Wicked and Wilde by Jenn Stark

Treasure hunting on a Japanese yacht. With ninja geisha. And a Lovecraftian, tentacled sky demon. With an opening like this, a book can’t HELP but be awesome!

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Wicked and WildeTitle:  Wicked and Wilde
Author:  Jenn Stark
SeriesImmortal Vegas Book 04
Publish Date:  May 24, 2016
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s DescriptionHell hath no fury…

Tarot reader Sara Wilde has spent her whole life finding the lost with the use of her trusty cards–from missing kids to shifty criminals to ancient, arcane artifacts. But when her newest assignment sends her straight to Hell, she discovers more than she bargained for.

The journey through Dante’s playground forces Sara to endure a client’s bitter loss, fall victim to a vicious betrayal by her own kind, and come face-to-face with the woman she might have been–a soul capable of heartless brutality. Not even Sara’s blossoming love for the darkly sensual Magician is safe in the underworld. She’s tested in ways she never fathomed, ways that could drive her mad or utterly destroy her.

But time waits for no artifact hunter. Back in Vegas, the war on magic takes a fatal turn, with the worst of the dark practitioners focusing on all Sara holds dear. If she doesn’t escape the bonds of the underworld, scores of psychics will die. To flee Hell for good, however, the final sacrifice Sara must make may be more than she can bear.

Nothing’s ever easy when you’re Wicked And Wilde.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

He wasn’t a bad sort, this grim Imperial general who appeared to suffer great tragedy every time he spoke to me. But he was monotonous.

or

The kettle corn stand was as close as I’d ever gotten to watching someone have a religious revelation, and the Hierophant’s spontaneous surges of joy almost leveled me as I stood next to him.

This is an urban fantasy with mild violence and a little romance.  There isn’t a cliffhanger, but it does end in a place that leaves you pumped up.  There isn’t any sex, but the relationship building makes your toes curl. Sariah gets hurt more than once, but she’s a tough chick.

I love this series.  Love, Love, Love!  What do I love the most? Yeah, okay.  It’s the relationship building with Sara and The Magician.  I bookmark those pages and read them again.  The writing is so awesome that I can picture the scene and feel Sara’s panic/fear reaction just as easily as her lust…..or is it love?  The beginning stages of Sara’s trip to Hell looking for Armaeus is absolutely intoxicating.  You HAVE to read it!

badge5v4I must commend author Stark on her twists and turns.  I fought with myself time and again with some scenes because I just KNEW it was too good to be true, but yet if it was true that would be so incredibly incredible…

Sara learns more about herself and I learned more about Tarot and the Arcane Council.  The revelation made perfect sense to me and I was able to see the why and where of some things.  I think it’s remarkable that I got to meet an earlier set of the Council just to see the dynamics.  It was pretty cool. I was also stuck on Rutya’s warning and plea to Sara that happened early on in the book.  That really stuck with me through the whole book.  I cannot wait to see what happens next.  I thought the story was pumped, but now it’s a few more notches above that……whew!

 

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

What drew me to this book: I’ve been reading the Immortal Vegas series since it started, and I love it. Vegas, tarot, magic, and mayhem are all right up my alley. Plus the excellent writing, the beautiful Gene Mollica covers, and the incredibly sweet author! There were some big reveals in last book, and a powerful player planned a trip to Hell without his immortality to rely on. Commence with the nail biting!

Why I kept reading: OMG, this book is exciting! For fans of the series, the coolest part is getting some background and history about the Magician.  Sara’s trip to Hell feels like one long dream sequence, but she gets some amazing information from it.  We get introduced to yet another hidden side of the Connected community and learn more about the war against the Connecteds. Sara ends up with a whopping responsibility at the end.  And… there are geisha.  Ninja geisha.  What’s better than that?

I have to mention that if you like tarot cards (and you can like them whether or not you believe in them), you really should try this series. I absolutely love the way Sara uses her cards to guide her decisions and actions. Jenn Stark does a fascinating job of interpreting not only the traditional meanings of the cards, but using the actual, literal images themselves in the story.  And she uses the most common deck, the Rider-Waite Tarot, instead of some of the more beautiful but rarer decks, so that readers can look at images of the cards online or whip out their own tarot deck (as I’ve been known to do) to see the cards along with Sara. It’s fun looking at the cards in interesting new ways. 😉

badge4v4Why I recommend it: This series is just downright fun.  Every book is a “wilde” adventure that leaves you saying, “Next book, please!”  The author’s world building, imagination, and writing are top notch, and I always have a heck of a good time reading her stories.  4.5!

Our reviews in this series…

Other reviews…

Wicked and Wilde is just out today, so watch your favorite review sites for more reviews!

If you like this book…

…you might try the Adventures of Owl series by Kristi Charish, the White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland, or the Cursed series by Amy Braun.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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About Invested Ivana

I read fiction for entertainment and to escape my own world; so, I don’t want to read about “real” things. I read non-fiction to learn and be inspired. For the last several years, I’ve read mostly Urban Fantasy and other things supernatural. I also enjoy Historical Fiction. I love books that go deep into characters and worlds. I really want to know the characters, to be able to invest emotionally in them and their challenges. I like learning about cultures, so understanding the world is important to me as well.

Posted on May 24, 2016, in 4-Good, Female, Invested Ivana, Nervous Nellie, Review, Urban Fantasy and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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