Monday, January 12, 2015

Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane

Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane
2010, Del Rey
Series: Book 2 of Downside Ghosts


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.

The Good: Chess drove me absolutely insane in this book. I had a strong desire to scream at her, shake some sense into her, something. I was so completely involved in the situations Chess got herself into that I don't think I moved at all the entire time I read this book. Glued to the page is an understatement. I could not put this book down. Things get very real for Chess on a personal level and I just could not get enough.

The Bad: Nothing at all.

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Hour of Dust and Ashes by Kelly Gay

The Hour of Dust and Ashes by Kelly Gay
2011, Pocket
Series: Book 3 of Charlie Madigan

Synopsis: To save her sister, she must stop a silent killer. . . . 

Protecting Atlanta from the off-world criminals of Underground is tough enough, but now Detective Charlie Madigan and her siren partner, Hank, learn that the addicts of the offworld drug ash have begun taking their own lives. Ash makes humans the perfect vessels for possession, and something or someone is leading them to their deaths. Charlie is desperate to save her addicted sister, Bryn, from a similar fate. As New Year’s Eve approaches and time runs out, Charlie makes a deadly bargain with an ancient race of beings and embarks on a dangerous journey into hellish Charbydon with Hank and the Revenant Rex to save Bryn and make it back before it’s too late. Only, for one of them, coming home means facing a fate worse then death. . . .

The Good: I love this series. I fell in love with Charlie from the first page of the first book and this book makes me love her that much harder. Oh, and Hank. I do love him so. Some really great action happens here, but more importantly, some extremely necessary character insights and developments. There are some phenomenal emotional highs and lows going on in this book. This series keeps getting better and better.

The Bad: Not a thing.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
2014, Harlequin Teen
Series: Book 3 of Blood of Eden

Synopsis: Vengeance will be hers.

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.


Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions - her creator Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost - the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, her triumph will be short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.


The Good: There was an interesting twist or two. Nothing completely mind blowing, but the book didn't follow the expected formula in its entirety.

The Bad: The whining and the angsting and the repetitive word choices. This final installment in the trilogy fails to meet the excitement level of the previous two books. The story is slow and nothing happens for the first two thirds of the book.