The Fourth Channel

The Fourth Channel - Jen Kirchner I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. I think the rating should really be about 3.5 because I keep waffling between a 3 and 4.

Here is what I thought about the story. It's very fast paced and the story takes place over the space of only a few days. I find Kari to be a bit eccentric and silly; but not thankfully, stupid to the point you'd want to ring her neck. The story is extremely action oriented and does not contain much in the way of descriptive paragraphs. I enjoy lengthy and detailed world building so this was a bit weak for my personal tastes. The bulk of the story is told in dialog and is well done.

What bothered me the most about the story was the magic system. I found it quite confusing and hard to visualize. The first two chapters are especially hard to understand.

There are some novel ideas here with Necromancers, Immortals, and Voodoo Masters; and all in all, I did enjoy the story.

Goodreads Synopsis:

For years, Kari Hunter's fooled the world into thinking she's just an everyday girl. Sure, she's the lead singer of world-renowned band Vis Viva, but outside of that, she recycles religiously, is an avid supporter of the environment, and a certifiable coffee addict. But Kari has a secret she keeps from her family, friends, and her fans.

Kari Hunter is a necromancer.

The rarest and most powerful of all magic-born, necromancers are notorious for leaving a trail of sacrifices in their wake. But Kari isn't interested in hurting anyone. She works hard at being as un-necromancer-like as possible: everyone she stabs gets a bandage and a lollipop, and whenever her sacrificial knives get too excited at the prospect of violence, she puts them in time-out... in her lingerie drawer.

But when an agent of voodoo master Ruairi O'Bryne catches Kari using her powers, her secret's out. And if Ruairi finds out who Kari is, he'll stop at nothing to make her his next sacrifice