Caught between the devil and the deep blue seaPolice Chief Delaney Reed is good at keeping secrets for the beach town of Ordinary Oregonjust 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 vampires terrifying past isnt how she planned to spend her summer But then again, neither is falling back in love with the one man she should never trust....
|Title||:||Devils and Details (Ordinary Magic Book 2) (English Edition)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||Odd House Press 29 August 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||584 Pages|
|File Size||:||883 KB|
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Devils and Details (Ordinary Magic Book 2) (English Edition) Reviews
Note: this is book two in an ongoing series and starting here is not a good idea. I'd start with “Death and Relaxation”.ReviewI so liked “Death and Relaxation” and fully expected this book to be even better. It was not. It started out OK, but soon too much happened at once, things got tangled up a lot and in the end the plot is kind of all over the place:we're back in Ordinary, the city where gods go on vacation and Delaney Reed and her sisters are the police force. For all humans and non-humans. But there is upheaval, the god's powers, usually stored away in Crow's shop, are gone. Stolen. And a vampire is killed. Both crimes are unrelated, but both are on Delaney's plate. At that point, I thought I'd totally love the book.Right until Delaney was back behaving like having had a lobotomy whenever she's around Ryder. Who had ended their... “thing”, right after she was shot in the last book. He behaves strange, all alarms should be ringing, but Delaney is just the little girl having a crush on a cute guy. Not cool. I lost all respect for her. But then, about two thirds in the book, I lost all respect for Ryder, too, so I'm actually out of respect for the protagonist and her love interest. Tough.It saddened me that Delaney so went down in my esteem, but the plot did nothing to help that any. There is too much happening, things get all convoluted and nothing is nearly wrapped up in the end. The lightness that was a huge part of book one, it was essential to “Death and Relaxation”, was nearly totally absent here.I really don't see how this could be untangled in any way that had me satisfied in the end, so sadly, I'm out. There are just too many books on my “to-be-read”-pile to keep on reading a series that unfortunately did not live up to my expectations.
But in the main part.'Devils and Details' is the second book in an ongoing series, and one should start with the first book as the stories are connected.Let's start with the good things: the author really has ideas. The plot is thick and things keep moving. The secondary characters are well thought out and a real joy to read.I also really liked the setting and the background of the lead character. But the lead character herself is the reason why this book only got two stars from me: she is not believable. Seeing the effort that went into the secondary characters this is an especially bitter disappointment, as the author can obviously develope characters with depth.First every time the lead character's romantic interest (Ryder Bailey) comes around she immediately goes brain dead. Her reaction to him is worse than a teenagers reaction to her favourite boy band member, and yes I know they tend to faint. It's painful to read and makes you loose every bit of respect you formerly held for the character. Especially as she is supposed to be the chief of police.Worse than her internal emotional reaction, which was already a part of the first book and a pain to read even then, the author now let's her act stupid as well. The moment her love interest shows up her entire training as an officer of the law goes out of the window. As in my-love-interest-probably-killed-someone-for-which-there-is-compelling-evidence-so-I-am-going-to-make-out-with-him-because-he-bites-his-lip-so-sexily. No kidding.Next is her relationship with her sisters. I happen to be the oldest of three sisters, and if you happen to be the oldest of your siblings as well then you will find this painful to read.Delaney's relationship with her sisters has more in common with a teenie friendship between girls than the relationship between three grown siblings. It's if at all the way a younger sister might experience a sibling relationship. But if you're not the eldest you might find this tolerable.Apart from that Delaney goes around telling everyone how she has everything under control (which she hasn't, which means it's group hug time with the sisters) and how everything is not her fault (well, actually, it is) and how no one is her boss (oh boy does she need one, because clearly she can't handle the job), which gets ridiculous after chapter 10. So when the confrontation with one of the bad guys happens, in wich the 'bad guy' confronts her with breaking her contractual obligation and failing at her job (all true) and demands to either have more direct oversight over her actions or have someone else take over (such an irrational thought that) her defense boils down to: you just don't like me.Bottom line: It's Barbie with vampires.Don't read.
Delaney is just as frustratingly clueless about her personal safety as she's always been. Somehow you'd think that a police chief--who just got shot a few months back because she wasn't paying attention--would have figured out that maybe it would be a good idea to lock her door and listen when people tell her she's in danger and needs to be especially careful. Not Delaney. She decides to keep leaving her door unlocked and then go running on the beach with no weapon instead. Sensible girl. Really. That's one issue I have with Delaney, while another is the fact that she hasn't bothered to read up on her other job, being the god's bridge. She's left all her family journals about the gods and the Reed family's experiences with them and all the various creatures to Jean. How does Jean's studying the journals do anything to help Delaney get more competent and better educated in her position? It's like Delaney thinks that she, Jean and Myra are some triumvirate that can magically share the position, when in fact the other two can't do her job because they aren't firstborns. They won't always be around when Delaney needs to know whatever the journals hold and she's got to stop thinking she's anything less than fully responsible. I'm not sure I even like Delaney at this point because she's still so stupidly irresponsible and other people are paying the price for it.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.
Disappointed again. I so wanted this author to improve. The town and its characters are funny and entertaining. The writing is fine and there aren't a ton of grammatical errors. I love the sister-cops story line. Unfortunately they are terrible cops. They miss obvious clues that the author has carefully laid out like bread crumbs for the reader, which THIS reader finds very annoying. The heroine goes alone to interrogate a murder suspect, with whom she is probably in love, and makes out with him. UGH. Not strong, smart or professional. If all that had stayed in her inner monologue I could have respected her. From book one it has been made clear that this guy has law enforcement experience, and yet the sisters don't see it until the end of book two. A video tape of a murder isn't discovered until the second time the sisters check out the murder site. then there's: "Where did I see that ring before?" Um. I know. How come I know and the narrator doesn't? They are such bad cops. Why would the people in town respect them? The heroine always talks about "breaking up" fights between creatures but I don't see how. She's not strong, smart, or powerful. Why would they respect her? I'm curious as to how this story will develop but I'm not going to read the next book. The plot and character fails are too annoying.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first of this series involving vacationing mythological deities in a small northwestern town creating mayhem and humor and the family that is magically destined to support them and control them. The problem I seem to have is with the main character, Delaney, the sheriff in town, who is hopelessly in love with her "ever since I can remember" crush Ryder Bailey. There are such weird blind spots. Delaney, the sheriff, leaves her door unlocked and then is surprised when people just come on in. She doesn't notice that her newest employee, Ryder, acts like an experienced police officer. And I don't get where this devotion to Ryder comes from. He is in town for his own reasons, he lies to her, he ignores her advice on things he knows little about. Why is this guy such a catch? I like the 'verse, I like the writing and most of the characters, I just do not get the "romantic relationship" between these two primary characters so.....
This is the second in the Ordinary Magic series, and it was just as fantastic as the first one. This time Police Chief of Ordinary, Oregon, Delaney Reed is faced with the murder of a vampire. This is pretty alarming, since it takes a lot to take down a vampire. And she then finds out that all the vacationing god’s powers have been stolen, her long time crush Ryder is keeping secrets that could be very important, and Thor seems to be trying to drown them all with non-stop rain. As she investigates the murder, she uncovers more of the prime vampire,Old Rossi’s past, and begins to see him and some of the other creatures in town in a whole new lights. I really like all of the different characters, and it was nice to learn a bit more about Ryder Bailey, the man Delaney has loved for so long. Some mysteries are answered, but there are more to be solved, which we’ll have to wait to find out about in the next story. I hate the suspense, but I’m sure the next tale will be worth the wait.