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June 26, 2012

Review: City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane

Series: Downside Ghosts 3
Format: Digital (purchased)
Excerpt here
Release Date: July 27, 2012
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IT’S A THIN LINE BETWEEN ALIVE AND UNDEAD.

Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’s bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

Chess is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the investigation, but the city’s most notorious crime boss—and Chess’s drug dealer—gets wind of her new assignment and insists on being kept informed. If that isn’t bad enough, a sinister street vendor appears to have information Chess needs. Only he’s not telling what he knows, or what it all has to do with the vast underground City of Eternity.

Now Chess will have to navigate killer wraiths, First Elders, and a lot of seriously nasty magic—all while coping with some not-so-small issues of her own. And the only man Chess can trust to help her through it all has every reason to want her dead.

After reading, Finding Magic, Unholy Ghosts and Unholy Magic, I still wasn't crazy in love with the series like some of you. Don't get me wrong, the alternate world Stacia Kane created is both wonderful and foreboding; ghost haunting left and right, witches running around under the edict of The Church, it's Salem's nightmare come to life. Downside Ghosts is a modern ghost story with very addicting characters with layers of drama and the supernatural so interspersed one can't help but get invested in it. But it wasn't until CITY OF GHOSTS that I finally understood the WHY's (it's so addicting) and WHAT's (the worship about) of the series. The words were leaping off the pages for me and the visuals that SKane kept on throwing are so vivid, I was having a kick ass Halloween party in my head the entire time!


After reading CITY OF GHOSTS I decided that being a Debunker isn't as exciting as I made it up to be, these creatures that Chess and The Church deals with are like famished Dementors, these ghosts are too adamant for a proton pack to expel not to mention necromancers and black magic joining the mix, no wonder Chess is a junkie. If I were in her shoes, I don't think Bump or The Asians can medicate me enough to function let alone be a mediocre Debunker in the face of adversity. And it's not just enemy that creeps me out, even The First Elders of The Church are scary in their own right, they're like Nazguls with their imposing powers and appearances.
Ain't talking this shit with you, dig? Why the fuck you keep askin?
Because I want to help you. If ---
Don't need your fucking help.
Chess and Terrible: These two are angsty and passionate for each other in equal parts whether it's in a fight, in lust or in love. The love-hate, push-pull that I've witnessed the past two books is starting to make me antsy because it reached a pinnacle and it either goes down or explode like fireworks. CITY OF GHOSTS is where this aspect of the story finally had its crescendo, a bump in the tunnels and sealed in a dirty bar bathroom. Not exactly romantic but the emotions and events leading to that made it so in my book. Although I feel afraid for Chess, Terrible really said a lot of nasty things to her not only meant to hurt her feelings but burn a hole in her heart. I have a feeling Chess' heartached of Terrible and his mutton chops is far from over. His name isn't Terrible for nothing right? But in any case, I'll take it where I can so like Chess, I'm basking in Terrible's love for Chess right now.
Talk? Why? Got more lies to give me?... making me sick bein in the same room as you. Dig?
Cesaria Putnam: I really don't know how you stay lucid when you pop those pills like Tic-Tacs. The Binding Ceremony was both beautiful and painful and I don't know how Chess survived the whole thing much less stay coherent. But CITY OF GHOSTS story is my favorite amongst Chess' adventures so far, she was such a badass in this one especially the magic she pulled in the end! It was so breathtaking and I felt the rush of emotions SKane was projecting: fear, relief, courage, worry and power. For that much magic coming out of Chess' skinny frame was EPIC to witness! 

So CITY OF GHOST was/is legendary! I still have a novella and two more books to go but reading the reviews it looks like SKane won't be giving me a break, I believe she plans to take me to further heights with Sacrificial Magic and Chasing Magic, the latter being released today. 





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18 comments:

  1. I think this was my favorite in the series. But its a hard choice. I am glad you are loving these! Great Review.

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    1. Still working through the series, I take it on small doses to delay reading the latest book. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I love this series. It took a while to get into though. Great review!

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  3. So glad this series has grown on you, I adore Terrible and Chess, there is just something about them. I LOVE the dialect or whatever you call Terrible's talk, it's a little hard at first to wrap the brain around it, now I wouldn't have it any other way. It separates him. I started reading Sacrifical Magic, but then pooof!! timer ran out, bummer and I thought the Terrible talk had been toned down a bit, or maybe I was just too used to it.?? LOve seeing all the Supes for this one. He really is a gorgeous character and Chess is so selfless and so damaged. Awesome review!!

    Michelle:D

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    1. I was told it's called Downspeak. I too got confused because I can't quite place what Terrible's "accent" is supposed to be like, in my head I was alternating between a Pirate and gangster accent.

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  4. Oooh, I just can't wait to finally start reading this series! >.< I keep hearing it's good! I hate myself for being such a slow reader *shakes head* Great review though Braine :) I'm definitely intrigued enough! :D

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    1. Please do, I'd lend you books 1-3 but Amazon wouldn't let me!

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  5. I liked the 1st book. Although, the 1st half was a little slow. The 2nd definitely left me intrigued.
    The 3rd Got. Me. Hooked.
    No pressure, but you are going to really like the 4th one!

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    1. I know, this is where I fell in love with the whole thing!

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  6. I've been looking for paranormal romance in all the wrong places. -_- After finishing with BDB, this seems like series I could really get into, plus I'm really interested in Terrible.

    Isa @ Chasing Quills

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    1. Have you read Ward's other series, Fallen Angels? Those are good too! There's a lot of good PNR going around, it's just a matter of finding the TIME to read all of them!

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  7. I haven't started the series yet, but it is on my list of those I want to read. I enjoyed your review that broke down what to expect in the book and from the series.
    Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Sophia! I hope you start reading this soon!

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  8. I haven't had a chance to start this series yet, but after reading this review, it looks like I should start soon because I'm really missing out on a great series. :D

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  9. I'm in love with this series and this is the book that sold it for me too. I was intrigued, but unsure after the first. After the second, I was while still unsure, but I knew I was starting fall in love with Terrible. While reading book three I was in the car and it was starting get dark just as they were down in the tunnels. NO!!!! I had to sacrifice my phone battery to keep reading to find out what happened between Chess and Terrible. I hope you keep reading and keep enjoying the series. I'm currently reading Chasing Magic and don't want it to end because I know it will be awhile before I will be able to enter this world again!

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    1. LOL that is actually one of the reasons why I'm stopping myself from devouring the last two books, I ech your thoughts for the first two books but after this one, there's no turning back for me.

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