| REVIEW Young Adult – (Urban) Fantasy | Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush (#1 Devils & Thieves)

I didn’t think I’d already be writing the review of this book by now – a day after the book was delivered – but here I am, finished way sooner than expected with it. The book came in and even though I was reading other stuff at the time, I just couldn’t wait to dive into this one. This was one of my highly anticipated releases this fall. I decided to read a couple of pages and before I knew it I was lost and couldn’t stop reading…

When I came across this book months ago, the cover was the first thing that lured me in. It’s dark and looks just so awesome and it screams BIKER to me. I happen to love biker books and I’ve read mostly adult books with bikers in them until I came across Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road books and fell in love with them. And I wanted more of this kind of books, so when I came across this first book in a new series called Devils & Thieves by this Jennifer Rush author, combining biker elements AND fantasy/magic elements I just had to put in a pre-order of the book. The synopsis sounded so awesome and I was instantly enamored with it; I wanted, no needed, this book!

 

Title: Devils & Thieves
Author: Jennifer Rush
Genre: Young Adult-Urban Fantasy
About 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.

 

PROS/CONS

+ the characters were extremely lovable and all so interesting to read about, especially in combination with their magical abilities and How they connect with this story. I really liked Jemmie as a main character. She doesn’t care to be exceptional, she just wants to be considered normal. She tries to stay away from magic as much as possible because she can’t handle it well. But when she fails and gets thrown right in the middle of it, she knows how to stand her ground. I liked her personality from the beginning, but I definitely liked her a lot more, closer to the end of the book. Her character development throughout the book was really, really good and it was really exciting to read in her point of view.

And then there’s Crowe!! I loved how this character was portrayed in this YA novel, as the head of a biker club. He had to grow up fast to take over the club after his father died and that gave me a lot of compassionate feelings toward him, so I forgave him instantly after him being rude or feisty toward Jemmie. It can’t be easy to run a club and deal with everything he has to deal with, so I understand some of the choices he had to make to protect everything he loves. He’s a bit alpha male and I loved ittt.. He’s got a more mature feeling and still fits perfectly within this YA story, really well done by the author. Crowe is so extremely swoon worthy despite him being an ass sometimes hehe… He’s a perfect combination of sassy, being an ass, drool and swoon-worthy! He’s everything you would expect from a biker and still has a soft spot. Yep, ME.LIKES -> Crowe!!! hehe

“That guy needs to be taken off the street, Jemmie. He’s dangerous.”
I stared at him. “So are you, Crowe.”
“Yes, I am. I won’t apologize for that.
I took responsibility for this club and everything that came with it.
I’ll defend it to the death if I have to.”

+ – the story-line was amazing and thrilling right from the start 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 in my mind and figuring out how everything ‘worked’ in this magical world. Everything just needed to find a place in my mind you know? Normally it’s mostly clear to me right from the start, but with this one, I had to dissect everything I read and place in my mind one by one so I could ‘build’ this world in my mind and get a feel for it. But overall; it was awesome and once I had that ‘picture’ locked in my mind, there wasn’t a thing holding me back anymore and I devoured the rest of the book. This world’s magic is really awesome to read about and I can’t wait to read more about it, especially the blood/dark magic hehe..

+ There was some romance there but it was not overly present, which I really liked. It had a nice build-up so there was room for the story to develop throughout the book and everything you read was just enough to keep you fully addicted to the story and the romance in particular.It balanced out perfectly within this story-line I think. I can’t wait though, to see how everything is going to develop in book two because the ending leaves me aching for more, on different levels so not only romantically! Jemmie and Crowe were so awesome together and I need more of them! There was an amazing connection between them and it was so palpable to me. So yeah, I really can’t wait to see what will happen with them in the next book, especially after reading how things end in this book…

“I don’t want people to look at me like I’m defective.”
I let out a shuddery sigh and laid myself bare.
“Especially you.”
“Look me in the eye.”
His voice was so authoritative that I obeyed. 
His eyes captured mine and refused to let go. 
“We’ve all got problems, Jemmie.
We’ve all got sore spots and flaws and
shit from our past and mistakes we’re
still dealing with. You want me to tell you-
you’re perfect? I can’t. But I can tell you this:
You’re brave enough to pus through this.
You’re strong enough not to let it hold you back.
And that’s what actually matters.”

Overall; I really, really enjoyed this book despite some things being predictable and the fact I would’ve liked some more depth here or there in the story. There were some really awesome biker elements present, awesome magic/fantasy elements – the magic in this book was so enthralling and interesting – and the writing style was really addictive and all of it read really fluidly. I devoured this book. Once started, I just couldn’t stop anymore.

I wanted to finish it in one-sitting but since I was keeping my husband up with my reading light in the bedroom, I had to put the book down at some point because it was getting really late and he needed to be up early because of work haha – bummer. But if it was up to me, I would’ve finished it in one sitting. That’s the kind of book this is; just addictive and it makes you want to finish it asap. So if you decide to start this one, make sure you got the time to finish it too 😉

I highly recommend this book, if you love magic, motorcycle clubs and some really passionate interactions between the heroine and hero. It was a good first book of a new series.

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