Publisher: Del Rey
Date published: December 2011
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher
Jesse Shimmer gains magical powers while trying to save her lover, Cooper Marron. She travels to an underworld full of nightmarish adventures and although magical powers could seem to be really cool, she soon finds out that they just may be curses in disguise. She has a familiar, a ferret named Pal who goes with her through thick and thin. And, though she would really love to spend some moments of quietness with her man, her enemies will not let her rest. To top it all off, there is a demigoddess who wields a switch-blade coming after her. Jesse has to hope her new abilities will help her and that she can free the souls captured by the demigoddess and that her relationship with Cooper won’t be jeopardized.
Wow, this story was quite a ride. Almost more on the side of a horror story. It was quite gruesome in parts and dirty and gritty in others. I think I really need to read the first two books in this series SHOTGUN SORCERESS and SPELLBENT. I felt a little lost and couldn’t quite see where some of the characters were coming from. But, apart from that, I did enjoy this book. I’m a bit of a fan of the ‘different’ and ‘off-the-wall’ type of stories so this was right up my alley. I liked Pal, Jesse’s familiar. In this story he seemed to be really going through it, but was still quite humorous at times. There wasn’t much of Cooper in the story, though I could still relate to him and get a feel for his relationship with Jesse. I will for sure be checking out the other stories and re-reading this one to get the full picture. I could see that some readers may not like this type of story as it really is quite gory at times. But, if you enjoy a lot of action, a bit of horror, some humor to balance it out, then this could be for you.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.