The Devil’s Poetry by Louise Cole
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
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35148705-the-devil-s-poetry
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06XWL4XPJ
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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The Cover: I really liked the cover for The Devil's Poetry. Between the cover and the title, I was all over this one. Behind a girl, whom I am guessing is our protagonist, light is seen after the woods. I am thinking this might be metaphorical for the hope through the darkness. But I could be imagining things. Either way, the cover is awesome.
The Plot: The story line of The Devil's Poetry was very unique. I have never read anything quite like it. I really enjoyed all the twists and turns, the adventure and the mystery. There was even the touch of romance. I could not put this one down, reading every spare moment of my day.
The Characters: I really liked our protagonist, Callie. I could identify with her totally. Even back in school, I read as much as I could, prefering other worlds and lives to my own. Jace was larger than life, in a good way; the typical hero who starts out just wanting to do his job and then finding so much more. Ella was a cold hearted bitch and the Cadaveri are wonderful villains, in that you almost feel sorry for them.
Was It Worth Reading? Oh yes! It was a wonderful adventure and escape from the boringness of everyday life. I can't wait for Callie's return in On Holy Ground, but until then I highly recommend The Devil's Poetry to readers of YA Fantasy and give it 4 out of 5 crossbows.