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She is Hettie Alabama — unlikely, scarred, single-minded, and blood bound to a revolver forged by a demon.

The first book in an epic, magic-clad series featuring the Wild West reimagined as a crosscultural stereoscope of interdimensional magic and hardship, The Devil’s Revolver opens with a shooting competition and takes off across the landscape after a brutal double murder
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Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 323 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Brain Mill Press LLC
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K.J. Charles
Oct 14, 2017 added it
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This is a tremendous read, I loved it. A Western/ fantasy hybrid that in no way shies away from the racism and colonialism of the era and the brutality meted out to Native Americans and Chinese immigrants in particular. It's a fantastically readable female focused story, as Hettie (not pretty! not looking for a man!) sets out to save her abducted sister with the aid of a demonically powered gun that ages her a year every time it kills for her.

The plot is twisty, compelling, and goes to bad plac
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Steve
I received this from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Well-written, but not my cup of tea: double-whammy of YA and western really dampened things for me.
Mel
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a fresh breeze. I liked this very much and I would love to see what happens next because there is definitely room for more development.

What you get:

-> A fantastic setting: crossover between the Wild West and an alternate history where magic exists. Curses, charms, demons, talismans and so on.

-> A distinct and complicated female lead who is a kick-arse warrior with a sympathetic cause and tendencies to a no guilt vengence.

-> Complex supporting characters with their own agendas - tha
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Sadie Forsythe
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A YA novel that avoids a lot of the common YA traps. I'm not entirely sure I even realized this was going to be YA, that the protagonist is 17ish, when I started it. (Yes, it's in the blurb, but I didn't reread it between buying the book and actually reading it.) Even once I did realize, I never felt Hettie fell into the simpering, angst-filled role that annoys me so much in so many YA stories. What's more, while there is a male character that MIGHT later fulfill a romantic pairing, this story w ...more
Kristen Burns
4 Stars

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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*

I’ve come to love fantasy books set in the Old West lately, and this was certainly a fun one.

I loved the combination of the Old West and magic, how magic was just a normal, everyday thing. There were spells and talismans and sorcerers and magicked weapons and zoom tunnels (portals). And because there was magic, the world was altered a bit—there were agencies and divisions related to magic, there
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Keely
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ok so if you like westerns and magic this book is 100% for you. Hettie was such a badass heroine, and absolutely nothing, not even hell itself, can stop her from her goal. Loved this book, and cannot wait for the next one!
Devann
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and Edelweiss

I liked the general idea and plot of this. It's set in a really cool world that is basically the Old West but with magic and I think she did a lot of interesting things with the world-building and the way the spells and things work. I also really like the idea of the Devil's Revolver, although I don't necessarily think it was used to its full potential. Still, it's the first book in the series so I'm sure it just needs a bit of time
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Koeur
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Publisher: Brain Mill Press

Publishing Date: August 2017

ISBN:9781942083542

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.0/5

Publishers Description: She is Hettie Alabama — unlikely, scarred, single-minded, and blood bound to a revolver inhabited by a demon.

Review: Dig that cover art.

I really enjoyed this novel so lets get the bad stuff out of the way. Plot holes. Ling is a celestial, or a fancy way of saying he is Chinese. He works around the farm doing odd jobs and runs up again
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Kimberly
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Real rating 4.5

*A thank you to Edelweiss, The Author and Publisher for giving me a copy of this book for a fair and unbiased review*

Hello Fellow Readers,

So Westerns have really been my thing lately, move over Non-Fiction science books I think I may be finding my new favorite genre. So what do I say about this book. Well, let's start with the cover that I absolutely love, I think it's visually stunning. Secondly Hettie was a great female character, flaws and all. While yes she was brash and hothe
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Maria
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Let me start with saying that this ARC was provided from Netgalley for an honest review, so here it is!

One of my favorite books of the year! And in a genre I hardly ever read!

Part western and part fantasy, V.S McGrath introduces us to Hettie, a teenage girl that in one night has lost everything; family, home, and any dreams she may have had. On the belief that her younger sister is still alive, she seeks revenge as she has unknowingly bonded with a magic infused gun known as the Diablo's Revolve
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Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girls with magic guns seem to be a thing these days. Fortunately, The Devil’s Revolver by V.S. McGrath is one of the better takes on the theme.

Part Western and part fantasy, The Devil’s Revolver launches a new YA series following the adventures of 17-year-old Hettie Alabama. In this book, Hettie sets out to rescue her little sister, Abby (Hunger Games, anyone?). The world is cleverly drawn and believable, even enticing if you like horses, trains and dusty, desolate scenery, which I do. Lace thos
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Maria
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start with saying that this ARC was provided from Netgalley for an honest review, so here it is!

One of my favorite books of the year! And in a genre I hardly ever read!

Part western and part fantasy, V.S McGrath introduces us to Hettie, a teenage girl that in one night has lost everything; family, home, and any dreams she may have had. On the belief that her younger sister is still alive, she seeks revenge as she has unknowingly bonded with a magic infused gun known as the Diablo's Revolve
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Jessica Woods
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Devil's Revolver begins like a typical western. Hettie Alabama's daddy's hidden outlaw catches up to him and the family. Here's were things get interesting. The band of outlaws want something he has hidden, a special demon gun. A gun that transforms into what the shooter needs and does not miss, the cost one year of the shooter's life for each kill. The gang kills Hettie's parents, leaving Hettie for dead, and kidnaps her sister. Hettie's "Uncle" takes the box and runs with it. Hettie vows t ...more
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V. S. McGrath, is a published romance author (as Vicki Essex), and has six books with Harlequin Superromance: Her Son’s Hero (July 2011), Back to the Good Fortune Diner (January 2013), which was picked for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club, In Her Corner (March 2014), A Recipe for Reunion (March 2015), Red Carpet Arrangement (January 2016) and Matinees with Miriam (November 2016). ...more
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