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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 2017-07-14 05:48
The Devil's Muse: A Maureen Coughlin Novel (Maureen Coughlin Series) - Bill Loehfelm

Wow, I really felt like I was actually a part of Mardi Gras reading this book. The author did a great job putting me there. I actually felt the rush, the tensions and just a little claustrophobic. I'm sure that it helped that I had been to Mardi Gras in Galveston. However, this book put me right back there.

The characters in this book were very well developed and I grew to like them immediately (well, except for one) and to feel for the pressures of their jobs. Dealing with multiple gunshots in the middle of Mardi Gras and the pressures and issues of having to do their jobs? I felt for these characters.

A wonderful story that I just ripped right through, enjoyed the feelings it brought and meeting these characters.

Thanks to Farar, Straus & Giroux and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-06-20 15:03
Uninspired Muse (Mt. Olympus Employment Agency: Muse, #3) by R.L. Naquin
Uninspired Muse (Mt. Olympus Employment Agency) (Volume 3) - R.L. Naquin

This is a lovely, light-hearted, fun and enjoyable urban fantasy novel that closes out the story of the muse Wynter Greene.  The Mt. Olympus Employment Agency world building is original and adds a nice twist to the old Greek mythological figures.

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review 2017-05-15 08:54
Great Continuation of a Great Series
Breath of Passion (The Muse Chronicles) ... Breath of Passion (The Muse Chronicles) (Volume 3) - Lisa Kessler

Erica Sterling has the Greek Muse of lyrics and erotic poetry inside of her.  She and her sister muses have come together to inspire the world again. Reed McIntosh is a firefighter for Federal Fire. When he meets Erica through his best friend's girlfriend, he can't take his mind off her. After running into her weeks later,  he finds out from his friend that he's actually fated to be her Guardian.

This is the third book in the series and I'm totally loving it. I really liked both main characters and felt for everything they had been through. The great thing about this story is that it wasn't predictable.  There were a couple of curveballs, one of which had me pleading with a new character.  It was a great story that I was able to read quickly. I can't wait for the next one.  I highly recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2017-04-23 04:54
ARC: In the Presence of Knowing
In The Presence Of Knowing (Secrets Of W... In The Presence Of Knowing (Secrets Of Windy Springs) (Volume 1) - Valarie Savage Kinney,Wicked Muse Productions

I received this book to give an honest review.

 

I have read other books by this author and I have to say I do like her writing style so I expected this book to be a bit different but yet good at the same time. I can honestly say I almost threw my kindle when I got to the very end of the book and there was a HUGE cliffhanger. We are introduced to Layla who is in an abusive relationship and pregnant. When she runs away from her ex-boyfriend she joins her friend at a Renaissance Festival and helps her and her business out. Though it seems that this Festival is more than just a festival. While Layla is there she finds love with an unlikely character and we watch as their friendship blossoms into something more. 

When we get towards the end we learn about what exactly the knowing is about and how Layla is apart of it. 

 

As far as characters go I thought they were well developed. I think my favorite character was Rogan and just how sensitive and a gentleman that he was, really called to me. It seems that Rogan will do anything for Layla and go to great depths to protect her.

I think this is going to become a good series as I am hoping to read more about the Knowing and maybe Cordelia and why she gives off bad vibes. I really enjoyed the magical element from the Renaissance Festival that the author brought to life. It makes for a good setting.

 

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