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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.

S is for… Supernatural and some more #AtoZChallenge

S is for… Supernatural and some more

In a series of posts on Supernatural/Sci-Fi and Fantasy shows it only makes sense to mention the one and only Supernatural. (Please note there may be some slight spoilers below)


Top Reason to love Supernatural  – Jensen Ackles – here he is bloopering away.

Two brothers follow in their demon hunting father’s footsteps to battle all manner of demons – they go to hell and back – literally.

Standout episodes – I may have gone a bit overboard and found it hard to stop (no season 8 shown here in the UK yet).

Bloody Mary – Season 1 Episode 5
I could never play this ‘game’ when I was younger – this episode reassured me that I was right to stop at one mention (yup too scaredy cat to even say it twice let alone the fated three).

In My Time of Dying – Season 2 Episode 1
Dean has a scar like mine after a nasty car accident (shock ending of season 1). Jeffrey Dean Morgan suits a hospital bed (as he did as Denny in Grey’s Anatomy).

Ghostfacers – Season 3 Episode 13
Now if reality supernatural TV had Sam and Dean I might watch it.

Lazurus Rising – Season 4 Episode 1
We get introduced to Castiel – enough said.

The Monster at the End of This Book – Season 4 Episode 18
An author has been writing Sam and Dean stories – how?

Changing Channels – Season 5 Episode 8
Stuck in TV shows – reminds me of a game my sister and I used to play with some friends when we were younger.

Abandon All Hope – Season 5 Episode 10
Can’t tell you why this episode stands out but it made me cry

The French Mistake – Season 6 Episode 15
Sam and Dean end up in an alternate universe where they are actors in the show Supernatural – adore Misha (Cas) in this episode and would love for them to do a second episode where the actors end up in the real situation.

Slash Fiction – Season 7 Episode 6
How do you try and stop Sam and Dean – clone them – twice as pretty but too mean.

I also love Supernatural for introducing me to Carry on my Wayward Son by Kansas – used in their ‘The Road so far’ season summaries.

S is a good letter so here’s a quick nod to
The Secret Circle – based on books written by L.J. Smith who also wrote The Vampire Diaries – the series was very different from the books (basic premise and characters only) and they only let us have the one season before cancelling it.

Secret Circle





Switch – a UK witchy series from last year – it was all rather fun
Smallville  – Teen Superman







Sabrina the Teenage Witch – Sabrina and her talking cat Salem live with two witchy Aunties – more fun.

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