This is a reread for me, huge fan of the Castor novels so the next little while will be loads of fun while I revisit that world. So this is less a review and more a "read them - read them all! Aug 20, Karen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I'm seriously supposed to write down "what I learned from this book"? I am not impressed by this review form but as this is my first review I should probably curb my disdain a bit.
What I Learned from This Book: I learned that I very much enjoy books about ghosts and other supernatural creatures that have infested our modern world. I learned that I especially like books of this nature when they are narrated by sardonic and somewhat seedy male narrators who make their livings pe I'm seriously supposed to write down "what I learned from this book"?
I learned that I especially like books of this nature when they are narrated by sardonic and somewhat seedy male narrators who make their livings performing exorcisms. I learned that sometimes those exorcisms go wrong. And sometimes a job that should be a piece of cake turns out to be a much darker business than anyone anticipated. I also learned that succubi, as written by Mike Carey, are pretty damned intimidating creatures. I did not learn that the library well, the archive but close enough is a hotbed of hidden secrets, ulterior motives, and questionable co-workers.
I already knew that. And finally I learned that Mike Carey writes a fast-moving, well-plotted, and well-written novel with more literary references that I was anticipating because I am a snob. Nov 19, Devann rated it liked it Shelves: This is probably more of a 2. This book wasn't necessarily bad but it was 1.
It This is probably more of a 2. It picked up towards the end but the ending also had its own problems for me personally [see below]. And there's nothing really special about Felix, he's just like Standard Magical Detective Dude The whole thing just felt like a value-brand Hellblazer to me and once you consider that Carey published this almost immediately after working on Hellblazer it's just like??? I've heard it gets better so I might try the second book, but probably somewhere very far down the road as I have already discovered that reading this and Hellblazer at the same time is no good.
So if that's something you also want to stay away from I would just pick from one of the other UF series exactly like this one ; Feb 15, Carly rated it it was amazing Shelves: Despite the etymology of his name, Felix "Fix" Castor feels anything but happy or lucky. In his altered world, in which the dead have risen and now pace the streets as zombies and ghosts, Felix's skills as an exorcist are at a premium. After a terrible accident in which he helped to bind a friend's soul to a demon, Felix is trying to take early retirement from the ghostbuster business.
With money tight and fear on the rise, it's just not that easy for Felix to hang up his exorcism flute. To earn a bit of much-needed cash, he takes on one last exorcism. It seems simple--a ghost in a museum who has suddenly taken to violence--but as always seems to be the case, things are never as simple as they appear. Far too soon, Felix is drawn into a web of conspiracy and brutality, with a mob boss expressing a rather sinister interest in him, a demon ready to hunt him down, and a loup-garou after his blood. Worse still, Felix is forced to question his own beliefs about life, death, and the supernatural.
The Devil You Know is a compelling read, a hardboiled detective story transposed into a gritty apocalyptic world. Castor is an engaging narrator and his wry, humorous voice is effective and appealing. Take his explanation for how he got into ghostbusting: My careers teacher said I should go into hotel management, so exorcism it was. There is humour, most of it decidedly British and involving references to Thatcher and Blue Peter, but at least in my first read, I was not once tempted to laugh out loud.
However, this speaks more about the underlying darkness of the plot and Carey's ability to generate suspense. On my second read, I found quite a few passages hilarious. I especially love Castor's mixed metaphors such as: It also calls into question many of the basic assumptions of most urban fantasy worlds.
For example, in most urban fantasy novels, because most of the villains faced in urban fantasy are nonhuman, removing them becomes a righteous act. It is taken for granted that vampires don't have souls so a stake through the heart isn't murder, that since souls are just residual carbon copies, a salt-and-burn operation at a graveside is just a guilt-free janitorial exercise, that the creature being hunted is a monster and removing a monster is a moral act.
But in Felix Castor's case, the greatest monsters are the other people. Even loup-garou are people in some ways, since they are ghosts possessing animal bodies, and it is the human intelligence that makes them vicious. What happens to an exorcised ghost is unknown. Is he damning the souls of those dead, or releasing them to a better hereafter? That open question makes the tone of the novel very gritty and saturnine, but also creates a complex and compelling world.
The overall feel of the novel is very noir hardboiled detective; we have the standard mob boss and femme fatale plot arcs and quite a reasonable mystery. At the same time, the perpetrator becomes pretty obvious about halfway through, and waiting for the naive Felix to catch up is frustrating. In Castor's world, it is humanity, not supernatural monsters, who are the root of all evil, leading to a plot that at times feels unrelentingly dark. Mike Carey also goes out of his way to castigate the Church as rigid and hypocritical.
I'm no longer Christian--I misplaced my faith and it hasn't yet turned up in the lost and found--but even I was appalled at the vitriol applied to the religion. Castor has the jaded world-weariness of a true hardboiled detective, but unlike "protagonists" such as Richard Kadrey's James Stark, he has not caved into self-serving nihilism. Felix still believes in right and wrong and wants to do the right thing with an almost painful intensity. What makes this book such a dark and compelling read is that it is simply not always easy to figure out, in a complex and twisted world, exactly what constitutes the moral act.
Overall, The Devil You Know combines some of the best aspects of urban fantasy with the mood and structure of classic noir. Castor is an appealing narrator, a satisfyingly imperfect protagonist in a world of gritty greys. The book is an intriguing start to a great series. The Felix Castor books only get better from here. Excerpted from my review on Booklikes. View all 7 comments. It's extremely tempting to give this book five stars simply because this is easily one of my favorite series of all time.
The writing, however, is a bit rough and it definitely has the feel of a book where the author is setting up his world and character rather than just telling a story. It may be a bit flawed, but man this is such a great book. I love Felix, I love the supporting characters, I love books that involve supernatural aspects anyway, as long as those aspects are not vampires and were It's extremely tempting to give this book five stars simply because this is easily one of my favorite series of all time.
I love Felix, I love the supporting characters, I love books that involve supernatural aspects anyway, as long as those aspects are not vampires and werewolves, which I'm incredibly sick of. What I love most about Felix is mostly that he's a smartass and even when he's about to get his ass handed to him he still won't shut up. He also seems to care very much - but really only about the dead. He doesn't treat the living so great.
Good London-based urban fantasy about an exorcist who's been on hiatus but takes an innocuous sounding job because he desperately needs money. View all 4 comments. Apr 10, Kelly H. Maybedog rated it really liked it Shelves: I have so many conflicting feelings about this complex book I don't know where to begin. The overall feeling of the book is sadness and loneliness which works really well but still left me feeling sad myself at the end.
The protagonist is believable and multi-layered and I really liked him. The bad guys are really bad but still not flat. The good guys are regular people. All of the characters feel real to me. The plot is good and had me guessi I have so many conflicting feelings about this complex book I don't know where to begin. The plot is good and had me guessing. The best part were the moral questions he has to grapple with Ina not very cut and dried way. The greatest thing, though, is that I learned several new words while reading this book and many more than I only know in context and couldn't necessarily define.
A couple weren't even in my two dictionary apps on my phone. It has been years since I have read a fiction book with one word I didn't know. The exception is really specific jargon for a subject gone into great depth like the word for the tool you use to grab the genitals of an obscure amphibian to determine its gender. This is how I sometimes learn new word in nonfiction like medical terminology etc. But finding a word used as if it were an everyday word makes me feel like I'm studying for the SATs or something. Only a couple of times were they Beitish slang.
Generally the words worked and it didn't feel awkward. Many of the references were foreign to me but usually that was because they were related to British culture and events. He overused metaphors and similes in the beginning. It that went away as the ball got rolling. In short this is an excellent book on many levels and I highly recommend it. I'm just docking one star for how depressed it made me. I have to confess that this is a series that is made for my guilty pleasure. This is a story and a series about an exorcist named Felix. This is an urban fantasy and a detective noir twisted together.
Like all great urban fantasy it takes place in a world very much like our own. This was a great start to the series and I felt that Felix did an okay job at carrying the weight of the book. I am always lookin 4. I am always looking for more books like this and I am glad that I finally read this one. Sure he isn't up to the standards of John Taylor and this isn't the Nightside, but maybe we will get closer to those greats as the series progresses.
Oct 19, Petertpc rated it really liked it Shelves: A darker, edgier version of the Dresden Files, with a more sophisticated, mature plot than the more crowd-pleasing Dresden stories.
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I really liked Felix Castor and the more gloomy world created by Mike Carey. I think I'm a fan, and am going to check out book 2 to confirm. Jun 04, Bill rated it it was ok. I was excited about where this story line was going to take me, but the writing style got in the way. I found the flow of the narrative uneven, and there were some turns of phrase that lost me on occasion, forcing me to re-read the context of it. And the noir thing?
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I find in this context it took away from what could have been a spookier read. This was on my to-read list for 7 years, just waiting for the right time. Dec 28, Kasia rated it really liked it.
This was an entertaining read, a detective story that involved solving something other than your usual crimes; this time the supernatural is involved and who better to battle it than Felix Castor, a freelance exorcist with musical talent. Witty, charming and intelligent, he maps out the grid of the ghosts he's getting rid by playing music on his tin whistle, but this time something else is going on, for once Felix starts to care about why the ghost is haunting the Bonnington Archive, a posh liter This was an entertaining read, a detective story that involved solving something other than your usual crimes; this time the supernatural is involved and who better to battle it than Felix Castor, a freelance exorcist with musical talent.
Witty, charming and intelligent, he maps out the grid of the ghosts he's getting rid by playing music on his tin whistle, but this time something else is going on, for once Felix starts to care about why the ghost is haunting the Bonnington Archive, a posh literary mecca of manuscripts and forgotten memories.
Instead of wanting to get rid of the pesky hooded lady in white he realizes that something fishy is going on in the seemingly civilized and proper world of art and treasures and some people have crossed moral lines resulting in a haunting. Felix has other things to worry about, a big guy named Scrub who forces him to take on other projects, a mysterious succubus summoned from hell to get rid of him - someone doesn't want him to solve the enigma - and a brothel pimp who wants him to work on his side.
Suffocated by negative sources he must solve the mystery of the mute ghost while under the watchful eyes of Alice, the lady in charge who seems to run the Archive while sleeping with the boss. I liked the set up; the archives - quite an interesting place since I love libraries and various other paper storage places. It echoed of slight creepiness at night when Felix would sneak in to do his work, while seemingly alone he bumped into some things that kept threatening his life.
This book was a fun read, although not too deep it still kept me interested enough to finish it in record time and the ending has quite interesting, I didn't make the connections until they were shown to me, so that's good, surprises are always welcome in my world of reading. I also liked that it left some threads running, I can only conclude that this story line will continue but with different clues and a new crime.
Dec 14, Lightreads rated it liked it Shelves: Urban fantasy, same general map references as The Dresden Files -- loner magical protagonist with a tragical past, a supernatural mystery, that sort of thing. And if you line them up for comparison, this book is: And yet, I cared about it roughly a third as much. Sometimes trying to feed the emotional centers of my brain something Urban fantasy, same general map references as The Dresden Files -- loner magical protagonist with a tragical past, a supernatural mystery, that sort of thing.
Sometimes trying to feed the emotional centers of my brain something they'll respond to is like trying to feed a cranky and arbitrary two-year-old. But yes, because there is a but, i was disappointed with how easy it was for the hero to share the heroine. That's just a big no for me, an alpha just doesn't share his woman. All his men could take her in the ass or in the mouth but her vagina was for him only. I'm sorry but how stupid is that? And i'm not even gonna talk about the rape scene.
It's a pity because except for that this book was really good and grabbi The writing was good, the plot very interesting! It's a pity because except for that this book was really good and grabbing, the hero was a complex as he should be but definitely not possessive enough. It ends on a cliffhanger and i really want to read the next book. May 13, Tina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Yet she is still like able and has regular emotions too. Loved the world building, the secondary characters, and the sexy times.
I would say Holy cow!! I would say out for himself. He does seem to have emotions and Raziel saying pay attention to what he does and not says seems to be a clue. Raziel seems to be more as does Cassandra particularly after learning who she grew up with. I can understand the hospital but once out how come not more I also have a feeling that Gabriel is going to turn out to be bad. Just seems too pat how everything went down growing up. I did see the twist about her parents coming but not exactly how it went. Knew she was not human though.
Also Uncle Dane knows stuff, I find hard to believe he is not involved or working behind the scenes Why else the angel sword? Sooo looking forward too it! I can see a spin off too. I have not read other series by author but I am going to check it out! Apr 10, Nightbird Novels rated it really liked it Shelves: And then she meets Max Reed.
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He is an enigma in her already confusing world, but she can't keep herself from being drawn to him. Something big is happening, and her entire world is being flipped on it's axis. The things she thought she knew and the people she thought she could trust, are all 4. The things she thought she knew and the people she thought she could trust, are all in for a rude awakening when this assassin decides it's time to take matters into her own blood stained hands Paranormal meets erotica meets one badass assassin!!
Mavi tries to keep herself distanced from just about everyone. She enjoys her "work" and her team she has had by her side. Ok, I don't do spoilers. So this review is going to be super short and a little vague from here on out With a paranormal world that sucks you in and won't let you go, this book was written so incredibly well. Mavi and all of the characters are phenomenally layered and multi-faceted, and you will not see where this story is headed.
The sex in this book is HOT, definitely an erotica with a whole lot of dirty and frequent sexual encounters. Violence, sex, dark themes and You must read this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review. Check out the Blog! May 18, Amy rated it really liked it. Reviewed on behalf of The Book Boyfriend Addict. A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. In that, I have no doubt. Mavi always knew she was different that her dark thought and wants where not what a typical little girl thought of.
When a circumstance arose for her to truly be who she was always meant to be she took it without hesitation. Going to live with her uncle he helped grow and nurture this dark side of her making her one of the deadliest assassins. Going down this path caught the eye of the Arch Angel Gabriel who gives her the opportunity to use her skills for the good side of the war between heaven and hell.
When Max sees Mavi he knows he must have her however he never intended to be so consumed by her. However, Max is very secretive about who he is and what he does. Happy to say this book has a very impressive story with amazing characters and well thought out world. Mavi was a kick ass heroine that knew who she was and what she was willing to do.
Her teammates although at times a hot mess were the type of people you knew would have your back. Now Max is such a complex guy that has layer upon layer that really keeps you captivated. This universe that Claire Marta created is so well thought out between the different races that occupy the earth and the rules that apply to them.
Creating a paranormal world can be hard however Claire does a really good job here. I am really excited to see how this plays out in the next book because the way it ended I need more! Flourishing as I knew you would. This is what you were born for. May 14, Atlanta Whitlock rated it it was amazing. Throughout the book I found myself shouting at the events that had happened because I was expecting anything that did happen to actually play out, then there was other parts that she had just manage to completely blow my mind.
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How she done it I have no clue, but it truly was amazing, I was gutted when I got to the end because I just wanted to see what was going to happen, but I am seriously looking forward to the next book in the series. This has been her way of dealing with this for as long as she can remember, she is such a talented girl, yet she is pretty badass and will happily kick your ass if you even go and step on the wrong side of her….
Mar 04, christine l. The Devil You Know has completely blown my mind. Everything about this story is amazing! Mavi is so kick ass and awesome I want to be her when I grow up- even if she is a blood thirsty assassin! He is drool worthy and I can not get enough of him- best book boyfriend ever! This story pulls you in, keeps you literally on the edge on your seat with you being incapable of breathing because this book is just so amazing!
The Devil You Know is filled with sizzling hotness that will make anyone blush, a story line that is so complex yet easy to follow it will leave you amazed at Martas' artistry, nonstop action and drama that will make you forget to breathe! It is simply far superior to anything else I have read to date. I have no words to adequately do this book justice.
Can I just say as a result of this book I had the worst book hang over. I can not get it off my mind even now. In fact, I even reread it! I have no idea how that is even possible to be honest. Marta is a masterful story teller and one to be reckoned with. Apr 03, Kay Parker rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am a huge fan of Ms. Marta's since reading the Hunter Chronicles and falling in love with Eric so go read those if you haven't already! From the first line of the first chapter, you know it's going to be a dirty book. Not the bad kind of dirty that makes you want to shower for a year to get the ickiness off your skin, but the good kind that makes you want to roll around in it in unabashed abandon, soaking up the dirty like a I am a huge fan of Ms.
Not the bad kind of dirty that makes you want to shower for a year to get the ickiness off your skin, but the good kind that makes you want to roll around in it in unabashed abandon, soaking up the dirty like a living sponge. The characters all hold their parts up, with no one floating around like a loose thread, and they're all written to become endearingly familiar.
Mavi is a stone-cold killer, but one under different circumstances we could all relate to. Or maybe that's just me But being a stone-cold killer doesn't alleviate her need for the essential human connections--sex, friendship, her brother I am not going to divulge my feelings on Max, because quite honestly, I can't afford a new laptop if I drool all over the keyboard of this one.
Let's just say that the sex is hot, raunchy, dirty, with some potential taboos in there that worked so well within the dynamics of the book. Plenty of twists and turns, there's never a boring moment. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a dark, dirty read that sucks you in for hours. And if you don't enjoy that sort of book Apr 12, Indie Wish List rated it it was amazing Shelves: Every page, there were fight scenes, sex, kidnappings, confrontations, blood, murder, violence, and more sex. It was nonstop from the very first page. There were a lot of twists, too.
There were some things I questioned right away that turned out right, and some were surprises. I liked how everything was slowly unraveled. I NEED to know where the story is going next! Overall, this is a kick butt book with a strong, messed-up, sexy woman assassin who has a strong will and a mind of her own.
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The erotic scenes are off the charts, the fight scenes will have you biting your nails, and the ending will leave you wanting more. This will be hard to review because, honestly, I don't want to spoil anything and one small comment could do that. The Devil You Know is a fecked up story that will leave you with so many conflicted feelings. I loved it though! Half the time I'm yelling "no", the other time I'm yelling "yes". It messes with your mind. If you want to know more about Lucas, definitely read Burning. Then read this because you should!! Sep 12, R. Mizer rated it really liked it.
The Devil You Know by J. Gregoire is truly an entertaining read. The characters are multidimensional, sarcastic and deeply-flawed. They are, therefore, believable, despite their supernatural origins. The plot was sound, having its palpable devices and despicable villains.
Evil and good are clearly defined and the reader delights in the boundaries which have, for so long, defined fiction. As a reader, I love bread-crumbs, the scrumptious, elaborate details that lead readers down literary paths. They allow us to guess and guessing is always half the fun--in life, reading and pretending. Bread-crumbs keep me going and this book has them in spades. The Devil You Know feeds the reader, and at the book's conclusion, will leave him or her wanting more. Oct 15, Anna rated it it was amazing. Started reading this last night and finished it last night.
I enjoyed the plot and characters very much. Love Dez the half-demon. Looke forward to reading more by this author.
After a very very drunken night, vampire Michael 'Vegas' and half-demon half-witch Dez finally got into each others pants When he does eventually return, the news he brings is dire indeed. There is reason to believe a pureblood demon walks the earth again. Which would not have been possible since the gateway was closed centuries ago, the Sentinel Stone the key to keeping it shut. When the Guardians of said Sentinel Stone en After a very very drunken night, vampire Michael 'Vegas' and half-demon half-witch Dez finally got into each others pants When the Guardians of said Sentinel Stone end up dead, it's time to get moving.
But how did the demon get here again? It needed to have been summoned, but by whom? As Vegas, Dez and Lucas go about their search for answers, they might have come across more then they have bargained for. My take on the book: Right of the bat I'm going to say I would recommend reading the short prequel Burning before, since it sets the stage, introduces some characters and in my opinion hit the spot. I loved the book: World building was good, it's our world but with all manner of supes in it vampires, witches, shifters, demons, The author manages to describe the environment, scenes and conversations very well.
You felt you were there with the cast. Character building was good. Each character had their own problems, not limitations per se, but a moral compass if you will. We got some background info on our cast, might have been good for a bit more here and there, but this didn't hold back the story.
Look forward to delve more into that in the next book! Pacing and flow were excellent. It grabbed and held your attention without flinging you from one action scene into the next. We got downtime in between, focussing a lot on Dez which was well done. The story in itself was well written and I found no noticeable errors.
And yes, there is sex in this book if that is important to you. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book and I enjoyed it a lot. The plot is sound, the writing is good and the characters are well fleshed out. Looking forward to the next instalment! Oct 02, Fangs for the Fantasy rated it did not like it. Mike and Dez, vampire and half-demon, are just pursuing a relationship together after a long period of friendship; confronting the fear that everything may irrevocably change between them.
But a far greater fear is stalking the world — a demon has managed to breach the barrier between worlds and seeks the stone that will allow him to open the doors wide and bring his forces across the great divide. The first book in a series is your hook, your bait. It has to drag me in, it has to get me invested in the series and want to see the story continue. Which means it has to develop some decent characters. It has to showcase a brand new world. It has to show off your writing style to the best possible extent. It has to establish a story, both interesting enough to make this book good and with sufficient points left open to make the next book necessary so I have a reason to stay with the series All of that is a tall order in a full length book.
The world has vampire, witches and demons. This becomes especially glaring when the guardians seem to be utterly incapable of actually guarding anything. The main characters, Deziree and Michael feel much more shallow. Michael has one element — attraction to Dez. In fact, their whole romance is an unnecessary distraction, in this short book, from the actual end-of-the-world plot that is supposed to be their main attention. Michael feels almost… distracted by the end of the world. Dez has mother issues over her dead, raped mother.
She has daddy issues that come to the fore. She has issues over falling in love and immortality or at least longevity. She has issues with her adoptive mother. She has issues with loving Michael. She has issues with her own demon blood and what that means for her. And NONE of them are developed.
How could they be? The book is far too short to deal with what could easily be 3 or 4 books worth of inspiration. She fears becoming evil and then the issue goes away. She has issues and they disappear — they never get actually developed or resolved satisfactorily. Aug 21, Ginny Lurcock rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just a Ginny side note: So I always feel weird A reviewing a book I beta read and B reviewing a book for a friend.
I mean, it's not like I'm worried I'm going to have to say something mean about the book painstakingly created by Just a Ginny side note: I mean, it's not like I'm worried I'm going to have to say something mean about the book painstakingly created by someone I care about, because I'm not friends with shitty authors as a rule, but because why would you believe me?
Well, my friends and faithful followers shut up, I totally have some. TDYK is a fast paced mystery slash action adventure set in an Urban Fantasy world with romantic elements. It's so easy for something with that much going on to go wrong, but Jena The characters are highly engaging, the bad guy is a total douche, and I spent half the novel going "no seriously, Jena Yeah, I'm totally right.
Unless it was because she was laughing at me because I was wrong.
Excuse me for a minute while I confirm Jena wasn't laughing at me. Not that I'm petty or anything Either they tip their hat too early, or they are so out of left field that you make that "really, bitch, really? Witness exhibit "Yeah, I'm totally right On the flip side though, the big bad nasty isn't And that reeling kick in the pants is only one of the sucker punches in store for you at the end of TDYK. Oh yeah, that's right. There are two more. Right to your most sensitive bits. In fact, I still don't think I've forgiven Jena for one of them.
Let me just poke at that wound quick Don't let the sucker punches dissuade you though. TDYK is well worth any and all emotional turmoil. Jul 23, Squeak rated it really liked it. This review was originally posted on my Alaskan Bookie Website at: The Half-Demon Deziree along with her vampire boyfriend, Vegas, and his brother Lucas try to head off the killer before he can get the portal opened. The trio soon discovers that someone has been helping the killer and now they are not su This review was originally posted on my Alaskan Bookie Website at: The trio soon discovers that someone has been helping the killer and now they are not sure who can be trusted.
Their race around several continents will finally come to an end when they find the killer and attempt to stop the portal from opening. I loved the cover, great work on that. I loved the romance building between Dez and Vegas. I loved the extra abilities that Dez picked up while hunting for the killer.
I love you but lets not get physically involved again until we build a solid relationship? Another thing I thought was a bit hookey was when Dez discovered one of her killer powers. Instead of telling Vegas about it, she decides to test it out on him. This was sort of a mystery with who could be helping the killer. Instead of giving hints or clues along the way, suddenly Dez just knows who it is. Not only that but it is completely out of character for the guilty party.
I received no chocolate or any other compensation in exchange for my review. Sep 09, manda-rae rated it really liked it Shelves: This story is introduced with a short prequel, titled Burning, that sets the events in motion. It doesn't go heavily into the background of each character and how they interact. It pretty much sets the ball rolling and these events unfold into our story. Dez is a part human, part demon being just trying to make a living and enjoy life while she can. Since she's had a lot of time to watch relationships develop, fizzle, and end during her four hundred years, she's not really the commitment type.
So This story is introduced with a short prequel, titled Burning, that sets the events in motion. So working with her best friend, Vegas, she kind of gets blind-sided when they end up together. But that's only a side story. The real story involves secrets, destruction and saving the day in the end. And did I mention the supernatural beings involved: This book is different in a way that you're kind of thrown towards characters that already have a history together.
There isn't a whole lot of emotion building from acquaintances to friends to lovers. We more see the lovers struggling to accept that they're more than friends. But the actual paranormal story that I just won't dive into because I want you to be surprised is good. It's fun to follow Dez and Vegas as they unravel the mystery of what's going on and try to stop it. Although I will mention that Vegas, a nickname for Michael, is used interchangeably with his real name which left me confused or thinking of two different people until I got the hang of things. It's a fun story to follow.
And while the ending made me think a little less of Dez, I'm looking forward to more world-building and demons. Nov 20, Marsha rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I had such great expectations when I read the description for "The Devil You Know;" unfortunately, this was just a mediocre read. Deziree or Dez is half demon and half human.