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(The Blue Devil – Book 1)
by Quirah Casey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down and Dirty
Honestly, you’ve never quite seen an assassin like Blue. Snarky, full of herself and talented enough to pull it off, this is a fast paced Urban Fantasy that twists the genre and introduces characters you may just love to hate. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
Dead bodies are popping up in Lobrooke and they have Blue’s name written on them, literally.
The Blue Devil is one of the most feared creatures walking the planet as she should be. Losing grip of her sanity and humanity most of the time from an ability that’s both a blessing and a curse, Blue has built a reputation that lets others know to stay the fuck out of her way. She’s cold, ruthless, and powerful, however she’s not invincible and someone is out to prove that.Now Blue is forced to work with the man who put nearly half a dozen bullets in her just a few weeks ago and a stick in the mud law enforcement agent, neither of whom she trust. If she wants to survive, she must put aside her pride and trust issues before the people she cares about join the string of bodies appearing in Lobrooke.
Thoughts on The Blue Devil
I originally received this book as an ARC, but I liked it so much I thought snagging it on KU and reading again to support the author and to spread the word would be good.
Blue is a rough character, full of temper, angst, drama and snark, but she is also compelling and goal driven – even if those goals do not always mesh with those of her reluctant team. She’s harsh, but I kind of love her – and I definitely love London. Mind you, I’m not sure if there is, or will be a romantic entanglement with that European dragon, considering some of the looks thrown around, but he brings a level of intrigue and Heat to this action packed adventure.
One of the most interesting aspects of this novel, at least to me, happens to be the Quirah Casey‘s note at the end. She first wrote this complex narrative when she was only 13 years old. Six years and (assumably) many edits later, The Blue Devil was born fully into the Indi world. Even though the story has changed via rewrites from its Wattpad days, the notion still strikes me and, honesty, thrills me. THIS was running through the minds of a 13 year old…. can you just imagine what she will come up with now that she is older?
“She was brave and strong and broken all at one.” -Anna Funder (2%)
So this is what the headquarters of my enemy looks like? A fucking playground. I’m not sure whether to feel disrespected or happy. (63%)
- Very Inventive.
- World building, it is slight to start with, but you get the feeling of expanse as the narrative goes on.
- Characters. There is little true development or connection, but what is presented is fascinating.
- Blue. Easy to love AND hate in equal measure. She’s brash, impulsive and far too arrogant…. but she may have reason.
- The glossary. Read it. Refer back to it. You’ll need it.
- Blue’s reactions are sometimes TOO over the top and aggressive.
- A few plot points were painfully obvious but shown as great surprise.
- A bit disjointed in places, but still able to be followed easily enough.
First Person, Single POV
M/F… I think? (This one is up for debate and will be an interesting show as the series progresses.)
Character Age Range
Unknown, but at least 100+
Fast and brutal, this is an Urban Fantasy that slams onto the page, both inviting and daring you to enjoy the characters and lush world created. Tip: Read and reference the glossary… you are going to need it. Free on KU!
Published February 28th, 2019
If you enjoyed this review of The Blue Devil, please consider checking out a few of my other articles.
- Blood Oath by Raye Wagner – A Book Review
- Shadow Caster by Debbie Cassidy – A Book Review
- The Cursed Hollow by Candace Wondrak – A Book Review
What are you reading today? Have you read this book by Quirah Casey yet? How about others? Leave a comment, I would love to talk!