Series: Devils & Thieves #1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on October 3, 2017
Genres: Romantic, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
Power corrupts. Magic kills.
Eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael is 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 Hawthorne’s kindled motorcycle gang, the Devils’ League.
When the entire kindled community rolls into Hawthorne for an annual festival, a rumor spreads that someone is practicing 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 was drawn to DEVILS & THIEVES by the unique mashup of motorcycle clubs and magic, and while I had a few issues with the book, the motorcycle and magic combo did not disappoint.
The major issue I had with DEVILS & THIEVES is the slow start. While it is interesting right away, it took a bit to really get into the story. There is a lot of setup, and it made the first quarter or so of the book feel like nothing really exciting happened. This is definitely made up for by the rest of the book, until the end, when it felt like the climactic events happened way too quickly. Basically, if there could have been a little less beginning, and a little more ending, I would have been much more satisfied. My other complaint is about the sheer number of characters. I had a hard time keeping some of them straight, and due to how many there were, they didn't get enough page time to really develop into characters I had feelings for.
Overall though, Rush has created a really interesting world and lore. There's a little bit of the "oh I'm so powerful but I had no idea" vibe with Jemmie, but for the most part she's a generally relatable character with family and friend drama. Her struggles with dealing with her father's abandonment and her magical "allergy" felt very real.
Rush got me with the plot twist at the end (I was half rooting for the wrong guy!) and I loved the very last little bit (when you get there, you'll know what I'm referring to). Though it has somewhat of a cliff-hanger, a reader could easily read DEVILS & THIEVES and be satisfied with the conclusion. The romance seems to end in a happy for now ending, and the mystery is resolved.
All in all, DEVILS & THIEVES is compulsively readable, once you get over the hump of the beginning. I found myself reading far too late into the night and waking up early (*gasp*) because I wanted to know what was going to happen on the next page. I can't wait to see where Rush takes the story in the next Devils & Thieves book.Series Titles:
- Devils & Thieves