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Chasing Magic (Downside Ghosts #5)

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  4,616 Ratings  ·  494 Reviews

Magic-wielding Churchwitch and secret addict Chess Putnam knows better than anyone just how high a price people are willing to pay for a chemical rush. But when someone with money to burn and a penchant for black magic starts tampering with Downside’s drug supply, Chess realizes that the unlucky customers are paying with their souls—and taking the innocent w
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 376 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2012)
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Chasing Magic, the 5th book in Stacia Kane’s highly addicting Downside Ghost series is officially my favorite, I want to have babies with it, book for 2012. Chasing Magic is the only book this year that brought me close to tears because it was an, uber intense read. No other book has done this. There’s a scene toward the end where the protagonist, Chess, and her lover Terrible are going into battle and may not survive. We see the true depth of feelings these two have for one another and one simp ...more
It's no secret that the only reason I continued reading this series, instead of dropping it after Unholy Ghosts like I'd initially planned, is because of what a superb human being Stacia Kane is.

After Chasing Magic though, I am DONE. Done with Chess, her drama llama ways, and her majorly screwed-up life. I highly doubt I'll be continuing Downside Ghosts after this one because frankly, I'm beginning to hate Chess.

To sum it up, Chess's self-pity party never ends. I understand she's been through a
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Oh Terrible.

Emily May
Jul 08, 2012 Emily May rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal-uf, arc, 2012

Aww. I do love a man who's willing to hold your hair for you while you throw up all over the place. They're so hard to find these days...

Yes, that's right. My Terrible love continues. I honestly don't know what it is about this scarred, ugly beast of a man who talks like he's dumb, but the guy has something. He's fucking adorable. How is it that he can call Chess "Chessiebomb" and get away with it? Chessiebomb. You'd think I would need someone to hold my hair for me after that one. It just shows
I know I’m not the only one who starts to get that feeling of dread as a series I love gets longer and longer. There’s a part of me that’s always just waiting for the installment that jumps the shark. It’s not like it hasn’t happened before. And the first four books in this series have all been so good! The stakes are even higher. Well, never fear! As your advanced warning system, I’m here to happily wave the olly-olly-oxen-free flag and assure you that this one is everything that we’ve come to ...more
Aug 31, 2012 Tom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
I love writing the number 5!! Not 4.5 or 4.7 it is a 5!!! I sooo loved this book and only had 2 problems with it.
1. I am now at an impasse on my favorite book of all time with this being tied with City of Ghosts.
2. I have no more Downside books waiting in the wings to save me from a slump!

I’m really not even sure about how to go about a review for this book. If you are reading Chasing Magic you already get what it is going to be about. I loved that for most of the book there is not that triangl
Pamela / SpazP
Jul 06, 2012 Pamela / SpazP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
ARC review, contains no spoilers but assumes familiarity with the series itself.

Chasing Magic is the fifth book in Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series, and is easily one of my favorites so far. The war in Downside between Bump and Lex is very real now, after Slowbag's demise in the previous book, Sacrificial Magic. Chess is caught in the middle, still having ties with Lex for her seemingly never-ending drug use, and her newfound friendship with his sister Blue, yet on the down low developing a
Rosa, really
Jul 12, 2014 Rosa, really rated it really liked it

The absolute suckiest thing about finishing this book? There is NO release date for Downside #6. NONE.


I know, Alan Rickman. It sucks.

What did I love most about this book?

Oh, Terrible….you make me feel so very happy when I sigh and say your name. Ms. Kane, how do you take huge, scary, ugly mob enforcer and make him swoon worthy? In real life, I would definitely run across the street and walk in the opposite direction if Terrible was around. When I read Chasing Magic, I found myself clutching my ereader to my chest and sighing….

Chasing Magic has Chess once again fighting her inner demons. If you recall from previous books, our heroine is a pill-popping, drug addic
Jun 04, 2012 HeatherJay rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I’m writing this review at the end of April but will not post on GR until the beginning of June, a little closer to the official release date. I do this mainly so I can purvey the appropriate amount of ass-kissery to Stacia Kane that she so richly deserves. I would hate to think that any delay in putting thoughts to paper would dilute my complete and utter adulation for her. Okay, now that I’ve successfully reached uber-fan/creepy fangurl status, let’s talk Chasing Magic…..

If it isn’t obvious y
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

It’s so hard to put into words just how incredible this book, and indeed, this whole series is, at least not without rehashing the entire story for you or including spoilers. The entire atmosphere of the Downside Ghosts series, with not only the entire Church/ghosts/churchwitch setup but also of the realities of life in Downside for all its good and all its evil just draws you into their world and refuses to let you go
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...looking up at the sky, pale and starless above the city's glow. Chess looked up at it, too, at that blank stretch of cloudy gray covering the world like a sheet pulled over its head. [The thought] of it made pain and loneliness twist in her chest. Pain because she wasn't part of that sky, would never be a part of it, because it looked like a home she could never enter. She'd never know what it was like to be so peaceful.

Thanks to NetGalley for the
Mimi Smith
Jul 16, 2014 Mimi Smith rated it liked it
Shelves: uf-r
3.5 stars

Because what matters is that we bond with those we love, and stay with them and live in Truth
-Families and Truth

Downside World 501 by Mimi

You know what? I think we can skip this part now. There are still things that surprise me and are unclear to me when it comes to magic and the world, but I'm dealing with it. Frankly, with the rules changing every book, and magic expanding, there's little point. What is important to keep track of is... Chess&Terrible of course.


Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
Oh. My. God.

Without question, this is now my favorite book in the series. A title that was previously held by City of Ghosts. This book starts with Chess finishing up a Debunking assignment. It is the only real "church" work you see her doing. Fine by me. That just means more Chess + Terrible. Which is really what we all want at this point, now that they are FINALLY together, and secure in their relationship. And they are so damn cute.

"Shit. You so fuckin pretty, Chessie. True thing. So ... ain'
Duchess Nicole

I love being in Downside, which is quite honestly a very odd thing to say. It's such a dark, lonely, hopeless place. But my goodness, what a world! Every time I read another in this series, I'm just blown away. Something about these characters is so endearing, even with all of their faults.

In Chasing Magic, Chess and Terrible are once again tested in their relationship. Let me tell you, there are some nail biting moments in which I wasn't quite sure if Chess was going to make the right decis
Kim  *Mo Chridhe*

I'm sorry. I can't write a proper review. This will mainly be me gushing and professing my undying love for this book, okay?

Argh! How do I even begin to list what I loved? Okay. Let’s start with this:

My fears towards the end of Sacrificial Magic were validated here. Lex has taken over Slobag's position, and he has major plans - plans that included recruiting Terrible. Terrible's loyalty to Bump and his obvious hatred for Lex makes it an easy decision, but his refusal meant tha
Jul 08, 2012 Brandi rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
3.5 Stars


This is my least favorite of the Downside books so far, and it's because of Chess, not the writing or plot. I still love the way Kane writes and the world she has created, but I got really sick of Chess this time (well maybe sick isn't the right word...more like wrung out).

Of course there was a plethora of trouble occurring in Downside, and of course Chess was expected to solve any magical issues, and of course they somehow affect her legitimate working life. Does Chess co
Jul 13, 2014 Sofia rated it really liked it

It has been some time since I’ve read book number 4 but once I’ve read the first paragraph of this, the last published book in the series, I was right back home in Downside and quite happy to be so, thank you very much.

Unfortunately, Chess is still so troubled. With her I am as always confused. Chess world view - self view - is it realistic? - unfortunately yes - some people do spend a life time not seeing, blindly blundering along. Is it frustrating - extremely so - like when you have a friend
She was still who she was, after all. A junkie, a liar, someone who didn't know how to have a relationship, someone who really didn't deserve whatever happiness she managed to find. Someone terrified she'd do the wrong thing, say the wrong thing, terrified that she was going to fuck this up like she did everything else.

Chasing Magic is the fifth installment and thankfully not the last in the dark, gritty series Downside Ghosts. I say this every time so I'll just say it again, this is my most fav
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This review has been posted on my Happy Indulgence Blog. Check it out for more reviews!

Chasing Magic signifies the end of my monthly buddy read on Downside Ghosts, which makes me sort of sad (at least until the next book comes out). While Chess’s world is definitely dark, gritty and an emotional investment, I’ll kind of miss revisiting the world of Downside every month. This series just keeps on getting better and better; while the world building, slang language and Chess’s drug dependency takes
Oct 23, 2012 Keertana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swoooon
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Gosh, I have no words to express my love for this one. It is, by far, my favorite installment of this series and... Terrible. I can't even think straight just envisioning all the Chess and Terrible moments this book had...not to mention higher stakes, zombies, and a lot more positive character growth on Chess's part. Stacia Kane somehow manages to write such unique and different characters - one a drug addict and one a killer - and still make them realistic, relatable, and sit
Nov 15, 2012 Marissa rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Are my eyes deceiving me? Two Chess & Terrible books within three months!?!
Jul 02, 2012 Ferdy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Downside is as dangerous as ever - Lex and Bump are at war, people are being killed and there's a new player in town dealing drugs tainted with black magic. It's up to Chess and Terrible to investigate the tainted drugs that's causing it's users to go crazy.
There's a lot of good stuff in Chasing Magic but I didn't like it quite as much as Sacrificial Magic - which I absolutely adored.

-Thankfully, Terrible and Chess haven't turned into the one of those boring book couples like Cat/Bones
Whoa, what a rush! I feel as if I’ve just come back from Downside. These books suck you right into a dirty, gritty world, like you’re experiencing it all yourself, and it’s absolutely incredible!

Book 5 in the Downside Ghosts series, Chasing Magic moves at a great pace, with the action revolving around tainted drugs and an army of ghost-infused junkie zombies. Yeah… really! Awesome :) Chess is not working a case for the church, so the whole book focuses on her and Terrible working together to fig
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 stars

Posted on Under the Covers

Stacia Kane has done really well for herself with this year’s release. Both SACRIFICIAL MAGIC and now CHASING MAGIC have made it to my favorites of 2012 list. What’s so interesting about this series is that it continues to follow a drug addicted Churchwitch named Chess Putnam and her thug boyfriend, Terrible. As this is the fifth book in the series, I had a lot of expectations. Some of these where met while others weren’t.

In CHASING MAGIC, Chess doesn’t have a
Sharon ∞❥ is an angst book junkie ❥∞
**4 .5 stars**

Chess and Terrible are thrust back into the middle of things when people start acting like zombies and killing each other. They finally narrow things down to something being mixed into the drugs. On top of that, Lex is being a jerk...he tries to get Terrible to work for him and when he doesn't, he hires someone as big as Terrible to kill him. Things aren't going so great with Elder Griffin either after he realizes there's a bond between Chess and Terrible.

This book was a bit diffe
Katie Michaels
Jun 26, 2012 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it
It's no secret that I am a big fan of this series. I love the world-building. I love the originality. I LOVE the hero. And this was a good book. It wasn't my favorite in the series, though, and I'll get to why in just a minute.

The story begins as Sacrificial Magic did: with Chess and Terrible happy and in love. As someone who has seen what they've gone through to get to this point, it's so satisfying. Chess knows the treasure that she has in him; she acknowledges that he's her everything. And wh
Apr 02, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
While I have admittedly enjoyed all the books in this series, I *really* liked this installment. Chess and Terrible are together, Chess is totally screwed up, the bad guy is doing VERY BAD THINGS, Terrible is ... kinda awesome. It just worked for me on every level. Even when I was squealing in horror at some of the situations Chess got herself into, I was enthralled.

I never quite know how to think about Chess. She's a wreck and a junkie but she's very honest with herself in that regard. She had
Jul 25, 2012 Magda rated it it was amazing
4 stars for the story & an extra star for Terrible & the alpha smack down he brought on Chess.

Might write a review later but I have to add this:

“Mine, Chessie." [...] "Aye? Fuckin--mine. Not his.”

Love me some Terrible.
Aug 30, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! The hot scene had my jaw dropping like this

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Stacia Kane is the author of the light-hearted romantic urban fantasy "Megan Chase" series starting with PERSONAL DEMONS.

She currently writes the gritty dystopian urban fantasy "Downside" series starring Chess Putnam and featuring ghosts, human sacrifice, drugs, witchcraft, punk rock, and a badass '69 Chevelle. She bleaches her hair and wears a lot of black.
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Other Books in the Series

Downside Ghosts (6 books)
  • Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, #1)
  • Unholy Magic (Downside Ghosts, #2)
  • City of Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, #3)
  • Sacrificial Magic (Downside Ghosts, #4)
  • Unholy Luck (Downside Ghosts, #6)

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“I ain't...Don't know how to say it up right. Never--Fuck, Chess. Thought you was dead once before, you recall? Never felt so bad in my life, not ever. Then on the other day, thought you was gone and just....I can't do it, bein without you.” 44 likes
“Shit. You so fuckin pretty, Chessie. True thing. So … ain’t even can breathe sometimes.” 41 likes
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