Audio Review: Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane

Posted March 12, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 4 Comments

Audio Review: Unholy Magic by Stacia KaneUnholy Magic by Stacia Kane
Series: Downside Ghosts #2
Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks on June 22, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins



For Chess Putnam, finding herself near-fatally poisoned by a con psychic and then stopping a murderous ghost is just another day on the job. As an agent of the Church of Real Truth, Chess must expose those looking to profit from the world’s unpleasant little poltergeist problem—humans filing false claims of hauntings—all while staving off any undead who really are looking for a kill. But Chess has been extra busy these days, coping with a new “celebrity” assignment while trying on her own time to help some desperate prostitutes.

Someone’s taking out the hookers of Downside in the most gruesome way, and Chess is sure the rumors that it’s the work of a ghost are way off base. But proving herself right means walking in the path of a maniac, not to mention standing between the two men in her life just as they—along with their ruthless employers—are moving closer to a catastrophic showdown. Someone is dealing in murder, sex, and the supernatural, and once again Chess finds herself right in the crossfire.

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Seriously, if you have not started this series get off your butt and do it! FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC.

This is the going to be a hard review for me to write without spilling the whole story. UGH it was so awesomely heart breaking.

I rarely give a book 5 stars but I had to give this that extra star that the first book, Unholy Ghosts, didn’t get. The reason for the extra star? Because of the emotional tug of war I had while reading it. I love Chess, I hate Chess, I want to slap her, I want to be her (minus the drug addiction). There was so many up and down moments between Chess and Terrible in this one that I was wore out after listening to it. There was one scene that I listened to twice because it was so good.

The sexual tension between these two are off the charts. And I love that they are one of those couples that doesn’t get together in the first book. It keeps you hanging on to see if they will or won’t make it. And you just know if they, do it will be explosive and life changing for the both of them.

“I figure you really wanted me you’d say. Like now, maybe, if you dig. I’ll fuckin carry you down your place on a run, you tell me aye, get you on your back afore the next word comes out your mouth. But you oughta have yourself certain, causen I ain’t lookin for charity, an I ain’t lettin you go after. Once…once ain’t enough for me, dig?”

O.M.G. Just reading that quote again makes me what to re-listen to the book again. Terrible is such a great anti-hero. I was told by friends that he might replace Jericho Barrons (Fever series) on the top of my list. He is very close; he and Barrons might have to hang out at the top together for awhile.

So here is a quick run down of what’s going on in Unholy Magic. Chess gets another hunting case from the Church to debunk. This time its has the house of a famous movie star. And like in Unholy Ghosts there is a side mystery with dead hookers popping up all over Deadtown. Chess is put in the middle between the Church, Bump and Lex, again.

Chess works the case while trying to balance her personal and work life and stay alive in the process.

Wow you don’t know how many times during this review I hit the delete button. It’s really hard not to include spoilers when you love a book so much. For all you Urban Fantasy fans that has not started this series yet I highly recommend that you put down what you are reading and start this series TODAY.

About Bahni Turpin

Bahni Turpin is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What About Brian, and The Comeback. Her film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of The Dust. Ms. Turpin won the Odyssey Award for The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. She has also received many AudioFile Earphones Awards for her unforgettable narration, including one for Precious by Sapphire, and for the National Book Award finalist and Oprah Book Club Pick The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. She’s also a member of the cast recording of The Help, which won numerous awards.

About Stacia Kane

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.

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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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4 responses to “Audio Review: Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane

  1. I’m almost done with this book, I only have 6 chapters left, so I only read the first few lines of your review, but I totally agree with the rating and the part about being such an emotional ride. So far I’ve made a 360 in regards to Chess, I’m understanding a lot more where she’s coming from, and I finally feeling the sympathy that I couldn’t muster in the first book.
    I’ll come back and read the rest of your review, I’m sure it’s good as always.
    I’m really enjoying the narrator, I think she’s doing great with the dialogue and emotions.