ENEMIES DON’T NEED TO BE ALIVE TO BE DEADLY.For Chess Putnam, finding herself near-fatally poisoned by a con psychic and then stopping a murderous ghost is just another day on the job. As an agent of the Church of Real Truth, Chess must expose those looking to profit from the world’s unpleasant little poltergeist problem—humans filing false claims of hauntings—all while staving off any undead who really are looking for a kill. But Chess has been extra busy these days, coping with a new “celebrity” assignment while trying on her own time to help some desperate prostitutes.Someone’s taking out the hookers of Downside in the most gruesome way, and Chess is sure the rumors that it’s the work of a ghost are way off base. But proving herself right means walking in the path of a maniac, not to mention standing between the two men in her life just as they—along with their ruthless employers—are moving closer to a catastrophic showdown. Someone is dealing in murder, sex, and the supernatural, and once again Chess finds herself right in the crossfire
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Read my 'Unholy Ghosts' Reviews HERE
I only read this book for one reason only, because i already had bought it :P After having rated the first book 2 out of 5 i wasn't looking forward to Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane at all. For two reasons i am glad i did read it. One: the plot really improved on this one, It didn't feel to be all over the place. It was centred on a famous guys house, Chess had to investigate to see if his house really was haunted or he was trying to swindle money from the church of truth. The secondary storyline was Chess again working for Bump her drug dealer, his prostitutes are being killed and it looks like its a ghost with a human sidekick doing the slicing and dicing.
The second reason i am glad i read this one: Terrible. No, i wont be adding him to book boyfriend status any time soon, he's not someone that would make me swoon or have the panties squeal. BUT i found myself liking his sections of the book. He is this really tough brutal enforcer, he does what needs to be done, if that means snapping someone's neck so be it. But Stacia Kane gave him another dimension i was not expecting, a sweet gentle man who has feelings and emotions enough to feel sad for him when his feelings got hurt, i'm just going to put it out there, Chess doesn't deserve him. Walk away Terrible! All that sucking face with Terrible then the next thing Chess is climbing into bed with Lex. Im all for a heroine being all powerful and free and having what she wants, who she wants, but don't tell the poor mutton chops you're digging him to them slink yourself over Lex to use him 'cause you're frustrated over Terrible, there's names for girls like that.
While i saw vast improvements from book one 'Unholy Ghosts' this could have easily read the same. Chess got assignments from both the church and Bump. Chess had ongoing drug issues, Chess had conflicts with both Lex and Terrible. It just felt too 'samey' from book one. And if i had to turn the page to again see Chess off her face on drugs, or going cold turkey 'cause she couldn't have drugs i was going to strangle something. Her drug use felt like the star of the book sometimes, and yes i get she's had a bad life previously, but her drugs grate on me, it is the reason for everything she does.
Still not liking the 'down speak' although i was prepared for it this time, but what i did like was Kane's writing style (minus the down speak) she weaves things in and out and just gives the perfect description to objects and people, it doesn't need any effort at all to picture the world she is creating, that is rare for an author to do, some do too little descriptions, others do too much. I'd definitely read this author again if she has any other books/series out.
I'm unlikely to read City of Ghosts i have to be honest, if i was, it would be for the reason only to see how things progressed with Terrible and Chess, will they, wont they. That has always been a hook to grab me into a story. While i don't fancy the mutton chops off Terrible (That means there's more of him for the 'Terrible Crew') I do like where his character is going, he is intriguing.
I give Unholy Magic 3 Sparkles out of 5.
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