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A Witch and a Fish by Selene Charles
Narrator: Chelsea Stephens, Shaun Grindell
Series: Grimm Chronicles #3
Published by Tantor Audio on February 11, 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 7 hours, 36 minutes
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
Welcome to a world of fantasy, fairy tales, and murder most foul...
Never should have been the end of my problems. I should be back on Grimm. With Hook. Hating Crowley. And working alongside my partner, the Hatter. But life rarely turns out how I expect. The Sea Witch, and oh, incidentally my mother, has told me I’m a witch. Not just any witch either, but one of the biggest bad. I wouldn’t believe her, except I can do magick now. Unfortunately I can’t do enough to escape the predicament I’m in. Hook’s dead. Crowley’s dead. And I’m alone in a realm that hates my guts. And there has been a murder. My sister’s, Aquata’s. The realm blames me. I didn’t do it, but I have no allies who’ll believe me. Worse yet, my father—their King—was injured in the attack and he’s now in a coma. I have days to prove my innocence before they toss me into the eternal pit of torment. Thankfully, I’ll discover that I’m not as alone as I once feared. But trusting this person might very well spell the death of me…
I believe I can officially say A Witch and A Fish solidifies The Grimm Chronicles as a Reverse Harem. If you don’t know what that it is, I like to think of it as being a lot like The Bachelorette. There is one girl and all the hot guys want her. They all know about each other and pal around or are frenemies and are basically just cool about the fact she is trying to chose or not chose between all of them. Sure, in the end she might end up with ‘The One’ but until then she is just going to sleep with all of them at some point. And just like The Bachelorette, I’m both fascinated and slightly disgusted by the entire thing. But really that is just the monogamist in me, don’t mind her.
Even though sometimes I have a few ewww feelings about the Reverse Harem, I do like the story. We are in Grimm and there are all kinds of fairytale lives happening in different realms like Neverland, Wonderland, Grimm, the Undersea and a few strange places in-between. The main character, Arielle (a darker version of yes, THAT Ariel), is a detective and she has just been pulled into another mystery trying to solve the murder of one of her sisters. She is stuck without her usual partner, the Hatter, and will need to rely on the man/wolf that was on hot on her tail in the past, when she wasn’t the nicest little fish in the sea.
We get to learn more of Arielle’s roots and how she grew up. Just for fun there is a prophecy to contend with and a Djinn, who was like a father to our little mermaid. Also, don’t forget the Sea Witch is loose now and could pop up at any time. Elle will need to really dig in if she is going to make it out of this predicament alive.
I like Arielle for the most part and being in the undersea was fun. I really enjoy exploring the different realms in this world. I don’t want to say too much about the overall story, since it would get spoilery, but I’m a bit invested in the characters at this point, well at least two of the characters. I’m loving Arielle and Hatter so I was really sad they didn’t have much page time together here, but the Hatter is turning out to be the most interesting character in this series by far.
Will you like this series? Well the writing is interesting and it is reminiscent of the show Once Upon a Time but I think that you’d need to be okay with the reverse harem. Not to shame our heroine but it is only the third book and she has slept with four different characters. Not everyone is going to be okay with that in there reading. But if you are, then there is some fun to be found here.
Shaun Grindell and Chelsea Stephens team up again in the dual PoV for the series. Shaun captures the voice of the Hatter well and I enjoyed the timber and tone of his narrative. Chelsea has more narration time in the story since she does the PoV for the main character and I think I like her a little better in each book. I listened to this at my usual 1.5x speed.
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