must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,
i would definately recommend this series! start with book 1 unholy ghosts. this series is suspensful, dark, action packed unique fun!
there are many memorable parts, really love the complicated relationship that heats up and the battle.
she is a terrific narrator! she really brings the characters to life, the slang flows off her tongue easily and you can always tell the differnece between the characters.
there is a lot of drug use in this series and the main character often has negative self dialouge. there are times where it can bring tears to your eyes but then she pulls herself up and fights, in more ways than one. she is definately changing over the series, i wish i had discovered this series long ago, but am so happy i can listen to one right after the other instead of waiting months for the next one to come out. i am downloading 4 right now! give these books a try!
Bahni Turpin sucks you into the story with her voice, gives the Downside characters a great accent and overall is a great story teller.
The love story in this book actually made me cry at one point. It has been building up from the first two books, the intensity ever increasing. I finished the second book yesterday (I think), and just had to start on this one right away - it was such a cliff hanger at the end and I had to know if she ended up happy - or as happy as Chess could ever be. Also, Chess' selfdestructive actions have made me want to bang her head in a wall quite a few times.
A great series. I love the concept of the ghosts and the Church, and I like the quotes from different Church books at the beginning of each chapter.If you haven't read the first two books in the series, you must do so. Don't miss out on this action-thriller world.
I love that each character sounds like a new actor/voice. Although it is clear that one person is narrating she has done such a superb job of giving each character their own sound, accent and tone it almost seems like it's more than one person.
The continued growth of the characters.
I love her characterization and voice for Terrible.
I am a huge fan of this series and of the reader Bahni Turpin. The books require someone who is able to move back and forth between many different types of language and dialect and keep the flow and rhythm of the dialogue smooth. Ms Turpin does this with ease. The books are dark and tough and they move fast. Characters are flawed and yet still extremely sympathetic in my opinion. I'm looking forward to more Downside books from Ms. Kane read by Ms. Turpin.
Great narration. I like to list this first as it can make or break a story.
Took some getting use too, to start with, due to the street slang and the drug addiction (which I can't relate too). But I have now become caught up in the series. Just finished the 4 book and can't wait for book 5. Best to follow series in order if possible.
I really enjoy it when readers with similar reading interests list their favourite authors and series. It really helps me find new authors too follow. Mine are Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter, Molly Harper, Ilona Andrews, Kresley Cole, Deborah Harkness, Nalini Singh, Coreene Callahan, Stacia Kane, Kelly Medding and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
My last review on this series was glowing and I'll be the first to say that the author and narrator together is excellent. That said I won't be purchasing anymore of this series unless I see reviews stating that the main character improves. The main character in this story has little character growth and an addiction that is spinning out of control. Instead of confronting the problem the author glorifies it by weaving a story where drugs use eventually saves the day and how a character can function relatively well in a larger society. (Example: because she was a junkie she was saved from a normally killing dose of downers; anytime she needs a boost uppers are the answer). While this is a work of fiction its over 13hrs of audio fiction any teen can get their hands on. Kinda sad really.
The characters in this series are great! I enjoy hearing Bahni read so much that I want to listen to them much more than I want to read them for myself. She has become the voice of Chess for me and has truly enhanced the story. This is my third volume all heard as audiobooks and I will definitely listen to all that Stacia Kane can write. Very creative but believable, if you can believe that!
This is one of the most creative edge of the seat raw touching series I have ever read. Love the narrater she truly brings each character & scene alive
I'm 30 years old, from the east coast of America, and my favorite books are realistic, but stretch the truth and the laws of physics.
Chapter 23 was freaking transcendent. I'm not going to spoil it for you, but wow. That's a well done chapter.
I'm really liking this author, even though she's probably not for the litra-choor conniseurs. Good genre fiction can be hard to find, and this series is pretty good! I mean it's not Shakespeare guys. It's a thrill and a pleasure though. Ive got to say, after reading some reviews, I can't understand how reviewers can say they "can't identify with" a functioning drug addict as a protagonist. Really, that's kind of what books are for, to help you identify with the kind of life you have never lived yourself. Most of us also "can't identify with" what battling cancer is like, but a book about it wouldn't prompt most people to name this as a shortcoming of the plot. I suspect that most, but not all of those comments are more about people expressing their distaste for drug abuse, or drug abusers. That sort of thing is always in style isn't it? Having some group to look down on? Some big evil to scorn, even when doing so is meaningless and irrational? Like when you're just reading about it in a fictional novel which utilizes said evil in a very realistic, thought provoking, and original way? Anyway, these stories are fast paced and very creative, but I think the way the relationships between its characters are written and their dysfunction are the best parts of it all. I love the way the author really breaks things between her characters, I mean really BREAKS things badly, then she takes you through the seemingly impossible task of putting things between them back together again in the most exhilarating ways, then bam! It all breaks apart again! Very fun series!
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
I LOVE the characterizations. I love hearing Bump and Terrible's language. I think that adds a lot to the experience.
Terrible. Always Terrible.
I do love Bumps voice though.
“Bump stood in the middle of the room, wrapped in a heavy fur coat, with a black silk top hatcovering his fuzzy head and unnecessary sunglasses hiding his pale face. He looked like the Abominable Snowpimp.”
― Stacia Kane, Unholy Ghosts
yep. all of it.