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The Devil And The Muse

(The Creatives #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  22 reviews
An ancient curse.
A forgotten love.
A painting with secrets only one woman can reveal.

In this fast-paced second installment of The Creatives Series, Creative (mystic artist) Coco Rhodes is surprised by a horrific vision beneath her most recent painting: the violent attack upon a fragile young girl. When a link is discovered between an education-finance fraud and several g
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published June 12th 2017 by Cricket Publishing
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Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: upwork
I unintentionally started with the second book in this series. However the author seems to have thought of everything and gently introduced new readers to the story. So no worries if you are considering beginning with this installment. You should have no problem picking it up from there.

Overall, I have to say this story is genuinely unique. Typically when I read young adult books or fantasy series it can come across as a quilt, with different aspects of other already successful stories woven to
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘Without courage, all is lost.’Motto of the Allegiance

Australian born California author Mandy Jackson-Beverly grew up in Tasmania eventually moved to London and discovered the importance of the creative collective: The 1980s fashion scene. Then moving to Los Angeles, she found her own creative freedom among visionaries of the music video world. She worked as a costume designer and stylist for photographer Herb Ritts, and directors Joel and Ethan Coen, David Fincher, and Julien Temple, and music
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I really like this author's writing. The places, people, and paranormal are vivid and so easy to visualise. The dialogue sounds real, and the situations are graphically depicted, and capture the action and emotions in all their shades.
There are a couple of harrowing scenes of rape and torture, thankfully not the most gory depictions but realistic nonetheless.
There are a lot of characters but as this was the second in the series I was familiar with most and the character list at the beginning was
Those of you who have read the first volume will probably recall sexy vampires, a lot of fighting and secrets. It's here again but amplified. I didn't know it was possible to pump it up even more but the author takes us to an emotional rollercoaster ride with this book where the lines between good and evil can get blurred given the right circumstances.
The plot jumps to a lot of interesting places (even in time) which are beautifully described, the allusions to works of art are superb, the charac
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Devil and the Muse (The Creatives Series Book 2) by Mandy Jackson-Beverly is a fast paced second installment in the series. With a careful introduction telling in detail the characters involved and the many definitions used in the story, the author is thorough and complete in informing her reader. We have the Allegiance and the Creatives- two groups that work together to create art and a sense of safety. A wholly unique story-line, which is especially appealing to the creative spirited type, ...more
Maranda Russell
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
“The Devil And The Muse” is the 2nd book in The Creatives Series, written by Mandy Jackson-Beverly, and it immediately dives into the action! The first chapter immediately pulls you in, although it is also rather disturbing (definitely some adult material there). Being a visual artist myself, I love the artistic aspect that is incorporated into the story and find it fascinating how the magic and art are sort of merged into one energetic flow in this fantasy world. The characters are well drawn a ...more
Susan Angela Wallace
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The devil and the muse by Mandy Jackson-Beverly.
An ancient curse. A forgotten love. A painting with secrets only one woman can reveal.
This was a fantastic read with brilliant characters. Very dark. I loved Coco. She was my favourite character. Can't wait for book 3. 5*. Tbc on fb.
This is the first book I have read by Mandy Jackson-Beverly. Unfortunately I did not read the first book in this series, which I feel may have been a disservice to myself. Although there is an introductory section to explain who all of the characters were and their connections at times I would mix up the relationships.
I can say that the book had a tremendous amount of action, adventure, and an interesting plot. Vampires are traditionally seen as dangerous immortal beings that are only out to ha
Becky Wright
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is always hard with a second book to make sure it lives up the first in the series; I entered the pages lightly, giving it a little caution. Having loved the first one so much . . . But what a delight, I was thrilled this didn't disappoint!

Again, the author gives all the characters her great attention, they are all well-rounded, with a depth of emotion and thought. It is always a delight to feel you are really with the characters as they travel through the story, with this series in particula
Katrina Bowlin-MacKenzie
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. So creative and a wonderful writer. Her imagination has no bounds. My only complaint is that there are so many characters you lose track of who is who, but other than that it was wonderful and well written. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Sarah Berry
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling story of good vs evil, excellent read.

When young girls start disappearing from a school in DC and money goes missing, members of the Allegiance step in to find them and make the sure the ring leader is punished. A eccentric grouping of mortals, creatives, vampires and spiritual beings makes up the unique Allegiance that is hidden in the Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy. Each with special powers, they work together to save the girls from their tormentors and return them safely to th
Jessica Bronder
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Coco Rhodes is a Creative, an artist that paints truths. She is staying at Casa della Pietra, the strong hold of The Allegiance. In her latest painting she sees the surprising death of a young woman. Her boyfriend and leader of The Allegiance, Gabriel promises to look into the death. But he finds himself looking into several deaths in the Washington DC area. But don’t’ forget about Kenan. He might not be in the picture but his dark plans are starting to be set into play. The Allegiance is going ...more
Chris Switzer
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an ARC for my honest opinion. Thank you, Mandy Jackson-Beverly, for the book and writing such an amazing story!

There are many characters who make up this story. In the beginning it is hard to keep track of whose who but as you get into the story you understand their roles and their stories start to come to life. The magic users, vampires, and all the magical things are wonderful. I like how the backstories were introduced as memories whether they are good or bad. The desc
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved that for all the vampirey things going on, blood sucking, vampire assassinations, the supernatural drama still integrated itself with real world happenings—global warming, corporate malfeasance, girls going missing. Unlike many supernatural tales which seem to go on at the periphery of the world we all live in, this one seemed determined to integrate itself better.
Sally Mcdonagh
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
The allegiance are back for book 2 when girls from catholic schools are going missing. Really enjoyed this book. It carried on from the first one quite seamlessly but introduced new characters. A book about good vs evil.
Would recommend
Carmel Breffit
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The devil and the muse is book two in the series by mandy Jackson- Beverley continuing the work and protection of the allegiance against Kenan and his followers. At the beginning of the book was lovely to see an introduction and reminder to all the characters and to how they fit within the book as their are a lot within it. Does the allegiance finally manage to stop kenan or does he escape them again? What is next for Coco and the Gabriel?
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Devil and the Muse by Mandy Jackson-Beverly is the second book in the Creatives Series. I did not read the first book in the series, while I would have liked to, I found it not necessary. The author did a good job of catching the reader up to date. It helped that a description of the characters was included in the very beginning of the book. I referred to it several times until I got caught up on the cast and their roles in the story.

The Allegiance is a group of individuals headed by immorta
Katerina Sanders
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Without Courage, All Is Lost...

I found this fast paced, edge of your seat, Supernatural Fantasy to be utterly unputdownable. I was such a huge fan of A Secret Muse: Book One of The Creatives Series, that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. I’m happy to say, that I was not disappointed. I especially liked how the author describes the relationship the characters have with one another at the beginning of the story. Fair warning though: This story deals with some heavy content (including se
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second book in the Creative series by Mandy Jackson-Beverly is fast paced and full of action. We follow along as Coco learns to navigate herself into this new world she has discovered. She will do anything to keep Gabriel and her family safe. With book two we see a darker side to this new life Coco has embarked upon and the important part that the Allegiance plays. Mandy's vivid story telling transports you into Coco's world.
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Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that THE DEVIL AND THE MUSE by Mandy Jackson-Beverly is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!
Janet L. Hage
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
In the fight against evil

As I watch the goings on in DC, I see them playing out in this novel. The book is good but reads more like an outline with too many characters. It is a mix of Norse mythology, Greek mythology, Catholic history, vampires, and the modern world. The characters are an ancient group of immortals that are trying to keep the devil at bay. Worth reading but for adults only due to sexual and violent content.
Yvonne Davies
The immediate threat is over and happy to live in Italy with Gabriel and her family, Coco is getting more comfortable with her gifts. But when a concerned friend and her paintings highlighted the plight of teenage girls, Coco knows that the Allegiance has got to step in. However, with the team have to split up to cover two missions, things go from bad to worse.
Due to the majority of the characters already known to us, the book seemed to flow a lot quicker and the story was fast paced. Whilst Coc
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Mandy Jackson-Beverly was born in the bustling town of Pyramid Hill, Victoria, Australia ... Population: 419. This remote childhood kick-started Mandy's imagination, as did the rugged coastline and rolling hills of Tasmania, where her family relocated when she was four years old.

In 1982, Mandy moved to London, where she discovered the importance of the creative collective: The 1980s fashion scene.

Other books in the series

The Creatives (2 books)
  • A Secret Muse (The Creatives #1)