Thursday, 4 October 2012

Review: Devil's Bargain by Rachel Caine

Title: Devil's Bargain
Author: Rachel Caine
Author Info: Website|Blog|Twitter|Facebook|Goodreads
Genre: Paranormal
Series: Red Letter Days #1
Source: Netgalley
Format: eGalley
Publication Date: 5th October 2012

Tell Me About It
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?

My Thoughts
I really like Rachel's Morganville Vampire Series, and I can't wait to start her Weather Warden Series, so when Devil's Bargain came up on netgalley I knew I had to read it.  We are first introduced to Jazz as she goes to a bar to drown her sorrows, after a fantastic display of fighting skills she is left with an opportunity to receive funding to open her own private investigation agency, but it comes with a catch.  Jazz must work with a new partner Lucia, and not question why they are sent on investigations.

With Jazz around there is never a dull moment, her attitude around others and her whole personality ensues some great snarky comments and comebacks.  These comments get snarkier whenever James is around and I looked forward to seeing this duo on the pages.
Lucia is completely opposite to Jazz in every single way, yet their opposites make their partnership work amazingly well.  While it takes a while for this duo to warm up to each other, once they do you can see the dynamics in their friendship.  Everyone needs a friend like Manny, he has contacts in VERY high places and is able to get hold of some very impressive tools and weapons for both Lucia and Jazz.  He may have some issues with strangers, and safe houses, but this just adds to his quirky personality.

Devil's Bargain is a quick read, and while most of it keeps you engrossed and wondering what was going to happen next, I found that some parts just didn't grab me a much as others.  There is a lot going on in the pages, with different investigations going on at the same time, and although I did enjoy the book I occasionally found myself trying to work out which information pertains to which investigation.

Devil's Bargain is a good book for anyone who is a fan of Rachel's work, and I am looking forward to seeing what happens next.

1 comment:

  1. Great; I've got this on my reading list; can't wait to start.

    Love your new halloween web design :)


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