Series: Downside Ghosts

Review: Wrong Ways Down by Stacia Kane

Posted August 6, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Wrong Ways Down by Stacia KaneWrong Ways Down by Stacia Kane
Series: Downside Ghosts #1.5
Published by Stacia Kane on August 6th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: ARC
Source: Author

It’s a thin line between right and wrong. It’s an even thinner one between wrong and dead…

Terrible has always been on the wrong side of the law, living up to the only name anyone ever gave him. As the chief enforcer for Downside’s most powerful criminal, it’s his job to collect debts and protection money by any means necessary. And he’s very good at his job.

But part of that job is also to keep Bump’s various employees safe. So when a street dealer is found dead and a prostitute is brutally attacked, Terrible immediately starts using his fists to hunt down the ones responsible.

He’s determined to find and destroy them. They’re determined to use his desire for the woman he secretly loves to break him.

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FINALLY! The much awaited novella told through Terrible’s POV is here and it’s right up, aye!

Fair warning the Downside slang is very heavy in Wrong Ways Down but it’s to be expected since it’s Terrible’s POV. It’s not a fast read. Even though I’ve listened and read all the books, I found myself having to re-read few times to get the meaning. But it was worth it. I can’t imagine how hard it was for Stacia Kane to write from Terrible’s POV with the very dense slang.

Terrible is working a case be himself. Someone is attacking Bump’s street gals and killed one of his dealers. Rumors are flying that it’s ghosts but Bump’s thinking it’s Slobag. Terrible’s not sure which is true and part of he would like it to be ghosts so that he can call Chess up and work with her.

But the natural of the attacks on the whores makes Terrible think twice on involving Chess cause of her childhood. So he keeps her out of it. But don’t worry, we get to see Chess a little. The best apart is seeing what Terrible thinks and feels about Chess. There are tons of swoon worthy parts where Terrible is thinking about Chess and what she means to him.

Wrong Ways Down is set between book 1, Unholy Ghosts and book 2, Unholy Magic. But I recommend you reading all of the series so you get the full impact of Terrible’s feelings for Chess. Plus you will have more knowledge on the slang.

If you’ve read the series you know that Chess has her own problem with self-hate, thinking she’s not good enough. Not worthy of Terrible. We get to see that Terrible has the same feelings when it comes to himself about Chess.

But just like always, having her in the car made him feel better. No matter who he was or how he looked. Chess was willing to ride around with him, be seen with him. Spend her time with him. That was pretty fucking cool.


But when he was with Chess he wasn’t the bad guy no more. He was the one keeping her safe, making her smile. He still wasn’t good enough for her, but he were better than he’d ever been. That mattered.

I loved that we get to see the world through Terrible eyes while he’s thinking of Chess. And even when he is wailing on people. Chess uses her pills to deal with things from her pass and Terrible uses is fists in the same way. These two characters could not be more prefect for each other. And it’s sad and sweet at the same time that Terrible realizes he loves Chess and that it means he is in trouble. Which makes later events in other books break my heart even more. (sigh). Reading this novella has me craving a re-read of the series.

Wrong Ways Down is a MUST read for Downside fans, dig!

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.

Review: Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane

Review: Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane

Posted June 26, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 7 Comments

  Stacia Kane can do no wrong in my book. Man this series just grabs you by the balls and will not let go! This review will be hard to write without spoilers; that’s for sure. (The only reason Chasing Magic didn’t get a the full 5 stars is that I felt like Chess back peddled some in her relationship with Terrible and I feel like they are solid and she should be over some of her self-destructive ways. So I have high hopes that we will see a new an improve Chess in the next book.) Terrible equals awesomeness. He is the best male character I’ve read since Karen Marie Moning’s Barrons. He is exactly what Chess needs in her life. He is strong […]

Review: Finding Magic by Stacia Kane

Review: Finding Magic by Stacia Kane

Posted June 12, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 2 Comments

Even though Finding Magic is a prequel in the Downside Ghosts series, I think that existing fans of the series will get more enjoyment out of it than someone that is new to the series. The reason is that we get to see a younger Chess and how she starts her downward slid into drug addiction and it gives you more insite into how she could have let it happen. The younger Chess is really just a slightly different version of the Chess we all know. Instead of her reaching for her pill box when her past memories get the best of her, she is reaching for a flask filled with vodka. We follow Chess through her first unofficial Church case while she is training […]

Review: Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane

Review: Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane

Posted March 27, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve stayed up to midnight to finish a book!!Sacrificial Magic (SM), the 4th book in Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts Series and it’s her best book to date. Cepts, Nips and Panda’s, OH MY. These are all Chess’s drugs of choice, plus the occasional trip the pipe room. Yes, the series about a drug addicted heroine named Chess Putnman that’s a witch investigator that debunks ghost haunting for the Church. But don’t let the drug addiction turn you off. Chess has had a very hard and abusive childhood being passed around different foster homes where the dads and sometime moms have used her as their form of entertainment. Chess at heart is a survivor with very low self-esteems issues. She uses […]

Audio Review: City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane

Audio Review: City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane

Posted March 15, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

BRAVO!!! Kane has done it again. Each book replaces the last as my favorite in the series. Kane’s cast of misfits is back in City of Ghosts. Chess is still working for the Church as a debunker and yes she still has her drug addiction. Terrible is still the best anti-hero EVER! We even get to see some of Lex and Bump in this installment. “Most Debunkers spent their money on actual things, rather than just buying anything they could swallow, smoke or snort. Unlike Chess.” Just when I thought that Unholy Magic was an emotional ride, here comes City of Ghosts to continue ripping my heart out. I feel like I’m on Chess’ pills with all the highs and lows that the two go […]

Audio Review: Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane

Audio Review: Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane

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

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 […]

Audio Review: Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane

Audio Review: Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane

Posted March 5, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 9 Comments

I started Unholy Ghost in October on my Nook. I could not get past chapter five. Either I wasn’t in the mood for it or it was the slang that got me. “You won’t talk to me, you don’t talk to anyone else, you just hang around here in your precious ghetto with all these fucking crazy people who talk like they’ve never heard a proper word spoken in their lives….” But some blogger friends keep raving about the series. So I decided to give it another try but this time around I did it in audio book format, thinking it would help me get into the slang that is used by so many of the characters. BINGO. I’ve read other reviews where people had […]