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No Peace for the Damned (Magnolia Kelch Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Megan Powell
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Book Description

Magnolia Kelch is no stranger to pain. Beautiful and powerful, she’s spent her entire life at the mercy of her sadistic father and the rest of the Kelch clan, who have tortured her and tested the limits of her powers. After one particularly heinous night that leaves Magnolia nearly dead, she finally sees her chance for escape…

But this first taste of freedom is short-lived when she collides with Thirteen, head of the Network—a secret organization dedicated to fighting supernatural criminals—who recruits her into the group. Even as she’s coming to grips with this new life and the horrific memories that still haunt her, she’s conflicted by her growing attraction to fellow team member Theo and the emergence of new, untested abilities. After months of grueling training, her loyalty to the team is tested when she learns her target is the Network’s most wanted: the Kelch family.

Revenge may course through her veins, but so does the blood of the Kelches. And opposing her family may cost her the thing she treasures most. After all, Magnolia is still a Kelch. And the Kelch are damned.

Editorial Reviews Review

Make way for an engaging new voice in urban fantasy! Megan Powell explores the dark and evil in her gripping debut. You won't be able to put this down, and the ending will leave you wanting more. –Sandy Williams, author of The Shadow Reader

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“In this supernatural thriller with a romantic subplot, the prose is a bit raw, but the story is solid. Magnolia, who narrates the book, is a nicely drawn character with plenty of internal conflicts (most of them involving her hesitation in trusting her fellow Network members, or even herself), and the action is slick and, in its fantastic context, believable. The door is left wide open for a sequel, which the author apparently is already working on.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 805 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469205270
  • Publisher: 47North (July 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007264HLI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,749 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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This book falls pretty squarely into the modern urban fantasy genre, with supernatural/superpowered players mingling with unsuspecting ordinary humans. Its female lead is part of an evil, warped dynasty of supernaturals - alienated from the family cult that bred her by their sadistic mistreatment of her, she seeks allies among their enemies. Evil, warped dynasty is swimming with hubris; intelligence? Not so much. (No, really. Read the book. This isn't their only "Our bad" moment.)

On the whole, I find this book a really promising debut. Once I got into it (and that didn't take long), it was a real page-turner for me. The story moved along at a rapid enough clip that it kept me reading. Magnolia's character had a whiff of "Mary Sue" about her (the "I thought he hated me, but he really adores me" gets old), but at least she compensates for her unprecedented power and towering charisma with some serious self-doubts. If she ever gets over that, she may be a bit hard to take.

Caveat to would-be readers: this takes "explicit" to a whole new level. Sexual components are pretty tame, but the brutality in this book - including child abuse - may be hard for some to stomach. It's all part and parcel of fueling the thirst for revenge, but you should go in with one eye squinted if you're heavily affected by the kind of violence of, say, Se7en or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Or maybe even not at all.

As for me, I plan to follow the series and see how it develops.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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"A vibrant image flashed in my mind. His body, sculpted muscle rippling under soft masculine skin, pressed down on top of me. His weight heavy and warm. Flesh on flesh, his dark, gentle eyes boring into mine. Was this memory? Fantasy? I couldn't tell. And I didn't care." ("No Peace for the Damned," p. 89)

Megan Powell's "No Peace for the Damned" is a mixed bag of flesh-rending horror, bodice-ripping romance, cringe-inducing Scooby Team dynamics, a not-too-turrible paranormal coming-of-age story, and plenty of first-novel amateurishness. Note that the romance goes little beyond expressions of desire; with a small amount of editing, this could be and possibly should have been a young adult novel. While marred by cardboard characterization, embarrassing language, and a big dose of illogic, the novel is saved (at least to the 3-star = "OK" level) by good storytelling and a complex and sympathetic protagonist.

"No Peace for the Damned" tells the tale of Magnolia Kelch, a young woman with considerable paranormal power and a long history of gruesome familial abuse. Since birth, young Magnolia has been tortured, mutilated, and occasionally killed (temporarily) by her evil father, her two evil uncles, and her two evil brothers. The Dark Side of the Force runs strong in the Kelch family; all have some degree of telepathic, telekinetic, and other paranormal abilities. When, one day, she is decapitated, buried, and left for dead, Magnolia manages to pull herself together (literally), and escape her family estate. She immediately runs into Thirteen, one of the leaders of the Network, an organization dedicated to defeating paranormal baddies like her kin.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't imagine a readership for this June 24, 2012
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Fiction demands a willing suspension of disbelief; I have no difficulty complying when it comes to the supernatural. I enjoy books set in alternate universes, where people - or imagined critters - have powers that don't exist outside the author's imagination. But this book goes beyond what I can handle, when Magnolia "Mag" Kelch, is able to recover from beheadings, having her skull crushed, and the like. It also goes beyond what I can tolerate in the "squick" department of violence. At the same time, the coy, adolescent romance aspect is at startling odds with the gruesome activity. Mag is 22, with a penchant for whiskey, but it's hard to tell she's an adult because her emotional level seems mid-teen. A lot of the book is simply over the top. I think the author has potential, but this story not only left me cold, it left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I got the impression that Mag's adventures are the first in a planned series, but there's no way I'm going to follow them. In this first outing, she's helping the Network, a secret organization which is fighting supernatural terror. They're after her family. Since the family tortured her all her life...apparently testing her many psychic powers...she's eager to help bring them down. Some of the members of the Network are as unlikely as Mag, such as Banks, who has a silver eye patch actually sewn into his skin. I don't know what audience this book would appeal to. Possibly young-to-mid-teen boys, with its extreme violence but immature sex. It's a change of pace from the usual vampire/werewolf monster story, but doesn't hold up for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good
Ok, so this was a recommendation read. So glad I took it. Loved the main character Mags. Loved the world the author built. Wool be reading the next book.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story, lost track of which characters
Excellent story, lost track of which characters thoughts were being expressed at points. I probably missed transition on text moving from 1 character to another.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark urban fantasy featuring a broken heroine.
This is a dark urban fantasy. Our heroine has had a troubled life full of pain and violence. Now that Magnolia has escaped her the family that put her through hell, she has... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bambi_Unbridled
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Didn't like it. I didn't even finish it.
Published 5 months ago by Doreen A. Haskell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I couldn't put it down. I actually read the second book first by accident, but it didn't matter. She did a great job, can't wait for the next one!
Published 6 months ago by Candice E Parrack
2.0 out of 5 stars Moments of brilliance, but a few continuity issues that ...
Moments of brilliance, but a few continuity issues that I found irritating ( a bit more editing could have fixed this). Interesting premise though...
Published 7 months ago by V ROUSE
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This is a very good read go those who enjoy super natural powers and light romance. Magna keep up the good work.
Published 7 months ago by Cyrilda Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. I totally enjoyed reading it and I ...
Excellent book. I totally enjoyed reading it and I can't wait for more!
Published 7 months ago by froggy slots
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully full of suspense
I loved the way this writer connected all the main characters while at the same time keeping me so engrossed in the changes occurring in the main character. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
I read the second book first by accident, so hate that it took away from some of the anticipation, but I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the third.
Published 7 months ago by CF
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Born and raised in the Midwest, Megan has cultivated a strange affinity for State Fairs and basketball humor. When not writing she is often found reading, frequently feeding her paranormal romance addiction. She loves cheap coffee with tons of sugar and can eat no-bake cookies by the dozen. While she doesn't necessarily consider exercising as a bad thing, she's certain that dieting is the work of the devil. No Peace for the Damned is the first title in her powerful debut series.

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