Mar 23, 2012

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Review: Devil’s Luck by Carolyn Crane (Disillusionists #3.5)

Urban Fantasy
February 28 2012
85 pages (according to my Kobo)

Yummy Man – Simon Fitzgerald
Kick Ass Chick – Fawna Brady

From Goodreads –
No wager is too outrageous for Simon Fitzgerald, the most reckless of the Disillusionists. His dark secrets drive him to take increasingly extreme risks, but he’s never lived so quite so dangerously as when he hooks up with Midcity’s most powerful prognosticator.
Fawna Brady is tormented by the destinies she sees for those around her. To Fawna, knowledge of the future is a cage she’d do anything to escape. She’s stunned to discover a taste of the freedom for which she yearns at the side of Simon, the one person in the world who despises everything she is, everything she stands for.

Simon’s defiant attitude toward destiny captivates Fawna, but will her love destroy him? And will Simon rush headlong into the delicious doom she offers?


*sigh* Simon.  I love Simon.  And we finally know what makes him tick!

Readers of Carolyn Crane’s Disillusionists series have been following and loving Simon since book one was released in 2010.  His character is larger than life and he is very hard to ignore when he appears on the page.  He’s one of those guys you think you should be annoyed by but you can’t help but like.  And in Devil’s Luck, we finally get to know what makes him tick and we are also lucky enough to witness how his world is turned upside down by a little lady.  And for Simon, that is a huge accomplishment on Fawna’s part.

I definitely recommend reading the full series before diving into Devil’s Luck.  The way this novella is written, it would help you a lot.  This story just jumps right in.  You start off by being at Fawna’s side as she uses her gift (it’s a great scene that really helps us understand her and what she goes through on a daily basis) then we are quickly brought beside Simon and watch him do what he does best:  try to beat the odds.  Right away, you are in the story – no lead in and no long drawn out descriptions of past events – and I loved that.

And yes, we learn why Simon is as reckless as he is and I can’t believe I never thought much about the ‘why’ behind it before!  He is reckless for a reason and once you learn why, not only will you kick yourself for not thinking of the why before but it totally makes sense!  And even though the reason is sort of sad, his attitude is so awesome you can’t help but not feel sorry for him.  He is amazing.

And yes ladies and gentlemen we finally find out what’s with all the bobbles that are stuck, tacked, sewed and placed on Fawna’s coat.  Buttons, casino chips, doll heads…you name it, she has it on her coat.  And the reason is great.  Almost equal parts cool, creepy and sad, but great.  Again her story is gripping and her bravery is amazing.  I really enjoyed reading her and I find that she and Simon make a great match.  They ‘get’ each other completely and it’s actually sort of adorable to watch them together.  Adorable in a slightly twisted way.  *g*

I really like how Carolyn writes her novellas.  You don’t feel as though you are missing pieces and you don’t feel like the story is rushed.  Well paced and well told, Devil’s Luck is not only a solid read but also a must-read for fans of the Disillusionists series.

4 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“’Hand them over.’

She gave him a lippy pout, trying for an innocent look, he supposed, but that bad-girl gleam still shone in her down-tilted puppy eyes. And then she was twirling something; a bright blur encircled her finger. His keys.

‘Gimme those,’ he growled.

‘Up—‘ she held them away.

God, she’d nabbed his keys. It was maddening, and a little bit hot.”


“’Sometimes,’ Packard said, ‘having nothing to lose is something to lose.’

Simon clapped, slowly. ‘Sterling Packard, folks. You should put up a tent at the Tandy Folly. You could get a lot of quarters with these pearls of wisdom.’

‘I probably could,’ Packard said.

‘I won’t have her look at me like that. It would just…’

‘Make it more real?’


Simon knew that, to an outsider, he existed as something of a bull in the china shop of life. In truth, his was a strange dance of bargain, superstition, and singing in the dark – singing so bravely and so loudly that it banished the darkness. Packard was right about that part.

‘You can let her affect you. You can let her in, Simon.’

Books in the Disillusionists series –
Mind Games
Double Cross
Head Rush

  1. ‘You can let her affect you. You can let her in, Simon.’

    I love that quote. I’m guilty of never really thinking about the why behind Simon’s actions too! Hopefully I’ll get a chance to start this one soon. Nice review 🙂

  2. I agree with you, I love Fawna and Simon together. Looove them!!

  3. Paranormal Haven – LOVE that quote and guaranteed you’ll like it when you read it. 🙂

    Bookaholic Cat – Yes. Absolutely yes.

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