Author: Charissa Dufour
Narrators: Janelle Tedesco
Length: 2 hours 41 minutes
Series: The Void Series, Book 1
Publisher: Charissa Dufour
Released: Nov. 20, 2018
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Sam, a half-fae Void, is ostracized by her own people, much less the humans who control her home – the Illinois Mystical Reservation. Packed into the Reservation with vampires, werewolves, faes, and mages alike, Sam does her best to travel below the radar, but when her only friend asks for her help, she can’t say no. Her work to solve a fae’s murder brings her to the forefront of vampire politics, and changes her life forever.
My journey to becoming a writer began in 8th grade when I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and pulled from school to recover. During this time, I was left alone for hours on end and it was then that I discovered new friends within the pages of books. I also learned the blessing of creating my own friends by writing down the stories that plagued my lonely mind–as demented as that sounds. Therefore at the ripe age of fourteen, I wrote my first novel. It sucked! But I kept going and now I am an Indie Author with numerous books out. I never imagined that first horrible novel about a man who crashlanded on his long-lost homeworld would turn into a lifelong passion.
I now live in Chicago, IL with my amazing husband and two rambunctious cats, Groot and Rocket.
I grew up in a small town near Boston singing, dancing, acting and loving every minute of it! I received a BFA in Musical Theater from Boston Conservatory and have performed all over the world doing shows like Guys and Dolls in Europe and The Producers here in the States. But it was when I did the National Tour of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Ann-Margret that my life really changed. That was where I met my husband, playing fiddle in a whorehouse of all things. We have two beautiful sons now and live in the magical part of New York City that is also right on the beach.
With two children, the touring show life no longer appealed to me so I looked to create new opportunities to use my skills and training. That was when I discovered audiobooks! My husband already had a recording studio in the garage and with my background in voice and speech, I took to it rather quickly. I love using my voice to tell an engaging story and taking on entirely different personas in the process. Working as an audiobook narrator I get to use so many of the skills I have learned as an actor and the imagination and stamina I have gained from being a mother.
I also work as an actor in film, television and commercials. And just in case that isn’t enough, I have recently jumped into the world of filmmaking. I’ve written, produced and starred in 3 short films and I find that creating my own work has been an overwhelmingly rewarding experience!
Again she worked to control her powers. The contact between them only made her want more. Power and strength were addictive, and if she wasn’t careful she would become what all the mystics feared—an out of control Void. Still, she needed to show him she wasn’t willing to be pushed around. Sam carefully released her hold over her gift, allowing Lee’s power to leak into her, coating her skin and making the hair on the back of her neck stand to attention. Lee’s grip loosened. Sam jerked her arm free and marched away. As she reached the spiral driveway that led down to the lower levels of the parking garage she glanced back, happy to see Lee leaning against the wall. “Don’t think it’s that easy,” she heard him say as she started her way downward.
If you were feared for something that you were born with, how would you react? If you walked down the street and those who saw you backed up or ran away…would that offend you? Attempting to live your life in a small community that despises you for what you are instead of who you are is lonely. Dufour has a beloved character who fights every day of her life to be somebody worth looking at twice. Even though this is a short story, readers will be pulled into a full action-packed dilemma of sorts where being taken advantage of feels better at first than having no one.
Sam is a Void. That means that she is a half-fae and she is the only one of her kind within the community. Voids are somewhat of a nuisance for everyone, according to well…everyone! They are takers and drain the power out of other supernatural forces, leaving the victim either really weak or dead. Sam isn’t like that though. She knows what the people in her community say behind her back. She knows that everyone fears she will lose control and cause mass destruction. But they don’t care that she is trying…they don’t care that she is a person too. They only see what she can do to them and that is terrifying. When a friend goes missing, she gets entangled with the Vampires within the community, but doesn’t realize exactly what their rules entail. Before she knows it, they are blackmailing her into doing things that she doesn’t want to do. What mess did her friend get her into and how can she get out with her dignity and life intact?
Dufour has wonderful story-line, filled with creativity, originality and fascinating characters. The pace is very quick, but easy to follow. There are several decisions that the main character must make in the impossible situations that she is dealt, making the story spellbinding. The story appears to be written fairly well, although it is a bit short. This narrator seems to have a little trouble with some voice differentiation, but others were captivating. If you are a reader of paranormal or urban fantasy, this may be something to pick up the next time you are looking for a book to read. This is the first installment in the Void Series; therefore, the reader can dive right in without missing a thing.
An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Cornered Magic by Charissa Dufour.
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