Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Devil's Bargain by Rachel Caine
Published: 5th October 2012
What's the price of a deal with the devil? Playing by the psychic underworld's rules has cost. Jazz Callender's whole life just got turned upside down. Her friend Ben's been convicted of a crime he didn't commit, and Jazz is determined to clear his name, even if it means enlisting the help of dark forces.
Enter James, a stranger with a mysterious offer. If Jazz pledges to work for The Cross Society, a shadowy secret organisation, he'll help her save Ben. But as she's thrust into a world of psychic powers and dangerous magic, Jazz isn't just bargain for her friend's freedom. She's bargaining for her soul too. And how high a price is she willing to pay?
I love Rachel Caine. She has this incredible way with words that suck you into whatever world she is creating and leave you breathless until you've finished.
The whole concept for this book made it difficult to trust anyone. I wasn't initially sure of Lucia, although she turned out to be incredible. And Manny was weird but loveable, in a messed up kind of way. Even the whole situation with Ben made it hard to believe that Jazz was right to think he was innocent. The Cross Society and Max Simms threw me off and really made me look at things differently, just like Jazz was forced to after a... tense flight.
Jazz was just plain awesome. The type of young woman that you immediately rooted for, that could kick ass and handle a gun, that didn't really know her limits but fought for good anyway. And her interactions with James Borden are hilarious and heartfelt, when she begins to trust him anyway. Their scenes together were full of chemistry, I was instantly hoping for a happy ending for them two!
I do want to add that the magical element is a little misleading. Sure, it gets there but I spent the first half of the book wondering when we'd move on from creepy lawyers and start battling demons! Unfortunately this shadowy underworld isn't quite like that but still brilliant and scary and action-packed.
Caine can write for teens and adults alike and any fan of hers will love this one. Full of bad-ass heroines, good looking guys, something to fight for and loads of action, this is one you don't want to miss!
Thank you to Mira for sending me a copy!