Review: Influential Magic: Crescent City Fae #1 by Deanna Chase

On the recommendation of an author whose work I adore, I now am able to bring you….

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Influential Magic
Deanna Chase
Crescent City Fae, Book 1
Bayou Moon Publishing
318 Pages
ISBN: 978-0983797876
Paperback and eBook
Urban Fantasy
Stars:  5
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About the Book:

It’s tough being a faery in New Orleans, a city fraught with vampires… especially when their very existence drains your life-force.

Willow Rhoswen, owner of The Fated Cupcake and part-time vampire hunter for the Void is having a rough week. Four years after her twin brother’s mysterious death, Willow’s life is threatened and the director saddles her with a new partner—her ex-boyfriend, David. To her horror, he’s turned vamp, which causes her physical pain whenever she touches him… and any other specimen of the undead.

In order to save Willow’s life, David agrees to turn double agent against the most powerful vampire organization in New Orleans. Or so he says. And she’s convinced they know something about her brother’s death. Unsure where David’s loyalties lie, she turns to Talisen, her childhood crush, to help her solve the mystery.

Caught between two gorgeous men and a director who’ll stop at nothing to control Willow’s gifts, she’ll have to follow her instincts and learn who to trust. Otherwise, she risks losing more than just her life.

 

Book Review:

Welcome to New Orleans, the early adopter of all things new and different in the United States (Remember Jazz?).  In a reimagined world where the paranormal are no longer in the closet, Willow has a successful bakery that sells ‘enhanced’ treats that she uses her fae talents as a life-force faerie to bring desired results.  Her second, and most dangerous job is as an agent for the Arcane, the governmental entity charged with maintaining order and keeping paranormals in check.  Her challenge? She is able to sense vampires in the area, making her the ideal partner for her roommate, the witch vampire hunter Phoebe, also Willow’s best friend.

Add in some vampires, good and bad, a love triangle, an evil faerie Aunt and a genealogical link that will threaten Willow’s life as it killed her twin brother Beau, and you have the makings of a rollicking good ride.  With multiple interwoven stories that start off a bit confusing and quickly draw you in to take sides with different characters, this is the start of what I expect will be one of my favorite series.  It isn’t marked as a YA read, but is appropriate for YA readers of 16 or better – and they will appreciate it as much as I did.

Oh – and I almost forgot to mention, Willow has a shifter sidekick, Link.  Masquerading as an ordinary 20 lb Shih-Tzu, he can shift into LARGE wolf form when Willow is agitated or needs protecting. If that isn’t perfect typecasting for a small breed dog with great aspirations, I don’t know what is!

Deanna Chase has created characters and placed them in the steam heat of New Orleans, both shine in this story. While Willow often doubts herself and her abilities, her belief about right and wrong never waver, and she is often the calming influence in the midst of the hot-headed people who surround her.  The men in her life are solidly portrayed, and her best friend Phoebe of the many costumes and faces is someone that everyone would like to know.

I can’t wait to read the rest of this series, and now will have to go check out the author’s other series featuring Jade Calhoun!

I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review as part of the Indies Rock Promotion at I am, Indeed.  I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

About the Author:

Deanna is a native Californian, transplanted to the slower paced lifestyle of southeastern Louisiana. When she isn’t writing, she is often goofing off with her husband in New Orleans, playing with her two shih tzu dogs, making glass beads, or out hocking her wares at various bead shows across the country. For more information and updates on newest releases visit her website, follow her Facebook or follow @writerdeanna

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