Title: The Devil’s Poetry
Author: Louise Cole
Published by: Kindle Press
Publication date: 13th June 2017
Pages: 250, ebook
Genre: YA, thriller
Questions are dangerous but answers can be deadly.
Callie’s world will be lost to war – unless she can unlock the magic of an ancient manuscript. She and her friends will be sent to the front line. Many of them won’t come back. When a secret order tells her she can bring peace by reading from a book, it seems an easy solution – too easy. Callie soon finds herself hunted, trapped between desperate allies and diabolical enemies. The Order is every bit as ruthless as the paranormal Cadaveri.
Callie can only trust two people – her best friend and her ex-marine bodyguard. And they are on different sides. She must decide: how far will she go to stop a war?
Dare she read this book? What’s the price – and who pays it?
Commended in the Yeovil Prize 2016, this is an action-packed blend of adventure, fantasy and love story.
Today I will be reviewing The Devil’s Poetry as part of the book’s blog tour – I was super excited when Faye asked me to take part, as this book looked exactly like my kind of thing!
This was a really interesting concept that intrigued me from the start – it was very original, and I really liked how it combined fantasy with a war in a semi-contemporary setting (as in, Callie had been living in a normal world). I also loved reading Callie’s point of view as she found out more about the book and the Order, and how her confidence visibly grew.
The Devil’s Poetry is told from multiple POVs, and almost every perspective possible was shown. As a war is taking place, it was really interesting to see this, and I thought it added a lot to the dramatic, thriller aspect of the novel.
There were also some really lovely relationships in this novel, which I enjoyed watching develop. I loved Callie’s friendship with Amber, and found the dynamic within the Order so interesting! I did find Jace a little too macho a lot of the time, and his love with Callie a tad unrealistic, although I know that his over-protectiveness of Callie was necessary, and I grew more fond of him as the novel progressed.
This was a fast-paced, enjoyable read, and of course, it’s focused around the power of a reader and a book, which is a concept that I can’t help but love. For fans of YA, thriller and fantasy novels, this is definitely a book to try! And thank you to Faye for organising this blog tour, and Louise for writing such a great book!
Louise Cole has spent her life reading and writing. And very occasionally gardening. Sometimes she reads as she gardens. She can be seen walking her dogs around North Yorkshire – she’s the one with a couple of cocker spaniels and a Kindle. She read English at Oxford – read being the operative word – and hasn’t stopped reading since.
In her day-job she is an award-winning journalist, a former business magazine editor and director of a media agency. She writes about business but mainly the business of moving things around: transport, logistics, trucks, ships, and people.
Her fiction includes short stories, young adult thrillers, and other stuff which is still cooking.
Her YA and kids’ fiction is represented by Greenhouse Literary Agency and she is also published on Amazon as one of the Marisa Hayworth triumvirate.
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