ARC Review: Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane

Im a Terrible Fan Girl

Title: Chasing Magic
Author: Stacia Kane
Series: Downside Ghosts #5
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: June 26, 2012

A deadly High

Magic-wielding Churchwitch and secret addict Chess Putnam knows better than anyone just how high a price people are willing to pay for a chemical rush. But when someone with money to burn and a penchant for black magic starts tampering with Downside’s drug supply, Chess realizes that the unlucky customers are paying with their souls—and taking the innocent with them, as the magic-infused speed compels them to kill in the most gruesome ways possible.

As if the streets weren’t scary enough, the looming war between the two men in her life explodes, taking even more casualties and putting Chess squarely in the middle. Downside could become a literal ghost town if Chess doesn’t find a way to stop both the war and the dark wave of death-magic, and the only way to do that is to use both her addiction and her power to enter the spell and chase the magic all the way back to its malevolent source. Too bad that doing so will probably kill Chess—if the war doesn’t first destroy the man who’s become her reason for living.

She was still who she was, after all. A junkie, a liar, someone who didn’t know how to have a relationship, someone who really didn’t deserve whatever happiness she managed to find. Someone terrified she’d do the wrong thing, say the wrong thing, terrified that she was going to fuck this up like she did everything else.

Chasing Magic is the fifth installment and thankfully not the last in the dark, gritty series Downside Ghosts. I say this every time so I’ll just say it again, this is my most favorite book in the series. I was on an emotional roller coaster for most of this book, and that’s how I prefer my favorite reads. I’ve always been a huge Chess fan & a Terrible Fangirl yet upon completion of Chasing Magic I’m not sure I’ve ever loved Chess & Terrible together more than I do now. There’s a reason why this is my most favorite urban fantasy series out there, and it’s because the exceedingly great world building and my adoration for her characters Chess & Terrible that Stacia Kane has captivated me with.

She wasn’t going to lie and she wasn’t going to try to hide Terrible or who he was. She loved him and he was hers, and that made her so proud her chest hurt, and if anybody didn’t like it they could go fuck themselves.

First off let me start by saying this was the most graphic book of them all and I’m not talking F bombs and sex because well those go par for the course, I’m talking about the Zombie like possessed people. Several times I felt stomach was doing somersaults because of the fine attention Stacia Kane paid to detail, that’s one of her best attributes yet it’s the downfall to someone like myself with a weak stomach. LOL. This book starts off with another task for poor Chess working overtime for Bump in the hopes of discovering the dirty witch behind these brutal zombie like killers, which simultaneously working her full time position as a Church Witch.

They might have taken their chances with the church, but no way would they do that with Bump. Fucking with Bump meant fucking with Terrible, and the only people who did that had death wishes even more serious than Chess’s. If that were possible.

Lex has been a character that I have enjoyed his spiteful yet sometimes charming nature, while never wanting him to be more than a friend to Chess period.

“Always got such cheap beer, you do. Why you ain’t buy better?”
“Because I want to piss you off, that’s why.”

I’ve tolerated his jealousy driven digs at Terrible and his shallow attempts to steal Chess away from Terrible because I’ve never once saw him as a contender of her heart, ever. Therefore as ruthless as I’ve always known him to be, I’ve always appreciated his friendship in Chess’s life until Chasing Magic. I’m still unsure what to think of Lex’s behavior because I know he made his horrendous decision based on pure business but a part of me feels it was motivated by his envy of Terrible & Chess’s relationship. With that being said his actions alone has caused me to loose respect for him, and while I dislike him at the moment fiercely, I also feel a bit sorry for him. However, as much as a protector he has once again proven to be for Chess in this installment he has also proven to be a cunning and shrewd businessman that cannot be trusted and I’m angry with him.

Oh, who was she kidding? Pretty much all of her was sneaky and selfish, but it was still just a small part of her that wondered.

Chess breaks my heart a little bit more with each installment of this series with her self loathing and destructive behavior. Sometimes I just want to reach out and give her a hug so she knows that she is loved. What I love most of Chess is what unfortunately most people that dislike about her; I adore that she is flawed. I revel in the fact that she’s a drug addict. There I said it! That’s my favorite part about her. Though I can’t relate to her drug issues I can relate to her inner struggles and flaws. I like that she’s insecure, and unstable at times, it makes her real. That to me is why I find Stacia Kane so incredibly brilliant when she created a heroine, with an addiction, insecurity issues, morality issues, trust issues, self loathing issues and sometimes selfishness because whether people admit their struggles or not,privately we’ve all been there before! However in Chasing Magic it almost seems like Chess has gone to the far edge with her inner suffering but I see a light in her tunnel and thankfully it’s not instant, and I don’t want Chess sober so quickly because if anyone has any knowledge of drug addicts and sexual abuse victims their problems are most definitely not solved overnight. With that being said I’m much more forgiving of Chess’s bad behavior than maybe I should be but I just can’t seem to be angry with Chess for long. And LOVE can conquer a lot of things but it’s not going to cure an addiction to substance abuse or low self esteem because if that were the case we would have less teen moms. So on that note, Chess Putnam is real, and real awesome and that’s why I love her story.

“Shit. You so fuckin pretty, Chessie. True thing. So……ain’t even can breathe sometimes.”

Oh My Terrible, what can I say but he’s simply captured my heart once again for the fifth time. It’s like with each installment I renew my lustful vows with *cough* Terrible. He’s badass, he has a temper and will beat you to a pulp without even another thought if you cause a disturbance in his territory, yet with Chess he’s extraordinarily tender hearted with her. I’m so used to seeing Chess so overwhelmingly vulnerable but this time Terrible took the vulnerable role and though it terrified me watching him open his heart and expose it, I melted and swooned and cried and upon completion of Chasing Magic. I feel as if Terrible has destroyed me for RL men because I have yet to meet a man that possesses all the extraordinary features that Terrible does; he’s compassionate, loving, giving, respectful, chivalrous, selfless, ALPHA-LICIOUS, a WARRIOR in the bedroom and BEAST in a street fight. I’d like  to share one of my most precious quotes I’ve ever read in a book thus far and I’ll admit I got a bit teary eyed just reading this tugged at my heart-strings deeply.

“What you saw that night—it’s so much worse, it’s all like that. It’s so–it’s so cold and empty, it scares me, the thought of you being there forever–it’s not supposed to scare me, it’s my job and I’m supposed to think its peaceful but I can’t. I don’t, it’s—

“Hey.” His big hands curved around her face, his fingers catching her pulled-back her hair and tilting her cheeks up so her eyes met his. “Ain’t so bad, Chessie, causen you ain’t be alone, dig? You ain’t go there on your alones. An I figuring, I end up there maybe you come down to see me. You can do that, bein a witch an all, aye? “

“What? I mean, yeah, I’d come down to–of course, but—”
“An that’s the only one that matters, dig. Can deal with it on my alones, baby, causen you visit me. But the other way….you thinkin I let you stay there by yourself? Thinkin I stay there iffen you ain’t around no more?”

Towards the end of the book I was distraught while reading a fight between Terrible and an enemy. Like I said above earlier; Terrible is a BEAST in a street fight, however he is human and I actually had to stop to take a breather while reading it because Stacia Kane has such a prolific way with words that led my heart to race and clutch my iPad in fear for his safety. Ultimately with Kane’s vivid & detailed battle amongst two strong men unwilling to succumb to death, I’ll admit I was worried sick. This book took me on a journey through happiness, sadness, tears, elation, anger, and pride and yet I’m always left wanting more.

Chasing Magic is a book you’ll want to be reading the day it releases. I recommend this book for fans of Downside, Chess, Terrible *SWOON*, dark & gritty Urban Fantasy, and passionate love stories involving two dark horses you just want to put your money in on. I’m completely and irrevocably addicted to Terrible & Chess.

“Don’t want to. An even if I did, ain’t leave you down there on your alones. How can I do that one, aye? Leave my Chessiebomb there without me. ‘Specially knowin you scared on it.”

I’m not sure if I should kiss Stacia Kane for creating such an amazingly wonderful story or Netgalley for providing me with it early?

She wasn’t going to lie and she wasn’t going to try to hide Terrible or who he was. She loved him and he was hers, and that made her so proud her chest hurt, and if anybody didn’t like it they could go fuck themselves.

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17 Responses to ARC Review: Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane

  1. Laura says:

    Everyone’s favorite part seems to be the same. That whole rooftop conversation … I was bawling my eyes out.

  2. Linda says:

    OK, so I just couldn’t make myself actually read your review – I’m too afraid there will be the smallest thing to spoil me there – but I will come back and read it after I’ve finally gotten my greedy little hands on the book myself :)

    • MissVain says:

      I don’t blame you Linda, ;) read my review when you are finished reading it!!;) I hope you love it, and with the Terrible scenes especially one on a rooftop, I think this one will be your favorite.:)

  3. I’m terrible, no pun intended, because I have yet to catch up with the series! Lord help me, I hope I have 8 pairs of eyes at my disposal to catch up and read everything in time! LOL But I’ll take your word for it, I’m to start book three tonight.

    P.S. WHAT is Terrible’s accent, do you know?

    • MissVain says:

      Hopefully my email answered all your questions Braine :) except I’m not sure I can help with the extra eyeballs thingy LOL<3

  4. Sawesome says:

    I actually threw my kindle down during a scene in this book and was almost tempted to not pick it back up. I was just so so mad. I am glad I obviously did not give up, but it was hard. I think my review is a mumbo jumbo

  5. Samina says:

    I’m the only one who didn’t get the ARC. Great quotes and review Miss Vain.

    • MissVain says:

      Well Samina, let’s look at what your including in your NG profile to make sure that you are giving them sufficient enough info that next time your not left out, I’m sorry to hear that Samina..:(

  6. I really want to start reading this series, but I keep hearing how Terrible talks in a weird way. Was it hard for you to get used to it ?
    Chess seems like an awesome character. I love that she’s flawed. It just makes her seem more realistic. And, Terrible sure does seem swoon-worthy, but I’ll stay away from him or else you might come hunt me down. :P
    Great review, Miss Vain !

    • MissVain says:

      Hey Nick!!!;)

      Yes Terrible talks in something called Downside slang, and you get used to it in the first book….like for an example…..if he means to say “what do you want to do?” Terrible says “Whattany you want”. It becomes very easy to understand and I find myself thinking in the Terrible slang, just read the quotes above and you’ll understand it better…This is my most favorite UF series EVER SHOUTY capitals, and it’s very sexy too!!! She’s very flawed that Chess is and that’s why I love her!:) Haha!! I won’t hunt you down Nick because I’m already sharing him with so many female friends of mine, so I don’t mind sharing him with a male friend of mine as well!!;) There’s enough Terrible sexiness to go around….but just don’t tell anyone because I’m very greedy with him, LOL…:) Thanks!! <3

  7. HeatherJay says:

    Your review gave me chills, Miss V. !!! I loved this one too! Awesome ending!!!

    • MissVain says:

      The chills really HeatherJay???! Oh that’s awesome, thank you!!!:) I LOVED this one soooooo much SHOUTY capitals!! I’m so happy you loved it as well.;)

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  9. Molly says:

    Oh how I love me some downside!!!! And ur review nailed it on the head!!! I think we should all get together and (I would say pray, but in this world we know it’s forbidden) and make a wish, that Stacia Kane is able to suddenly be gifted with a power that allows her to put EVEN MORE books out!! I can’t get enough!! I just live them all, though Lex needs his ass kicked and if Chess hurts terrible with that MF, I don’t think I can forgive her!! Keep up the great reviews!!

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