Girls*Heart* Books: 'Devil's Bargain' by Rachel Caine: Review

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

'Devil's Bargain' by Rachel Caine: Review

Devil's Bargain
Red Letter Day Book #1 
By Rachel Caine
Published On October 15, 2012
Published By MIRA 

What's the price of a deal with the devil?

Playing by the psychic underworld's rules has cost.

Jazz Callender's whole life just got turned upside down. Her friend Ben's been convicted of a crime he didn't commit, and Jazz is determined to clear his name, even if it means enlisting the help of dark forces.

Enter James, a stranger with a mysterious offer. If Jazz pledges to work for The Cross Society, a shadowy secret organization, he'll help her save Ben.

But as she's thrust into a world of psychic powers and dangerous magic, Jazz isn't just bargaining for her friend's freedom. She's bargaining for her soul too.

And how high a price is she willing to pay?
Devil's Bargain is the first book in the Red Letter Day Series by Rachel Caine.  Rachel Caine is an author I've been hearing about for ages; her Morganville Vampires series has been on my to read list for what feels like forever.  I just hadn't found the opportunity to check them out yet. After reading Devil's Bargain, though, I'll be starting the Morganville series asap; I love Caine's writing style. She's a superb storyteller. 

The story is told from the point of view of one of our main characters, Jazz. She's an ex-cop who's putting everything (literally) on the line to try and exonerate her partner, who's in jail for murder.   It is very easy to get behind Jazz as she navigates her increasingly dangerous life.   The action starts right at the beginning and never really lets up.  This was a very quick read for me, I couldn't put it down once I started. 

Jazz and Lucia, her new partner, are different enough to make the perfect team and it was a lot of fun to read about two kick ass females working together. A stellar supporting cast provides us with some scene stealing and really adds to the overall story. The plot was intriguing and suspenseful and packed with action, humor and even some romance. Overall this was a well-written thrill ride from start to finish. I'm really looking forward to the second book. 

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Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today and internationally bestselling author of more than 30 novels, including the immensely popular Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, and the Outcast Season series.
In 2011, Rachel published the first novel of her new series, The Revivalist, with the release of Working Stiff in August.
She has been honored with a Paranormal Pearl Award and an RT Booklovers Award, and was recently awarded a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times. Her first young adult novel, Glass Houses, was chosen for the Texas Tayshas List in 2009.

Rachel has appeared as a guest at over 100 science fiction, fantasy, mystery and romance conventions and conferences over the past 20 years, including Dragon*Con, San Diego ComicCon, the World Fantasy Convention, and the World Science Fiction Convention. She has been featured in several national publications including People magazine,Entertainment Weekly, and Vanity Fair, and on international, national and local television and radio.

She was born at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, attended Socorro High School in El Paso, Texas, and earned a bachelors degree in business administration from Texas Tech University. She’s worked in many jobs, including accounting, graphic designer, insurance investigation, corporate communications, and web design, to name just a few. She became a full time writer in 2010.

Rachel is married to award-winning fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, and has two iguanas as pets: Popeye and Darwin.

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