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All Hell is Breaking Loose
April 15, 2017
First off I want to say that I love the cover of Devil's Glen. The art is pretty and magical looking. I also love the feel of it. That might seem like a weird thing to mention but it has a grippy feel to it that makes it easy to hold.
I really liked Devil's Glen. The characters were likable and the dialogue of the teenagers flowed nicely. The author didn't make them sound too adult or go overboard in trying to make them sound trendy. The story of Devil's Glen was a bit of an odd mix but somehow it worked well together. I'm very interested in seeing where the series will go.
There were some characters that I'd like to know better (like Leo) and others that I'd like to see more of. Particularly Opus and Maximus. I'm really hoping they show up again. I also liked that characters weren't brought up and then dropped. Matthew Speak did a great job of keeping track of his characters and relating them to each other in natural way. I really liked the friendship between Jack and Randy. I loved the character of Jack as well. He's very believable as a teenage boy in the situation he's in.
I also liked the chapter titles in Devil's Glen, some of them were pretty funny. I particularly liked 'The Misadventures of Jack's Lap' and 'Lupus Ex Machina'. It shows an awareness of the tropes he's toying with and using to great effect, for the most part.
There were a couple of things, though, that didn't quite make it a 5 star read for me. They were minor and easily fixable. One of the major ones was for as often as the dialogue was great and flowed naturally, there were parts that were very melodramatic. There was an overuse of the 'mystical speeches'. Such as, "You will know when the time is right" kind of thing. A few I don't mind but the book was cluttered with that particular cliche.
There were also a few parts that seemed a little...weird but they were minor.
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