Monday, March 12, 2012

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane

Unholy Magic | [Stacia Kane]
Unholy Magic
by Stacia Kane 

Narrated by Bahni Turpin

(Downside Ghosts #2)

Seriously, if you have not started this series get off your butt and do it! FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC.

This is the going to be a hard review for me to write without spilling the whole story. UGH it was so awesomely heart breaking.

I rarely give a book 5 stars but I had to give this that extra star that the first book, Unholy Ghosts, didn't get. The reason for the extra star? Because of the emotional tug of war I had while reading it. I love Chess, I hate Chess, I want to slap her, I want to be her (minus the drug addiction). There was so many up and down moments between Chess and Terrible in this one that I was wore out after listening to it. There was one scene that I listened to twice because it was so good.

The sexual tension between these two are off the charts. And I love that they are one of those couples that doesn't get together in the first book. It keeps you hanging on to see if they will or won't make it. And you just know if they, do it will be explosive and life changing for the both of them.

“I figure you really wanted me you'd say. Like now, maybe, if you dig. I'll fuckin carry you down your place on a run, you tell me aye, get you on your back afore the next word comes out your mouth. But you oughta have yourself certain, causen I ain't lookin for charity, an I ain't lettin you go after. Once...once ain't enough for me, dig?”
O.M.G. Just reading that quote again makes me what to re-listen to the book again. Terrible is such a great anti-hero. I was told by friends that he might replace Jericho Barrons (Fever series) on the top of my list. He is very close; he and Barrons might have to hang out at the top together for awhile.

So here is a quick run down of what's going on in Unholy Magic. Chess gets another hunting case from the Church to debunk. This time its has the house of a famous movie star. And like in Unholy Ghosts there is a side mystery with dead hookers popping up all over Deadtown. Chess is put in the middle between the Church, Bump and Lex, again.

Chess works the case while trying to balance her personal and work life and stay alive in the process.

Wow you don't know how many times during this review I hit the delete button. It's really hard not to include spoilers when you love a book so much. For all you Urban Fantasy fans that has not started this series yet I highly recommend that you put down what you are reading and start this series TODAY.


  1. Love, love, love that quote. And it makes me even more anxious to get back into the Downside world. It's so hard to let go!

  2. So many books so little time...great review! I will be reading this series soon but not soon enough!

  3. It's really impressive. Lol now I really need to read this one as well. I hope I will think the same too. Great review.

  4. I'm almost done with this book, I only have 6 chapters left, so I only read the first few lines of your review, but I totally agree with the rating and the part about being such an emotional ride. So far I've made a 360 in regards to Chess, I'm understanding a lot more where she's coming from, and I finally feeling the sympathy that I couldn't muster in the first book.
    I'll come back and read the rest of your review, I'm sure it's good as always.
    I'm really enjoying the narrator, I think she's doing great with the dialogue and emotions.


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