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Jade Calhoun was never fond of her empath abilities. Now she's discovered she has another gift she'd rather not unwrap - magic. But when her mentor, Bea, becomes gravely ill and insists Jade's the only one who can help, she's forced to embrace her witchy side.

It's too bad she spent a decade shunning the magical community and never learned to harness her powers. Because time's run out. A trapped spirit has revealed a clue to Jade's long-lost mother. The resident angel has gone rogue and disappeared with Jade's boyfriend, Kane. And if that wasn't enough, her ex appears to be possessed.

To save any of them, Jade will need to find a way to control her inner white witch - without succumbing to black magic. Otherwise, she'll lose everything - including her soul.

©2012 Deanna Chase (P)2012 Deanna Chase

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  • Mally Trusty
  • 19-03-2014

Okay book to pass the drive

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, the premise of the book is good but I often found myself yelling at the radio because the main character started to bother me. In the book the main character, Jade, is trying to find her mother, save her loved ones and stop an all powerful demon. As she tries to do all this, I believe she looses focus on what the real problem is and spends most of her time being stubborn and not listening to anyone who is trying to help. She is so stuck in her ways that it ruins it for me. She doesn't ever listen to anyone.

Also, it has some mystery thrown in there to help to retain the reader. As the book goes on, the reader begins to figure stuff out but Jade just doesn't see things because of her stubbornness. It was very annoying that she didn't start to figure stuff out sooner. I know part of the book was her "finding herself" and learning "who she is" but come on, how long does that take!

If you’ve listened to books by Deanna Chase before, how does this one compare?

I read the first one and it was okay.

Which character – as performed by Traci Odom – was your favorite?

Traci does a great job with all of her characters. I think Bea was my favorite. You really felt the characteristics of the character come through while she was speaking.

Did Witches of Bourbon Street inspire you to do anything?

Yes, write this review.

Any additional comments?

I did not care for the book but I did like the narration. I would read something done by Traci again.

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  • Paranormaly Yours
  • 01-05-2016

What happen?

In Book two of the Jade Calhoun Series, Jade gets caught up in some nasty witch business, a love triangle, and a resurrection! Ingredients like this are a sure bet for a great read, right?!

Jade Calhoun is an empath and is dating a dream walker by the name of Kane. We also have some witches, demons, and angels as well, and they will come in due time. One day some old framed portraits are brought into Kane's club, and they turn out to be haunted. Of course Jade is the one to discover this with a blood curdling psychic experience when she touches one of the frames. As it turns out, three sisters' souls were trapped in the frames, and are desperate to get out! The only person Jade could think of that can help release them is her witch friend Bea. Bea is a very powerful witch and the leader of a coven. When Bea instructs Jade that she must help her because only a white witch's powers will do, Jade reluctantly does so due to her lack of believing she is in fact a white witch. Will Jade pull her head out of her ass in time to fulfill her destiny, or will she fail everyone and kill them all?

News flash, Jade is kindovanahole! So the story starts out with Jade connecting with the spirits trapped in the picture frames. She gets all caught up in what the spirit is telling her and her own selfish desires. After repeatedly denying she is in fact a white witch, and that she wants nothing to do with anything magical, she continues to jump through hoops, behind her boyfriends back to get all up in the middle of trying to free the souls. Can we be anymore confused? Jade says she doesn’t want to get in the middle of magics, and denies being a witch, but yet she dates a dream walker, and has a mother who was a witch and in a coven. When her Aunt Gwen appears, ( which guess what, Gwen is an intuitive psychic) she continues to deny being a witch, even though she has been using her witchy powers with Bea's help up until then. Now I understand the main character Jade was conflicted because of the trauma she experienced as a child, but come on! Oh, I'm going to use my powers, but act like that's normal and not magical, and get mad when you call me a witch. I feel like I'm talking to my mother-in-law now! WTF is going on? Anyone who knows my mother-in-law knows she's bat sheet crazy! And don't even get me started on the ending!

Please let me clarify a few things before you go... 1) I bought the audiobook, this is not a free copy I received in exchange for a review. 2) I listened to the first book and loved it! 3) This is my personal interpretation, and opinion of the book. 4) Because of having listened to the first book, I did have expectations going in, and was therefore expecting it to be great, or at the least really good. I don't know what happened, but in this book Jade came off as very whiny, indecisive, and obnoxious to me personally. I could not stand her, or her constant bratty attitude. I was so looking forward to this series, because of the awesomeness of Jade's powers and her hook up with Kane and his power too, but unfortunately because of this experience, I will not continue on with this series. I am so utterly disappointed :(

Narrator Review
Traci Odom narrates the hell out of this story! I have previous experience with Traci from other books, and I absolutely love her! She delivered another great performance in this book. She could read the phone book to me and make it interesting. Great job Traci!

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  • Zulu
  • 02-02-2014

Witches and the fallen

Would you try another book from Deanna Chase and/or Traci Odom?

Probably not. I've listened to the first two books in this series and it's more about Jade having to embrace her witchy side than getting to know the characters. It just seemed to be one catastrophe after another where only Jade's witchy side can save the day and the other characters are just there so there's someone Jade can save. I liked the other main characters, but just not enough to continue with the series.

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  • Chris McFarland
  • 22-03-2018

A bad book can't be rescued by a great performance

What disappointed you about Witches of Bourbon Street?

Overall, it was the laziness of the writing. Sure, the intelligence of the main character was...questionable, but when I got to chapter 25 and my frustration with the protagonist was "rewarded" with a pathetically lazy denouement, I just stopped listening.

Has Witches of Bourbon Street turned you off from other books in this genre?

I'm quite glad that I've been binging other supernatural romances, 'cause if this had been my first exposure to the genre, it would have shut me down to the entire field. As it is, I've chosen to look for other authors.

Which scene was your favorite?

Repeatedly throughout this book (and it's predecessor in the series) I found myself much more enjoying pretty much ANY scene with Pyper, the former/substitute stripper and cafe owner than ANY other part of the book. I kept repeatedly wishing the story would follow her, as she was presented as being consistently braver, smarter, more interesting, and wiser than the protagonist.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. It bears repeating: The protagonist, Jade, is about as dumb as a bag of rocks, and as she continually rehashes and rehashes and rehashes (sometimes a couple times within the same chapter) the events that have occurred as recently as a few paragraphs earlier, by the time one of the other characters points out the obvious answer to some question Jade is pontificating, you find yourself face-palming in disgust at her lack of reasoning ability.

Any additional comments?

I generally like to see the positive in books, even bad ones, but this one just took the taco. After the fifth time while listening to this one and gasping out, "f***ing finally!" when Jade's two brain cells finally collide enough to spark a connection, I just "shelved" this book and moved on to another one.

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  • Mine
  • 16-06-2017

great book all around

great series,great narrator. I enjoy all books on this series and own them in print as well but I like to listen to them while I'm driving.

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  • Jennifer
  • 23-03-2017

Enjoyed

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When I saw some of the reviews for this book I was concerned about purchasing it, but I'm glad I took a chance and got it anyway. If you liked the first book then you will also like this one - this one is even a little better as the plot thickens!

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  • Laura Collins
  • 27-02-2017

Great Book!

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This is a great book; this is the second book in the Jade Calhoun series written by Deanna Chase and narrated by Traci Odom. It’s too bad she spent a decade shunning the magical community and never learned to harness her powers. Because time’s run out. A trapped spirit has revealed a clue to Jade’s long-lost mother. The resident angel has gone rogue and disappeared with Jade’s boyfriend, Kane. And if that wasn’t enough, her ex appears to be possessed. To save any of them, Jade will need to find a way to control her inner white witch without succumbing to black magic. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. The narrator Traci Odom did a wonderful job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end. If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.

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  • Lisa B.
  • 08-02-2017

Angels, Witches and Demons

I really enjoyed this book. This review is for both the book and the audio since I have both. I just love Jade's world. I had read this years ago before I had ever reviewed books. I've read all of Pyper's books now so I thought I would go back and finish these. After reading Pyper's, I see how much Jade has grown in her character. Listening to this one again makes me see how she could be annoying in the beginning. She always questioned everything, even when lives hung in the balance. Never doing as she was told. But don't get me wrong, I do like her character, and I can see why she was like she was. If you like mysteries and you like a dash of the Supernatural, you will love this!

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  • Kathleen R Legere
  • 31-07-2016

The heroine is so superficial

I only finished reading this book because I was traveling and didn't have the time to download a different one. The story was basically good but I found the main character "Jade" so extremely shallow, self-absorbed and superficial that I couldn't wait for it to end. I would have enjoyed this so much more if she didn't always think about herself and her thoughts and feelings first.

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  • TVNerd95
  • 07-07-2016

Not sure what I was expecting but this wasn't it

Any additional comments?

I really don't know exactly how to express my disappointment in this book. I loved the first book in the series and was so excited for this one -- maybe my expectations were too high.

I spent most of the book thinking "When did Jade turn into such an annoying bitch" and "Bea, please for the love of my sanity give some more instruction to Jade other than just telling her to do something." I was also expecting some more explanation about a few things from the last book.

Pros: I continue to love all the supporting characters especially Pyper and Kat. The storyline was very engaging and interesting.
Cons: Jade's character seemed to actually regress in this series and the story seemed to really drag at the end - thought I would never finish the story. And honestly -- how much torture can one character take -- poor Dan.

I'm very skeptical to read/continue this series after this book. I will probably take a break from this series for awhile.