Review: Gods and Ends by Devon Monk (Ordinary Magic #3)


Gods and Ends by Devon Monk // VBC ReviewGods and Ends (Ordinary Magic #3)
Devon Monk
Published: May 14, 2017 (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 previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Death and Relaxation.

Delaney Reed is running out of time to take down the ancient vampire who attacked and bit her just a short day ago. The vampire who’s out for revenge and looking to take power away from Old Rossi. There’s no time to rest as said vampire has in his possession someone dear to Ordinary, but bargaining for their release will require the handing over of an ancient dark magic book which in turn will mean the demise of everyone/thing in the small town as well. As Delaney tries to figure out the next steps to take, she’ll end up having to make some big decisions, which is only made worse when she learns that those she trusted most have been keeping the biggest secrets from her.

Luckily, however, none of the things going on in the above summary will keep Delaney from weighing in on a matter that has decorated itself all over town. A matter that has divided the good people of Ordinary, and if something isn’t done soon an all-out war threatens to break out between the Knitters and the Crocheters.

I wish I would have decided to start reading Gods and Ends a lot sooner because it picks up right where Devils and Details left off and it took me a bit before I was up to speed on remembering what happened in the previous book. Even then, I didn’t immediately warm to the story. I felt like there was a more somber tone to this one, and what initially drew me to this series in the first place was just how fun and quirky everything was so to almost lose that aspect was a bit disconcerting for me. Don’t get me wrong there were plenty of off-the-wall moments, they just weren’t as myriad and off-the-wall as I had hoped.

You can clearly see that Gods and Ends is winding down the story arc so there’s a lot of focus placed on the vampires and other supernaturals, with the majority of the Gods taking a backseat. The difficult decisions that Delaney is faced with end up dividing the story’s conflicts into two separate problems. One that is a result of the rampaging vampire, and the other results from what Delaney tries to do about the rampaging vampire. Overall, I liked how Devon Monk handled so much going on at once, as well as the fact that there’s another underlying layer of secrets and happenings that Delaney is not aware of.

One of my favorite things about this series has been the relationship between the sisters. Although Delaney has been the main character in the past three books, I was very excited to learn that Jean and Myra will both get their chance for the spotlight in a few novellas—one of which, Rock Candy has already released, with another to follow I believe in December. It’s this reason why I think Devon Monk teases a few interesting tidbits for us readers to chew on, especially where Myra is concerned.

I’ve really enjoyed this series. While Gods and Ends is ending this particular story arc, Devon Monk hints in the acknowledgements that there will probably be more full-length stories in the future which suits me just fine as I feel like there’s still plenty of Ordinary stories to tell.

Sexual content: kissing, references to sex

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