Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane
-Frigging Amazing! Why did it have to end?!
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.
Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch, freewheeling ghost hunter. She's got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: she owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and 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.
Unholy Ghosts is the first novel in the Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane.
Almost immediately, I was drawn into the story of Chess Putnam and "The powerful Church of Real Truth". This is an amazing book. Starting off, I knew
I'd like it, but I didn't realize how much. I honestly haven't read a Urban Fantasy I liked this much in a while.
Terrible is my favorite character by far. He reminded me of a character that J.R Ward would write. A strong, hugely built misunderstood man. He sort of
reminded me of Zsadist, which really made me love him. He's a man you have to look at deep to realize his beauty, unlike most novels male lead. He is someone I really hope to see more of in Chess's life. He's my new favorite male character of the month, that's for sure.
First description of Terrible:
"His crooked nose—it must have been broken several times—the way his brows jutted out like a
cliff over the ocean, the set of his jaw."
Second description of Terrible:
"It was strange to see him without a shirt on, though. Chess tended to think of his bowling shirts as armor, and stripped of them he…well, he still looked like a tank.
A surprisingly attractive tank. Tattoos and scars decorated his bare skin and a patch of thick dark hair spread over his chest and dipped down in a thin line to his waist, but underneath them was solid, sculpted
muscle, exquisitely delineated, obviously created from real work and not trips to a gym."
Chess is also an amazingly written character. She’s a good looking woman, covered in special Church-sanctioned tattoos and has a strong ability and
affinity for hunting and Banishing ghosts. She's a drug addict with a Betty Page hair style. Even though I'm not a fan of the drug part(but didn't mind
reading it), I love the idea of her Betty Page haircut. Very original for a Urban Fantasy character. I love it.
Another thing I like about Chess is that she isn't some tough, fighter chick. She's brave, smart and strong willed, but not a fighter. Even though I like many reads with a kick-ass heroine, I enjoyed this way for a change.
Lex is another story. Handsome, he is, but don't know quite what to think of him. Do I think he actually feels something for Chess? Yes. But I think he has alternative motives behind his feelings, and I don't' think it's going to end well for Chess. I'd like to say I hope I'm wrong, but I want Chess to be with Terrible, so I really hope something makes that happen! LOL
The novel is well paced, and never boring. It's a dark Urban Fantasy that will keep you on your toes and makes you beg for more. I read this all last night, and didn't go to sleep until 3 in the morning, because I honestly could not bring my self to stop. I needed to know what happened next, and I needed to
know right then! I'm going to be reading Unholy Magic tonight, I hope there's more Terrible and Chess action. *crosses fingers*
So, if your a fan of Dark/Urban Fantasy with a bit of paranormal romance, then Unholy Ghosts is the book for you. I wouldn't miss out of this book if I were you!
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Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance