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Influential Magic (Crescent City Fae Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Deanna Chase
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Book Description

New York Times/USA Today bestselling author, Deanna Chase, brings you the first book in the Crescent City Fae series.

It’s tough being a faery in New Orleans, a city fraught with vampires… especially when their very existence drains your life-force.

Willow Rhoswen, owner of The Fated Cupcake and part-time vampire hunter for the Void is having a rough week. Four years after her twin brother’s mysterious death, Willow’s life is threatened and the director saddles her with a new partner—her ex-boyfriend, David. To her horror, he’s turned vamp, which causes her physical pain whenever she touches him… and any other specimen of the undead.

In order to save Willow’s life, David agrees to turn double agent against the most powerful vampire organization in New Orleans. Or so he says. And she’s convinced they know something about her brother’s death. Unsure where David’s loyalties lie, she turns to Talisen, her childhood crush, to help her solve the mystery.

Caught between two gorgeous men and a director who’ll stop at nothing to control Willow’s gifts, she’ll have to follow her instincts and learn who to trust. Otherwise, she risks losing more than just her life.


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"It's a riveting tale of mistrust, double dealing and danger and the action doesn't stop. Every time I thought I had an idea of what was going to happen Deanna threw in another twist to keep me confused." - Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews
"Ms. Chase has invented a rich world of magically infused cupcakes, faerie tree huggers, Shih Tzu-Wolf shape shifters and a mafia-like vampire family who keep getting in everyone's dark way." The Urban Book Thief

Product Details

  • File Size: 1025 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bayou Moon Press LLC (March 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BQ3C9PO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,430 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I actually purchased this book as part of a bundle called Magic After Dark and had to look up the author so that I could write a review. Especially after I saw how many high reviews it received. If you are a fan of Urban Para/Sci-Fi/Fantasy than you know this book. With a too stupid too live "heroine" with extremely rigid morals bumbling her way through a million and one supposed plot twist that you can see coming a mile away. Wait - you mean the bad guy was actually not bad and was actually a patsy for the real bad guy that will appear later in the series? No way! You mean to tell me the guy she's liked forever and who has acted irrationally the entire book actually likes her too and ask her out on a date on the last page? Get out! Even though the main character has made naive and undeniably stupid decisions, cannot take care of herself- her crew still follows her lead - cause she's pretty, has wings and guess what, she bakes! The main character is a sheltered moron and I couldn't get past that. I've never been a fan of the bumbling idiot heroine but there too many better written versions for anyone to have to suffer through this. If you are looking for a slightly dumb baking magical person, I suggest Meghan Diodge's Dowser series
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review - Influential Magic March 9, 2013
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Influential Magic

Crescent City Fae – Book One

by Deanna Chase

Review by d c mallory

4 out of 5 stars

Have you ever wondered how the world would be if the supernatural species were out of the closet? Have you wondered how they would police their own kind, since they would obviously be more than the human police could handle? And how would all the different species interact with one another?

In this book, Influential Magic, which is the first book in a new series called Crescent City Fae, Deanna Chase gives us her views on this subject.

This book is not young adult, but I would think it could be read by anyone sixteen years and older. It is in the Urban Fantasy genre.

I was first introduced to Deanna Chase and her writing though the Jade Calhoun series. While both of these series deal with supernatural creatures in New Orleans, this book’s main topic are the Fae. While I enjoy the Jade Calhoun series, I believe the Crescent City Fae will be the better series of the two.

With the supernaturals falling under an entity known as the “Arcane,” and the Vampires holding the upper hand of all the races, there is friction created right off the bat. Throw in a Fae woman who was gifted above her fellows in senses dealing with the Arcane, an old murder dealing with her twin brother, and a twisted plot filled with betrayal and deceit from all parties involved, and you have Influential Magic. And, of course, we must not leave out the form-shifting Shih Tzu.

There were several different goals in this book that the author had to try to successfully meet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fae, vampires and wonderful sidekicks May 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Oh boy. Apparently I've done something right lately. Or maybe Luck/Fate decided I needed some cheering up, because seriously - whichever book I decide to read at the moment is more than just a great read. Influential magic is one of those. To tell you the truth; please keep it that way!! Promise to behave if you do! :-)

We are thrown into the story right when Willow is about to leave her mother and go back to New Orleans, her childhood friend Talisen is saying goodbye to her in the airport. There's always been a spark between Talisen and Willow, but neither has responded to it, mainly out of respect for Beau's (Willow's twin brothers) memory. And to be frank, Willow likes Talisen (a lot), but she's seen what kind of playboy he is, never keeping anything serious with a girl, and she don't want (or need) to get her heart broken like that. Besides, she's barely over David - her latest boyfriend, who didn't even have the courage to end it with her face-to-face, but texted her. Yup, ladies - you read right. He TEXTED her. And they dated for a YEAR. What a guy, huh?

It turns out David have a very good reason for doing that to Willow, but that's a different story. Anyways... When Willow comes back home, she is instantly thrown into a mission to help her partner (BFF & roommate), Phoebe tracking down a vampire. Turns out, the vampire wants something neither of them contemplated; Willow. And all this puts things into motion; losing her partner (Phoebe), gaining a new one (her ex, David), stepping into vampire territory (due to work) and trying to negate the treacherous waters of two gorgeous men, vampires, politics and her own handiwork from her bakery. Sometimes all a girl need is a five minute break to think. Just once in a while.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! A Must read! May 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this spin on vampires and faeries and other supernaturals. The story was well written, and the characters very likable. I devoured this book pretty fast too.

I loved Link, what a great pet, if you call a Shih Tzu who changes into a wolf, a pet. He is more of a protector. I loved him, I want one, lol. I thought it was cool that Willow has faery wings, and has a special ability to sense and find vampires. Then her partner Phoebe kicks their butt, she is a witch/vampire hunter.

Now I really liked Talisen, who was Willow's brother's best friend and after Beau (her twin brother) died he took over looking after Willow, kindof like the role of big brother. But we see pretty quickly his feelings for her are far from brotherly. When Willow gets into a little bit of crazy, she calls him to help, and he does. He is great. Won't say much more on that, will leave that for you to find out, like how Willow always had a crush on Talisen, and had never acted on it, so not to mess up the best friendship she has ever had, she is afraid to lose him. So will she overcome this fear? Well, read and find out, lol.

I was hooked right from the start, and was wondering what was going to happen when her ex (now a vampire) David comes back into her life. She can't handle being around vampires, as they represent death, and the dead literally suck the life from her, faeries are all about life, so this will always be an obstacle for her.

You will see how easy it is to get hooked if you read the excerpt. It's from near the beginning of the book. No spoilers. (my blog post has the excerpt, link is in my profile)

Overall I loved this story, and think it is very well written to.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.

Michelle @ Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Deanna Chase, is a native Californian, transplanted to the slower paced lifestyle of southeastern Louisiana. When she isn't writing, she is often goofing off with her husband in New Orleans, playing with her two shih tzu dogs, making glass beads, or out hawking her wares at various bead shows across the country. For more information and updates on newest releases visit her website at www.deannachase.com or sign up here: http://ymlp.com/xgmsbhuygmgb.

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