Channing has a lot of great things going for this novel: cover, author name (kinda unintentionally awesome), title (!), engaging plot and that enigmatChanning has a lot of great things going for this novel: cover, author name (kinda unintentionally awesome), title (!), engaging plot and that enigmatic "nailed it." If you dig paranormal vampire tales but are tired of the regurgitated fare that copy-cats like a puzzle piece that can't find its fit, WKM will hit the spot.
Axelia is living abroad in Italy with a foreign host family. Sugar plums dance in her head with the potential she feels the place holds; a blank canvas for adventure. When a exotically cute boy takes an interest in her, she shuns intuition in favor or recklessness. Soon her choice lands Axelia in a peril so final there seems to be no hope. Then the extraordinary happens and she becomes the thing that hunted her.
Axelia is not a weak heroine in need of rescuing and I normally don't dig that. I like the woman-in-peril gets saved by hunk-o-love scenario. However, Channing has such a way of writing to allow the MC's vulnerabilities to shine through and not make this story read like every other urban fantasy tale that needs a kick @ss heroine to make it. Our girl is tough but has a fragile edge that causes the reader to root for her. If you like a multi-dimensional heroine then you'll like this. Also, though the MC is almost 18, this doesn't have that "young" adult feel. It's more of the YA crossover/Mature YA and could easily progress into the New Adult realm with book number two. Addressing age-appropriateness, this book is multi-genre with elements of both dark urban fantasy (a sub-genre of horror) and paranormal romance. There are some fairly horrific things happening with a decent amount of violence. I'd think high school and above on this.
This is a 4.5 star read that centered between very good and outstanding so it was easy to round up to a five star. Channing has worked as a journalist and her skills for tight prose, a narrative voice that paints scenes and hard-core pacing shines in this short novel. I look forward to reading more of her work. Fans of Tammy Blackwell, JL Bryan, SM Reine and Dannika Dark should like this work....more
These stories of the Downside Ghosts are hopelessly addictive! There just isn't enough dark urban fantasy that rivals these. ANGELFALL had the same deThese stories of the Downside Ghosts are hopelessly addictive! There just isn't enough dark urban fantasy that rivals these. ANGELFALL had the same decrepit lurching speed as these tales do but was geared more for young adult readers. This series is fully adult and gets edgier with each subsequent installment.
GHOSTS is no different. Delivering action sequence after action sequence of Chess in peril. But she's so tough, she never needs a man to rescue her. That is one of the things I don't like so much: Chess is almost too independent. There is no interdependence. In book three, she allows the facade of her self-preservation to crack just enough to let the one man in she is scared to trust but must. In the end, Chess decides to take a leap of faith. But the big question remains: can she tow the mark?
I am dying here! CHASING MAGIC will not release until June 26! The pain! The misery! Must. Know. What. Happens next! Ugh! Okay... this fourth book ofI am dying here! CHASING MAGIC will not release until June 26! The pain! The misery! Must. Know. What. Happens next! Ugh! Okay... this fourth book of the Downside Series is absolutely perfect. What I totally loved was the snippets of Chess's past that are finally revealed. Why, in the name of the Good Lord is she using drugs? Well... we find out and it's not the neat little package of assumptions we thought it'd be. Why does she have such a hard time trusting? Answers there too. I was beginning to be unsympathetic toward Chess by book number four. I was thinking, "clean up your act!" Now, I understand that her internal framework is a myriad of depravity, abuse and memories she cloaks through drug abuse. Gotcha.
Where will our heroine be in book five? I don't know but I can't wait to read and find out!...more
This installment takes off exactly from the ending of book #1 and never lets off the throttle! It is a roller coaster ride from the inception, dragginThis installment takes off exactly from the ending of book #1 and never lets off the throttle! It is a roller coaster ride from the inception, dragging the reader by the hair and whipping them off their collective feet until the finish. This was a five star: from the artfully decadent prose that left you gasping through love scenes that bordered on violent to hideous circumstances no human being should have been able to survive. Fantastic.
Each of the four books has one major mystery with a heady undercurrent of sexual tension between Chess, Lex and of course, Terrible. The reluctant hero that is flawed, hot, built and stoically moral despite an environment that is depraved beyond what we know.
The relationship between Terrible and Chess sits more solidly and blooms like a reluctant flower between two people that have become porcupines due to abusive backgrounds yet somehow find each other. MAGIC also expounds on the natural skills which Chess possesses in her witchcraft. The "why" and tantalizing other details about the Facts are Truth order come to the surface to fascinate the reader. Chess's world is such a fascinating mix of very old-world and modern. The reader never knows what to expect.
But expect this: a great mystery wrapped up in a tight bundle of taut erotic tension and action....more
I'm going to try and Rein. It. In. with this four book series but not without effort! This is a fantastic dark urban fantasy series that is gritty, daI'm going to try and Rein. It. In. with this four book series but not without effort! This is a fantastic dark urban fantasy series that is gritty, dark, real and uncompromising. Kane has flavors of the Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton. However, there is more "meat" and less sex in these works. They really smack of Hamilton's earlier works that I adored (#s 1-10) with the detective/action angles. If you like your urban fantasy served up dark, this is totally the series for you.
Chess Putnam, is a drifting loner who believes deeply in the calling she's been assigned: church witch. She is also equally challenged by an upbringing that's left her bereft of the typical emotional foundation most people possess. She's tough and fragile, rolled up in an intoxicatingly mad mix that has the reader rooting for her and worrying after her. Splendid! The world-building is solid and what I really dug was the made-up language of the Downside residents. It's a little off-putting at first as it reads "wrong" but it is so "right" with the depth that it allows into the story. The differences of the people in this dystopian world come alive as you read them. You see them, feel them, hear them. It's story telling at its best.
This debut installment establishes the first Debunking we see from Chess and how she handles herself through her addictions; both with drugs and with her numbing obsession for superficial relationships.
This first book was a 4.5 for me. It was disturbing and messy, with elements I didn't agree with on a personal level. In the end, none of that mattered. I went ahead and read... UNHOLY MAGIC....more