Finding Magic (Downside Ghosts, #0.5)

Finding Magic - Stacia Kane I read another review that said this was not for new readers but those who kind of already know the story. I agree and disagree. I think those of us who already know Chess got a lot more insight into who she is but a new reader would get to see the development of her.
This was a lot of fun. I enjoyed hearing more about the Church's training program and about Chess as young person. (I really liked knowing her natural hair color. I just wonder if it was still cut in the Betty Paige style?) Chess didn't seem as jaded as in the books but you can see how she got there. Seeing her take the Cept was interesting, too, especially in comparison to Jillian.
Oh, I loved getting to see the foundation of the relationship she would develop with Elder Griffin.
And at the end, the glimpse of Terrible, the sentence "He was the kind of person she'd be getting herself involved with if she answered the question in the affirmative; he was the kind of life she'd be setting herself up for, and that should make her feel a lot worse than it did." Oh, the things that sentence did to me. Just knowing how right and wrong she is about that makes my heart beat a little erratically.
Stacia Kane is amazing. Ah-Maze-Ing. Love the way she makes me fall in love with this damaged, drug addicted, rough living character that I shouldn't like but I do. The whole of Downside and Triumph City is amazing.