Once Upon a Hallow’s Eve Audiobook by Danielle Garrett (REVIEW)

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Review of: Once Upon a Hallow's Eve Audiobook
Danielle Garrett

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On January 10, 2019
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Once Upon a Hallow’s Eve Audiobook

By: Danielle Garrett

Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi

Published by: Tantor Audio 09/19/18

Once Upon a Hallow's Eve (Haven Paranormal Romance #1) by Danielle Garrett read by Amanda Ronconi

Once Upon a Hallow’s Eve Audiobook Sample

Once Upon a Hallow’s Eve Audiobook

4 Hearts

This book is the first book in a spinoff series from the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery Series. You can read this book without having read the original series. It follows Lacey, a vampire princess, who has been “hiding” from her family for several years. She’s just been forced to come home and get married, as is tradition.

While, this series is listed as a paranormal romance, versus the paranormal cozy mystery of the original series, this series still has its share of mystery. Her best friend goes missing and the man the friend was with is found dead in Lacey’s room.

Lacey wants to spend her time finding her friend, but her father has other plans. He has a competition for a group of bachelors to compete for the chance to marry Lacey. She is not impressed with them, well, except for Mathias. He is a bit different from all the others.

I really enjoyed this start to a new series. We really get to learn a lot more about vampire society (something that really isn’t covered in the Beechwood Harbor series). We also get to see a new side to Lacey. She really isn’t much of a likable character in Beechwood Harbor, but in her own book, you really start to learn about why she is the way she is. She’s much more likable. I’m very interested in seeing what is next for this series.

Once Upon a Hallow’s Eve Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

Amanda Ronconi continues to do a great job with this world that Danielle Garrett has created. Ronconi is very well known for her ability to bring the humor out of story, which she continues to do here, even though this book has less humor than the original series. There is nothing I can say about Amanda Ronconi that I haven’t already said. Let me just say, if you haven’t tried her yet, you really should give her a try.

From a young age, Danielle Garrett was obsessed with fantastic places and the stories set in them. As a lifelong bookworm, she’s gone on hundreds of adventures through the eyes of wizards, princesses, elves, and some rather wonderful everyday people as well.

Danielle now lives in Oregon and while she travels as often as possible, she wouldn’t call anywhere else home. She shares her life with her husband and their house full of animals, and when not writing, spends her time being a house servant for three extremely spoiled cats.

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Narrator: Amanda Ronconi

Narrator: Amanda Ronconi

I am an actress, narrator and writer who divides my time between New York City and Upstate New York.  I have a BFA from NYU where I studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory.  I have performed in theaters around New York City as well as regionally at The Alley, Capital Rep and many productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

My Off-Broadway solo comedy, Shirley at the Tropicana, received critical acclaim and was subsequently featured in The New York Times.  Film and TV credits include Daydream Believer (Slamdance 2001’s Best Dramatic Feature winner), The Understudy, Deadly Sins (ID Discovery), IFC’s Get Hit and Chasing Paradise. National network and regional commercials include Chase Bank, Sony and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  My voiceover work encompasses over 70 audiobooks available on Audible.com.

I like to thanks Tantor Media for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. It looks fun there! I think it’s something I could enjoy too!

  2. I need light and fun right now and I like that this is on the lighter side. I will definitley have to look for the audiobook. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. AHa, spin off! I thought it looked similar

    • Jen is the one who found it. I completely missed it at first. It’s a fun spinoff.

  4. neat that Lacey won you over more in her own story and that you got more background into vampires with this spinoff, but still get the mystery, too.

    • I do like when an author redeems a especially flawed character in a later book.

    • Not nearly as many vampire books coming out as there used to be, but the ones I’ve read have been fun ones.

  5. Sounds good! I have the first book of the other series on my wishlist. I like when you get to see a different side of a character like that.

  6. I need to check out the original series but this sounds like it will be fun as well. I might like it more than the cozy mystery I think.

  7. Glad to know you don’t need to read the original series. Love this cover. Thanks for the review Melanie

    • The covers for her books are all really cute. I think you can start with this book, no problem.

  8. I was thinking I had heard of this author’s name before. Did Ronconi narrate the original series too? I don’t read a lot of the cozy mystery types, but this one may be worth a try if you don’t really need to know the back story from the original series.

    • Yes, Ronconi has narrated all of her books. This author has two more coming out soon (an anthology for the original series and what appears to be another spinoff), Ronconi is narrating those too.

  9. Great review! I really enjoyed this one as well. I agree you don’t have to have read the original series – but I do think it makes the transformation in Lacey more enjoyable with that background info. I look forward to finding out more about this world in future titles.

  10. This sounds like such a fun book! I love Ronconi so the audiobook would be the way to go. Great review!

  11. I like that Lacey ended up a better character than in the first series. Looks like a fun, light listen with a bit of mystery. Sometimes that’s just the thing you need.

    • This is a fun light read with some mystery to it. It is exactly what I need sometimes. 😀

    • The only reason I saw it was because of Jen at That’s What I’m Talking About. 🙂 Did you see there were two on the last list? One looks like an Anthology. The other was ghost mysteries, which sounds interesting.

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