Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Witches of Bourbon Street

Witches of Bourbon Street
Author Deanna Chase
Jade Calhoun was never fond of her empath abilities. Now she’s discovered she has another gift she’d rather not unwrap—magic. But when her mentor, Bea, becomes gravely ill and insists Jade’s the only one who can help, she’s forced to embrace her witchy side. It’s too bad she spent a decade shunning the magical community and never learned to harness her powers. Because time’s run out. A trapped spirit has revealed a clue to Jade’s long-lost mother. The resident angel has gone rogue and disappeared with Jade’s boyfriend, Kane. And if that wasn’t enough, her ex appears to be possessed. To save any of them, Jade will need to find a way to control her inner white witch—without succumbing to black magic. Otherwise, she’ll lose everything…including her soul.

Review: Witches of Bourbon Street is a fast-paced read, heavy on plot, but slacking in depth. There is a lot going on in the second installment of the Jade Calhoun series.  The pages are packed full of rip-roaring paranormal catastrophe, which will whip you through New Orleans at record speed. Considering the location of the story, I would have preferred if more attention were given to setting and characterization. There are some complex struggles taking place and at times, it felt too glazed over. I think this had to do more with the pacing than anything else for me--the reader is literally taken to Hell and back in 48 hours. Well, we don't actually get to go, but the characters are sucked in and out...everyone from witches to angels, to the average guy. Despite missing a beat on dimensional depth, Deanna Chase still delivers a fun, quick read crammed with magical happenings. For those who prefer plot-driven YA paranormal, you'll likely enjoy this tour of New Orleans.  
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