On My Bookshelf: Downside Ghosts Series

One of the best parts of my week’s vacation from work has been the time I get to spend reading.  I so rarely get more than a few stolen moments here and there to read, that being able to wake up in the morning, have a cup of coffee, and read for an hour is such a luxury!  As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been remiss in posting some of the books I’ve been reading lately.  So what better time than when I’m actually getting a chance to enjoy my leisurely reads?

About this time last year I started reading the Downside Ghosts series that had been recommended by a friend.  I read all three books that I thought made up the entirety of the series, but it turns out there are two more books.  Oh happy day – more to read!

The series centers around Chess, the main character, who is also a ghost hunter.  These books are part urban paranormal part mystery.  I started reading Unholy Ghosts right around my birthday last year and zipped through it in a couple of weeks.

I took a little detour after finishing the first book in order to read Gone Girl.  I don’t think I even reviewed that one either (where has my head been??).  Anyway, after reading Gone Girl I went right back to book 2 in the Downside Ghosts series – Unholy Magic.  I read this one in October of last year, and enjoyed it a little more than the first book so I was anxious to pick up the third book as soon as I finished this one.

And I started City of Ghosts in mid-November and it carried over into January.  And the length of time it took me to read this one is in no way a reflection on how good it was.  I finished this one just a few days into the new year and it was absolutely another great read from Stacia Kane.

I’m really anxious to pick up the next two books in the series, now that I know they exist – Sacrificial Magic and Chasing Magic.  And it even looks like book six is due out in October!

The caution I was given when the series was recommended to me is that the main character, Chess, is an addict.  You know that right off the bat, so it’s not spoiler-worthy information.  And while I can see that this would turn a lot of people off, it does really play into who Chess is and why she does some of the things she does.  Definitely well worth reading.

I have the first book in Stacia Kane’s Megan Chase series sitting on my bookshelf to read too.  If that series is as good as this one, I’m already sold!

**In case you’re wondering – polish is Theon’s 5, Essie’s Berry Hard, and Essence’s Edward’s Love from the Breaking Dawn collection.

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Pooltime Lime

So, last week I decided I’d leave my toes in Fear or Desire orange.  But, I wanted a change of pace from the bright summer colors I’ve been drawn to lately.  I needed something darker…

So last week’s mani was Essie Sexy Divide.  And I’d forgotten how much I love this one.  It really is a stunner in the sunlight.  I got lots of compliments on it.  I seem to recall this being my NYE color a few years ago.  Still love it.

But, Sunday rolled around and it was time for a polish change.  So, I dug through my stash, which Eric recently helped me organize when we were going through our bathroom organization project.

I’ve got my polish mostly divided up into Summer and Winter colors.  And after dipping into the dark side, it was time for something bright.  And when I decided on a great summer color – I definitely went bright!

That is OPI Pooltime Lime.  And it now graces both my fingers and my toes.  I’m not entirely sure I’m sold on this one.  I don’t mind the brightness of it, since that’s what I was going for, but it’s rather sheer.  I still have VNL after three coats.  And the color tends more toward the yellow than what I would consider “lime”.  So I’ve redubbed this Pooltime Keylime.  It’s definitely a summery pop of color though!

But now I’m thinking I need a mojito to go with my manicure…

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