Review: Devils and Details by Devon Monk (Ordinary Magic #2)


Devils and Details by Devon Monk // VBC ReviewDevils and Details (Ordinary Magic #2)
Devon Monk
Published: Aug. 31, 2016 (Odd House Press)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: purchased

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free it will reference the previous book. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Death and Relaxation.

As Ordinary, Oregon gets ready for its first ever Cake and Skate event, Police Chief and “bridge” Delaney Reed, besides still trying to work out her feelings for mysterious Ryder Bailey, has quite the full plate of her own.

Firstly, after Thor took up his powers three months ago to help Delaney close the murder investigation of the god Hemidall, he was forced to leave Ordinary for one year. He’s not very happy about it, to say the least, and he’s been letting his petulance show by way of constant downpour. Hey, on the upside umbrella hats are on trend again. Were they ever actually on trend in the first place?

Secondly, a vampire turns up dead, well un-undead. Dead again? This killing seems to be sending a message to Old Rossi (the prime vampire in town), and getting the vampire to open up about his past will be no easy task.

Thirdly, the god powers are stolen. Apparently when Crow also took up his powers three months ago he was supposed to leave town along with the others. It seems even without his powers Crow (Raven) is still the trickster, and he managed to make everyone believe it was ok for him to hang around. Apparently not, and this breach of contract was just the opening someone needed to swoop in a take the powers.

It was great to be back in Ordinary again. The setting, the characters were so delightful in Death and Relaxation I was happy to delve right in. This time around, I liked that Devon Monk devoted more time for the other creatures in Ordinary, namely the vampires. The gods still get their time, but it was really nice getting a closer look at other supernaturals since they make up Ordinary’s colorful atmosphere just as much as the vacationing gods.

I do have to say, though, that I felt the up-in-the-air relationship status between Ryder and Delaney took center stage here. I immediately drew comparisons between Ryder and Delaney with Buffy and Riley from Season 4 of Buffy. You know Riley’s part of The Initiative, and Buffy’s the Slayer. Agendas with common goals on the surface, but they’re both keeping that secret from the other. Just like with Buffy, we know what Delaney’s secrets are, but in the beginning Ryder’s are still a mystery to readers. I will say that we somewhat learn what Ryder’s involved with. I say somewhat because I felt as though the depth of his implication is still a bit hazy.

After reading Devils and Details, I understand why so much page time, and headspace, had to be devoted to Delaney figuring out where she stood with Ryder. Some pretty big events take place in this one. But because of this, I felt like things with the two investigations get a little too sidelined. As I was reading, and as the story is getting down to the wire, I knew things weren’t going to get a hundred percent resolved for both investigations. It just couldn’t happen. So while Devils and Detail was still a quirky, fun read, it felt like a transition book. There will be a lot of consequences from this that pop up in the next book Gods and Ends which I’m now anxiously anticipating in the spring.

Sexual content: kissing, references to sex

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