by Jenn Stark
Series: Immortal Vegas, #1
Narrator: Stephanie Bentley
Length: 7 hours and 37 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Narration: 4 cups
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.
The first book in the urban fantasy series Immortal Vegas, Getting Wilde by Jenn Stark introduces us to snarky, tarot card reader and magical-artifacts hunter Sara Wilde. Wilder is a character with potential and a good heart. I am still tentative about the series, but will continue.
Still on the hunt for urban fantasy, I decided to try the Immortal Vegas series when it released on audio. I like the premise of a tarot card reader amd magical artifact hunter. Sara is snarky, and a bit complicated. She has a dark tragic past and takes on jobs with the biggest payoff in an effort to help Connected children. These children have psychic gifts. However, Sara also seems to attract trouble and often jumps in without thinking.
The Arcane Council has Sara on their radar and want her to work with them, which leads to her current case. I enjoyed all of the paranormal elements and world-building Stark provides. There is a group known as The Sanctum who seek to destroy all Connected. The Connected are individuals with abilities, including Sara and her card reading. The action scenes and suspenseful storyline quickly pulled me in.
This is where things get a little complicated for me. We have the Magician and the Devil both intriguing characters in the storyline. There is some history here but we sadly we are left in the dark. I think it would have strengthened my connection to the characters, but this is only the first novel. The sexual tension between the Magician and Sara could at times be sizzling but was doused more often than not by Sara’s indecisiveness. While I like snark and can handle some impulsiveness, I struggled with Sara whenever she was around these men. Which is ashame really, because the story is action-packed and the world is interesting. I totally felt like I missed a book or chapters. I grabbed the prequel to see if that helps. Stark has given herself plenty of room for character growth..lol
Stephanie Bentley narrates and was a new to me narrator. She does a really nice job both with pacing and voices. I thought she captured the emotions each scene brought forth and would gladly listen to her again.
The first thing to note is that the Immortal Vegas series currently has ten books published. Despite my problems with out feisty heroine, a series and loyal fan base are present. I recommend you read several reviews before deciding if this is for you. The prequel, One Wilde Night is currently free for Kindle. As for me, I usually try to give a series like this three books before deciding and will be grabbing the next audiobook.Getting Wilde by Jenn Stark introduces us to snarky, Tarot card reader and magical-artifacts hunter Sara Wilde. #audio #ImmortalVegas Click To Tweet
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