Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Fistful of Evil by Rebecca Chastain

Genre:  Adult Urban Fantasy
Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Rebecca Chastain's website):
Madison Fox just learned that her ability to see souls is more than a sight: It’s a weapon for fighting evil. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing. On the positive side, her money problems are over, she’s possibly discovered her purpose in life, and her coworker is smoking hot. On the negative side, evil creatures now actively hunt her, and deadly experiences are becoming the norm.

When she thinks it couldn’t get worse, a powerful evil sets up shop at a local hotel’s video game convention, and it’s got its eye on more than the gaming geeks: it is hungry for Madison’s soul. Madison needs to become an expert illuminant enforcer overnight to save her job, her region . . . and her life.

Madison is just at her breaking point.  She hasn't been able to keep a steady job, and her bills are piling up.  And this is how she ends up at an interview for a sales position that sells bumper stickers.  I mean, who on earth would want that job?  But she quickly finds out it's all a front to a natural ability she has.

With her new job as an illuminant enforcer, Madison gets to experience the money perks while quickly realizing the disadvantage she's at.  She never knew her ability to see people's souls was something that could be used to fight evil.  And according to her company, people her age should be experts.  They quickly find out Madison is anything but an expert at fighting evil.  She'll have to use her wits, good lucks, and stubborn determination to fight the evil that's settled in her town.

This story has some nice parallels from another detective series, Stephanie Plum, that I can easily see.  But it's all about fighting the forces of evil.  And I liked seeing Madison's ability being explained and seeing her use it.  One of the easiest things to pick up from this story is good is white and evil is dark, but each person's soul is fairly white with only some tainted dark bits.  It was a good representation of pointing out that not everyone or everything is black and white - there are some grays, unless of course you're fighting pure evil entities.  I was entertained throughout with the paranormal, Madison, and the eye candy involved.

This story is definitely for those who like a good whodunnit and also want some paranormal quirks.  Madison will keep you entertained...

Thanks goes to Rebecca Chastain for providing me a review copy.

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