Hello everyone and welcome to my latest book review. Today I am reviewing a book as part of a blog tour organised by Faye Rogers. On Holy Ground is the eagerly anticipated sequel to The Devil’s Poetry, which I reviewed here. I have to admit, this is the quickest I have read a book since the last Harry Potter book came out, I read Louise’s book in less than 32 hours. If you are curious I read Harry Potter in about 40 hours. Right, enough of me babbling! Here is my review.
Genre: YA Thriller
Published Date: 14th April 2018
Formats Available: Kindle
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Everyone wants the heroine of The Devil’s Poetry.
They want her dead.
Callie, the only reader to have survived the magics of the Book, plans a wonderful future with the man she loves – only to have her life ripped apart by tragedy. Worse, a strange infection is passing through the population. An infection which leaves them white-eyed and terrifying. With the demonic Cadaveri increased a thousandfold, the world once again teeters on the brink of war.
Callie goes looking for answers, but since the Order of Sumer first recruited her to read its mysterious manuscript, the game has changed. As someone who understands the Book’s secrets, she is either a saviour or a curse to all who know her. Stranded in the US, hunted and penniless, she desperately needs allies. But the Order, the Cadaveri and the world’s intelligence services all have their own agendas – and all their spies are on her tail.
Callie must put aside love and grief, and re-evaluate everything she knows about the Reading. And to do that she must find that Book, and escape. Or die trying.
Enter the dangerous, twisty and frighteningly realistic world of The Devil’s Poetry series, where magic, romance and action collide and the monsters are all too human.
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.
Louise has outdone herself with her latest novel. On Holy Ground builds on the world created in The Devil’s Poetry and takes it international. In this instalment we travel with Callie to America to solve the mystery of Jace, her boyfriend. She doesn’t really have a calm moment since touching down and she spends the rest of the book on the run. I think this shows us a side to Callie we didn’t really get to explore in The Devil’s Poetry, her resourcefulness. Callie is really pushed to a new limit as she fights for the truth, while learning a new truth she created. It isn’t easy for her but she rises to this new challenge.
Louise still uses brilliant imagery and her writing conveys the story beautifully. She had me guessing a fair few times as to where the plot was going, I do like it when the plot isn’t obvious!
While the relationship between Callie and Jace is a major plot point throughout this book I like that Callie was forced to essentially go it alone. It helped her grow and to depend on herself more than Jace. This character development grew slowly through the book but by the end she is much stronger for it.
The other characters we see throughout the novel aren’t the most likeable (Pierce I’m looking at you here), and some of their developments surprised me. I won’t go into details for fear of giving spoilers so you will just have to read the book to find out what I mean!