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Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane

Unholy Ghosts (edition 2010)

by Stacia Kane

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Title:Unholy Ghosts
Authors:Stacia Kane
Info:Harper & Brothers Publishers (2010), Paperback
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:2012, Urban Fantasy, From BookMooch, Given Away

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Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane

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I have to admit, I started to read this book months ago and gave up on it. Well, I heard from a friend that the characters in this book are one of her favorite book couples. So...I decided to give it another shot.

The beginning bogs me down, I didn't feel the hook into the story but...after I pushed through it and got to maybe the middle I started to really get into it...and it definitely worked for me. I am always pro-anti-hero/heroine. I loved how Stacia Kane took a wounded woman and made her strong, confident, and flawed, just like a normal human.

I loved this book once I got into it and I will DEFINITELY continue this series. ( )
  mojo09226 | Nov 12, 2015 |
This is urban fantasy the way cyberpunk is SF: raw and unwashed, grimy and hopped up on whatever high it can find. If you're looking for a glamorous heroine with a rakish guy from the paranormal romance side of the tracks, look somewhere else.

Still with me? Good.

I keep wanting to compare this to other series, but there's really no point. This is Yet Another Setting where Everyone Knows About Magic, true enough. It's not pretty, it's not sexy, and it's sure not glitzy; our heroine barely gets by thanks to low pay and a serious drug habit. There's no designer couture in her world, dig?

This can be a bit of a tough read. Chess is a street punk, a lowlife who deals with scum just to get by, and there are precious few real bright spots in her world. If that's not your thing, steer clear. If it is...this is good stuff. The crushing hopelessness of Downside oozes from every page, and the victories may not save the world, but they make a difference where it counts.

As for me... I think it's on to book two. I'm curious to see whether Chess stays Downside or is on her way up to better things. ( )
  RevBobMIB | Oct 21, 2015 |
I dunno. I've gotten kind of overdone with urban fantasy recently, to the point where I end up listening to it in the car because it's got funny moments and it's easy to tune out to, and the plot's basically the same the genre over. Gritty, broke detective-type chases supernatural thingamabobber-that's-doing-bad-stuff all over creation until in the end she defeats it by the skin of her teeth.

However. I ended up being really impressed with this book. The world building was unique -- the idea of the Church and the ghosts made me yearn for more explanation of the history and the functionality of the system. And our heroine was almost an anti-heroine; the things she does are certainly not for her own good, nor for most anyone else's, and she's the very picture of ambivalent corruption.

I also listened to this as an audio book, and I really do need to mention the linguistics. I really enjoyed the slang. I don't normally enjoy slang in books because it takes away from my understanding and makes me think about what's being said as a function of understanding rather than enjoyment. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed the slang if I had read this rather than listened to it. But as it stood, the slang absolutely added to the atmosphere of the book, which is rare indeed. Kudos. ( )
  lyrrael | Oct 18, 2015 |
I have to say that Downside Ghosts series really had me climbing up the wall in certain moments. The main characters and the world described in the series is not black and white like we usually see in these types of novels but very very gray indeed. After finishing the first book i was not certain would i like to read the rest of the series or not. In the end i did and found myself understanding the characters better and loving the messed up world that surrounds Chess.

The only big problem i have with Downside Ghosts is that Chess scrapes the bottom of the barrel so many times in so many situations and she doesn't learn or grow as a character. Her drug problem is the real love affair that we follow in the series and although i loved the books so far i can say that i am getting tired of it. Waiting for the main female lead to wind up dead in a ditch somewhere cause she choked in her own puke due to a drug overdose is not something i would name the great culmination of this series. ( )
  IvieHill | Aug 6, 2015 |
I'll admit to the fact that I picked this book from the library shelves because I saw a name of an author on a writing forum I frequent. I won't prattle on about how great things are etc. I'll be honest.

Interesting premise, unique characters -- though the accents the reader used for the characters grated a little.

I think the druggie witch is getting a bit overdone of late. This book was written in 2010, so it came across better than most out there, but it still seemed a bit on the edge of my acceptable range. Her pimp/drug dealer created an interesting conflict with her regular profession.

I suspected the culprit but he doesn't show up enough in the book to really make someone look at him as the true antagonist. Too much focus was placed on the pimp/drug dealer, his enforcer, and his rival's enforcer, that the culprit doesn't get enough stage time. The author did great with placing some red herrings, Though I don't know if you should be placing such an obvious one in chapter 31 of a 34 chapter book. (I'll admit, I suspected her bosses from the beginning.)

It has a unique ending, though many times the main character seemed almost dense even for a coke head. As I listened, I was often surprised the character didn't connect more dots more quickly.

All that said, I'm willing to try the next book, just to see... ( )
  gilroy | Jun 2, 2015 |
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To Cori. Not just my best friend, but my best reader. Her enthusiasm for this book in its earliest stages and beyond kept me going; her friendship kept me sane.
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Had the man in front of her not already been dead, Chess probably would have tried to kill him.
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The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.
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Chess Putnam is a troubled young witch who hunts down and banishes angry spirits. Still haunted by the memories of her abusive childhood, she has developed a drug problem in order to stifle her thoughts. But her problem frequently gets in her way and it could see her lose everything.… (more)

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