THE DEPARTED HAVE ARRIVED.The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch, freewheeling Debunker, and ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for nailing human liars and banishing the wicked dead. But she’s keeping a dark secret from the Church: a little drug problem that’s landed her in hot and dangerous water.Chess owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump. And Bump wants immediate payback. All Chess has to do is dispatch a very nasty species of undead from an old airport. But the job involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and crossing swords with enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah!
**Summary taken from Goodreads*
A drug addict ghosting hunting witch? That right there would draw anyone into a book. I was excited to finally read Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane after hearing all the good things about this series and reading the great reviews. I wish i too could say i fell in love with it. But i didn't. A brief run down of the book is Ghosts are the big bad, Chess is a ghost hunter, a Debunker, she works for the church of truth who are now the big bosses of the world, she uses magic abilities to capture the ghosts and make every right with the world again. Because ghosts are the evil in town the church actually pays people if they have one, Chess has to investigate that the residents aren't telling porky fibs to earn a chunk of change. Add into the mix the world has kind of gone down the loo since the ghosts were running amok, Chess is addicted to drugs, and for some reason im not sure what, the Downside folk all seem to talk..well..weird!
I already know why i couldn't get into this book, It was difficult to finish and took me several nights, story nor characters engaged me long enough to want to finish. I enjoy urban fantasy if it has more character interaction than story, and UG seemed to be all story. Pill popping, ghosts, pill popping, ghosts.
Im all on board for a flawed heroine, i've read drug addicts before and loved the characters, but there seemed to be no reason why Chess took drugs like she did, she didn't even want to quit,never mentioned it, she seemed to just bounce from high to high and her motivations were always drug based. She took one job so she'd have money to buy her drugs, she double crossed one person so she'd have free drugs. She's having sex with a drug dealing pimp Lex i suspect not because of any chemistry but because he gives her free drugs. UGH! i really couldn't like her at all, but worse, i felt nothing for this character, not like nor loathing, just nothing.
Usually when a heroine falls short for me there is at least one character that can carry the book, that is mostly the Hero. Sadly not in this case. Terrible is described by the author as ugly! really? seriously? I always assumed heroes had to be at least easy on the eyes, and described well. even in gritty raw dark stories the hero is likeable. I see potential in Terrible, he seems to care, despite the world he lives in and his job as a drug dealers enforcer, but i just couldn't get past the way he spoke, it's not like any other hero i've come across before and he just didn't appeal to me.
And any time a book has worms coming out of a wound instantly loses me. it was all i could see even chapters later. *squick*
Plus points, yes there is a few =P
I liked Lex, rival gang leader/drug lord/pimp of a different section of town, i found his pet name "tulip" for Chess, endearing.
I saw potential for Terrible to grow, he seems to be a good guy underneath his tough rough and tumble slit your throat soon as look at you exterior.
I am onto book two right now, Unholy Magic. I've read a series before and not liked book one but gone on to adore the rest, so im hoping this is the same case, i hate not liking a book, for a reader that is so disappointing instead of being a page turner it actually bores you. Whilst i understand most people i've talked to love UG, i also understand everyone is not always going to like the same stories.
Unholy Ghosts is a dark, raw, gritty, sometimes gruesome, not at all happily ever after kind of book, and if you like all those qualities then you should check it out and form your own opinion of the book. This one just wasn't for me. It happens. I've moved onto book two with fresh eyes with the hope it will grab my interest.
I give Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane 2 Sparkles out of 5.
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