Devils & Thieves
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 f ...more
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 Jemm ...more
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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-med ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
We start with Jemmie, who is one of the most annoying fi ...more
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 ...more
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 – ...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 i ...more
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 ...more
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 motor ...more
I love fantasy novels in general, but something about this synopsis real ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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