Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tracey Martin's "Wicked Misery"

Tracey Martin's "Wicked Misery (Miss Misery #1)"

From Goodreads:

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?

Okay, so if this book didn't have me at the Tracey Martin part (it did, I confess. You've seen how much I loved "Another Little Piece of My Heart," right? Jared. *swoon* That one's only $2.51 on Amazon! I'm hoping Harlequin prints it because I want to hug it and put it on my shelf.) it would have had me at "quasi-legal fun" and the warning at the bottom. 

For me, this book was a little hard to get into, just because Ms. Martin took a spin on some familiar myths and whipped them all up into a whole new world. However, once I got there, it was pretty great. This mystical world is shoved into the real world - Boston, specifically - and the overlay of the mystical with the real is complex and interesting. There is a lot of story in this book, but it moved along nicely and I enjoyed the ride. 


"There's lots you don't know about me because you're always running away."

"But you see, being evil is a lot like sex. The release is fantastic, but the release is fleeting. It's the buildup to the release that's so sweet and lasting."

"I can read you better than you read yourself, because you hide things from yourself and you can't hide them from me."

This book reminded me of Richelle Mead's Succubus series, though it's been so long since I read that series I can't specifically say what it is. 

ALSO, hot satyr. I know, it seems nuts, but without being spoiler-y, here's the cover for Miss Misery #1.5 - 

You're welcome.

Now go, give it a read - only $4.24 for the ebook! That's a latte! 

Okay, I need a song to go with this book. I had a note scribbled suggesting a song, but I think it was for her other book, and that so won't work here. 

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