Ghosts and Cancelled Trips

I was supposed to go on a skiing trip this weekend but apparently, 20 feet of snow is not as awesome as it sounds. Closed roads, weather advisories, and news generally telling people to postpone trips all add up to one thing: No skiing. But at least I get to sleep in.

Another thing I get to do is read! Since my Amazon order was slow to ship, I picked up a book I’ve had on my bookshelves since last October. I didn’t give it much thought at first, figuring druggies and gangs aren’t really my thing. But I’d promised a friend I would pick it up and in the absence of something else, I did. Very carefully, because my copy is autographed and I didn’t want to ruin it.

Ho-ly crap!! I thought I knew what I was getting into – I had no idea! And that’s not just because of the hard to follow speech patterns in the beginning (you get used to it after a few chapters, though). In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s this:

 

The story centers around Chess Putnam, a Debunker for the Church of Truth. Her job is to investigate reports of hauntings and find out if they’re real or fake. Only problem is, she has a slight drug addiction and her supplier decided to use her debt to him to make her get rid of some ghosts “unofficially.” Still, that would be fine, if his rival hadn’t caught wind of it. He wants her to not do that. What’s a girl to do?

The characters are very unlikely, but very likeable. I rooted for them every step of the way. I think I might actually have a little crush on Terrible (boooo Lex!). I am about a third of the way into Unholy Magic, book 2 in this series. There will be 6 in total but the first one ended on a pretty good resolution so there’s no cliffhanger forcing you to read the next book to find out what happens next. As a reader, I really appreciate that. If I read a series I want it to be because of its appeal, not because the author tricked me. Stacia Kane’s characters are so well developed they seem real and I am invested enough in their lives that I want to know their story but I don’t feel forced into it. I haven’t started carrying around salt in my bag, but the way this series is going, I just might. *looks around nervously*

There’s an element of romance in this, complex just like all the characters in this book lol but don’t mistake it for a romance book – it’s not. The story is amazing, though and I highly recommend it. You can read more about this series at Stacia Kane’s website. =) check her out!

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