Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Unholy Ghosts - Review

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. 
For Author/release info go HERE. 


14 Speak to Me:

Mandi said...

This is definitely a different book...drugs and ugliness are the main theme. I can totally see this not working for everyone. I fear if you don't like this, you won't like Unholy Magic...the crux of UM is the relationship between Chess and Terrible..I fell for Terrible hard - if you don't feel might want to skip UM. But let me know!

Minx said...

*throws chocolate*

Bug thumbs up for the honest review Bear, you are right some books just aren't for everyone, that is why there are so many out there.

I hope you do find the second book more engaging, what you said is true sometimes the first book is establishing, you don't love it as much but love the rest.

I haven't read ths book, an dI will think on it, I am with you with the worms... ICK

Sparklybearsy said...

@Mandi thanks hun! im going to give it a chance at least, i didn't like DarkFever at all, i didn't even finish it, but i went on to love the rest of the Fever series, so i am hoping perhaps this is the same. :)

@Minx Oooo choco, that's why you're my fave NE girl. MWAH!

thanks babes, all i could be is honest, i think i was pretty fair, i hope i was any way, i really do hate not liking a book, books are my air!

you may like it if you like your UF more story based than character/romance. I really do think i prefer PNR to straight UF, but then its just what grabs you really, some books are more appealing to others. You know i adore the ROARKE books, and that has hardly any romance in them, yet i am hooked in deep. Each to their own i say =) it's what makes us all different and awesome

thanks both for stopping by :)

Katiebabs/ KB said...

I just ordered all 3 books becauase of the evol pimping going on by my fellow book bloggers. I wonder how dark are we talking? How's the sexy time with Chess and her fugly men?

Sparklybearsy said...

@KB he! and i ordered the first two 'cus of the pimpage of this series. Hmmm is it a bad sign that i can't remember the one sexy time with chess and Lex? =P

I hope you like then, i look forward to hearing what you think =)

ps. if you're squimish, dont eat while you read this one =P

thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

I have to tell you why I actually liked the book - and I can respect why you didn't. I like UF - there really doesn't have to be any smex for me to love it, HOWEVER I liked Chess because she was a pill popper. My best friend in the whole world in High School was a pill head. She functioned just fine as long as she had the pills. I will NEVER forget the day she got held up after school, it was tragic, she was sweaty and jumpy and snappy for what looked like no reason. I tried to be the good friend and tell her to lay off em, but to no avail. She was into the pills for years until she got busted buying them from an undercover narc. She is clean these days from what I understand but the last time we talked she said the pull to just get some is always there, and until she HAD to give them up she no reason to try to give em up. Just saying.

And Terrible - what can I say he stole my heart with the orphans and then with the tire iron.

I am going to read book 2 soon - I am also a two book chance giver. I read book one of Lynn Vheils Darkyn series and HATED the hero. Like I wanted to stake him HATE. But I loved all the other books in the series. Same with Lee Child Jack Reacher series (thrillers - not PNR or UF at all) and I hated book one but have loved all the rest.

And here is some chocolate for being honest. : )

Sparklybearsy said...

@Lily thanks much hun for your opinion, that was rough for your friend, im glad she's doing good now.
I can get on board a drug addict heroine, i read one recently ETERNAL SEDUCTION and in context it was written well for the character it made sense you know, to me Chess gives no reason for taking the pills she does and it just consumed the whole book, her reasons for taking a job, the people she's around.

I wished i could have liked it, i feel like the kid at school who wears odd socks since im the only one who doesnt love it LOL!

Im giving book two a fresh chance, if only to see if there is any character progression with Lex or Terrible.

thanks for stopping by hun =)

Mollie said...

What the heck, I left a comment earlier to day but it doesn't appear it went through. Grr. that's what I get for trying to multi task! Anyway I said something along these lines:

I wasn't sure I'd like this either. Wasn't sure how I felt about a junkie for a heroine. But like so many others I just fell in love with this series!

I think Unholy Magic delves more into WHY she's an addict. Quite a bit more actually. And you do get a lot more character development with Terrible. So maybe you will enjoy UM more! I"m off to read City of Ghosts! :)

jaymzangel said...

great review bt, I know it was difficult to write a less than ecstatic one about a series that so many ppl love. hope book 2 changes your mind or if not, onward & upward! xoxo

Twimom227 said...

Thank you for your excellent and honest review. I have seen this book floating about and was on the fence about getting it. I'm going to wait to see your review of book two before I go further. Thanks!

Sparklybearsy said...

@Mollie hi hun, sorry your fisrt comment didnt stick, not sure why, but blogger is a fickle whore with a mind of his own. hopefully i will like something in UM, happy reading with COG :)

@jaymzangel thanks bt, i know you understand my angst when i have to write a less than glowing review, i really do hate to dislike a book, but it happens and i have plenty on my tbr to take away my disappointment! =D

@twimom227 Hi Jen! thanks hun, it was difficult to write lol i appreciate you stopping by!

Mwahs!! xoxox

Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} said...

Great review hon! I have to agree with a lot of what you said and I am right now finishing up this book... but Im actually enjoying it more than you did... I dont think the things that bothered you, bothered me so much...

the drug thing is not so cool... and the worms were gross though... yuck!


Sparklybearsy said...

@larissa thanks hun! i look forward to reading your review to get someone elses opinion, im glad you're liking it,im on book two right now and it's actually not irking me quite so much, perhaps because i was prepared lol!

Omgosh the works YACK! and it was so detailed too

Sparklybearsy said...

sheesh! worms not works =P

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