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Shrill Dusk

(City of Magic #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,359 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Charley is a cleaner by day and a professional gambler by night. She might be haunted by her tragic past but she's never thought of herself as anything or anyone special. Until, that is, things start to go terribly wrong all across the city of Manchester. Between plagues of rats, firestorms and the gleaming blue eyes of a sexy Scottish werewolf, she might just have landed ...more
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published January 4th 2019
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Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shrill Disk by Helen Harper and narrated by Ruth Urquhart is a story about magic and how magic and a magical object helped take over a city! The magic transformed people into all types of creatures! There are plenty of side stories going on too. This is the story of Charlie as she is right in the middle of this magical mayhem! Great magical fun and disasters!
Narration was excellent!
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Shrill Dusk is book one in the City of Magic by Helen Harper.

I’m not sure if I missed a book or series before this one; because when we start the story we are following Charley who seems to be a side character - while the main characters are in the back ground fighting to stop the apocalypse.

I liked Charley to a point. She kept her positivity and faith in the essential goodness of man when everything was going to shit, but she was also incredibly naive. Charley isn’t sure what the heck is happ
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charley was your average human until an unusual encounter in the ladies’ room that will transform her life forever. Charley finds herself magically enhanced and her home in Manchester has become a magically infused post-apocalyptic town that is cut off from the rest of the world.

Choosing to stay in Manchester, Charley finds herself teaming up with a reluctant werewolf, an actress vampire and some everyday humans who have decided to stay in “their city”.

Fun, fast and intriguing, Harper world buil
Rating: 5 stars

This story takes place in Manchester, one of my favorite cities, so I admit, I am predisposed towards the novel. The plot is sorta-kinda connected to the universe of Box of Frogs aka Fracture Fairy series. The difference is that I want to continue reading this series. I truly like Charlie/Charlotte, the MC, and the insane plot she is pressed into with all of the crazies.

All in all, this was an AbFab beginning darling. Tra-la-la!

On for more!

This book had good potential but in the end, it just turned out alright for me...

Lots of unnecessary info-dumping, lots of self-sacrifical behaviour and self-righteousness from the main character(s), lots of eye-rolling moments.

But, it was an easy read and I did like the plot and the general idea.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Helen Harper for this arc.

I thought this was a short and easy read... the pace was fast without being breathtaking. A good book for the young adult reader (even though it isn't being marketed as such... a couple of kisses only, reasonably clean language). Ambitious world building with some interesting paranormal elements. I thought the characters were the weakest part of the book. By the end of it, I was so irritated with Charley's naivety I was ready to slap some sense i
Lyndi W.
Jan 23, 2019 marked it as d-n-f
I can't believe I'm DNFing at 61% but here we are. This girl is outrageously self-sacrificing to the point that she's downright fucking stupid. Offensively stupid! She's like one of those people that rescues dozens of stray cats and lets them live in their house and buys them all kinds of cat towers and toys and shit while she has a horrible cat allergy.

Oh, and the hero is a douchebag.

I find Helen Harper's writing works very well for me, I can really slip into her books and time flies by. And I
Elley Murray
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't know why, but the first half of this book reads like Charley is the side character and there's some other book going on where the main characters are fighting to stop the apocalypse, and then here's this side character going on about her side character/NPC business while the main characters do their apocalypse-stopping main character thing. Is there another series that runs parallel to this? Like there are some weird crossover episodes when the TV shows Buffy and Angel were running concu ...more

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I had had a good time with another of the author’s novels and I was really curious to discover something else about her. I must say that the synopsis and the cover really made me want to discover it!

Charley is haunted by a tragic event of her youth, but today she is a housekeeper and poker addict, and she lives a little on the margins of society. Yet a magical apocalypse will change all that and she will find herself dealing with things she thought were
This was my first book by Ms. Helen Harper and while I didn't exactly love it I didn't hate it either. It simply didn't wow me. It had a very interesting beginning, a messy, very messy middle and an ok ending. That messy middle kept losing my interest and I had to force myself to keep reading it instead of the book pulling me in. If the book was a little longer I'd probably give up and not finish it. There were also so many secondary characters popping up and deciding to live in Charley’s house ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
I am DNFing this book at 36%. This is NOT because I hated it, it was...okay. However, I made a resolution that for 2019 I would stop reading "just okay" books. I know if I had continued to read I would have given this 3 stars but I am after 3.5 star reads and above only this year, unfortunately tat may mean I give a lot of DNFs along the way.

However, I do recommend you try Harper's A Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic series, I read it last year and adored it.
Tiera McMillian
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
*I received a copy of this through NetGalley and the author Helen Harper in exchange for an honest review.*

This is one of those books where I really just didn't know how to rate it. I almost want to really break everything down and rate everything individually because there were some aspects of this book that were really enjoyable for me, and at the same time I had major issues with the story line which I will explain a little more in depth in a minute. Let me start with the authors note at the
Danielle Annett
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun take on the Urban Fantasy genre.
Our heroine is a character well loved in previous books who is finally taking center stage. While a bit chaotic at times, the book reads fast paced and takes you one one hell of a ride.
Helen creates a truly unique world and relatable characters for the reader to connect with.
Fans of Darynda Jones or Linsey Hall would enjoy Shrill Dusk. It checks all the boxes for a kick butt heroine taking on the baddies.
One one negative would be that the middle gets a bit h
May 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF 42%
I’m not a fan of bleeding hearts.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindleunlimited
Apocalyptic setting. Although I think Helen Harper writes well, this particular series isn’t my cuppa tea.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Recieved an ARC for an honest review.

There were so many things wrong with this book I don't even know where to start. The book started of with a sophisticated, almost dark aura which quickly disintegrated into complete amateur middle grade writing.

The protagonist Charley's personality was so choppy I didn't understand why she was doing what she was doing half the time. In one scene she's so cynical and in the next she's the first one to try and comfort a random person. She's one of those com
I received this book as an ARC from the author, but this review is all my own. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which follows the aftermath of the events at the end of Skulk of Foxes (The Fractured Faery #3), but with a different protagonist this time in the form of Charley.

Charley is just a normal human in the city of Manchester that is now buzzing with magic. However, things change drastically for her when she finds her housemate has changed and two strangers appear on her doorstep to help! Un
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I first came across this author with her Blood Destiny series. That was a few years ago, when I came across this title on Netgalley the cover caught my attention first, then I noticed who wrote it. I was more than eager to reacquaint myself with this author.

Shrill Dusk falls into that grey area of not quite YA but not your typical NA either. Or should I just say it’s a cleaner NA than most on the market. Shrill Dusk is on the sweeter side of things than the steamy. No real content or language wa
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the prologue protagonist Charley experiences a profound loss and 11 years later we see her still dealing with the aftermath.

The book starts when strange events are talking place in Manchester, UK, where Charley lives. It looks like the Apocalypse is near and in a short period of time she is confronted with faeries, werewolves, her roommate shifting etc. And she takes it all in stride!

I have read books by this author before (especially liked the Slouch Witch series!) but somehow this did not
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read this author before and really enjoyed her. When I came across an opportunity to read this series starter by her, I jumped at the chance. As I found her other books to be, this one had great writing, interesting characters, and a fun plot. There were some crossover characters from another series, but as someone who hadn’t read the other series, I was in no way confused. In fact, I now want to read the other series to see what lead us to this point. This is the type of book I find to be ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
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Well what can say - I am huge fan of Helen's but this book was ...better in expectation than on paper or should I mobi, lol.

There is really nothing wrong with this story, and I really enjoyed the leading lady Charley, who reminded me a bit of Bernadette in Big Bang (a pocket rocket).

But this didn't save the story, it was all just so insta .... everything just worked almost to perfectly ...all filled with love and roses, and just not for me.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
A spin-off from the Manchester series, which I wasn't overenthusiastic about. But the tiresome heroine of the earlier series is gone, and Charlie is a welcome replacement. After a bit of pottering about in the early chapters, while we rehash the ending of the last volume of the earlier series, things get going steadily and build up to an everything but the kitchen sink conclusion. Short but fun.
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Her life was normal with a job during the day while at night she was a gambler. Life is about to be turned upside down. She will meet a werewolf and a war is starting. Is she the only one who can stop it? How will she do it? Can she do it? See How she gets on

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Debbie Eyre
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun dystopian style urban fantasy read filled with magic, humour, sarcasm, fab characters, old and new apparently and a great storyline! As this is a spin off from another series I will definitely have to go read them whilst waiting for book 2!
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uf
I will confess I totally fell in love with the cover of this book. Then a friend mentioned there was a pink elephant in the story and I couldn't resist giving it a try.

This book is weird, fun, and very entertaining.

I will confess I had my doubts when reading the prologue, but once the story actually started I was soon hooked. Strange things are happening in Manchester, and Charley soon finds herself in the middle of weirdness, danger, and magic. As she and her roommate try to stay alive danger k
Raven Anne
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't at all remember how the other series ended, but otherwise good
This reminded me a lot of the Fractured Faery. Not surprising since some of the characters are included in both stories, and the events are overlapping. To be honest, I didn't really like Fractured Faery, it got way too silly for me, and was some sort of an absurdist comedy. This was more to my liking, it was still ridiculously insane, but not quite as silly.

The pace of the story is fast with lots of action, and as always with Helen Harpers books, I enjoyed reading it. The pink elephant was an e
Lucy Dosch
May 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Understanding that this is the first book in a series, the set up of took a lot of time and was a bit draggy. On the plus side, this Helen Harper story was actually narrated with a British accent.

I enjoyed Helen Harper’s Slouch Witch series, so I was happy to download a review copy of her new series also involving magic.

In Shrill Dusk, we follow Charley who is employed as a cleaner but mostly is a professional gambler. Charley also has a strong need to save everyone which is how she ends up owin
Hope Walker
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley-books
To be noted:

I was given an ARC copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This book was free, and my review is not biased towards that fact in any way. These are my opinions only, (as everyone is entitled to them) and should only be taken as an idea for whether or not you would like to read the book yourself. In the end, no matter what review I give, props to the author for writing what they love, and actually publishing a book.

Shrill Dusk

3.7 stars rounded up**

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