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Five Down

(Downside Ghosts #3.5, 3.6, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  389 ratings  ·  53 reviews
The Downside Ghosts series has been called "gripping and brilliant," "a must-read," and "one of the best paranormal fantasy series available." Now all four previously published short stories set in this world are collected in one place, plus one new, never-before-seen novella. In this volume are:

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ebook, 243 pages
Published November 14th 2014 by Stacia Kane (first published November 12th 2014)
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
There are five short stories included in this book. Four have already been released and one is a new. The four older ones are: Rick The Brave, Home, Close to You and Keeping It Close. The new one is Playing With Fire and that's the one I will be reviewing here. (The others I have previously reviewed)

I just have to say that I love this series and it's been a while since a story has come out so I was thrilled to get anything, anything, especially one that has Terrible in it.

After Chess' "falling
3.5 stars - Spoilers

All decent short stories with plenty of Chess/Terrible goodness. Already read and enjoyed the first four stories (Rick the Brave, Home, Close to You, and Keeping it Close) when they first came out.

The new short story, Playing with Fire, was good too, it was a little predictable in parts though. It was pretty much the usual investigation-of-the-week type plot with Chess investigating several fiery deaths. I did like being introduced to more characters related to Chess's work,
Yesssss !! there will be a Lex story !! I can't wait for that.
Milda Page Runner
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Downside Ghosts series fans
2.5 stars
CLOSE TO YOU - for nicely done post-apocalyptic atmosphere and rather creepy story.
PLAYING WITH FIRE - for being a bit more investigation, mystery solving focused rather than romantic. It has a an open ending but a good start taking you straight into action.
The others more in the 2* zone.
RICK THE BRAVE - is OK but not very gripping.
HOME and KEEPING IT CLOSE - are too focused on romance for my liking. Sex scenes are well done but mc persona
Kim the Strange
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for any downside fan.....

Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
I've read 4 of the 5 of these stories before, but do you think that stopped me from reading them again? Hell no. They are wonderful the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and I am sure millionth time through. The new story I am sure is setting up a 6th book *fingers crossed* as we get some new characters and the mystery is only partially solved. It was great being back in Downside, as horrible and scary as it can be, I always feel safe with Chess and Terrible by my side. Being with them is like coming home after a ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rick is an electrician looking for extra work. Unfamiliar with Downside, he reluctantly takes a job there just because the pay is really good. He'll be working for Bump, supervised by Terrible. Just as he gets started, ghosts appear and Chess is called to save the day. This is a cute short. I love this series!
4,5 stars

Nice to have all short stories in one book. :D

5)"Playing With Fire" - I started with this one because it's a new story.
First of all, it's expected you read books #4 and #5 since there are some things mentioned that can be spoilery for major events of those books.
Chess stumbled on another case: women all over town are spontaneously combusting to death and she knows some bad magic is involved. But it's not the Church case- the case belongs to Squad, so she doesn't really have an authority
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Not reading this in order.

Close To You: I should immediately confess the Stacia Kane Downside series is not a must read for me. Honestly I'm not a big fan of Chessiebomb's whining or her love interest Terrible. However, the world is so unique & incrediably vivid I eventually come back to the series usually as an in-between read. That said "Close To You" was the reason Meigan lent me this anthology. After reading it I can see why Meigan went out of her way to figure out how to lend it to me
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of Chess, especially her man Terrible, you will love this collection of short stories. Stacia's writing is so rich and engaging. Chess is still neurotic and addicted to her cepts (which doesn't seem as much as before. Perhaps falling in love has lessened her need for artificial stimulants since she has Terrible in her life?) but she's trying her best to stay on the straight and narrow.

Fans of this series won't be disappointed at all. Chess and Terrible are terrific together. They
La Mala ✌
No sé que más puedo agregar que ya no haya dicho antes... Así que me voy a limitar a reaccionar: (view spoiler)
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it

A nice treat for Downside fans - just a little something to tide us over till the next book.
Amanda The Book Slayer
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Beth The Vampire
Rick The Brave (Downside Ghosts 3.5) - 3 Stars

I read Rick The Brave as part of the Five Down e-book rather than the anthology where it was first published. This story was very different from those that proceeded it, because Rick is a brand new character, and someone who the reader will probably never see again. It gives the reader a chance to experience things from the outside of the little circle the stories have been set in, and gives some perspective on Chess and Terrible from an outside obse
Great collection of shorts from the Downside world. While many fans of the series may see a few repeats as four of the stories were previously published, there is a brand new story added to the collection with the last story, Playing With Fire . Only two stories were new to me, Rick the Brave and Playing With Fire .

Rick the Brave - 5 stars

Rick, an electrician, is recruited to help with a derelict house in Downside that is going to be restored by Bump and his crew. Downside isn't anyone's f
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Rick the Brave" is a story about a guy who is down on his luck and comes to the Downside to do a construction job. Rick is smart enough to know that this job is chocked full of danger otherwise his brother-in-law would have taken it rather than pass it on to him;but, he needs the job and the money to help pay off the car note that he is saddled with because of his no count ex-girlfriend. Unfortunately, little did he know that he would be fighting off a hoard of ghosts with a cute little woman n ...more
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
FINALLY some new Downside material!!!! Somehow there were 3 out of the 5 I hadn't read before. Downside is one of the few series that I'll read the novellas. So quick recap on the 3 that I read:

Rick the Brave:
I think this might of been my favorite of the 3. I enjoyed seeing Chess & Terrible through someone else's eyes. Especially since Rick thought that Chess was so efficient and something else. It was a nice change of pace vs the self hate and self doubt that Chess puts herself through. Als
Available on author's website
Contains five stories:

HOME (a Heroes & Heartbreakers original)
CLOSE TO YOU (a Heroes & Heartbreakers original)
KEEPING IT CLOSE (web original)
…aaaaaand a brand new novella (33k words) called PLAYING WITH FIRE, which has spontaneous combustion and divided loyalties and a confrontation and big decisions and a character or two who I’m pretty sure will be back again in later books.

Previously re
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-it
Five fabulous Terrible stars. Loved this collection. All of which I have read before seperatley, except the last novella. All of which I adored, simply because of Terrible and Chess.
I loved all of the stories in this anthology. This really, really, really makes me want a new Downside book and now.
I missed Chess and Terrible and loved reading these 5 short stories about them. Some I had read previously, but it was good to read them again!
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
Love this series!
I'd read most of these already. I didn't know that
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
* This novella collection made re read the whole series and regret nothing what a wild ride!!
Current mood: Missing all things Downside and seriously considering re-reading the whole entire Downside Ghost series again.

I just keep checking back every month crossing both my fingers that Stacia one day finishes Unholy Luck, but seeing as that could be a while I will take anything I can get and this novella is exactly what I needed (even if I had already read two of them). Chess may be the drug addi
Suzanne Gandolfi-lapham
just read 5 down and it made me reread the series. I adore Chess and Terrible but when I reread I realized I am fond of Lex and I think he loves Chess as much as he's capable of. Can't WAIT for the next book !
Amanda Croley
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tpa
This was probably my favorite of the five stories in Five Down because I just love that Chess and Terrible are finally so happy. Without many lucrative cases of her own since the fallout with Elder Griffith, Chess starts investigating the mysterious death of a woman she and Blue witnessed. Since she hasn't been assigned the case she doesn't get all of the information but she does pretty well with what she has. Will is the Inquistitor who is assigned to the case, and he's someone she went to the ...more
Rick the Brave is book #3.5 in the Downside Ghosts series and was originally printed in the anthology Home Improvement: Undead Edition. Sadly, I didn't get a chance to read it until Stacia Kane released her collection of novella's Five Down.

Rick is a down on his luck guy looking for electrical work. He ends up in an abandoned building in Downside, which is over seen by a hulking brute of a guy, AKA Terrible. Almost immediately into his work, the building turns out to be haunted. Not exactly wha
Dharia Scarab
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Amy A
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've previously read the 4 other stories in this anthology, and it's nice to have them all in one place, but I basically bought this for the new story, Playing with Fire. As always I love anything Downside. I will read any little short or different POV that Stacia Kane chooses to write. This story is no different. It continues the storyline of the series, but things are not so significant that it will alienate people who don't read this. I love Terrible and Chess. I'm sad that things are still d ...more
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I figured I'd just read the new story, since I'd read the others. Then I thought I'd also read "Rick the Brave" since it'd been awhile since I read that one. Long story short (too late!) I read all of them, including "Keeping It Close" which I only read 2 months ago. Man, I just really love Downside Ghosts.

Really liked the new story, an interesting set up for the next book.

Also, I can't stress enough how much I love the time and attention devoted in the books to Chess investigating; interviewing
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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.

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)
  • Chasing Magic (Downside Ghosts, #5)
  • Unholy Luck (Downside Ghosts, #6)
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“Would Terrible actually have killed me if I hadn’t agreed to come up?” “It’s entirely possible, yeah.” She said it like it was no big deal. Like it was normal or something, rather than psychotic. Who the hell were these people?” 2 likes
“She glanced at Terrible, a quick little eye-dart before looking down again; Rick figured she didn’t want him to overhear. “He’s my family,” she said finally. Quietly. “He’s everything.” “Oh,” 0 likes
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