no peace for the damned

Can Magnolia escape the bonds of her family and truly find freedom and redemption?

Title

Title: No Peace for the Damned
(Ama­zon, Goodreads)
Author: Megan Pow­ell
(Ama­zon, Goodreads, Web­site)
Series: The Damned Series
Pub­lisher: 47North
Genre: Para­nor­mal Fan­tasy, Urban Fan­tasy
For­mat: Paper­back
Source: BEA 2012

Syn­op­sis:

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 Kelches are damned.

Review:

Yes, I should be dis­cussing Mag­no­lia.  She is the main char­ac­ter, but wow, I can’t get Theo out of my mind.  The con­nec­tion between the two and the grow­ing inten­sity, is equal to what I want and finally have in my fiancé.  Powell’s abil­ity to con­vey the strong con­nec­tion they have and yet not make it mushy dri­ves this book to the top of my list for a para­nor­mal rela­tion­ship.  This is by far not a para­nor­mal romance in any respect and I think that’s why I enjoyed this small aspect of the story so much.  Mag­no­lia grew up in the worst pos­si­ble sit­u­a­tion.  Her father, grand­fa­ther and uncle com­bined with her two broth­ers spend her entire life tor­tur­ing her, test­ing her, try­ing to find the line to cross that will finally break her.  But what­ever pact the fam­ily made many years ago, Magnolia’s power is stronger than all of them, yet she does not know it.  When her broth­ers leave her for dead, she man­ages to escape and is taken in by Thir­teen.  Thir­teen leads a group in the Net­work whose main goal is to take down the hor­ri­ble Kelch fam­ily.  Like any good ‘mafia’ like fam­ily, the evi­dence and crimes never stick to the fam­ily, but with Magnolia’s help, the Net­work hopes to infil­trate the Kelch estate to gain evi­dence that will finally bring the Kelches to their knees.

Magnolia’s strength, both men­tally and phys­i­cally, make her a char­ac­ter that you root for every step of the way.  Pow­ell has cre­ated an amaz­ing new world and I can­not wait for the next book.  I can only hope there is more time with Mag­no­lia and Theo to make my heart flut­ter a lit­tle more.

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