Power corrupts. Magic kills.
Eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael is surrounded by magic in the quiet town of Hawthorne, New York. In her world, magic users are called “kindled,” and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. It doesn’t help that she was also recently snubbed by Crowe—the dangerous and enigmatic leader of Hawthorne’s kindled motorcycle gang, the Devils’ League.
When the entire kindled community rolls into Hawthorne for an annual festival, a rumor spreads that someone is practicing forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. With threats closing in from every side, no one can be trusted. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones, and the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic. For all her years of feeling useless, Jemmie may just be the most powerful kindled of all.
I have read Jennifer Rush’s Altered Saga before and really enjoyed it, but I was wary of this one because of all of the mixed reviews and the not so stellar rating on Goodreads. However, I decided to give it a try because it was too far down my alley not to. 1. I love the author. 2. It has magic. 3. It has motorcycle clubs. Whats not to love?! In the end, I am very happy that I took a chance on this book!
The Story. The story revolves around the Devil’s League Motorcycle Club, and our main heroine, Jemmie. Magic is the currency in this new world, but Jemmie is terrified to use her power because of her adverse reaction she has to not only her own magic but the magic all around her. Jemmie has the unique ability to see, sense, and smell, magic, which she has kept a secret from everyone she loves because she knows it is one more thing that makes her different. Not to mention her feelings toward the Pres, Crowe, and the bad blood that have between them because of their past. However, everything must be set aside when her loved ones are in danger. She risks everything to help those she loves while trying to keep her distance from Crowe, but circumstances make that virtually impossible. Plus, in her heart she knows she isn’t ready to let go of Crowe. Trust will be tested and truth will come to light that could change everything for Jemmie.
I really enjoyed the story and all of the different magical elements woven through the book. This was definitely more of a mature YA feel with some language and violence, but I thoroughly loved it. I felt all of the characters played a great role and the plot was well thought out. It was a very easy read, and a book that you can definitely read in one sitting. I was addicted to figuring out the mystery behind what was going on and the past between Crowe and Jemmie. The story is told from Jemmie’s POV, but I really would have loved to have gotten into Crowe’s head because I thought he was a great character.
I NEED the next book ASAP! There wasn’t a cliffhanger per say, but there were definitely some loose ends that I need to know the answers to. I recommend this book to those who love: mature YA, fantasy, magic, motorcycle clubs, romance, and prophecies.
Overall Rating: ★★★★/★★★★★