Book Review – Unholy Ghosts
Book Title: Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, Book 1)
Author: Stacia Kane
Date Read: 24th December 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Published May 25th 2010 by Del Rey
Rating: 3 out of 5
Plot in a nutshell
In a world where ghosts are real and the Church has taken over the running of the world, Chess – a ghost hunter/debunker – gets caught up with her dealer’s ghost problems due to an inflated debt she needs to pay. She partners up with Terrible, the local dealers enforcer and also becomes involved with an opposing gang member – Lex. During copious amounts of drug taking, she uses her knowledge of Church sanctioned magic to defeat a nasty ghost and wipe her drug debt.
Over all I liked this book, and I found the take on the protagonist refreshing, if not a little annoying with her over the top use of drugs. The world Stacia Kane has built is definitely unique and she’s spent a lot of effort in carving out her particular version of the post apocalypse world. I would have given this novel four stars if it weren’t for the accents the author chose to give to all the uneducated members of the lower class. This combined with her constant popping of pills, or snorting something was a little disjointing. I felt if there was less effort spent on these characterisation techniques, there would have been more space for the character development that mattered (Chess’s reasons for taking drugs – rape and beatings in her childhood). Chess as a character, didn’t really change much from the start to the end of the book, but the seeds of change were planted enough that I’m eager to read more in the series.
Book Cover Review
Classic dark colour palette for Urban Fantasy and the character on the front is a pretty close match to the way Chess is described in the book. The title stands out nicely. There is a lot or bits and pieces going on in the background and I think it all works, although, there is nothing really to make this book stand out from the rest in the genre.
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