Saturday, October 19, 2013

Review: Wicked Misery by Tracey Martin

Wicked Misery
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Miss Misery Book #1
ISBN:   1619218070
ISBN13: 9781619218079
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Author

It s all quasi-legal fun until somebody gets framed for murder.

Jessica Moore thrives on misery. Literally. Thanks to a goblin s curse, she gets a magical high from humanity s suffering. A shameful talent like that could bury a girl in guilt, so to atone, she uses her dark power to hunt murderers, rapists and other scumbags until one of them frames her for his crimes.

In desperation, Jessica seeks refuge with the one person she trusts to not turn her in a satyr named Lucen. Like every member of his race, Lucen uses his lusty magic to control Boston s human population, and Jessica isn t immune to his power. But the murder victims belonged to a rival race, and when they discover Lucen is harboring Jessica, dodging the cops becomes the least of her problems.

With only five days to find the real killer, Jessica faces a danger far more serious than the brewing magical war. The danger of succumbing to Lucen s molten seduction.

Warning: Contains a heroine with a lust for misery, creepy murders, and creepier goblins, satyrs so hot you'd sell your soul for one, and scaly sewer rats masquerading as dragons. Who said magic was all sparkles and tiaras?

What a fun new series. There was a little bit of romance, a whole lot of supernatural with danger and drama in between. Jessica has what she believes is a goblins curse where she thrives on misery. She uses her 'curse' to hunt down the dregs of society but one night she ends up framed for murder.  Jessica had dreams of being a part of something else but ended up with this curse that she can not stand. WICKED MISERY follows her as she learns more about who she is while trying to keep herself out of custody and searching for the real killer. 

When Jessica turns to Lucen for help she has no idea what will happen. She thinks it is Lucen's gifts that make her want him but you can tell she likes him for other reasons as well. They dance around each other constantly and there were points I wanted to hit both of them over the head and be like, hey get over yourself. The plot was pretty fun to follow. There was a particular action part of the book that got a little confusing because I felt like we were thrown into the situation out of nowhere but other than that I enjoyed every other part of the story. There are many paranormal creatures introduced in WICKED MISERY. They are not looked well upon by normal humans but I liked what they have made of the slice of world they live in. Walking the streets with Jessica was never boring. 

WICKED MISERY was a pretty descent start to a new fun and fast paced Urban Fantasy series. I look forward to seeing what happens next and what might happen between Jessica and Lucen in book 2. 

I gave it 3.5/5 stars