, when you’re reading a book – you’ve got the MC who is strong and maybe rebellious. S/he is the type who doesn’t fall under enchantments – or if they do, they work like hell to break them. The rest of the characters in the background are the ones who aren’t special. They’re the “sheep” – those who end up not thinking for themselves or just accepting what happens to them (think early Hana in Delirium, Lavender Brown in Harry Potter, early Effie Trinket in Hunger Games, Jonathan on Buffy, etc.). You don’t want to read their stories; they’re not interesting.

This book is one of those stories.

Nora is boring. And a moron, quite frankly. I don’t care how her story ends.