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A Fistful of Evil

(Madison Fox #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,130 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Madison Fox just learned that her ability to see souls is more than a sight: It’s a weapon for fighting evil. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing.

On the positive side, her money problems are over, she’s possibly discovered her purpose in life, and her coworker is smoking hot. On the negative side, evil creatures now actively hunt her, and deadly experi
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Published August 18th 2014 (first published August 1st 2014)
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Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
I wish I could just rate the first half of this book.

The first half of this was entertaining as hell. It was funny, it was light, it was everything I did not even know I was looking for. I enjoyed it immensely.

And then it had to go and start hating on things that I enjoy.

At the start of this, we are introduced to Madison Fox, a woman behind on her bills, who is out of work and looking for anything that can help her keep the lights on. She stumbles into a job interview for a supernatural enforcer posit
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I can never get enough urban fantasy, they just draw me in and before I know it, I've purchased way more of them than I will probably ever be able to read in a life time. But hey, I could have worse habits right?

I picked this one up not only because of the alluring cover but the synopsis as well. It sounded fun and a bit different from the normal UF series and I decided it was time to try it.

And this was fun and different and while it was entertaining, it was also very pr
This book wasn't that bad, but it wasn't that good. The main character was amazingly irritating, not to mention frustrating.

The lead character was metaphorically wearing a little cap with a big sign on it saying 'STUPID'. The idiotic questions she asked and, let's face it actions speak louder than words, don't bear dwelling on. This is what makes the novel lose the bulk of it's credibility.

To add to annoying, the book was too long. I generally prefer a longer novel rather
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Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ry-2014, read-in-2014
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A Fistful of Evil was an interesting start to this new series featuring Madison Fox whose life is about to get a whole lot more complicated. The synopsis is spot on about what Madison will go through and it was a fun ride. Madison was a fun character, she has no clue what she’s doing but will wing it for all its worth but she does actually wa
Montzalee Wittmann
A Fistful of Evil (A Madison Fox Adventure #1) by Rebecca Chastain is a fun fantasy that I total got into right away and can't wait to read the next. It is hilarious at times and slightly suspense filled at times. A down-on-her-bank-account gal goes for a job interview and gets it but it is not what she excepted. It is supernatural in nature and something she needs trained in. Something she has had all her life but didn't know. It is so funny the way it is told, I giggle and laughed out loud mor ...more
You know those books, the ones that you start, and immediately know you are going to love?That’s what happened to me with this book. It was such a fun, laugh out loud at times, read, and I enjoyed the whole thing immensely. Even the names of the chapters were funny. At the same time, it was full of action, and life or death moments.

Madison is pretty much at the end of her rope. No job, and credit cards charged to the max. As a last ditch effort, she applies for a job that she has no
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If seems like forever since I found a new book, a new series and a new author I really enjoy. Well, let me share with you how much I enjoyed "A Fistful of Evil." The plot was unique and totally captivating. Oh, and I must mention the world building was incredible and the characters were awesome.

When was the last time you picked up a book where the heroine was totally incompetent but fearless? Well, that is the case with Madison Fox, aka "Dice." She is twenty five years old and has be
This was exactly what I needed, a kick ass *snorts* okay a trying to be kick ass MC, hilarious set of characters and creepy yet interesting plot.

Madison can see the souls of people, she had this ability since the day she was born but stopped using it when she was fifteen because of some (a not) serious circumstances. Madison one took a job interview which was intended to grab the attention of those with Madison's ability but since Madison stopped using her ability for ten years, she
Nada Sobhi
Madison, the protagonist and narrator in Rebecca Chastain's A Fistful of Evil, possesses an ability she calls "soul-sight", with which she can switch her vision to see people and the world from a different view and perspective literally.
When Madison switches to soul-sight or Primordium, she sees people's souls and life force. Every person's good or bad deeds give them a colour, a particular shade of white, grey or black.
Madison does not like her ability, after a sad experience in her
Madison has always been able to see people's souls but it's something she tries very hard not to think about since it's only ever caused her trouble. After losing her job she applies for a position at a bumper sticker company, she knows she's woefully under qualified but she's getting desperate and something about the ad makes her take a chance. What she didn't realise is that her soul-sight comes with some much more useful abilities and now she suddenly finds herself working as the area's Illum ...more
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Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3 ★

This a nice start to a new series.

We meet Madison just as she finds out that the ability to see souls is more than she thought and that she is part of the supernatural community that she has no idea excised.

She starts a job as an Illuminant Enforcer, which basically is there to protect the world for all evil being. Since she is pretty knew to the supernatural works she has all kind of things to learn . Some things she learns faster than other as she is thr
Kate Abbott
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A FISTFUL OF EVIL is a super fast, positively action-packed read, full of demons, video game nerds, and lots of fun. It made me scared, it made me laugh, and it made me genuinely care about its characters. Anyone who enjoys strong female protagonists kicking ass is sure to love this book. I have to admit, reading fantasy is outside of my usual reading comfort zone, but I was immediately hooked on the story and loved all of the elements of this book, even (especially?) the supernatural ones. If y ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
I enjoyed the authors Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles, so I was looking forward to settling down with the first book in another series by her.

In spite of Rebecca Chastain's lively writing style and cool ideas, this book was a huge disappointment on several counts. The cliche of the clumsy heroine constantly falling on her ass, rolling around in the dirt, bumping into things, and making a fool of herself was only the start.

After searching for a job, any job, Madison Fox finally lands a
As soon as I started this book I knew I wasn't going to like it. The idea that the author had was good, the writing itself is ok but I just can't stand the MC, and as those who read my reviews know, that spells terminal for a book! If I hate the MC, I am unlikely to want to finish the book and that was certainly true in this case.

What can I say about Madison? Well, she is a ditzy, self obsessed idiot who spends all her time drooling over hot guys and turning up her nose at unattracti
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
~ 2 Fistful of Evil Stars ~ 

A Fistful of Evil is book one in the Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer series by Rebecca Chastain. I really wanted to like this urban fantasy novel. It was not bad, but not good either. It’s a little long and slow going throughout the novel. 

My main issue with this book is Madison our heroine. I like POV’s, but I could not stand Madison. I have never been in love with young 20 something heroines. They make silly mistakes and don’t seem to learn from them. I think she was supposed to be por~ 
Sarah Leenart
This was very obviously a first book in a series by a new author. That being said there were things that I really liked about it and things that were not so great, but it was definitely interesting enough to make me keep an eye out for what comes next.

Firstly what I was not so keen on. I really liked the beginning of the book but after the first couple of chapters I wanted to throw something at our heroine, Madison. She is thrown into a world she knows very little about and barely as
Maghon Thomas
So, this is a very fun new series that I plan to get a whole lot more of, ASAP, of course when the author writes it. LOL. Madison Fox just wanted to be normal. She hated that she had a gift, or a curse, and most people agreed with the curse part so she hid it.

Madison cracked me up. She's trying not to get eaten by demons and she's drooling over hawt dudes. LOL She wants to do well, but what she really hopes for is to find a way to turn her "gift" off. It definitely doesn't work that way, and ev
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I gave it 3.5/5 stars

I ended up really liking Madison, but she is sort of treated like the class idiot. She walked into a job interview knowing zero about her abilities or even that having her abilities meant something. When she is thrust into this new job she knows nothing about, everyone just assumes she must know something. When she proves she doesn't she gets help, but it's very limited and a lot of stuff is kept from her, making it so she gets in even more trouble than needed. S
Heather Petersen
Couldn't stop reading!!!!

If you like the Charley Davidson Series from Darynda Jones because how it makes you laugh out loud, you will love this nook!!! I devoured this book in a day, I absolutely loved it!!! I can't wait until the next book!!!
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-book
So I borrowed this from hoopla in audio because I needed something light while doing data entry type work. It was definitely light. I usually like heroine led urban fantasy but this was probably the most mediocre I've ever read in the genre. Madison was so inept that it was almost painful to listen to each time she screwed up and I found myself wanting to yell at her to pay attention because I could see what would happen a mile away.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a 3.5 for me. I liked it but wasn't riveted.
Jennifer  (BTH Reviews)
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4.5 stars

A Fistful of Evil was a great book. Overall, I loved it. As anyone who has read my reviews knows, I am a bitty picky about things, which explains the loss of that half a star. But, I want to be clear that I was very impressed with the author’s writing skill and creativity. It was ref
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As with all good first books in a series, A Fistful of Evil starts off slow, lazily introducing characters (and Imps) into the fold before rising to a fevered pitch at the end, only to segue into the next book. This helps in an urban fantasy novel which deals more of the fantastic than most. Demons, imps, hounds and other denizens of the primordium; the invisible world visible only to those who have the sight that allows them to peer into
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It doesn't take much to connect with and like the character Madison Fox. At least not for me. She is not exactly your typical strong-out-of-the-gate and edgy female heroine, but rather is a somewhat awkward but determined woman who believes in doing the right thing. Madison can be quite stubborn as a result--and yeah, she does walk into a few situations on her own without back-up, making me want to shake her and ask her what she was thinking but also cheer her on. Anyhow, Madison has a love for ...more
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madison Fox has has soul-sight for as long as she can remember. The problem with soul-sight? She doesn't really understand what it is or why she has it.

Madison is also unemployed. She answers an ad for a bumper sticker factory because ~ Hey! A job is a job. During a very strange interview it is revealed that she may be a rogue Illuminant Enforcer (IE). The person interviewing her goes about his business as though Madison has a clue what he's talking about, except she doesn't really.

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Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Reviewed by Freya at The Reader's Hollow Blog**

We received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a well-written paranormal urban fantasy about a girl who can 'see souls'. This innate gift can be trained into an ability to destroy evil. The main character is a 25-year-old woman called Madison who up until the first chapter of this book has shown little to no interest in using, understanding or developing her gift (curse?), which she has had her entire life.

First, let me/>First,
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really fun book and I laughed my way through the adventure. Madison Fox's a good person, but she's quirky, ditzy, and a magnet for trouble. At 25, she hasn't really found her place in life and is just trying to figure things out. She has a power called "soul-sight" that allows her to see the good and bad in people, both physically and spiritually. It's a very interesting and unique way of viewing the world through "Soul-sight" or "Primordium" as it's later called in the book.

The writ
Ln Winchester
Really disliked judgmental main character

This book was frustrating to read. It is bothersome to sit through someone who doesn't speak up, doesn't ask questions, doesn't mind lying and tries to fake her way through dangerous situations, and on top of that is a bit of a judgmental cow.

See, heroine Madison is a very superficial girl. She judges everyone's worth based on looks. Hey boss is a disappointment because he's ugly. Her trainer is absurd because she's old and dresses funny. Poor
E.M. MacCallum
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There was an incredibly clever world-building technique that eased the reader into it slowly, without overwhelming us. Also, the main character Madison, was the quirky heroine that I've always loved from urban fantasies.

We start out at a job interview where Madison Fox is getting desperate to find a job. She she didn't expect was running into a job specifically tied to her "soul-sight", something that she's kept hidden for most of her life. Recruited to become the next enforcer, she
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REBECCA CHASTAIN is the USA Today bestselling author of the Madison Fox Adventures urban fantasy series and the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles fantasy trilogy, among other works. Inside her novels, you’ll find spellbinding adventures packed with supernatural creatures, thrilling action, heartwarming characters (human and otherwise), and more than a little humor. Rebecca lives in Northern California ...more

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