great start to a new urban fantasy series

Influential Magic (Crescent City Fae) Deanna Chase

I received this from Net galley in return for an honest review. I don’t gush and give false praise – I don’t believe that helps readers or authors so what you read is what I truly feel about a book.


Well, another book from the genre I love, paranormal romance with vampires and Fae. Willow has some special abilities and uses them in her part time work for the Void, as well as owning The Fated Cupcake. She’s still reeling from the breakup of her year long relationship when she discovers her life is in danger, and the void have given her a new partner. Its David, her ex, but he’s no longer human but a vampire – and her special abilities leave her vulnerable to their touch. Double whammy for her….and then there’s the complications of her long time friend and childhood crush Talisen who’s been searching for info on her twin brothers death four years ago and now turns up in New Orleans. Surrounded by two attractive man and with her life in danger willow doesn’t know where to turn or who to trust. Its a riveting tale of mistrust, double dealing and danger and the action doesn’t stop. Its hard to see how things will turn out – every time I thought I had an idea of what was going to happen Deanna threw in another twist to keep me confused. As always I was tempted to have a quick peek at the ending as I’m always so impatient to know what happens but I resisted and I’m glad I did. It came as a total surprise what was going on and just who the bad guys were.


I loved Willow – felt so sad for her after the David text breakup – what an ass I thought – but then as always things are not quite as they seem and he seemed to still have strong feelings for Willow. Then there’s Talisen, fairy hottie, knows Willow but until now has always been a player for the girls and simply good friend to Willow. Add in her shape shifting Shih-Tzu/wolf Link and her witch best friend Phoebe and there’s a cast worthy of a great story full of multiple and sometimes complex plots that entertain the reader to the very end. I loved this book – its hard to define what makes the difference between a four and a five star read, I think maybe its the complexity of the story and the world building and in this book Deanna has done it just right for me and although first in series rarely get five stars from me this one does. It’ll definitely go on my keepers list for re reading and I’ll look forward to the next in the sere is. This story is compete – thankfully Deanna hasn’t gone the horrible cliffhanger route that I hate yet so many authors seem to love, so you can feel satisfied with a proper ending at the the finish of this novel.


I’ve not read any of Deanna’s other works but will look to see if she has written more like this, as this series looks to become one of my favourites. Its well edited and written and doesn’t leave plots that are unanswered but ties up all loose ends in a way the reader can’t imagine (well, this reader anyway ) and that’s always good to find.


Its prcied at £2.86 for the kindle version of 273 pages, a decent length that allows for the author to really flesh out the story and contrive some decent plots. Ist also available in paperback version for £6.99 on amazon.


Stars: As I said – full five, excellent start to new urban fantasy series.

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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