The first book in a compelling new urban fantasy series, The Downside Ghosts. Murderous spirits and ruthless drug dealers combine to create serious problems for fiercely independent heroine, Chess, in these fast-paced, sexy and addictive novels -- fitting for a witch with a serious drug problem. The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen and constantly attack the living. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch and freewheeling Debunker and ghost hunter. She's got a real talent for nailing the human liars or banishing the wicked dead. But she's keeping a dark secret from the Church: a little drug problem that's landed her in hot and dangerous water. Chess owes a murderous drug lord named Bump a lot of money. And Bump wants immediate payback. All Chess has to do is dispatch a very nasty species of undead from an old airport. But the job involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and crossing swords with enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust with 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.
Having heard of Stacia a good while ago from friends at the Reluctant Adult’s book blog (if you haven’t checked it out you should do as there’s a lot of Urban Fantasy talent over there) I really couldn’t wait to get the details as the book blurb really was nifty.
Within was a protagonista with a drug habit, who was also struggling to deal with her psychic abilities alongside a changing world and one that has the majority of people in poverty. This not only allowed the reader to not only form a strong bond with her but also aided the reader to sympathise with a world that’s literally gone to hell. Not only is this a brave move on the authors part but will be something that will either have readers raving or ranting at her creativity.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the authors writing, the characters are rich, the story arc will keep you gripped and the dialogue is not only sharp but witty to help lighten the sombre setting. It’s brave, it’s a great read but above all else it’s the depth and complexities of the characters that makes this a wonderful read for me. Stacia is definitely a name to watch and with the other two titles to be released shortly will definitely keep a readers glued to see what else shall unfurl.