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Influential Magic

(Crescent City Fae #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,216 ratings  ·  268 reviews
It’s tough being a faery in New Orleans, a city fraught with vampires… especially when their very existence drains your life-force.

Willow Rhoswen, owner of The Fated Cupcake and part-time vampire hunter for the Void is having a rough week. Four years after her twin brother’s mysterious death, Willow’s life is threatened and the director saddles her with a new partner—her e
ebook, 318 pages
Published March 6th 2013 by Bayou Moon Press (first published February 28th 2013)
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Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Navessa by: Anne
Looking for an interesting take on the paranormal world? A plot you can’t predict? A character cast filled with faeries and vampires and witches and…Links? Links??? What the hell is a Link, you ask? In short, an awesome furball of a creature that when threatened goes from a cuddly little lapdog into a raging wolf.

I want one. I’d even carry him around in one of those hideous little dog purses just so I could toss him at someone when they pissed me off.

In this book he has a pretty important job
Marta Cox
I’ve read a couple of books by this author and enjoyed her quirky paranormal ideas. I’d had this on my kindle ages so finally sat down to sink myself into this world of Fae and Vampires. I liked the idea of Willow a faery working for good whilst still trying to understand just why her twin brother was previously murdered but sad to say the execution here just left me feeling flat. Perhaps it’s that the author has matured and grown as a writer which would explain why I’ve enjoyed her more recent ...more
I recall having had a go at this one before, and it's probably why I haven't ventured any further with this series.

This girl really gets up my nose. She's just so stupid, and that includes stupid question time. Truly stretched my disbelief to the farthest corners of the universe. Didn't get past chapter 2, and by then I was already banging my head against the wall.
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Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Willow is a fae known for cooking up foods that are spelled for different things. Most importantly of all, she is known for making the most notorious spell of all kind known as "orange influence". Unless administered in the course of justice, this substance is highly illegal. Willow is also pretty well-known for her vampire sensing abilities.

When she comes back from a break at her home-town, she finds herself forced to partner with her ex-boyfriend, who has also turned vamp
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Willow Rhoswen is a faery. She lives in New Orleans and works as the owner of a bakery, The Fated Cupcake, and as an undercover agent for the Void Agency (supernatural police officer).

After a visit to her home town, Willow returns to New Orleans to find that her ex-boyfriend has been turned into a vampire and has a warning that her life is in danger.

Caught between her fellings for David, her ex-now vampire-boyfriend, and Talisen, her best friends, Willow must decide who to trust and who holds h
Michelle Leah Olson
Holy crow!!
This book blew me away...
Being a big fan of Charlaine Harris's Sookie Sackhouse, Kim Harrison's The Hollows, and early Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake I had an instant connection with this book because it does have some of the same sort of 'feel', but dare I even say this... as a fresh new read, I may have enjoyed it even more than those! *gasp*
The twists and turns were astounding; I never knew what was going to happen. The characters were incredibly well developed and garnered inst
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
So much action! Willow really is having a bad week. He ex is a vampire, her boss is out to get her and her best friend is acting odd. I enjoyed this fun and funny book and will be reading the next one.
Kathy Martin
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
INFLUENTIAL MAGIC was an entertaining new urban fantasy novel that provides a new take on faeries and vampires. Willow Roswen is a faery complete with wings. Her magic is life magic. She uses her magic on herbs and other living things to infuse them with magic. She runs a cupcake shop and sell her projects. However, in her research, she has found some other products that could be put to questionable use. One of the most liable to misuse is a product that lets someone influence the person it is g ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Influential Magic is the first book in the Crescent City Fae and with this book Deanna Chase has created a series that promises to be the next it series. The world that is created is both fantastical and realistic. In Influential Magic we meet Willow. She is a Faerie that by day owns a magically influenced cupcake shop and by night works for a government agency run by her very spiteful aunt. Her roommate and partner is a witch with a kick ass take names later attitude who enjoys her job of hunti ...more
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook
Books filled with paranormal creatures are something I haven't been reading too much. Books featuring vampires? Sure. Witches? Not so much. Faeries? Never. Faeries gave this one a nice twist but it didn't really save the reading experience.

I'm not sure how old Willow was supposed to be, early twenties? It was probably mentioned somewhere but I didn't pay attention. I think she was incredibly immature, stupid and annoying. Someone who thinks she's this self-reliant, independent woman but who alw
Ramya (Idea Smith)
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
The book began brilliantly. Fairies, vampires, witches but all walking around modern day New Orleans toting iPhones and driving swank cars. It started off like a typical romance, a hint of 'what might have been' end of summer vacation. Then it flashed a peek of murder mystery with an unexplained dead twin. It ran into a bit of supernatural action at a cemetary. And then it veered into otherworld fantasy with a heroine who rustles up magically enhanced desserts (Enhanced Edibles). Somewhere after ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy, dnf
I have high standards for urban fantasy heroines because of Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, and Eileen Wilks.

This heroine was so stupid in the beginning that I gave up. She doesn't think before she acts and doesn't take her limitations seriously (view spoiler). Maybe these
Marie Hall
I can't believe I've taken so long to update my status with this book! I LOVED IT!!! Deanna Chase is not only a good friend, but she's a fantastic author. And no, I'm no sock puppet. I just happen to enjoy my friend's books. Listen, if you're into Urban Fantasy filled with fairies, cupcake making, sexy vampires, an adorable shapeshifting shitzu that turns into a tank of a wolf and some sexy, sexy men... then you'll absolutely love this book! Set in New Orleans, seriously... this book can't get m ...more
Ohkaydoke so I could not finish this book..
I was saying this for the last 5% which i was trying to force myself to continue

Eventually i was like..

So this is was mindnumbing DNF
umm...I don't like shallow characters that vascillate back and forth and back and forth and don't know the diff between thinking on your feet and just being stupid and running into trouble hoping it works out, ugh
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book is taking me forever to read I usually am finished by just can't keep my interest will not be reading the rest of the series/ I finally finished it!
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
The ARP strikes again. This story was relatively good, with magic and witches and vampires, and I fully planned to continue the series. But the ARP only has the first book, which means I would have to purchase the next two. I liked the book but not that much.
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Title: Influential Magic

Series: Crescent City Fae, Book1

Author: Deanna Chase

Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Blurb: It’s tough being a faery in New Orleans, a city fraught with vampires… especially when their very existence drains your life-force.
Willow Rhoswen, owner of The Fated Cupcake and part-time vampire hunter for the Void is having a rough week. Four years after her twin brother’s mysterious death, Willow’s life is threatened and the director saddles her with a new partner—her ex-boyfriend
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Don't let the cover fool you, there are no meek Tinkerbells in INFLUENTIAL MAGIC. The faeries are fierce supernatural creatures who can hold their own with the vampires and other paranormal things. Willow owns a cupcake shop where she sells goodies that she alters with her fae gifts in different ways. You can buy relaxation, influence, things to keep you awake, you get the idea. She also works as a hunter for the void but doesn't really enjoy it and the director happens to be her evil aunt.

Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a hard review to write. How can I put it in words without spoiling anything? I loved the story. But at times, the heroine, Willow, would drive me crazy! I wanted to smack her. Why she worried about the bad guys being tortured to get info from them was beyond me after all she went through. And she treated Talisen (hope I spelled that correctly) and David so bad most of the time. Almost seemed selfish a few times. But if I had been through what she had, I would too. I got frustrated becaus ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ashley by: The Paranormal Bookshelf
Shelves: kindle, own, multi-reviews
I bought this book online from Amazon Kindle Store. I am a part of the Review Team @ The Paranormal Bookshelf.

Category: Paranormal, multiple genres
Spoilers: NONE
Book #1 in the Crescent City Fae Series

I did not have a lot of thoughts about this book when I first started to read it. In fact, I hadn't heard of the author nor the series until one of our Facebook fans mentioned it is a great series to read based out of New Orleans. So I just had to look it up. Glad I did. This book was very entertai
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was an OK read with lots of interesting plot developments. It was fast paced with a nice mix of mystery, relationship drama, and danger. But I rated it poorly because it felt like a soup that just had chunks of some of the other top paranormal series. For example, the female lead seemed inspired by Anita Blake. Like Anita, Willow works for an agency that keeps the non-humans in line but they she also has connections with vampires that have their own system of rule. She is supposed to have a ...more
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Enjoyable story. I was a little frustrated by how much time she spent considering her ex-boyfriend given how he treated her. I was VERY glad (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was part of a "box set" on my Kindle. Six books for $.99 ?? I'll bite. And while I did like the story, I liked most of the characters.. the main character, Willow, was probably the most annoying, helpless one I've ever come across. Reading in her voice/POV was very frustrating because it felt like she was whining the whole time. Maybe I've read too many books where the main heroine was a tough, kick ass now and ask questions later, type but she didn't know how to do ANYTHING! I probabl ...more
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free ARC of Influential Magic from Bayou Moon Press via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

This and other reviews were originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews

Influential Magic is a very refreshing paranormal urban fantasy story! There are both fairies and vampires, but they are not exactly the same as they are in other stories.
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r-books
This was a really good read from about mid book to the end I did not want to put the book down. It continued to pick up pace as the story progressed. The characters don't leave u wondering "what is wrong with this person". They all flow together very well like any relationship with good friends. I was left wanting to read more when the book ended.
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Free download worth reading, mildly entertaining filler between two good books. Side tangent: Why do people write books about weak lead characters? It's fiction. You want someone who inspires reading the 2nd and 3rd book.
The Urban Book Thief
The Urban Book Thief review

Ms. Chase has invented a rich world of magically infused cupcakes, faerie tree huggers, Shih Tzu-Wolf shape shifters and a mafia-like vampire family who keep getting in everyone’s darn way.

This book was a fun, fast paced read. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. But! it did take the first couple of chapters for me to really warm up to the story. There was no insta-love here, but by chapter 10 I started to become a little more invested with each of the characters. And
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2018
Earth faery Willow Rhoswen is the owner of a bakery that sells magical cupcakes and an agent of the Void, a sort of supernatural law enforcement agency, along with her witchy roommate and friend Phoebe. Willow's relatively normal-ish life is turned on its head when her boss (and despised aunt) sticks her with a new partner, her ex turned vampire David, who claims to have turned double agent against a powerful vampire organisation to protect Willow. Then there's her late twin brother's best frien ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book, I pretty much got sucked in immediately. This was one of those things on my Kindle that actually made me want to read it instead of the physical book I just got from the library (I much prefer physical books) and kept me saying 'just one more chapter'. I knew the supernatural "thing" set in NOLA sounded familiar (not because of the Sookie Stackhouse books) and it's because I've read another of this authors books. It reminds me a lot of the Jolie Wilkins series by HP Mal ...more
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Deanna is a native Californian, transplanted to the slower paced lifestyle of southeastern Louisiana. When she isn't writing, she is often goofing off with her husband in New Orleans, playing with her two shih tzu dogs, making glass beads, or out hocking her wares at various bead shows across the country. For more information and updates on newest releases visit her blog at

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