Review: Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane

Title:  Unholy Magic
Author:  Stacia Kane
Series:  Downside Ghosts, #2
Publisher:  Del Ray
Release Date:  June 22, 2010
Pages:  343


For Chess Putnam, finding herself near-fatally poisoned by a con psychic and then stopping a murderous ghost is just another day on the job. As an agent of the Church of Real Truth, Chess must expose those looking to profit from the world’s unpleasant little poltergeist problem—humans filing false claims of hauntings—all while staving off any undead who really are looking for a kill. But Chess has been extra busy these days, coping with a new “celebrity” assignment while trying on her own time to help some desperate prostitutes.

Someone’s taking out the hookers of Downside in the most gruesome way, and Chess is sure the rumors that it’s the work of a ghost are way off base. But proving herself right means walking in the path of a maniac, not to mention standing between the two men in her life just as they—along with their ruthless employers—are moving closer to a catastrophic showdown. Someone is dealing in murder, sex, and the supernatural, and once again Chess finds herself right in the crossfire.

Unholy Magic is most definitely the better read than the previous Unholy Ghosts, but I apparently this will have to categorized as the series everyone loves but me.

After Unholy Ghosts I was greatly let down, and from recommendations that the series does get better I took a shot at the second, 
Unholy Magic. I admit that I was able to understand what was going on better and understood the Downside talk more which was a plus, but I was unable to really get into the book. Reading this book still felt like a chore to discover this series hidden potential and I haven't discovered it. There where parts of the book where I am like maybe I'll like this after all. It was all over the place to really good to umm. I'm bored.

"I figure you really wanted me you’d say. Like now, maybe, if you dig. I’ll fuckin carry you down your place on a run, you tell me aye, get you on your back afore the next word comes out your mouth. But you oughta have yourself certain, causen I ain’t lookin for charity, an I ain’t lettin you go after. Once … once ain’t enough for me, dig?." 

I do get why everyone has 
Terrible Fever!! I think I may have developed the syndrome while reading this book, but Terrible alone was not enough to sit through more from this series. Terrible is a very unique character, one that I am glad that I had the pleasure to meeting and getting to know more of. One thing is that Terrible was described as ugly, but to me he is hot. I wonder, do any of you girls feel the same?

All in all you either love this series or hate it. It can go either way. I think that I may have really had a problem with the drugs in this series and decisions I was unhappy the heroine, Chess made. So I do recommend reading this series because there is only a minority of us who do not like it, but it is a very interesting and unique series, I'll give it that, but personally the series was just not for me.


  1. Thanks for the honest review. I've actually never heared of this series, but when I find that a series has too much hype it is very hard not to be let down.

  2. Great honest review! I do like this series, but the drug thing is kind of an issue for me. Yet I can't seem to stop reading them anyway!

    Old Follower
    Jessica@a GREAT read

  3. so sorry you didnt get so into this one =/

    Hope you give book 3 a shot, since its the best IMO hehe

    Thanks for such an honest review =D