Witches of Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase
Not fluffy and not horror. It’s got a good romance to the story and very fun characters. You know everyone will turn out pretty much OK by the end. A good listen.
Publisher’s Description: 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.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. (In other words… SPOILERS!!)
The Good: Jade is a good person. She’s trying to make her life in New Orleans while trying to stay out of her ex’s way and still remaining friends with her best friend–who is dating said ex. Jade is a barista who also happens to date the owner of a strip club. (Oh La La!)
The Bad: Jade has issues. Boyfriend issues. Ex-boyfriend issues. Friend issues. Ability issues. Mom issues. Jade’s Mom, Hope, has been missing for 12 years leaving Jade in the custody of her aunt. Jade is slowly acknowledging her gift and still blames her ability for a lot of bad things.
The Ugly: 2 white witches, one ugly ass demon witch trapped in portraits that happen into Jade’s path. The impossible hope of getting Jade’s mom back while saving her mentor using white magic, dark magic and any other magic she can find.
Overview: Jade is trying to reconcile herself with her new found abilities. She’s solved the mystery of the scary ghost in her apartment and now has inherited his ghost dog (which is pretty neat, I think). She’s gotten her friend back from a place that held her in stasis while being tormented and abused by Piper’s ex boss. She thinks life is going to settle down with her strip club owner/financial wizard boyfriend. Uh……no. Trouble is just beginning. Three portraits and three voodoo dolls suddenly find their way into Jade’s path. She knows there are spirits trapped in one and souls trapped in the other. They are weird and she wants to get away from them, but can feel her mom close. Jade wants her mom back and enlists the help of Bea, her mentor. Long story short. Bea gets trapped. Demon controls Dan. Jade has to save them all.
Takeaway: This story is not exactly fluffy, but it’s not horror either. It’s a very engaging audio book and the narrator does a pretty good job. Traci Odom does all the Jade Calhoun books and she does them well. This was a good book to lose myself in while driving and/or cleaning my house. I didn’t have to think very hard to keep up with the story, but it was still a good story. There isn’t a serious cliffhanger, just one you can see coming. I’m not feeling the “Oh my gosh! I’ve got to know what happens next” vibe, but I did pick up Book 3 to listen to at my leisure. It’s a good series, but one I can put down if I have to.
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