Okay this book is the best so far. My emotions went up and down while spinning all around. It was awesome just like the rest of the series. I was shocOkay this book is the best so far. My emotions went up and down while spinning all around. It was awesome just like the rest of the series. I was shocked many times in this book! The last 1/4 th of the book should get an award alone for the heartbreak and amazing come back from the brink of no return! I cannot lie, I cried really hard toward the end. But they turned into tears of joy and all I want to do now is read the next book.
Seriously, if you have not read this series well shame on you! I beg you to try it and I think you will be quite surprised how awesome it is! ...more
4.75 Stars I did love this book it was so close to being 5 stars. However, I think this is my least fave out of all of them so it gets knocked down a4.75 Stars I did love this book it was so close to being 5 stars. However, I think this is my least fave out of all of them so it gets knocked down a 1/4th a point. ...more
3.5 Stars. I did like this book but I just didn't connect with it like the last book. I know I read it fast but that was mainly due to 1. waiting / ho3.5 Stars. I did like this book but I just didn't connect with it like the last book. I know I read it fast but that was mainly due to 1. waiting / hoping Devlin would make an appearance 2. trying to find some closure or a good spot to stop without having nightmares.
It does seem funny but I am a wimp when it comes to horror and murder mysteries.
This book is all about Amelia and learning her history. See gets commissioned to restore Asher Cemetery but was really hired to restore more than that. Amelia is also left to solve a murder that is closer to home than she can ever image. My one big star reducer goes by the name Thane. This man replaced Devlin in this book. I figure he is going to be important in books down the road but I just didn't connect with him. I spent most of his scenes wondering if Devlin would show up. There were hints at a connection between the two men, Emerson College. But Devlin never showed and the story completed itself, for the met part. I would suggest reading this book to understand Amelia's background but be warned there is no Devlin.
I could not put this book down last night. It could have been due to some irrational fear that I might have nightmares, yes I am a scaredy cat. But II could not put this book down last night. It could have been due to some irrational fear that I might have nightmares, yes I am a scaredy cat. But I will say it was because to book was very intriguing.
Amelia restores Graveyards. Why you ask? Well she can see ghosts. Since she saw her first ghost at age 9 see has been following her fathers rules when it comes to this curse I mean gift. She must never let them know that she can see them. They will attach themselves to her and drain her life force. She must also avoid those that are haunted. She is to never tempt fate. These are a few of the rules she must follow. But when Detective Devlin drags her into a murder case she will break all her rules and face the consequences.
Everyone this is a Must Read!!! It was awesome. The only books that I can think of that is close to this is Grave Witch. This book makes you laugh andEveryone this is a Must Read!!! It was awesome. The only books that I can think of that is close to this is Grave Witch. This book makes you laugh and then cry. Take a chance and read this book. You will not be disappointed .
Warning : I have Spoilers in this review. I just could not review its awesomeness without spoiling a few things here and there.
Okay, I know I have sa Warning : I have Spoilers in this review. I just could not review its awesomeness without spoiling a few things here and there.
Okay, I know I have said 'this book is the best so far' starting at book 2 or 3 but I have to say it again. This book is my favorite so far! We all know and love Chessiebomb and Terrible. I mean they are my favorite couple along with Zsadist and Bella from BDB and a few more. My point it that these books are pure awesome, right? Right. Now add...Zombies to this awesomeness and you get Chasing Magic. Yes, I said Zombies! I know I never expected it to happen in this series but Stacia Kane went there and I loved it!
Recommend : Anyone who has read the Downside Ghosts series will adore this book. If you haven't given this series a try well do it. You have nothing to loose and everything to gain by looking at life from the other side of town.
Let's take a walk down Chasing Magic lane :
1. Debunking Gone Awry
Chess decides to go into the home of the family she is debunking for and handing over their sentence. They were found to be faking and therefore will be sent to jail. Now she was told that the Black Squad would be there for back up when she handed this over, but she was pulled in before they arrived. Trying put off the inevitable for her own safety an awkward silence decends. They ask her to take a seat. This is where it all went downhill. Her phone beeps with a text saying that the calvary has arrived and so she delievers the verdict. Guilty with a nice sentence of prison for the parents and foster care for the children. However, they had bought protection from a Witch. Yes, Chess was being forced under his dark spell thanks to that stupid chair.
We all know that Chess is one bad mofo so she forces herself to chant the Banishing words to break the spell. It was working until the witch hit her in the face. Oh no, it was on like Donkey Kong after that. Chess uses moves that Terrible taught her and packing them with her power. He didn't know what hit him and Chess would have been done is Mrs. Darnell, one of the guilty parents, didn't bring a gun to the fight. That lovely distraction gave the witch time to move in and the battle between them ramped up a notch. Where the hell was the Black Squad? Who knows, but Chess had to defuse the situation if she wanted to make it out alive. Dodging bullets she managed to wrestle away the gun which gave her the edge she needed to finish this fight and go home.
"The front door flew open-the Black Squad, their own guns drawn, their all-black uniforms and helmets like moving ink spots against the pale walls. "You're late."
2. Hit Man Hired
Lex being the ever caring individual that he is, and really I think he does love Chess in his own way, offers Terrible a job as His Enforcer. This would kill two birds with one stone. Terrible would no longer work for Bump and so they would not have to go after each other with Chess in the middle. Also Lex would have an Enforcer which at this time he was looking at getting one due to the fact that he took over his fathers business.
Terrible has strong ties to Bump due to the fact that Bump took Terrible off the streets and raised him. There is no way that Terrible would work for Lex even if it would make things easier for all. Chess already knows this and tries to keep the pissing contest from escalating to beatings. Lex says his piece and Terrible declines but Lex leaves with this warning:
"Oughta give one more thing the mentions here. You ain't wanna come on with me ... means I get on finding one who will, dig, get me a steelman of my owns. Ain't sure Downside got size enough for two, aye? Rather not be fighting you causen of Tulip, but ... got plans, I do, an I ain't losing em."
The most dangerous part about the whole situation is that Lex knows Terrible's weakness thanks from past information. Now Lex hires the gun and hands over the amunition to take down the man that Chessie loves.
3. Drug Rampage
It would not be a Downside Ghost book if we didn't have any added drama of an attack on both Drug Lords. This time our drama comes by the name of Speed. The major problem they are having with this drug is that it causes the user to go crazy, literally they are losing their minds.
"Mine friend, him taken the speed. Bangin it. Him gone all fluffcutty, ain't won't leave him room, screamin them after he, screamin on ghosts in him head."
"Him done gone out on the morn, come back with blood on he. All wet blood. Fucked in crazy, him bein. Talkin to he, ain't like he, ain't in he eyes. The him come back, start screamin. Then go all silent on the again."
People are dying from taking this Speed and doing all sorts of things that just aren't normal, even for those on drugs. Highly addictive, this drug is being brought in from someone else. Bump is blaming Lex, but Lex's side is being hit as well. So Chess is on the search for finding out why and where the Speed is coming from while Terrible is helping hunt down the dealers.
4. Zombie Control
Welcome to Stacia Kane's Zombies. They are not the decomposing kind but living, breathing people. She has woven the idea of Zombies with living souls that are under magic control. I found that these zombies were quite unique from the typical view.
"His soul-if the soul is under that much control, I mean, if it's been so strongly ordered to carry out a particular task, it'll force the body to keep going. Like, you know how under hypnosis, people can be injured without feeling it?" "Aye." "That's kind of like what this is. His soul isn't his own, its powered by someone else, which means his body is powered by someone else. So it doesn't matter what happens to his body. As long as it can move, it will."
These types of Zombies pop-up all over the book. This one just happens to be the first sighting and also the reason that Chess knows there is more to this Drug problem than meets the eye. It was not only the speed in his system but a spell bag in his pocket that bound him. Now the race is on to finding the puppeteer and getting rid of him before he gets rid of them.
5. Which Witch Is Which?
A Witch is running rampant making zombies to do his dirty work. Thanks to the above highlight we know that this is a problem. Chess is on the hunt for the witch and keeps running into dead ends right and left.
"So whoever made that spell got heself a killer ain't can be killed, aye? Got heself a weapon can be used anyplace." She nodded. Bump raised his eyebrows, tilted his head. "Damn, then, Ladybird. Lookin like you got some fuckin tough work coming, catchin em all."
When does Chessie not have her hands full with working side jobs for Bump?
6. The Great Reveal and Elder Griffin's Bonding
Elder Griffin asks Chessie to bring Terrible with her to his bonding. Chess agrees because out of everyone she really does want his approval since he is a father figure to her. Terrible argues with her several times about how she doesn't have to bring him and how it will look with him there. But Chess doesn't care.
"Terrible. You are coming. And if anybody doesn't like it they can fuck off. That includes you." His lips twitched, "You givin me the orders now, aye?" "Yes. So cut it out."
Chess did manage to get Terrible to come with her. The bonding scene was really sweet and I can only hope that Chess and Terrible will actually become bonded at some point. Well after Elder Griffin and Keith were bonded she waited to introduce them to Terrible. Chess was relieved that Elder Griffin and Keith didn't seem to judge Terrible when they met him but as Elder Griffin shook Terrible's hand...
"His eyes cut to Chess, so fast she wasn't entirely sure she'd seen it. What was that? It looked like a double-take; it looked like some kind of surprise or even disappointment. Shock, really. That was it, shock."
We later find out that Elder Griffin felt Chessie's magic in Terrible which lead to her telling him the story about how she saved Terrible's life. Since she bound him with a sigil and killed a psychopomp you can imagine how Elder Griffin took this.
"He'd seen her; he saw her clearly enough now."
"Elder Griffin wasn't realizing that beneath the surface she was perfect. He was realizing she was worthless. And he'd never be able to see anything else, at least so she figured. How could he ever forgive her?"
7. Tender Moments
I think this is my favorite part of this book. I thought that Terrible and Chessie had the best moments in this book. I mean really I probably cried more during reading this book than any of the others. You are warned that you might shed some tears. I would like to share a few of these tender moments with you.
"He came around to her side and opened her door for her, eyeing her up and down as she got out of the car. His hand squeezed hers; a slight twist of his arm turned her to face him, standing not quite a foot away with his face in shadow. "Shit. You so fuckin pretty, Chessie. True thing. So ... ain't even can breathe sometimes."
I don't want too give too much away, but I had to put this scene in. Love it! I hope you enjoy too.
"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 ain't can do it, bein without you." He rubbed his neck, pressed his palm into his furrowed brow and took a swipe at his eyes. Cleared his throat, twice. "Don't want to. An even if I did, ain't can leave you down there on your alones. How I can do that one, aye? Leave my Chessiebomb there without me. 'Specially knowin you scared on it"
"I don't want to be here without you, either. I can't-I don't want to be anywhere if you're not there." "Naw, naw, Chessie, ain't wanting you- Only had the thought you come down see me, ain't meant-" "No. No, I don't want that. Being here without you-I'd rather be in the City. With you. I don't want to be without you. I don't care where, I can't do it, I don't-" His hands on the side of her face lifted her to her tiptoes, lifted her almost off her feet. Maybe he actually did; she didn't know, because she was floating, flying, his mouth on hers sending her off the roof and into that blank lonely sky above. The sky that suddenly didn't look so lonely, the sky that was maybe ... peaceful. "Love you, Chessie," he murmured. "Ain't never ... Fuckin love you, more'n anything."
8. New Kid on the Block
Chessie gets a break in the Speed/Zombie outbreak. Terrible was able to get a dealer to interrogate about where the drugs are coming from. Chess had a hard time at the beginning with watching Terrible work until she paused and thought about what was truly happening.
"...she thought of living people trapped inside bodies compelled by another person, their souls crying out but unable to escape, their freedom stolen. Flesh was a hell of a prison."
Terrible did manage to break the dealer who happened to be from the gang Southpaws in Baltimore. Oh yes, there is a new kid in town who wants to take all of Downside. It is actually quite brilliant get both sides to fight each other and swoop in when the most damage has been done. I know the news just keeps getting better and better. But Chessie thinks that this type of planning is too elaborate for a regular gang someone has to be pulling their strings.
9. Sinking of the Titanic
We get to take a walk down by the seaside during this book. Chess is able to make a link from person to person till she ran into a ship. This ship is suppose to be the future of trade and comes attached to a man who has a daughter that is/was caught up in all the drug deals. Not picking up an ounce of magic from the owner or his household Chess takes Terrible down to the ship to check it out. Wouldn't you know during this little trip they meet Mr. Witch. Barely managing to make their escape they decide to make a plan to take down the witch and his zombies. Lex and Terrible have to work together yet again but the tension is high with a truce only being called till the witch dies.
Things go from bad to worse before the Agneta Katina or as I like to call it the Titanic ends up sinking to the bottom with no hope of resurrection. Trust me this last stand is intensely awesome. The whole zombie army idea was the best I have seen in this series. Loved it.
10. Knock Out Drag Out Fight
After being beaten up and drowned Chessie drags herself over to the Fight. Oh yes, the ending to this book was well worth it. Hit Man and Terrible are in it to win it. No holding back; it is kill or be killed and this fight scene will pluck your heart strings till you cry.
"He wasn't moving, holy fuck he wasn't-She couldn't breathe. It felt as if someone had taken a sledgehammer and slammed it into her chest. Yes, he had the sigil on him, and it would hold his soul, but what if his body was too damaged to recover, what if his brain was damaged, would he want to live if he couldn't walk, if he- Shit. A bird. A bird screeched over head, and she couldn't help but look up at it, couldn't help but see it. A bird. A psychopomp, here to collect a soul. Oh fuck..."
I hope you enjoyed taking this walk with me. There are still many things in this book that I have not brought up and that I think you will love along as well. This book truly out shines the last 4 books. I am excited to see where Stacia Kane goes from here.
To end my review I would like to sum this book up with one word, Change. I think for Chessie this book is all about her changing her life; seeing what needs changed and finding the will to do it.
I want to thank Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book to review....more
Wow! This series just keeps getting better and better. I don't know how Devon Monk keeps surprising me 8 books in but I tell you I did not see half ofWow! This series just keeps getting better and better. I don't know how Devon Monk keeps surprising me 8 books in but I tell you I did not see half of it coming. It ended too soon as usual and I am dying for the next book. If you have not read this series then you are missing out! Honestly it is a must read! ...more
5 Stars baby !!! I laughed. I cried. I even wanted to shake a few characters. It was awesome! Great ending to the trilogy. However, I suspect another5 Stars baby !!! I laughed. I cried. I even wanted to shake a few characters. It was awesome! Great ending to the trilogy. However, I suspect another book with Archer and Sophie will be on the way.
Recommend:Looking for a new paranormal series with a sexy alpha male, down to earth girl, vampire daExcellent Paranormal Mystery & Romance Book!!!
Recommend:Looking for a new paranormal series with a sexy alpha male, down to earth girl, vampire dad, witches, werewolves, shifters, and a ghost's mystery than look no farther. This IS your book. Nice change of pace in the Paranormal World.
Reason's why I LOVED it: *Strong character's. I could understand them all and felt as if they were my friends. *Jason is a HOT, Sexy baseball player who is a shifter. He owns the building Merry rents from. I want a condo with all windows for the roof of the living room/kitchen. *Merry is extremely down to earth. She is a nurse and enjoys caring for others. She has moved out due to being suffocated by protective family. Little does she know her biological father resides where she rents. *Favorite side character's were Sly(vampire dad) and Nathan(raven shifter, works at the friendly morgue) . Sly saves Merry's life. You might also shed a few tears as you learn about his connection with her. Nathan made me laugh more then most. I mean come on he works at a morgue. Okay I won't forget the witches either. I mean what goes on in there room doesn't need to be discussed.
Few things that disappointed me: *The plot seemed to be on a role in the beginning. There was an outward struggle with some character's. Then it turned inward to relationship struggles. I felt like I went from mystery book to full out romance.
There was so many awesome moments in this book I just have to share a two quotes for all of you Chessiebomb andOriginally posted at Sisters Unedited
There was so many awesome moments in this book I just have to share a two quotes for all of you Chessiebomb and Terrible Fans!
"Seeing him was like being hit in the chest. Like something exploding inside her, a quick ravenous fire that made her shiver. So bright and hot it still amazed her that no one else seemed to notice it, that every eye in the place didn't turn to her while she went incandescent."
“Always want you, Chessiebomb. Always.”
Recommend: Everyone who has read and loved the Downside Ghosts Series! If you haven't read any then shame on you. These books are an addiction. Once you start you just can't stop.
The book starts off in an abandoned building with Chess doing what she does best, getting rid of Ghosts. This time around though she has help in the form of Riley, a new graduate. They quickly track down what all the noise is about as they stumble upon 3 teenage boys looking for a thrill. They got more than they bargained for when not 1 not 2 not even 3 but 4 ghosts show up on a rampage. Chess starts spouting of things that need to be done such as make a circle and get the kids out etc. Riley freezes and then freaks out.
"In its reflection, Riley's face looked even paler. The only thing keeping hers from looking the same-assuming it didn't, which she was just going to go ahead and assume- was the fact that she was still just high enough to be not quite as scared as she should be. And the fact that she was an absolute fucking expert at lying to herself."
She is left with a split second decision to either try to talk Riley into helping or pull-up her big girl panties and do it all. Now the option she chooses is the one that we know and love her for making, she takes on 4 ghosts all by herself and gets those boys the hell out of that room. YEA Chess! This women can seriously kick-butt!
After she gets rid of all 4 ghosts, Go Chess, she makes her way to Trickster's Bar. She spots Terrible along the back wall and her blood gets pumping and her heart starts racing 100 miles a minute.
"Knew, too, that the face she looked at wasn't ugly, that it was strong and it was Terrible's. That meant it was hers to look at as much as she wanted, and that made something she thought might be genuine happiness ride higher in her chest."
They end up heading out of the club on some "business" due to the fact that they are keeping their relationship a secret for now. They only made it out the back door before their hands started wandering and sparks flew! Wow baby do they ever. The tension between these two is wound tight! But like usual things start to go wrong for Chess. Terrible is called to take Chess to a building on the outskirts of Bump's territory where a fire started. The next things she knows she is pulled in on a new case for Bump, who thinks it is Slobag's men doing the burning. Chess then has an added case from the Church that takes her into Slobag's territory. Personalities Clash and Terrible and Chess's relationship gets hit hard when she has to spend time in Lex's area.
Will Chessie and Terrible be able to hang on to their little piece of Paradise? Where does Chess's loyalty lie with Bump or Slobag? Will she have to turn one over to save the other? Read and find out!
*We get to see a softer more emotional side of Terrible. He opens up to Chessie about his feeling. Well, as open as a drug enforcer can get. Chessie opens up to him as well.
“Chessie … shit, Chessie, I love you so bad.” His teeth on her throat, biting hard, his lips soothing the spot. “So fucking much, so … so bad.”
“Aw, naw, ain’t sayin that. You do what you need an ain’t try telling you no, but … takin you to bed, want you there, not just your body. An want you knowin it’s me. Love you, Chess. Dig?”
Overall this book was better then the last 3 and I loved the 3rd one! I can't wait to see what happens next. Trust me you are in for a surprise at the end of this book. I never saw it coming and Stacia Kane throws a new wrench in the plot. I love it!
As Chess says at the end : "It was her problem, and she'd deal with it. Because dealing with personal problems was so fucking high on her list of skills."
Wow that was better than I expected. This book reminds me of another book but for the life of me I just can't remember what one right now. I will comeWow that was better than I expected. This book reminds me of another book but for the life of me I just can't remember what one right now. I will come back to write a short review tomorrow when I am not ready to pass out from exhaustion.