By Stacia Kane Editions: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback Published: May 25th 2010 by Del Rey Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy Source: own copy
THE DEPARTED HAVE ARRIVED.
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.
Bomy’s Flutter: awesome read
World Building: Staggeringly awesome, paranormal dystopia-vibe and chilling. The world of the Unholy Ghosts is just gorgeous.
Characters: Chess was an awesome main character. She was perfectly flawed and unrepentant, something I always love because it makes a character soundly real to me. I was in awe of her as she managed to change her perception of Terrible and by doing so changing mine as well, her interaction with Lex and other characters managed to paint her in many different colors. I loved that, the many facets of Chess and other characters as well, the ambiguity of situations and events.
Plot: Alert and engaging, it kept me fully invested. I especially liked how everything made sense emotionally, how every escalation of conflict felt right, never rushed or artificially inflamed. There was a lot going on, mystery, adventure, some romance, enough of a thrill. Action that made perfect sense without gratuitous explosions, I absolutely loved that.
Writing: Genius as far as I’m concerned. Characters had their own individual voice, events unfolded naturally and weaved themselves around me as I read. It was a third person narrative from Chess’s POV that managed to make me feel and think with her as well building a fantastic world around us that made perfect sense. No odd questions left unanswered or dangling bits of concepts at the end, everything tied up beautifully.
Curb Appeal: Since Unholy Ghosts was published in 2010 I can’t say it was an impulsive buy because I got it after seeing it around and knowing that enough books in the series are out to allow me reading at my leisure, no imposed breaks. But had I seen it first now I would have bought it instantly, the cover is gorgeous and the blurb is intriguing.
I can’t say I was entirely fangirling all the way through, but that little spark of good between awesome and superb might have been lost due to me reading this in a couple of sessions rather then in one go. You know how reading something in one go keeps everything more alive and emotion fresher and all, while reading it in a couple different sessions causes some of that spark not to disappear but lose just a bit of the edge. I loved reading this book, but I can’t say I managed to eat it up in one go, it felt like I needed breaks every now and then for some reason. Maybe it felt too real at times, maybe Chess was too human.
Anyways, I am going to read the other books in the series and if you haven’t done so already I say give this one a try. It’s well worth it.
All in all this was an engaging read, active and exciting without becoming ridiculously agitated, it had feeling and felt real every step of the way and I loved it.