Book Review: “Luck of the Devil” (Speak of the Devil, #1) by Patricia Eimer

Title: Luck of the Devil (Speak of the Devil, #1)

Author: Patricia Eimer

Available In: Paperback, eBook for Kindle, eBook for Nook

Warnings: R for sexuality and explosions.

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS, STRONG OPINIONS, AND FRANK DISCUSSION OF SEXUAL SCENES. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

To be honest, my expectations for Luck of the Devil were not very high. I’m not really a fan of cozy romances, and that’s what it seemed like it was going to be. In the end, it still was—complete with a slightly tepid Happily Ever After ending—but I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would.

Our heroine, Faith Bettincourt, is the one of the multiple daughters of Satan—yes, that guy with the flaming pitchforks—and with that, there comes a certain amount of chaos, which she never misses a chance to duck. Unfortunately, it’s hard to act oblivious when your demon half-brother is courting your succubus roommate, your hippy-dippy Mom and Lucifer Morningstar are busy trying to salvage the pieces of their tumultuous romance, and the guy downstairs is not only hot in a nerdy kind of way, but also a Nephilim caught up in the strange politics of angels and humans. What’s a demoness to do?

This book had some laugh out loud moments, and I loved everything that had to do with Faith Bettincourt and the wacky family that she is surrounded by. The romance was pretty stereotypical but sweet, and  the pacing was neatly handled. Overall, it was a diverting PNR read with less of the noir tendency that the genre has borrowed from urban fantasy and more sunshine, and is certainly worth a look for those who like their romances sweet and funny.

Pros

  • I hated Tolliver, but at the same time, I found his ridiculous entitlement quite amusing. So I guess in the end I really didn’t hate everything about him. Hmph.
  • Malachi. Gotta love shape-shifting demons and their wryly humorous insights.
  • Matt/Faith. I liked them as individual characters, and I absolutely loved them as a couple, which leads me too…
  • Wing!lovin’. I honestly have never seen this trope outside of fanfiction, so I don’t really have any other scenes to pit it against for reference, but it was a nice, sensual scene to begin with and I felt like the wing/power aspects were very neatly handled, giving us a definite reminder that they aren’t humans.
  • The casual, irreverent tone. What’s not to love about two hugely powerful multidimensional beings determined to crush one another at Wii Mario Kart?
  • Faith’s family is quite possibly the most amusing group EVER.

Cons

  • Whereas many writers use too many dialogue tags, Eimer uses too few to identify who is speaking in some of the more rapid-fire conversations.
  • There were a few moments where instead of ACTING, a character would SAY what they were going to do, and I felt like this slowed things down a bit.
  • Some of the kitschy “chick-lit” elements were overly stereotypical.
  • I personally find Tolliver/Lisa kind of creepy as a pairing, and I don’t feel that them getting together was necessary. We have Matt and Faith for that, and I feel like they have a far healthier couple’s dynamic.

Star Rating on Goodreads: 3.5 stars, rounded up for the fun factor.

Final Grade: B. Might reread, will read other books in series.

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Friday Reads + Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers

I’ve been a terrible reader this week. I’ve mostly shelved Clockwork Angel and The Broken Kingdoms so that I could finish Angelfall. Then I went ahead and bought another Kindle book so that I could have something to read when my insomnia acts up and I end up awake but don’t really want to have to turn the light on. Yeah, I know. I’m lazy to boot. In my defense, I’m back on both books , but am also having some serious fun with Luck of the Devil.

Luck of the Devil by Patricia Eimer

Faith Bettincourt has some issues with her family– but what daughter of Satan wouldn’t?

This is not a deep read. It doesn’t have a lot to say about the human condition. It’s a light-hearted paranormal romance and is meant to be read as such. So far, I’ve picked out a few quibbles that I intend to flesh out when I review this later, but so far, it’s perfectly good at being what it is: humorous romance. I’m interested to see how it will progress once I get past all the introductory bits– I’m already fairly sure that Matt is an angel of some sort, which gives me the giggles considering that I still have Raffe on the brain and he would be absolutely mortified that Matt even exists. But enough talk of angels in my head (I’m not crazy, I swear!) and on to this Friday’s second topic: Alpha Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Workshop for Young Writers (AKA Two Summers Well Spent).

I applied to Alpha for the first time the year that I turned 17, after stumbling upon while browsing Tamora Pierce’s author website. I had a story that I had been working on for about a month, so I polished it up and sent it in, thinking, “Well, this might be a nice summer thing for me.”

Guys? Alpha is a lot more than a “nice summer thing”. Alpha makes casual writers into serious ones, and gives you the experience and intent to possibly pursue authorship as a career. It also takes shy, socially awkward introverts (like me) and gives them the confidence to “let their nerd flag fly”, as my mom would say. You spend two weeks being instructed by writing greats such as Holly Black, Tamora Pierce, David Levine, and Ellen Kushner, while writing and polishing your own short story for submission. The atmosphere is great, and the people who you will meet are absolutely indispensable– the sort of people who will gladly hash out details of your plot with you at 2AM when you’re stuck. I attended in 2011, and returned as a “Beta” or counselor in 2012, and both times, I had an immense amount of fun and learned so much about the path that I am on. If you are aged 14-19, and you write fantasy/science fiction/horror, then I would strongly recommend that you apply.  The deadline is March 1st, 2012, so get writing! 🙂

If anyone reading this blog would like to help support Alpha, there’s a fundraiser going on right now over here. There are tons of awesome books, critiques, and oddities up for auction, and anyone who donates ANY AMOUNT to the workshop will receive the 2012 Alpha alumni anthology e-book of illustrated flash fiction, which contains art and stories contributed by several years worth of Alphans. This is a great opportunity for the teen writers in your life, and your donations help it keep going year after year! Thank you!

Until next time, dear readers– I’m off to make some headway on my new short story and get showered and fed before Supernatural comes on tonight! That review will be going live on Sunday along with my review of the premier of BBC’s The Fades.