Wicked Misery by Tracey Martin 3 Stars

Along with humans, the world is divided up into Sylphs, Satyrs, Goblins, and Magi, also know as Preds. And each one preys on the human population in their own way. In this world humans can bargain for anything they desire as long as they use their soul as collateral. But most people don’t realize what they have until it’s gone, so Jess bargains for innocent souls by giving the Preds the soul of an evil person in return. She feels that this way she is giving back to humanity, since she’s been cursed with the need to feed on human misery in order to survive.

But when a serial killer is on the loose, and Jess is framed for the murders, she goes to Lucen, the one person she knows can help to keep her safe but he’s also the one person she feels most vulnerable.

I liked this book, it reminded me a lot of Harry Potter, but for adults. I liked the descriptions of the Pred towns outside of Boston and every time she went to Shadowtown or The Feathers I envisioned Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley.

Jess is likable too, but could be extremely annoying at times. She asked for help, but made it almost impossible to protect her. She doesn’t want to be dependent on anyone and instead of letting someone protect her, she goes out of her way to go off on her own, and would put herself in obviously dangerous situations. Several times I wanted to yell at her because she was acting like the dumb blonde in a scary movie, who continually does stupid things.

Jess has an interesting relationship with Lucen, but because he’s a Satyr and feeds on lust, she doesn’t trust that what she feels for him is real. That it may all be due to his ability to incite lust in whomever he wants. But she slowly comes to the conclusion that what she is feeling is real, and determines that he’s the only one she can trust.

The world building was really good, and the idea of being able to “Soul Swap” was an interesting concept, that I don’t think I’ve read before. I look forward to reading the next one in the series.

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