Audiobook Review: Unlucky by Cynthia St. Aubin


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Accused of stealing gold from an infamous Irish street gang, paranormal psychologist Matilda Schmidt will die in exactly five days if she doesn’t cough it up – guilty or not. With minutes ticking away and her office overrun by a leprechaun who’s loopier than he is lucky, Matilda makes a deal with a demigod – give him one night in her bed and he’ll help her locate the missing gold.

But when Matilda’s recent one-night stand shows up with inside information about the heist she’s being framed for, she finds herself caught between a hit man and a demigod both offering to protect her – if they don’t kill each other first.

If Matilda’s luck doesn’t change soon, death might be the only thing waiting for her at the end of the rainbow.

The Enchanted Alley’s Review

We reviewed the paperback version of Unlucky a while back, but thanks to the lovely Cynthia St. Aubin, we had the opportunity to review the audiobook version as well, and what a treat!

You can read our review of the story here.

Today’s review will focus on Hollie Jackson, the talented narrator for this book. St. Aubin creates hilarious characters, and Jackson does an absolutely amazing job of bringing those various characters to life. I am sure the outtakes for these have to be hilarious. I know I couldn’t narrate them without falling into a puddle of laughter. Jackson’s ability to switch between characters is remarkable, and her general narration is clear and easy to follow.

I laughed all the way through the story when I read it on the page; however, adding the narration gave it a life I never expected. I will definitely pick up more audiobooks in this series.

5 Lamps

Enchanted Rating: 5


Essential Info:

Title:  Unlucky (from The Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt) 

Author: Cynthia St. Aubin

Narrator: Hollie Jackson

Publisher: Cynthia St. Aubin

Listening Time: 3 hours, 3 minutes

Release Date: March 25, 2016

Audible Link: Buy it HERE



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Blog Tour Stop: Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter

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We here at the Alley have a special treat for you today!

We’re hopping onto the blog train and have some special goodies for you.

We have an exclusive excerpt from Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter, an ARC review, and a giveaway!

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Excerpt #8

Eli walked a little ahead of me, to one side. I followed in his wake, passing the fighting rings where Gee was teaching two security types to fight with the sword. At the same time. A sword in each hand, he was keeping them both occupied as they tried to prevent their armor and their bodies, protected beneath, from being cut into nice even ribbons of bleeding flesh. It was like dancing, maybe some violent love child of the flamenco and the tango.

Eli nodded to Leo, a little head tilt granting Leo temporary command status. Very temporary. Eli and Leo both shifted their attention to me and I was about to speak when something changed in the air. Eli shouted, “Jane!”

I threw myself to the floor, twisting my body into a horizontal roll, taking the fall on shoulder and outer foot. Hearing my shoe crack the wood. Smelling Gee DiMercy. Feeling a sword slice the air beside my face. I’m being attacked. I rolled behind the metal bleachers. Attacked by Leo’s Mercy Blade.

Enchanted Alley’s Review

I’ve been a reader of the Jane Yellowrock series since Skinwalker first came out. It was actually the first book I ever bought in e-book. I keep reviewing these and saying how they just can’t get any better, but somehow, they do. The past couple books have seen an increase both political strife and character development, and Shadow Rites follows that trend. It also tries to see how many times we can kill Jane before she actually dies.

First, on the political front, we’re still waiting on the European Vamps, but I have a feeling that might be an event that doesn’t come until the end of the series. It’s been building for a long time, and if my guesses are right, it might the peak of the series arc. But, we’ll see what happens! I’m excited for them to show up.

On the relationship front, with Rick out of the way, I’ve enjoyed seeing the relationship between Bruiser and Jane grow, which is even more evident in Shadow Rites! My favorite Jane and Bruiser scenes are still the infamous bacon t-shirt scene and a scene some of you all might have forgotten about from earlier in the series where they start making out in the middle of a shootout in a bed and breakfast in Natchez. I think that might be my favorite scene yet. There are some good scenes in Shadow Rites too, but I don’t want to give anything away.

And there’s Eli. *swoon* (He’s my favorite character.)

And sweet Angie Baby. She makes my heart melt and scares the hell out of me at the same time.

I’m really looking forward to the next book because the tension is building pretty heavily and I know things are going to have to explode soon!

5 Lamps

Tour Wide Giveaway! 

There is a tour-wide giveaway for 1 complete set of the Jane Yellowrock series (all 10 novels!), plus one $100 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card.

Find the giveaway details on the tour page.

About Shadow Rites

SHADOW RITES (Jane Yellowrock #10) | Mass Market Paperback | $7.99 | 368 pages | April 5, 2016 | ISBN: 9780451465979


Slaying vampires is child’s play for skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But handling the complicated politics of New Orleans’ supernatural players is another story…

Jane is keeping the peace between visiting groups of witches and vamps in the city, but then trouble comes knocking on her doorstep. When her house is magically attacked, the wild chase to find her assailants unearths a mystery that has literally been buried deep.

A missing master vampire, presumed long deceased, is found chained in a pit…undead, raving mad, and in the company of two human bodies. Now it’s up to Jane to find out who kept the vampire hidden for so long and why, because the incident could tip already high supernatural tensions to an all-out arcane war.

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About Faith Hunter


FaithHunter2SmallFaith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series:  the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. (There is a role playing game based on the series, ROGUE MAGE.)

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 30+ books in print in 29 countries.

Hunter writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

Find Faith online at, her blog, on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads; also, and