Hello there! I’m back with another ARC review of a book I couldn’t put down!
Title: Devils & Thieves
Author: Jennifer Rush
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Expected Release: October 3, 2017
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael has grown up surrounded by magic in the quiet town of Hawthorne, New York. In her world, magic users are called “kindled,” and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. It doesn’t help that she was also recently snubbed by Crowe, the dangerous and enigmatic leader of the Black Devils kindled motorcycle gang and the unofficial head of their turf.
When the entire kindled community rolls into Hawthorne for an annual festival, a rumour begins spreading that someone is practising forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. With threats closing in from every side, no one can be trusted. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones, and the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic. For all her years of feeling useless, Jemmie may just be the most powerful kindled of all.
I think my favorite part of this book was Jemmie. She is a strong young woman, and it’s becoming increasingly important for me (and a lot of others) that we see this kind of representation in books. She is a dimensional character, and I enjoyed seeing her come to grips about her own powers.
One thing I found confusing were all of the different magics. I couldn’t keep them straight, and it was hard to remember which name belonged with which. Some families have certain powers that reign throughout their bloodlines, and some powers come that aren’t within the family. There are under ten different magic powers in the book, but it’s still hard to keep track of all of them.
The romance part of the book was so angsty and a little trite, but it didn’t stop me from cheering when they got together finally. It was an obvious line of who was supposed to love whom, and half of the fun is seeing them struggle to admit their feelings to each other. I like that this isn’t central to the plot though. It is more of a side part and Jemmie remains the key player in the midst of everything.
Okay, but the ending? *mind blown* I need that second book now. I NEED ANSWERS TO MY QUESTIONS THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
Be sure to keep an eye out for this one this coming Tuesday!