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Devils & Thieves

(Devils & Thieves #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  923 ratings  ·  230 reviews
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 enigma
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Cristina Monica
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Could this book get even worse?

Maybe so, but I don’t care to read the last hundred pages. No more nonsense for Lola. Got to take a break from it all.

The world building is so underdeveloped and unoriginal. There are families that have power, but Jemmie can only smell power.

Smell power. Smell power. It doesn’t matter how many times I say it, it’s never going to sound natural to my ears.

But anyway, that’s not it. So Jemmie is in love with her best friend’s brother (cliché) but she’s going out wit
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This book had such a cool premise, and started out so strong for me. But it was a bit tropey and romance heavy for my liking. Still, it was a lot of fun and a very fast read, unlike anything I had read before. So if you're okay with a saucy love triangle, you may love this!
Devils & Thieves was one of my most anticipated novels of the year, ever since I found it while randomly scrolling through my TBR. I mean, how could I not want it? Motorcycle gangs! Magic! Mystery! It has all the makings of a great start to a fresh, unique new series.

And it definitely did not disappoint in that regard. This book was nothing like I've ever read before and now I just want more magic and ambiguous characters using it.

The main character, Jemmie, had a voice that stood out—both funny
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
4.5 stars. DO I ROUND UP.

I think... maybe. Yes? No?


***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush
Book One of the Devils & Thieves series
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 wo

A friend of mine read Devils & Thieves in a day. She loved this book (check out her review here). She described it on her Instagram story basically as a sexy urban fantasy. Since I was in between books and hadn’t unpacked any of my books yet, I figured I’d download the eBook and give it a try. This book and I did not mix.
First up, my big problem was Jemmie. I should also briefly mention I have some big problems when it comes to alcoholism and self-medicat
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I had been looking forward to this story for the longest time and it breaks my heart to rate this so low.

I liked Jemmie well enough. She’s got some issues with her magic and because of that, she spends the first half of the book getting drunk. The other half of the book is her figuring things out and the entire time she’s obsessing over Crowe.

Plot wise, it was interesting, but I was so bored so quickly. Things do happen, but there wasn’t any sort of urgency until the last 50 pages. A
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was an entertaining read! As soon as I read the description for this book, I knew that it was one that I would have to read. Motorcycle gangs and magic...yes, please! It took me a while to read this book but that had everything to do with my personal life and nothing to do with the book. One I really had the chance to sit down with the book, I ended up reading the final 2/3 of the story in a single day and really enjoyed the exp

2.5 stars

A very promising concept of mixing motorcycle gangs and magic, but generic characters and obvious love-triangle killed the engine of my fun before I could really get into the story. Quite cliche special snowflake heroine and bad boy leader of the gang, who can't stand the girl, but, of course, we all well know that he loves her, but for reasons unknown to logic, he protects her by showing her what a useless miserable creature she is. And sure the tactic works: she finds another hot boy

Cori Reed
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

Definitely didn't hate it, but I'm still waiting for the book about magical motorcycle clubs of my dreams. Also, ew, Harleys.
Aneta Bak
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, arc
Devils & Thieves is the perfect halloween read.

Jemmie believes she's allergic to her own magic but it doesn't bother her too much, well maybe the fact that one of the reasons her father left was because she didn't live up to his expectations. Jemmie's father and her best friend Alex's father created the Devils, a group of "kindled" that can perform magic and chose to work together. Last year, Alex's father was killed, and the role of leader went to her older brother Crowe, who just happens to b
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Yes! Yes! Yesssss! That ending!!! I hope there is a sequel! I love all things magic, bikers & romance and this has all three!!! Jennifer Rush blended it in all perfectly!! Gosh, I need a sequel now! No, I NEED A CROWE in my life!!!!! ...more
Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books)
I didn't hate this but I didn't love it either. It started off good, even though the worldbuilding was a bit sketchy, but eventually I was skim reading quite a bit and it really didn't hold my attention. Halfway through I pretty much wanted it over and almost put it down but then the ending really picked up and was interesting again.

I liked Jemmie, despite her character suffering from the cliche 'everyone is special besides me' syndrome which(view spoiler)
Jessica {Litnoob}
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a shocking read and I’m so happy with it being a buddy read.

What do you get when you mix motorcycles and magic? A damn good super angsty time that’s what. That we are set in our world while dealing with something so fantastical as clan magic made this one an easy while interesting read. Jemmie was smart but sensitive, emotional and very self conscious about her abilities, or lack there of. It made for an interesting heroine in a story full of magical people.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, read-2017
Honestly, I should have seen that Devil's & Thieves is blurbed to be like Beautiful Creatures, because I would have gone into this with more of an expectation. To be fair, there is some promise with this book, just not promise to be anything that I would ever enjoy reading. I think I've grown out of cheesy romance books with "fantasy on the side". I loved Twilight, but this felt too similar and much messier (as if that's even possible).

We start with Jemmie, who is one of the most annoying fictio
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read a lot of Urban Fantasy but I feel the need to go out and buy them all after reading this amazing novel! I stumbled upon Devils & Thieves when my local bookstore received a copy in stock (I live in Aus – they’re hard to come by locally!) and the cover and title instantly drew me in. I read the synopsis and knew I had to own this book.

I see a lot of mixed reviews on this novel and I can see all points of view and why people liked it and why people didn’t like it, but personally I lov
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book and can't wait to get my hands on the sequel! The ending left me aching for more!

+ the characters were extremely lovable and all so interesting to read about, especially in combination with their magical abilities and such!

+- the story-line was amazing and thrilling but the world-building sometimes felt a bit chaotic and could've been more developed I think. In the beginning, it kind of felt some things were all over the place and I had a bit of a difficult time 'placing' it
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
*I won this in a Goodreads giveaway! Thanks so much for sending me over a copy! I really appreciate it!*

Okay, let’s start off with this statement that totally encompasses this entire book: it was a total mess but really entertaining at parts. I loved the first third of the book. It was intriguing, fun, and yes, okay, it was cliche especially with the romance, but it was so entertaining. I loved learning the new magic system. I thought it was so cool, and I loved how much depth we had going on –
Jan 30, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2016-release
BLACK MAGIC. Aka the kind of magic that gets me PUMPED.

Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
You ever just know that a book is going to be for you but that you have to be in the right mood or frame of mind for it in order for it to work out that way? That's me and this book. I'd wanted to read it since I first heard about it, having loved Jennifer Rush's Altered series. But I read some mixed reviews and so I put it off. And put if off. Until yesterday when I decided I was ready for a little magic and some hot bikers. I was not disappointed! It's a little predictable and the characters a ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.75 stars
I wanted to like this one, but it just didn't happen. The first time I read the synopsis for this book, I had no doubt this one was going to make an impression in me, I mean, magic combined with motorcycle clubs, what is there not to like about that premise? I was very wrong.

It's not so much the concept of the book that was weak but rather its execution. I think the author had a really good idea but she wasn't able to fully develop it. The story, the setting, the magic system and even
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the first two books in Rush's Altered series well enough for her new book to be on my radar.
She knows how to keep things pretty light, short and with enough action to keep me reading. That can definitely be said for Devils & Thieves.

The magic system is a little convoluted. And not really flushed out enough to get the gist of the world and all the different types of magic. But I was definitely here for the mention of black magic. I want something dark and magical in with these motorcycl

I loved this!! A lot!! I was already a fan of Jennifer Rush thanks to her Altered Saga, which everyone should go read by the way, so I was really excited and interested in reading whatever she came out with next. I was not disappointed in the least by Devils & Thieves, it was great! Jennifer Rush has this writing style that I really enjoy, her books are filled with action and danger, and cute boys!
I really enjoyed the world of Devils & Thieves, the motorcycle gang mixed with magic was everything
The Blonde Bookworm
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Angsty Teens, Magic, Hot Guys, and a Motorcycle Club. Should I keep going or do you already want to buy this novel? You should probably just go ahead and get to your nearest book store and pick this bad boy up. But if that description didn't sell you, then keep reading. I LOVED THIS NOVEL! Did you already figure that out? Good. I've never read a novel by Jennifer Rush before, but I now know that D&T will not be my last!

I love fantasy novels in general, but something about this synopsis really s
Christine Manzari
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was great...gritty, dark, sensual, and impossible to put down. Can’t wait for the next book to see what happens next! This is perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and the Embrace series by Jessica Shirvington.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Wow..just wow! Review to come!
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 11/2/17 & full review as posted on The Book Addict's Guide 1/9/18: Hm. HMMMM. 3.5 stars, I think
DEVILS & THIEVES was my first Jennifer Rush book and I was excited to read about motorcycles and magic. First, let's get this out of the way -- it's not about motorcycles. The different motorcycle clubs are various families and groups, usually specializing in certain powers (often because specific magics run in specific families too) but aside from riding in on a chopper, the ment
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, 2017
If you're looking for a love-triangley biker gang themed romp with magic, then this is the book for you.

I wasn't completely satisfied with this story. It read like a mash-up of other stories without a truly original twist. The plot was pretty straightforward with few real surprises.

I think the danger in offering a tough, badass type of story is that it sets its readers up for disappointment when it can't meet that promise. This book felt like a watered down version with weak dialogue and forgett
Oct 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
I kind of knew from the moment this book made no effort to explain why, of all things, the entire magical community decided to organize into motorcycle gangs that it probably wasn't for me. I mean, I know it was the premise but a premise like that bears some explanation as to... why? But we got none of that. What we got was a predictable plot with predictable alpha male posturing and romantic drama featuring a heroine who made quite frankly inexplicable decisions and a magic system I still don't ...more
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

Before getting into the review, I need to say this was my first Jennifer Rush book and I don't have any idea what to expect from her but still, the synopsis got me pretty much excited. Well, Devils and Thieves turns out to be an absolutely entertaining Urban fantasy read, and despite few issues, I really loved it. I'm actually not a fan of biker MC books but this one was a bit different than I had expected. If you're a fan of UF then I think y
Melanie Noell Bernard
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received this free physical ARC from THE NOVL in exchange for my honest review.

Epic Story
I really love this story. It's got quite a mixture of themes and sub-plots that are all interwoven into the main plot to make it just a little more complicated. And there is a constant undertone of dark, gritty, edginess, which is my personal favorite. I mean, who doesn't love some biker-gang gang rivalries going on? And then you throw some magic into it! Very awesome with a well-designed and developed wor
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Jennifer Rush lives in a little town on the shoreline of Lake Michigan with her husband and two children. She grew up wanting to be an Egyptologist, but realized she hated the desert and declared herself a writer instead. She won her first writing award in the fourth grade (a Mickey Mouse pencil was the prize) and has been crafting stories ever since. In her free time, she likes to read, Photoshop ...more

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