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Devils and Details (Ordinary Magic Book 2) Kindle Edition
Police Chief Delaney Reed is good at keeping secrets for the beach town of Ordinary Oregon–just ask the vacationing gods or supernatural creatures who live there.
But with the first annual Cake and Skate fundraiser coming up, the only secret Delaney really wants to know is how to stop the unseasonable rain storms. When all the god powers are stolen, a vampire is murdered, and her childhood crush turns out to be keeping deadly secrets of his own, rainy days are the least of her worries.
Hunting a murderer, outsmarting a know-it-all god, and uncovering an ancient vampire’s terrifying past isn’t how she planned to spend her summer. But then again, neither is falling back in love with the one man she should never trust.
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Devon Monk is the author of the Allie Beckstrom, Age of Steam, and House Immortal series. She has sold over fifty short stories to fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, and young adult magazines and anthologies, and her stories have been included in a Year's Best Fantasy anthology. She lives in Oregon with her family.
Colleen Delany has been a sparkling jewel in the crown of Washington's vastly talented acting community for thirty-seven days now and will confidently challenge to a fierce best out of three in "paper-rock-scissors" anyone wishing to topple her from that lofty perch. Primarily a stage actress, --having played roles at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Library, Studio Theatre, Olney Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Theater J, Washington Stage Guild, Theater of the First Amendment, and Source Theatre, among others--Ms. Delany does a you-name-it of various acting jobs, including audiobook narration.
Richard Rohan is a stage, film, and voice-over actor who has narrated hundreds of audiobooks over the last decade, in every genre. He is particularly proud of his work as director and performer on the acclaimed Space Fantasy audio drama series Deathstalker.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B01L9W8CYI
- Publisher : Odd House Press (August 29, 2016)
- Publication date : August 29, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2413 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 308 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #219,212 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As Ordinary, Oregon gets ready for its first ever Cake and Skate event, Police Chief and “bridge” Delaney Reed, besides still trying to work out her feelings for mysterious Ryder Bailey, has quite the full plate of her own.
Firstly, after Thor took up his powers three months ago to help Delaney close the murder investigation of the god Hemidall, he was forced to leave Ordinary for one year. He’s not very happy about it, to say the least, and he’s been letting his petulance show by way of constant downpour. Hey, on the upside umbrella hats are on trend again. Were they ever actually on trend in the first place?
Secondly, a vampire turns up dead, well un-undead. Dead again? This killing seems to be sending a message to Old Rossi (the prime vampire in town), and getting the vampire to open up about his past will be no easy task.
Thirdly, the god powers are stolen. Apparently when Crow also took up his powers three months ago he was supposed to leave town along with the others. It seems even without his powers Crow (Raven) is still the trickster, and he managed to make everyone believe it was ok for him to hang around. Apparently not, and this breach of contract was just the opening someone needed to swoop in a take the powers.
It was great to be back in Ordinary again. The setting, the characters were so delightful in Death and Relaxation I was happy to delve right in. This time around, I liked that Devon Monk devoted more time for the other creatures in Ordinary, namely the vampires. The gods still get their time, but it was really nice getting a closer look at other supernaturals since they make up Ordinary’s colorful atmosphere just as much as the vacationing gods.
I do have to say, though, that I felt the up-in-the-air relationship status between Ryder and Delaney took center stage here. I immediately drew comparisons between Ryder and Delaney with Buffy and Riley from Season 4 of Buffy. You know Riley’s part of The Initiative, and Buffy’s the Slayer. Agendas with common goals on the surface, but they’re both keeping that secret from the other. Just like with Buffy, we know what Delaney’s secrets are, but in the beginning Ryder’s are still a mystery to readers. I will say that we somewhat learn what Ryder’s involved with. I say somewhat because I felt as though the depth of his implication is still a bit hazy.
After reading Devils and Details, I understand why so much page time, and headspace, had to be devoted to Delaney figuring out where she stood with Ryder. Some pretty big events take place in this one. But because of this, I felt like things with the two investigations get a little too sidelined. As I was reading, and as the story is getting down to the wire, I knew things weren’t going to get a hundred percent resolved for both investigations. It just couldn’t happen. So while Devils and Detail was still a quirky, fun read, it felt like a transition book. There will be a lot of consequences from this that pop up in the next book Gods and Ends which I’m now anxiously anticipating in the spring.
On to the rest of the book. The plot is interesting but is not resolved within the volume and that bothers me. Clearly the war between the gods, their allies and subjects that was referred to in the last book, wasn't going to be over and done in this one, but I would have thought Monk would at least resolve the mystery by figuring out who murdered Sven and then confronting the murderer/s. Instead the book stops three days before the meeting is planned to occur. It's awkward and leaves the book feely oddly unfinished. The story just kind of stops, and if Monk was trying to substitute Delaney's and Ryder's coming to a decision about their relationship, in place of the murder's resolution, well it just doesn't work out. The reader is not going to fail to notice that no one has killed or captured the person who killed Sven, so the book shouldn't be done. Yet it has run out of words, apparently. Bothers me. Sloppy plotting. Still, I like the idea of the town, and the characters Mr. Rossi, Granny Wolfe and many of the gods on vacation are interesting, so we'll see what happens in the next book.
So welcome back to Ordinary, Oregon, where Police Chief Delaney Reed is dealing with a lot of rain due to a pissed off Thor, and stubborn gods who need to get their act together.
In book two we have a couple of new mysteries on our hands. For one thing, the gods powers are missing. Crow was supposed to be in charge of them, now the gods are in a bit of an uproar. Seems when Crow bent/ broke one of the rules of Ordinary, there were a few unforeseen consequences.
We also have a dead vampire. Not only is the fact that a vampire has been killed troubling, it's also the manner in which he died. This has the leader of the vampires furious and out for blood. One person's blood in particular.
Then on the romance side... Ryder broke up with Delaney while she was in the hospital... after one "date". Sad fact is Delaney's heart still cries for him. Doesn't help that he's mixed up with some suspicious characters. Can he be trusted?
I overall still enjoyed this book. SPOILER ALERT: Delaney is too forgiving of Ryder, in my opinion. He breaks up with her while she's in the hospital, and doesn't even have a good reason for it. There should have been some SERIOUS groveling going on. However he just apologizes a few times, and that's it. I'm still pissed off on Delaney's behalf. The story however keeps you interested. There's a lot going on and you just want to see what happens next.
It's well written and a good follow up for the first book.
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