Devils & Thieves
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 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 loved this novel. I love the world that Rush has created, I enjoy reading about the characters, especially as they were 18+ so the novel felt more real.
It’s definitely your typical YA trope novel, but to be honest, it didn’t matter to me, I really enjoyed the writing and the easy read feel to it.
I have a new book boyfriend in my life, his name is Crowe, a damaged soul with the world on his shoulders. He rides a matte black motorcycle and he is an absolute dreamboat. I am swooning just thinking about him.
Jem, our main protagonist is real. She doubts herself, she has had her heart broken like any other teenage girl. She is also quite unique, even among the ‘kindled’ and I loved exploring that part of her and figuring it out. The novel takes place over a short amount of time, but the growth Jem makes is believable, albeit her self-medicating went away too quickly and easily - I would have liked that to be more fleshed out and harder.
As I said above, the novel takes place over a short amount of time, but it never feels too faced past. The plot flows really well and I didn’t feel like I lost track of it throughout the novel.
I need to make mention of the magic in this novel. The ‘kindled’ are magic users and they are split into different types of magic wielders. I loved it! I found it so creative and fascinating! I’m keeping this spoiler free so you’ll have to read the book to see what I’m on about ;)
It took me several (interrupted) hours but I finished the book in the same day and now I’m left sitting here scrolling through Goodreads and Google trying to find ANYTHING on the sequel, luckily the author tweeted me on twitter to let me know she is currently editing the sequel *cue squealing*. I cannot wait to be back in these characters’ lives especially after that ending! I’m happy but my heart also aches for Jem and Crowe, I need to know what happens next… PLEASE give me a happy ending!