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review 2017-07-17 00:50
Devil May Care (Veil #2) by Pippa DaCosta
Devil May Care: A Muse Urban Fantasy (The Veil Series Book 2) - Pippa DaCosta

Muse is a half-demon – though her demon half is restrained by the Institute as they use her to police the supernatural world bleeding over into the city

 

But several Enforcers have been brutally murdered and butchered – and reading the metal confirms the worse: her owner, Damian, has returned. She is not the old demon she was, with the powers now at her disposal promising for a very different showdown. At the same time, Akil, ex-demon Prince is hoping that that same power may elevate him back to his title


And she may co-operate – as he may be the only one who can help her save Stefan from his imprisonment in the Netherworld.

 

 

I think the best thing about this book is how Muse has grown and changed and moved. The last book very much looked at her past; how she had been brutally abused and her trying to find herself and pull herself from that mindset. There was the conflict if her realising her saviour was nothing of the kind and the different ways you can be used an abused but different forces.

 

This book continues on from that – Muse is much more confident in who she is and the newfound power she wields. She’s suspicious, warier and almost comes across as snotty in a Keille Independence, Rebel without a clue kind of way. But it works when we look at her context and her past. Muse is very determined not to give the impression of subservience even to the people around her. Not that she’s completely free from her past – there’s an excellent depiction of how the trauma is still haunting her. The horror of her memories catching up with her, how she desperately tries to resist them haunting her. She’s scarred by her past but it isn’t the entirety of her life. She acknowledges her past, her self-disgust and her internalising the idea she is weak and helpless. It also does weaken her – because trauma isn’t something that is easily cast off in an awesome empowerment moment

 

I really like how this is balanced with Muse – her moving away from trauma but still haunted by it. Determined not to be defined by it but not escaping it just because she wants to – it doesn’t just magically vanish.

 

This feeds well with her relationship with the Institute and their desire to use her while still half fearing and loathing her for what she is

 

There is a good little examination of both her and Stefan and the organisation that is both exploiting them for their demonic abilities while at the same time restraining them and treating them as inherently dangerous or tainted because of them. It’s a well balanced depiction of exploitation and both needing someone and fearing them. Similarly we see this with the wariness of her colleagues who, at the same time, definitely rely on her expertise.

 

Her relationship with Akil also continues to be complicated. He does try to use her and exploit her strength and it comes from a very demonic place. He seems to care for her, but simply doesn’t have the compassion or empathy of a human. Again, it’s a decent balance of both showing he cares for Muse, while also trying to use her and while also showing that even with that human emotion there’s a huge amount of alienness there. Unsurprisingly, Muse herself is also really suspicious of him – and I, again, like the balance here of both being willing to work with him (not out of helplessness entirely, but out of confidence and even a willingness to look at him as an equal rather than a superior) while constantly being suspicious of his motive.

 

 

While I really liked the personal development of Muse and her history, I’m less thrilled by the world. Well, no, that’s not entirely fair. I love the world – I love the concept of the demonic realm, the powers of demons, their demonic parentage, the veil – but these concepts aren’t really expanded on enough. I think we could do a lot more to examine demon politics – and what major powers like the First actually mean. Who founded the Institute, what powers does it have, what is it doing? What about demons living on Earth? Is the Institute being fair – it’s implied they have an unduly harsh view of demons? There’s lots of things hinted at but we didn’t really address many of them – there’s lots of suggestions of world building to come but we aren’t really getting more than just the labels. I need more, I want more; expand this original world more. This feels very unique, very different from what I’ve read elsewhere and I’d love to see those unique elements expanded.

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/devil-may-care-veil-2-by-pippa-dacosta.html
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review 2017-01-08 23:20
Tribute to Ian Fleming
Devil May Care - Mark Stutzman,Rodrigo Corral,Sebastian Faulks

The 100th anniversary of the birth of  Ian Fleming is as good a reason as any for commissioning a 'continuation novel' for his most famous creation - James Bond. And who better to write it than one of the most popular British authors of the contemporary crop, Sebastian Faulks? As an avid Faulks fan, it was an intriguing thought, but one not without risk for this most eponymous of spy franchises and perhaps also for the author. Though I needn't have worried. As early as the opening chapter, the reassuring velvety panache of Faulks was grafted onto the gritty style of Fleming, in a typically grisly, action-packed episode.

A global threat posited by a maniacal power broker bent on the destruction of west,  in particular this time the UK, the 'baddie' is strikingly familiar, right down to a physical deformity and a penchant for cruelty, which in due course must surely get its comeuppance.

Also present, the romantic entanglement with a beautiful, tragic woman, which is as much a necessity for Bond, as his trusty Walther PPK. 

A light read, the book moves along at a break-neck pace and is unadulterated escapism, but worthy of one of the nation's favourite literary heroes and we continue to be lucky to have him.

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review 2017-01-06 11:10
India Black, Madam of Espionage #1
India Black - Carol K. Carr

India Black was so much more than I expected, I absolutely adored this book. India is a wonderful, sassy, hilarious & brilliant character, plus she has this devil may care attitude which is perfect being that she's a madam.

 

I'll admit I did a little happy dance when I discovered that there is more adventures. Ridiculously excited to get my digits onto those!!

 

4 Stars.

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review 2016-09-05 20:51
Devil May Care by Elizabeth Peters
Devil May Care - Elizabeth Peters

Well, the good news is that this book was much better than I originally thought it would be! In my history of reading, never have I met a more obnoxious windbag than Henry Willoughby. Luckily, he turned out not to be the main protagonist of this story, otherwise I'm pretty sure I would have given on up on this. As soon as the point of view shifted solely to Ellie, I was much happier. Her upbeat attitude, and devil may care way of handling things, really pulled me in. Ellie was fun to follow, and this story ended up flying by once I settled in.

 

Now, the thing about Devil May Care is that it's a bit all over the place and doesn't care so much about backstory. See, Ellie is watching her grandmother Kate's large and rambling manor. How she got this manor, I am not certain. There's quite a few references to the fact that she has copious amounts of money though, so I suppose that's all the explanation that is needed. Unfortunately for Ellie, she comes upon a mysterious object, and lands smack dab in the middle of a ghostly adventure. Heavy emphasis on the mystery portion, lighter emphasis on the ghosts. The book tries valiantly to lay some groundwork around this mystery, but it doesn't quite get there. Which, sadly, knocks the tension and excitement down a bit.

 

I think what I really was a bit disappointed by, was that there wasn't more supernatural action in this story. Especially because the portions that mention the apparitions were wonderful! No, this book is, at its very core, a mystery story. There is a bit of humor, some romance, and a few quirky characters. All of that isn't able to mask the fact that this whole mystery just doesn't have all that much depth to it. The good news is that it makes Devil May Care a really easy read and, like I mentioned above, it flies by. It's just not as complex, or as supernatural, as I hoped it would be.

 

Points to Kate's home though for being utterly charming, as well as filled with all manner of pets. Every time the book mentioned her many cats, dogs, horses, and even her pet rat, I couldn't help but smile. I mean, after all, if you're going to live in a rambling manor, why not fill it with pets? I definitely would.

 

 

Black Cat square, defeated!

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text 2016-09-02 21:29
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
Devil May Care - Elizabeth Peters

Ah, finally! A ghostly apparition!

 

I was beginning to think that this entire book was going to be spent with me mind-yelling at Ellie to get as far away from Henry as humanly possible. What a horrible excuse for a man he is. Let me share:

 

Henry regarded her with affectionate amusement. She looked cute when she was sulking, like an irritated kitten or baby chick. (Henry's figures of speech were not very original.) She would soon learn to accept his gentle corrections gratefully; in the meantime he simply ignored her ill humor until it went away. That was the way to train people, show them that temper tantrums and pouting didn't have the least effect.


Ellie, girl, RUN. That man isn't worth a second of your time. Ass.

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