Review: Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane

Posted September 24, 2011 by Francesca in Reviews / 2 Comments

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Review: Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane
Unholy Magic
by Stacia Kane

4 Stars


Released: July 6, 2010
Series: Downside Ghosts #2
Published by Del Rey
Pages: 343



After reading book one, and being shocked by the storyline in this series, I find myself a lot more comfortable with Chess and her issues in this book. Don’t ask me why. I get it. It didn’t bother me as much.Now that being said… Chess is a lot more vulnerable in this book. She is trying to do her job, which now consists in going to a celebrity’s house to prove that he doesn’t really have a ghost problem.

Well, that is her mission with the Church. But of course, she has to do side jobs for her “friends”. Terrible asks her to investigate something going on at an abandoned airport. Lex on the other hand also has interests in that same investigation. So she ends up working for both behind both backs.

And there in lays the problem. This book was a royal mess! A big fuck up. A WHAT THE HELL WAS SHE THINKING???? I mean, if the fact that she keeps getting high, especially when she’s on the job, is not enough to make you think she’s missing a few screws, then her actions in this book have made her certifiably nuts.

Here is a wonderful guy, Terrible. Yeah, I know, he’s ugly, he works for a drug dealer/pimp. Not your standard hero material. But I can’t help but feel an attraction to him. It’s in the way he cares for Chess. How he’s always there for her, and would give his life (and almost does) for her. He can look pass her issues and see the good inside of her that she can’t see herself. And what she does to him in this book, well, it simply puts her on my bad side. Yes, I cried. I wanted to scream at her! How could she do this? This is not going to be an easy fix.

Can I bitch some more about that? Because it really got to me. Yeah? OK, how can you have a guy open up his heart and serve it on a platter for you the way he did, and you just stomp all over it. And tap dance on it. Damn! It just broke my heart.

But at least Chess was on her game with her investigations! I loved the story! This series is dark and intense. Ms. Kane has created a very unique world an I’ll be back for more!

Favorite Quote:

“But I ain’t, I ain’t think I can take it. Waking up next to you on the morn, have you fake like nothing happened. Or say, aight thanks, maybe we can try that again on the sometime. I know how you run it. Keepin’ it cool and no repeats, and I dig it aight? Got your reasons. So I figured…I figured you’d really wanted me, you’d say. Like now, maybe, if you dig. I’ll fucking carry you down to your place on a run if you tell me aight. Get you on your back before the next word comes out your mouth. But you oughta have yourself certain, ‘cuz I ain’t looking for charity, and I ain’t letting you go after. Once? Once ain’t enough for me. Dig?” 

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Carol L.
Carol L.

Thanks for this open and honest review. Haven’t read book 1 yet but I’ll get to it because now I have to keep going.
Carol L
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Even though the review isn’t perfect, the book definitely got the reviewers emotions in an uproar – always a good thing in a book review even if the review isn’t all good. There still seems to be a lot excellent part of the book and I’m still going to start with book #1 as soon as my book budget $$ is renewed.
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