Mini Book Reviews: Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush and If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted October 12, 2017 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments Tags: ,

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Book Reviews: Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush and If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. ArmentroutDevils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush
Series: Devils & Thieves #1
Published by Little on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: the Publisher
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two-half-stars

Eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael has grown up surrounded by magic in the quiet town of Hawthorne, New York. In her world, magic users are called "kindled," and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. It doesn't help that she was also recently snubbed by Crowe, the dangerous and enigmatic leader of the Black Devils kindled motorcycle gang and the unofficial head of their turf.
When the entire kindled community rolls into Hawthorne for an annual festival, a rumour begins spreading that someone is practising forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. With threats closing in from every side, no one can be trusted. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones, and the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic. For all her years of feeling useless, Jemmie may just be the most powerful kindled of all.

I’m honestly pretty disappointed in this one. The premise was so promising and I really enjoyed her Altered series but for me, the love triangle and the predictability just killed it. I wanted to be swept away in this world of motorcycle clubs and magic but Jemmie’s whining about everything just kept getting in the way. The magic seemed pretty cool and I liked the different types and would have enjoyed learning more about them and how they worked and came about (and why Jemmie is different and what’s the deal with her smelling and seeing magic?) but that wasn’t enough to really save this one from the feeling like I’d read the story before – a girl with a unique power stuck between a guy who she’d known her whole life and had a crush on but he was trying to protect her by staying away from her and a new boy who seemed very sweet and kind of understood her and wanted to be more than friends but she’s not sure she feels the same. If love triangles don’t bother you, you might enjoy this one more than I did. But it was so obvious to me who she was going to end up with and what was happening along the way that I just couldn’t keep myself from rolling my eyes many times. This is an example of a great idea and really promising characters but poor execution. And I’m so sad because this was one of my most anticipated books of the year.

 

I received this book for free from ALAAC17 in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Book Reviews: Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush and If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. ArmentroutIf There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by HarlequinTeen on September 5th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: ALAAC17
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three-half-stars

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications, and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic--one of opportunities and chances.
Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.
Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.
For what she let happen.
With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when she and her friends' entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?

 

I was actually a little surprised by this one. I’m not generally a big fan of JLA books. I just don’t really love her writing style and I tend to have a hard time really loving her characters. So I went into this one blind and just hoping for something addicting and easy to read. But it turned out to be a book about a really important topic. And it was actually kind of well done. I still hate how many ellipses she uses in her writing. I seriously don’t understand why her editors allow those in. They are in almost every…single…dialogue…exchange…throughout…the…entire…book. IT…DRIVES…ME…CRAZY. But even with those and the slightly annoying main character, I couldn’t put the book down and felt so much pain for her and what she was going through. She felt like such a real teenager and someone struggling to overcome such a horrible accident. I thought the approach to her recovery was done really well and while we all can obviously look at the situation and know how she should react and move on, even thinking about being in her place was hard and made me realize that I’d probably deal with it all in the exact same way. Also, as a parent, reading it was very difficult knowing that the pressures she faced and the mistake she made were ones teens make every single day. And sometimes they’re lucky. And sometimes they’re not. I hope I can make my kids understand that “being that person” is okay and standing up for yourself is much more important than not making other people uncomfortable. But as a teen, I probably would have done the same thing in her place. And that’s one of the things that makes this book so important. Because it really is something teens (and even adults) face.

So in the end, I actually would recommend this book to people. It’s not perfect and I still don’t love the writing style, but I think fans of JLA books will love it and I think people who read YA realistic contemporaries will want to read it for the subject matter as well.

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