I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush
on October 3rd 2017
Series: Devils & Thieves #1
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
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 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 the Black Devils kindled motorcycle gang and the unofficial head of their turf.
When the entire kindled community rolls into Hawthorne for an annual festival, a rumour begins spreading that someone is practising 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.
Devils & Thieves was such a fun read! I’ve really been into urban fantasy lately so when I saw a YA book that promised motorcycle gangs and magic, I was so excited. This one ended up being a really fast-paced light read that was entertaining.
Jemmie was an interesting protagonist. She spends the first half of the novel drinking heavily and being immature and indecisive. Despite that, I found her relatively easy to relate to because the author did a good job of portraying Jemmie’s issues with her magic, her self-confidence, and her family. She was a deeply flawed and imperfect character and I liked her because of that. I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance but I adored her friendship with Alex.
The plot was an intriguing mix of motorcycle gangs, family feuds, and magic. The first half of the novel served as an introduction to the world while the second half contained a majority of the action. This led to pacing that was a bit weird but the entire book was fast-paced enough that I never got bored. In general, the plot was pretty predictable but I still enjoyed watching everything unfold.
There was a lot of information about the various gangs and types of magic to keep track of in this book. I’m not sure if it was information overload or poor world-building but I found it really hard to keep track of who belonged to which gang, what magic they had, and how they related to the plot. However, I do think that there was a lot of promise in the world and secondary characters in general but they needed to be developed more.
Devils & Thieves is a really fast and fun light read. It draws heavily upon YA tropes and the world-building could use a bit more work but overall this book is a very entertaining read. I’ll definitely be reading the next one in this series. After that ending, I think that book two is going to be a lot darker!