Author: Jenn Stark
Title: Getting Wilde
Series: Immortal Vegas 1
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
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Using her well-worn Tarot deck, magical-artifacts hunter Sara Wilde can find anything—for a price. And the price had better be right, since she needs to finance her own personal mission to rescue several young psychics recently sold on the paranormal black market.
Enter Sara’s most mysterious client and occasional lover, the wickedly sexy Magician, with a job that could yield the ultimate payday. All she’ll have to do is get behind Vatican walls… and steal the Devil himself.
But play with the Devil and you’re bound to get burned.
Pressure mounts for Sara to join the Magician’s ancient and mysterious Arcana Council, as militant forces unleashed by even darker powers seek to destroy all magic—including the young psychics Sara is desperate to keep safe. The Council may be their only hope. . . but it could also expose Sara’s own dark past.
From the twisting catacombs of Rome to the neon streets of Vegas, Sara confronts ancient enemies, powerful demigods, a roiling magical underworld about to explode… and immortal passions that might require the ultimate sacrifice. But oh, what a way to go.
No matter how the cards play out, things are about to get Wilde.
Sara is just trying to save gifted children from some sort of evil that is gathering them up and selling them to the highest bidder where the children are then slaughtered for their magic. It's hard work, but it's also rewarding and she's not doing too badly on her own. Then a pair of children are taken and she has to work with the mysterious Council to save them. Sara knows that once she's working for the Council it's too late to go back, but she doesn't know just how too late for her it really is.
I have to admit that overall I did enjoy reading this story. The unique use of tarot cards as a magical device was very interesting and I liked how the culture that is unique to the world of tarot was also intertwined with the plot and with Sara's personality. That is what kept my interest the most.
However, as is very evident in the summary, this story was full of cliches. The problem with cliches isn't that they've been done so often before, it's that it makes the story predictable. If an author relies too heavily on them, as Stark did here, without adding their own unique touch or twist, the story loses a level of excitement. It started to drag about halfway through and never really picked up again.
I'm honestly not sure whether I recommend this story. The use of tarot cards as the magical device in the story was very interesting, but the story itself was predictable and dragged a bit. I guess since I didn't immediately jump to pick up the sequel, I will say that I do not recommend this story.
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