Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book Review: Devil's Luck

Devil's Luck

By:  Carolyn Crane

Publish Date:  February 28, 2012

Format:  eBook

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  3.5 in Disillusionists series; Trilogy: Book 1 ~ Mind Games, Book 2 ~ Double Cross, 2.5 ~ short story Kitten-Tiger & The Monk, in Wild & Steamy, Book 3 ~ Head Rush

Recommendation:  Oh YES!!!  You learn more of Simon, and Fawna.  And if you like a little romance, this one's for you.

Book Synopsis:

No wager is too outrageous for Simon Fitzgerald, the most reckless of the Disillusionists.  His dark secrets drive him to take increasingly extreme risks, but he's never lived so quite so dangerously as when he hooks up with Midcity's most powerful prognosticator.

Fawna Brady is tormented by the destinies she sees for those around her.  To Fawna, knowledge of the future is a cage she'd do anything to escape.  She's stunned to discover a taste of the freedom for which she yearns at the side of Simon, the one person in the world who despises everthing she is, everything she stands for.

Simon's defiant attitude toward destiny captivates Fawna, but will her love destroy him?  And will Simon rush headlong into the lelisious doom she offers?

First Sentence:
Fawna Brady stood at the front of the crowded sideshow tent, watching breathlessly as the Great Bertolt turned his face upward toward the flaming knife he held in his hands.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Fawna is at the fair wondering on the man swallowing flaming knives ~ What kind of future would he have? Fawna is fighting the urge of looking into his future.  This is her addiction, she needs to look, and keep looking for the sad part she knows is there.  She's working with her therapist on the issue, but it's hard to fight what she's done all her life.  As Fawna walks to the gaming tent, she sees Simon, whom she is not fond of for his ability with recklessness.  These two opposites, might be able to teach each other something about themselves and what fate has in store for anyone... if they will let it happen, and not fight it.

Oh, I just loved reading this novella!  Carolyn has done a wonderful job of pulling Simon to the front lines, along with Fawna.  Even thought I had "heard" of Fawna in the first two books of the trilogy, we didn't physically meet her until the third book.  I didn't really know much about her going into this read, but I love her now.  We learn of Fawna's past, where she had been, what she did as a captive, and why she doesn't like Simon, feeling someone needs to keep an eye on him.  Fawna finds she wants to be proven wrong for what she sees as the future, but doesn't feel it's possible....but maybe there's something more Fawna doesn't realize.

Then we have Simon! Oh.... I love Simon now.  Oh do we learn so much of Simon!  Why he's the way he is, with Simon being true to his form.  Simon always seems to find trouble, and enjoys it!  He is the one who takes us on the adventures we follow, being he does live a little on the dangerous side.

Did I mention a romance buds here?  Well, our resident bad boy just might find some love along the way.

Carolyn does a wonderful job of doing different chapters from each view, which gives us the full rounded story of our two characters.  This novella takes two who are complete opposites and possibly, if they let each other, could help and teach each other something in the end.

So much feeling and emotion in this novella!  I didn't want it to end, and now I want more of Simon, and Fawna too!

I read this Novella for my own enjoyment.


  1. This sounds like a great series, Melissa! I love your enthusiasm and it shows in your fantastic review!

    Thanks for sharin', my Chica!

  2. Silly me is still waiting for book 3 in print *sobs*

  3. ACK! This is one of those series I've been wanting and yet haven't read yet. So glad to see that the novella rocks. Yep, will add this one to the series wishlist. I already have the rest of the books there. :)

  4. Yep, I really need to read this series!!! I've been meaning for ages and have the first book, but it's that issue of having enough time to read all the books I own!! Glad this worked for you and added to the world!

  5. Kristi The Book Faery - Oh, I really have loved this series. :) And thank you. So glad the love showed through. :)

    Blodeuedd - Oh, That should be coming up soon...right? I do need to get it for the library here too!

    Melissa (Books&Things) - See...I do think you will LOOOVE this series! And this novella too. ;) Thank you!

    Mel - Oh Mel, I do think you will like this one. But I know the feeling of time too! :D THank you!


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