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The Devil’s Poetry by Louise Cole – Blog Tour Book Review

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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.


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.

What I thought

I loved the opening paragraph which was so evocative.

“I’d never realized war could be so quiet. The National Service letters had whispered through our doors that morning. It seemed such thin pages should have torn under the strain of such a heavy message.”

Initially because of this I thought this was going to be an historical novel – I’d read the synopsis ages before so went into it blind, but then the horror dawned. It was set now. In the days of Facebook and terrorism: National Service – Involuntary Conscription for those eighteen and above was back.

Callie is seventeen so it’s not her time yet but instead she has another battle to face. One night she is handed a book and told not to read it but keep it safe. Then the ‘men’ start coming for her. The Cadavari with haunted eyes.

This reminded me a little of Buffy which I love. There is definitely a chosen one vibe. The book switches between first person POV from Callie and third person exploring other character’s points of view from the Cadaveri to Jace Portman the man who mysteriously gave her the book, saved her life, disappeared, and then turned up at her school as a supply teacher. Callie has two close friends Amber and Gavin who are quickly pulled into the action and her ex Alec who she’d prefer to be far from it.

I really enjoyed Louise’s writing style and the book is quite fast paced. We get into the action quickly. I liked the mix of an almost dystopian near future with the threat of war and National Service with the Supernatural elements. As I said before fans of Buffy, and of Cassandra Clare should enjoy this. And it is great to see a UK based fantasy too.

Thank you to Louise and Faye for the e-copy for review. Opinions are my own. The follow up book ‘On Holy Ground’ will be going up on KDP Select shortly, I’ll definitely be ‘Reading’ it. I just hope the Cadavari don’t show up for me 😜.

Do check out the rest of the tour stops to see what everyone else thought.

January #40yrs40bks Challenge Update

In January I finished 21 books and am in the midst of another two.

I have ticked 8 books off our #40yrs40bks Challenge. At least 1 from each of our lists.

They are:

9) An Historical Novel – Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

20) A Book you chose solely on the cover – An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – cover art by Charlie Bowater. It had had very mixed reviews. Luckily I loved it.

21) A book where the illustrator is credited on the front cover – I Swapped by Brother on the Internet by Jo Simmons illustrated by Nathan Reed

29) A book by an author you’ve never read before – Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

30) A book with an alliterative title – The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snickett

31) A book you spotted on bookstagram – Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

32) A fantasy novel – The Fandom by Anna Day

33) A book set in Space – Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

And I’ve completed 3 for the Better World Challenge 2018

9) A book inspired by a feature film – Blood on Satan’s Claw

10) A book involving magic – A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne Harris

11) An author’s first novel – How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

Progress towards using Cineworld card at least 40 times = 7 viewings

The Greatest Showman twice

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Jumanji: Welcome go the Jumgle


Darkest Hour

The Shape of Water

My 40 Things to do: 6 items completed

1) Dreamgirls

2) School of Rock

3) Solo Harry Potter Studio Tour

4) Sunset Boulevard

6) Pierce Brown Iron Gold Tour

38) Make Knight Bus Model (3D Puzzle)

Is February hibernation time? Nope it’s finish the first draft of my middle grade novel or I have to eat celery time!!!

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