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Unclean Spirits by M.L.N. Hanover

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
In a world where magic walks and demons ride, you can't always play by the rules.
Jayné Heller thinks of herself as a realist, until she discovers reality isn't quite what she thought it was. When her uncle Eric is murdered, Jayné travels to Denver to settle his estate, only to learn that it's all hers -- and vaster than she ever imagined. And along with properties across the world and an inexhaustible fortune, Eric left her a legacy of a different kind: his unfinished business with a cabal of wizards known as the Invisible College.
Led by the ruthless Randolph Coin, the Invisible College harnesses demon spirits for their own ends of power and domination. Jayné finds it difficult to believe magic and demons can even exist, let alone be responsible for the death of her uncle. But Coin sees Eric's heir as a threat to be eliminated by any means -- magical or mundane -- so Jayné had better start believing in something to save her own life.

Aided in her mission by a group of unlikely companions -- Aubrey, Eric's devastatingly attractive assistant; Ex, a former Jesuit with a lethal agenda; Midian, a two-hundred-year-old man who claims to be under a curse from Randolph Coin himself; and Chogyi Jake, a self-styled Buddhist with mystical abilities -- Jayné finds that her new reality is not only unexpected, but often unexplainable. And if she hopes to survive, she'll have to learn the new rules fast -- or break them completely....

Goodreads Summary

Jayne is an interesting character, but she forms the backbone of this novel.  She is a loner, not particularly social and does not have close ties to family.  When her uncle dies, she is surprised to learn she inherited a fortune.  However, not everything can go right for poor Jayne as she discovers that she inherited far more than money from her dearly departed uncle.  Jayne will have her hands full with wizards among other paranormals.

The author places a new spin on just what paranormals truly are.  The reader will enjoy this latest explanation, complete with details.  Although Jayne is certainly the focus of the novel, there are many other secondary characters that take a fairly large part of the book.  The reader will enjoy the humor of Midian and the wit of Aaron.  This book is fast-paced and action-packed, recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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