Read: 14th – 23rd December 2019
Publication Date: 10th August 2019
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Title: The Journals of Octavia Hollows: Books 1-6 by Stacey Rourke
Genres: New Adult (NA), Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Brenda Scottt Wlazlo
Length: 14 hours 22 minutes
No. of Pages: 460
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.
This six novella series chronicles Octavia’s adventures in:
Wake the Dead
Dead Man’s Hand
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Dead as a Doornail
Source: ARC, Kindle Unlimited
I received this ARC, Kindle Unlimited for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
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The Journals of Octavia Hollows are set in America and each one sees our necromancing heroine, Octavia Hollows, in a different town faced with another supernatural mystery that only she and her piggy-companion, Bacon, can solve.
Quote from Book 1: Wake The Dead
“I craned my neck to find Bacon’s curly little tail trotting down the sidewalk. Passersby responded with gasps of awe at the cute little pork belly just trotting along. I, however, was over his piggy antics”
My Overall Rating:4/5
Plot: 3/5 – Flow: 4/5 – Character Development: 3/5 – World Building: 4/5
So, what did I like about The Journals of Octavia Hollows?
Stacey Rourke is a new-to-me author and I liked her writing style: I found these stories easy to read. The prose and pace used was good: the tales never feeling rushed and came without any dreaded information dumps or slumps.
I liked all the mysteries in this collection.
There is an interesting mystery tying all six books together plus additional mini-mysteries in each book. They were good and didn’t feel too convoluted but held enough mystery to hold my interest and keep me guessing.
I also downloaded this book for free using my Kindle Unlimited subscription.
I enjoy reading along while listening to a story. Brenda Scott Wlazlo is a new-to-me voice actor and as a narrated book, I was impressed with her performance. Loving the pace at which she read the story and her tonal adjustments for the dialogue. I think the narration encapsulated the character of Octavia Hollows and the feel of the story brilliantly. I would definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.
Octavia Hollows had all the personality traits I crave.
If you’ve read my reviews before, you’ll know that I enjoy a story more when our leading female character is intelligent, resilient, self-reliant and has plenty of gumption. I was pleasantly surprised. Although Octavia’s only 23, she exhibited all these traits. She’s also fantastically sarcastic with a snarky humour that made me smile throughout. While we’re on the subject of the characters, I couldn’t pass the opportunity to mention Bacon, Octavia’s sidekick the resurrected piglet. I loved his personality, quirks and Octavia’s relationship with him and the various references to her little piggy companion. It added a lovely charm to this urban fantasy box set.
I loved the fact that the adventure and mystery aspects of these stories kept me guessing, the action kept me on the edge of my seat, the emotions and various relationships, both platonic and romantic, made me go all dewy-eyed and the humour put a smile on my face.
So, um was there anything I disliked about this collection?
As you can tell from my rating, I really liked this collection and there were only a few aspects that took the shine off my enjoyment.
Ok, I’m just going to come out and say it.
I don’t like cliffhangers!
Especially perilous life-or-death-leave-the-reader-hanging cliffhangers. Frustratingly, there more than a couple in this box set: if I’d bought these books separately, I’d be very miffed. Grrr!
I also need to be honest and confess that, at times, Octavia’s actions annoyed me, and I think her snark crossed the line into rudeness. Maybe my niggles are a sign of my age, who knows, I just wish she’d been more open to listening (and taking) advice and had used her head rather than jumping in gung-ho.
So, basically, what I’m saying is?
I really enjoyed this urban fantasy box set.
These stories had all aspects that I look for in a great read: intelligent writing style that’s easy to read, main characters with depth of personality that I can like and believe in, depth of character in the supporting cast, believable background story and setting and a balanced mix of relationship, tension, action and mystery.
I would recommend this book to fans of mystery stories who enjoy adventure within an urban fantasy setting and don’t mind a bit of romance thrown in. There are no explicit or graphic violent or sexual scenes and so I feel comfortable recommending this book to anyone who likes reading paranormal mysteries.
So, has my review of THE JOURNALS OF OCTAVIA HOLLOWS (BOOKS 1-6) encouraged you to find out more? I do hope so. Click any of the links in this post. Keep reading to find out more about the author.
Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my review. I hope that my thoughts have tempted you to add this collection to your ever-growing TBR pile. 😉
Bye for now.