Welcome to my latest book review! This review takes part in a book blog tour, which began yesterday on Orchard Book Club and Amiiie’s Books. The tour has been organised by Faye Rogers, who can be found at www.daydreamersthoughts.co.uk.
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.
Title: The Devil’s Poetry
Author: Louise Cole
Release Date: 13th June 2017
Genre: YA Thriller
Publisher: Kindle Press
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Thoughts on the story
The synopsis above alone intrigued me, along with the amazing cover art. I immediately had questions I needed answers to; what was this book? How could a book solve world war? As an avid reader the possibility that reading a book could do so much good hooked me. I had to read more.
The story kicks off with Callie and her friends reacting to people they know being called off to war, soon deciding to go out for the night. The action doesn’t take long to start, with the adversaries finding Callie and attempting to attack quite quickly. We stick quite close to Callie throughout the book, the narrative being in the 1st person, so we don’t really get to understand what is going on unless Callie does. There are some breaks in the narrative but no great spoilers are given for what is going to happen to Callie next.
Louise Cole write the indecisiveness Callie faces when she has to make a decision that will change her life quite well. I think the indecisiveness makes the decision much more realistic. Too many heroes are faced with such a big decision and they automatically do the ‘right thing’, even if it means they sacrifice themselves. I’m sure a lot of people think they would do the same thing if they were in that position but the reality is that no one knows what they would really do in that situation. By making Callie so unsure of what to do Cole makes her much more relatable.
The antagonist isn’t one person in particular, they are a group of people named the Cadaveri. From what I can gather these people are human, or used to be human, that have developed a rather horrible ability. They have this effect on people, a disastrous effect that often leads to violence and death. This makes for a rather terrifying villain, a villain that can disable you simply by being near you. That fear keeps the threat of the villain in the forefront of your mind throughout the book. Cole mixes the horror of real life violence with the fantastical elements she has created very well, making the thriller elements of the book hit home a lot harder.
Thoughts on the characters
The main character, Callie, is a very relatable character. She is young, scared and unsure of what she needs to do. Just like many young people when faced with the prospect of their future (although we don’t have to worry about being shipped off to war). She often tries to get advice from her friends and those who are there to protect her, but ultimately she has to make the choice herself. We see Callie develop from an unsure girl to an independent young woman, although she still relies on her bodyguard, Jace, somewhat.
Jace, the ex-marine bodyguard, is a more complex character than I expected. When we first meet him he is all action, determined to keep Callie and the book safe. But as you get further into the book you discover that Jace has a softer side to him. The relationship between Callie and Jace takes a while to develop from people who have to rely on each other to people who want to stay together no matter what. I love their scenes together, they can be a nice break from the serious nature of the overall plot on occasions.
There are several more supporting characters including Callie’s best friend Amber, Jace’s commanding officer Ella, Callie’s sort-of-ex-boyfriend Alec (who I feel will be very important in the sequel) and a school friend of Callie’s called Gavin. Each play their own role in Callie’s story.
Pros and cons
Pro – Amazing story. Well written characters. Beautiful imagery.
Cons – I didn’t get completely hooked until about a third of the way through reading. It is still a good book though.
Before you go
Louise Cole has written a sequel to The Devil’s Poetry and it will be coming out on KDP Select soon so keep a look out and get voting! The title is On Holy Ground and I cannot wait to read it!
Also the blog tour will be continuing until the 25th February so have a look at some more reviews.