Influential Magic (Crescent City Fae Book 1) by Deanna Chase (review)

Influential Magic


Author: Deanna Chase
Book Length: 320 Pages
Published Date: March 3rd, 2013
How I Got My Copy: Purchased
Available From:
Barnes & Noble



Willow lives in New Orleans and is the owner of a store called The Fated Cupcake. She’s also a part-time vampire hunter, and chronically unable to remember to keep her cell phone charged. A recently turned vampire becomes a double-agent and turns over information to Willow’s vampire hunter boss. It seems there is someone interested in kidnapping Willow, who and why is unknown. What’s worse, Willow now has to partner with the double-agent, who just happens to be an ex-lover who dumped her just before he turned.




I love how the Fae are portrayed in the book. The author fleshed them out wonderfully well, all the little quirks and explanations about what will sap their powers, as well as what will boost them. So many authors make the mistake of making their main character all-powerful or perfect. Willow is shown to have both strengths and weaknesses, and it makes for a more realistic read. (And yes, I did just say ‘realistic’ about a fantasy novel!)

I also got easily and quickly attached to the characters. Willow’s best female friend and usual partner Phoebe quickly became a favorite. As did her childhood friend Talisen. There is a romance element all through out the book. Both Talisen and David, Willow’s ex-boyfriend vie for Willow. But there is also a huge amount of mystery and adventure. Some of the twists I expected, but quite a number of them were a complete surprise. I’ll be picking up the 2nd book in the series to find out if the rest is as interesting as this first book was. I would definitely recommend this book.


4 Stars.


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