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.
Release Date: 13th June 2017
Genre: YA Thriller
Publisher: Kindle Press
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** A big thank you to Faye Rogers for having me as a participant in Louise Cole’s Blog Tour. Faye kindly supplied me with an e-copy of The Devil’s Poetry and all the lovely images and information supplied for this blog post. This does not in any way change my opinion of the book, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.**
The Devil’s Poetry is unlike anything I’ve read. It was dark, action packed and full of adventure. Straight off the bat after picking this one up, we’re flung into what could possibly be a not too distant future, where the world has turned on its head (even more so than it is) and is preparing for what appears to be World War 3. From the first couple of pages, Callie’s world is upheaved as she finds out that she is a Reader, a special chosen one who must read from this sacred book to stop the paranormal Cadaveri from spreading their evil, and all she has are Jace, Ella, and The Order to protect her.
Something I found very striking as I was reading this book, was the timing of it, while purely coincidental, it really struck a chord with me. The week I started reading this book was the week the attack on Manchester happened at the Ariana Grande concert, followed by the London attack the following week. I found this almost overwhelming at one point as some of the locations that are used in Louise’s book are Manchester and London. Like I said, while these things were purely coincidental, you can only imagine how this engrossed me even more into the story, making me almost believe that something like this could happen.
Some aspects I really enjoyed reading throughout the book was the relationship between Callie and the book and Callie and her father. At the beginning, we see Callie slowly falling for this book once it’s given to her, and it grows on her like a virus, until it’s everything she thinks about. Even as she sleeps, Callie dreams about the book and its powerful potential. As for Callie and her father, it too grows, like her relationship with the book. Although, we see almost no love between herself and her father, it isn’t until close to almost the end of the book, we see that there truly is a relationship there between Callie and her father.
Another aspect I really liked throughout the book was the love story. In a lot of YA books these days, we’re drowning in love stories, to the point where they almost overwhelm a book and take over the whole plot, but with The Devil’s Poetry, I found that Louise planted and intertwined Callie’s relationships very well with both Alec and Jace, and I love how they both played out—and if you’ve read the book, without giving any spoilers, you know that we’re all dying to know what’s going to happen next with Alec!
Overall, The Devil’s Poetry was an excellent read, and I found it very hard to fault. It’s not often you get a good YA thriller that cuts out all the crap, and gets straight to the point!
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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