Review: Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane +Giveaway

Filed in Giveaways , Review , Stacia Kane , The Geeky Lover Posted on May 27, 2010 @ 5:59 am 24 comments

Format Read: MMPB

Number of Pages: 352 pages
Release Date: May 25th 2010 
Publisher: Del Rey 
Formats Available: Paperback, eBook

I received this book from the publisher for review.

Book Blurb:

The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. 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, freewheeling Debunker, and ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for nailing human liars and 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 lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump. 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 for 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.

My thoughts:
I wanted this book for quite some time now. I read Stacia’s Megan Chase books last summer and I knew the moment I finished book 2, Demon Inside,  I wanted the Downside books. Stacia’s writing is so captivating I knew she could make me read anything, or nearly anything.

Unholy Ghosts is a really dark urban fantasy and I was a bit unsettled at the start. I like UF most of the times but I don’t like these overly dark and brooding books because I always feel down after finishing them. It was totally different in this case. Yes, Unholy Ghosts is a dark book but it worked around my prejudices and sneaked into my heart.

In 1997 the whole world changed. Earth was overrun with ghosts and nearly didn’t survive this attack. They were saved by the Church of Truth but they are paying for that now. The old religions died and the new and only one is a religion without believe, there is only Fact and Truth. It is a hopeless world because there is no place left for hope without something to believe in. Their new religion is based on the Truth and they practice it every day with magical rites like banishing and warding spells. Most of the magic is only allowed for church employees and one of those is our heroine Chess Putnam.

Chess is a broken woman with many flaws, one of them being a drug addict of the worst kind. I would have never thought that I could feel much for this type of heroine but again Ms. Kane proved me wrong. Chess had a rough life- she can’t remember her parents and was brought up by the social system of her time. You can imagine that this was not a lovely experience. She lived though hell more times than anyone on earth should  and she is still here. She is strong in her own way even if she is weak concerning the drugs.

Chess lives in the Downside, a district of Triumph city and probably the worst part, too. It’s full of pimps,drug dealers and aggressive gangs. I was highly confused with the way these people spoke at first but after reading a few pages I got a hold of the slang and finally understood what they meant. That could be a problem with me being a German and English only being a secondary language for me. I never heard English slang in real life but  nevertheless I got it, probably a bit later than most of the other readers though. It’s one of these things that makes this book special to me: the voices of the characters and the way they speak are so individual you know immediately who speaks.

One other character I just have to mention is Terrible. He’s the hired muscle of one of the drug lords and he is one kind of character I would have never thought I could like. At first he seems to be not much more than a bulk of muscle-mass who knows how to crush your bones but nothing more. But over time you a get a glimpse into his mind and life and I was captivated. I admit: I’m a total Terrible fan girl now and I really want to see more of him in the next books.

I loved how throughout Ms. Kane build her world. At the start of each chapter we get a few lines out of the “common” literature of that time, be at an expert of a religious book or out of a life guide. These snippets made the world so much more real for me and I savored each one of them.

The pace of the book was wonderful and the story gripped me ASAP and didn’t let me go till the last word. I loved how Ms. Kane shows us that looks are deceiving and we should never judge a person just with taking one glance at him or her. A highly recommended read not only for Urban Fantasy lovers, but for anyone who likes a good story.

I give Unholy Ghosts 4,5 out of 5 bookies.


Thanks to Random House we have one copy of Unholy Ghost for one lucky commenter.

Just  leave a comment here. 

For an extra entry go to our interview with the author here and ask Stacia a question.

Giveaway is open to everyone and ends Saturday June 5th. I will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good Luck

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About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • mariska May 27, 2010 at 6:21 am

    I know this book, from the author site. And after i read your review, i definitely need to read this. furthermore, Dark urban fantasy ? sounds GREAT 🙂

  • Sparklybearsy May 27, 2010 at 8:29 am

    oh i do love a bit of Dark Urban Fantasy! this book sounds great, not read the author before but i'll be checking her out now =) great review Susi!

  • SusiSunshine May 27, 2010 at 8:35 am

    @mariska I so loved this book. Very unique!

    @Sparklybearsy Do that hon. Her other series is wonderful, too. And thankies. ((hugs))

  • mel butcher May 27, 2010 at 8:40 am

    i have only just discovered stacia kane's books, but i am devouring personal demons and can't wait to read more of her work

  • A Buckeye Girl Reads May 27, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Great review! This book sounds like a must read-I haven't read a dark UF in ages.

  • SusiSunshine May 27, 2010 at 8:45 am

    @Mel I loved her Megan Chase books. If you like those this series will be your thing too.

    @Colette Me neither and it totally rocked my world.

  • debbie May 27, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I haven't read any of these books yet, but it sounds really good.

  • JenM May 27, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I love books that take risks, especially with the main characters so I definitely want to read this. Seems like there is quite a bit of controversy about it. If anything, the drug aspect of it makes me more likely to read it rather than less.

  • SusiSunshine May 27, 2010 at 11:13 am

    @JenM I'm the same. It didn't bother me at all, I even liked that she isn't afraid to risk this controversy.

  • SusanKMann May 27, 2010 at 11:20 am

    This book sounds amazing I would love to win and read it. xx

  • eeeschen May 27, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I read through the excerpt and thought "I NEED more of this!" – I'd love to win it!

  • - Concursos de la Blogosfera - May 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Woaw! sounds like a great reading!
    please, enter me for the contest! i would louve to win =)

  • Charchelar May 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I cannot wait for Unholy Ghosts. I've been seeing this book all over the internet and I am so excited to read it. Plus Stacia Kane seems like a really cool person and I wish her the best of luck as an author!

  • Amy May 27, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I have been waiting for this book!! I love Stacia Kane's other series and this one sounds even more intriguing.

  • van_pham May 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    been dying to read this!

    thanks for the giveaway!

  • Robin K May 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    New author for me too! Please enter me 🙂 Heading over to interview now.

  • joder May 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Great review! The world building sounds intriguing and I love characters with flaws.

  • Lynne Roberts May 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Great Review… now I want to read this book even more!

  • Aik May 27, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Wow! Sounds like an interesting read. Maybe I should get myself a copy!

  • heatwave16 May 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I had list on a list as a book I was interested in since I read the blurb last fall. The review really helps as this is definitely a to buy selection

  • Sandy Jay May 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I've read some good reviews about this book. I'd love to win it. Thanks for the drawing.

    forwhlz at gmail dot com

  • Melissa (My words and pages) May 30, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    This book does sound amazing! I have it on my wishlist here to get. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it so much, now I am going to have to get it sooner. 🙂

  • EVA SB June 1, 2010 at 2:28 am

    I love the idea of the dead attacking the living especially if it is dark and broody.

    But the sentence that really got me:
    "The powerful Church of Real Truth … has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased."

  • Stella (Ex Libris) June 5, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I have heard great things about this book, it sounds exciting! Would love to read it, please enter me.

    I commented on the interview.

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

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