REVIEW ​by Lorna: A Fistful of Evil (Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer #1) by Rebecca Chastain (@Mollykatie112)

91BDgxIHl5L._SL1500_Madison Fox just learned that her ability to see souls is more than a sight: It’s a weapon for fighting evil. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing.
On the positive side, her money problems are over, she’s possibly discovered her purpose in life, and her coworker is smoking hot. On the negative side, evil creatures now actively hunt her, and deadly experiences are becoming the norm.
When she thinks it couldn’t get worse, a powerful evil sets up shop at a local hotel’s video game convention, and it’s got its eye on more than the gaming geeks: it is hungry for Madison’s soul. Madison needs to become an expert illuminant enforcer overnight to save her job, her region . . . and her life.

You know those books, the ones that you start, and immediately know you are going to love?That’s what happened to me with this book. It was such a fun, laugh out loud at times, read, and I enjoyed the whole thing immensely. Even the names of the chapters were funny. At the same time, it was full of action, and life or death moments.
Madison is pretty much at the end of her rope. No job, and credit cards charged to the max. As a last ditch effort, she applies for a job that she has no experience in, and surprisingly gets an interview. The interviewer seems to know things about her that she has never told anyone, and also things she has no idea about. Seems she has a special ability to see people’s souls. She can tell if people are good, bad, or even slightly bad. What she doesn’t know, is that the world is full of supernatural creatures, and people like her are needed as Illuminant Enforcers to rid the world of the bad ones. It’s not a coincidence that has gotten her the interview, the ad in the paper glowed for her, and only people like her can see the glow.
Madison was such a good character. She is clueless about the supernatural world, is a total girly girl, and becoming a kick ass creature killer is not exactly anything that she ever would have picked for herself. The reader gets to go along for the ride, as Madison learns the tricks of the trade, screws up royally more then once, and generally drives her boss crazy. At times, I was reminded of the Stephanie Plum character, from the Janet Evanovich authored books. I used to laugh out loud at her inept antics, and I laughed just as hard at Madison’s antics. At times, I did want to stop her from doing some of the stuff she does, and she does have a few of those too stupid to live moments, but she was so endearing in other ways, that it didn’t bother me. There are other good characters of course, both the ones at her new office that have different supernatural abilities, and her best friend Bridget. Love interests? Well this wasn’t a romance, but there’s two extremely hot guys that have caught her interest, and they too, were a fun part of the book. And no this wasn’t a love triangle-yet.
This story is full of all kinds of supernatural creatures, some with brains, some with none. I found some of these to be from a whole new supernatural world for me, and believe me that’s hard to do with all the paranormal books I read. So for me, the world building was really different, and also fascinating at times.
I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed this book. If we still rated with stars, it would be a 5 star one for sure. I would recommend it to all urban fantasy fans, especially ones that don’t mind laughing out loud at times.
This book was received from the author in exchange for a fair, and honest review.

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  1. Thank you for the amazing review, Lorna!

    1. lornak99 says:

      You’re welcome, it was really a refreshing read for me-different and funny. I am definitely going to read the next one when it comes out 🙂

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