Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane | Audio Review

June 18, 2014 Reviews 12

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Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane | Audio ReviewChasing Magic by Stacia Kane
Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Series: Downside Ghosts #5
Published by Blackstone Audio, Del Rey on June 26, 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 376
Length: 12 hours 58 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.

My Initial Reaction…

Stacia Kane sure knows how to put you through an emotional ringer! By the time I was done with Chasing Magic I’m pretty sure I’d experienced every single emotion possible – happiness, frustration, anger, fear, sadness, disappointment, arousal, surprise, excitement, and for the first time in this series a bit of hope.

The Narration…

I’ve said it with every single book in this series and Chasing Magic is no different – Bahni Turpin nails it! At this point, I don’t know if I could even finish the series if they changed narrators because Bahni Turpin IS Chess, she IS Terrible, she IS Lex and every other character I’ve come to know and love (or hate). She’s definitely an A++ narrator!

The Characters…

Oh Chess! Why must you be so colossally damaged? She does things that make you want to just reach into the book and shake her – her using continues to be a problem in Chasing Magic and then there’s her extremely complicated relationship with Terrible. You can’t help but worry she’s going to ruin it – ruin HIM – because she’s just so screwed up. But I can’t hate her. Can’t even begin to hate her because she’s so incredibly down on herself. She breaks my heart over and over – yes, she’s screwed up, but so much of that is BECAUSE she doesn’t love herself. This fact was made so incredibly vivid in Chasing Magic – and it was so hard to see happening. Chess takes some hard hits in Chasing Magic, one in particular that I did NOT see coming and am still a bit wounded from myself. Poor Chess! But, for the first time ever in this series, I really do think something has changed and Chess FINALLY has a chance. FINALLY I actually have hope for her to have some sort of HEA in this messed up world.

And then there’s Terrible. I guess we all love him right? So what else is there to say – except that you’ll love him 100 times more my time you finish Chasing Magic? I wish he saw himself more clearly – saw what we see, what Chess sees, because even though he’s way more together than Chess, way stronger, he’s got a whole ton of insecurities and they break my heart all over again. He sure knows how to love with 100% of himself though and if anyone can bring Chess out of her cycle it’s gonna be Terrible.

Then there’s Lex. I don’t know how most people feel about Lex in this series – but I like him… and damn it! I feel sorry for him too! (Why must I feel so badly for every character I love in this series?) The thing about Lex is – he jokes around and womanizes (is that a word?) – but I don’t believe it for one minute. Just like Chess uses her drugs to shield herself, and Terrible his fierce strength, Lex uses his could-give-a-care attitude. Stacia hasn’t confirmed it for us yet in so many words – but I JUST KNOW that poor boy loves Chess and it’s killing him to see her with Terrible. Is he right for Chess? No. But do I wish he could find happiness – and that somehow that could involve not destroying Chess’s world? Yes please. Please?

The Story…

Although the story in Chasing Magic, like in all the Downside Ghosts books is fantastic, it’s not memorable for me because I’m just so caught up in the characters. I feel like you could replace the story I just read with any other mystery (and it could be crap, honestly) and if the characters were still having the same interactions they had, I would probably still love Chasing Magic. So it’s really just a bonus that the story is pretty fantastic.

Unlike most Downside Ghosts stories – there’s really just one big bad magical problem. Chess isn’t working a case for the Church (all though things are definitely happening there – but I’ll leave it at that). All over Downside people are going crazy – like they’re being possessed and they can’t be killed. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Magical Zombies!! So it wasn’t quite zombies in the technical sense – no brain eating… but the concept is there. And of course, Chess has to figure it out and try to save the day. The other BIG, HUGE THING going down is Lex… he’s got plans and step one involves Terrible. I’ll leave it at that, but I have to say – Lex’s plans caused me more anxiety than all the magic because it involved Terrible and I care way more about him than hordes of faceless people.

Concluding Sentiments…

As usual Chasing Magic was an emotional roller coaster, spiced up with loads of magic, action, and sex. The only bad thing? I’m now officially caught up on this series and have NO IDEA when then next book is coming!!

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About Stacia Kane

Stacia Kane is the author of the light-hearted romantic urban fantasy “Megan Chase” series starting with PERSONAL DEMONS.

She currently writes the gritty dystopian urban fantasy “Downside” series starring Chess Putnam and featuring ghosts, human sacrifice, drugs, witchcraft, punk rock, and a badass ’69 Chevelle. She bleaches her hair and wears a lot of black.

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

12 Responses to “Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane | Audio Review”

    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      No there’s no release date yet. Talk about torture! Every time Stacia Kane does a blog post I rush over hoping she has news on the next book. I’m going to start reading the novellas in September and hopefully they’ll carry me over to an announcement…
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  1. Bookworm Brandee

    OMG, Berls! I have to, have to get caught up in this series. I can’t believe that this is a series I’d started before you and now you’re further ahead! *ha* Chasing Magic does sound like it’s everything I could hope for in a book. The emotional ride you’ve described has me chomping at the bit to get caught up…NOW! And I like the fact that you said the characters and their interactions are so great that any story around them would have worked. Good thing Ms. Kane gave you a good story, too! Fabulous review, girl!!
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Thanks Brandee! LOL yeah, I think you were one of the people that got me reading this series in the first place. I guess it’s easy to put off reading more though when there’s no news on the next book 🙁 I hope we’ll hear something soon – and they you’ll get to catch up before then. It’s really freaking good!
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  2. Lupdilup

    What I love the most about these Audiobooks is the spot on narration by Bahni Turpin. She sure got the essence of the characters and their story. I love how she puts you right in the middle of it, I can almost smell the places when she reads the books…Crazy I know…LOL.
    I agree, this was a total roller coaster of emotions.
    Great review!! 🙂
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      I couldn’t agree more – when they finally start coming out again I hope Bahni is still narrating. That would be devastating for me if she stopped with this long hiatus.
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      I love emotional roller coasters – they just really pull me into books and destroy me in the most marvelous way! Lol that being said I can obviously see why you wouldn’t be into them right now 😉
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      It’s a fantastic series Stormi and Bahni Turpin is an incredible narrator. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I will warn you – the first book was iffy for me but I’m so glad I hung on 🙂
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Thanks Jonetta! This one is my favorite too – except that now I’m out of books! I have the novellas to read still but after that I really hope Stacia Kane will at least have an announcement on when the next one is coming!
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