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Thursday, September 5

Audio Reads: Wake the Dead by Stacey Rourke


*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

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A long long time ago (a.k.a. ten years ago), I found myself becoming a fan of the supernatural television series after watching the first season of True Blood and a little bit later I became a fan of the "Sooke Stackhouse" book series by Charaline Harris. Then I started reading other supernatural authors, such as Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison.

In late August, I listened to my very first supernatural audiobook, titled Wake the Dead by Stacey Rourke, which is book one of six in The Journals of Octavia Hollows series. The paperback and eBook versions were released by Anchor Group Publishing back in February 2019. The Audio Flow just released the title as an audiobook on August 23rd with Brenda Scott Wlazlo as the narrator.

Wake the Dead centers around necromancer Octavia Hollows, a woman who has the ability to bring the dead back to life. Along with her pet pig, Bacon, Octavia finds herself helping to solve the mystery to why a young boy is rapidly growing old! The one and only person who might have knowledge to what is going on is the boy's nurse, Nikki, who happens to be dead! 

Octavia must use her supernatural skills to bring Nikki back from the dead to solve the mystery. However, things are easier said than done as this nurse as a slew of issues that Octavia has to deal with first. 
 

Final Thoughts

I had no clue what to expect from Wake the Dead before I started listening to the audiobook. To my surprise, the story is hilarious. Octavia, a.k.a. the main the character, is 100% sarcastic, which could have been annoying but that isn't the case thanks to some clever writing and funny dialogue. I instantly liked the character. How could I not like a character who has a pet pig named Bacon? Come on! You have to love a character who carries a pig in a baby sling!

The audiobook is only 2 hours and 30 minutes, and thanks to the way it's written, the story goes by pretty fast.

Overall, Wake the Dead is a fun little tale with an unique character, smart dialogue, and fast-paced storytelling.


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