Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black is a fun ride. It has all the great elements to create an amazing world of darkness and magic.
Technically, it takes place in our world. Blue Riley grew up hearing stories about the devil making deals at crossroads. Her mother died and her sister runs away and Blue decides to find her. To do so, she goes to a crossroads and makes a deal.
On her journey she meets lots of people and encounters many kinds of magic. There is dark and light and the visuals are plenty. Lessons are learned and the ending is happy. Which is about all you can ever ask for in a road novel.
I started this book with low expectations. I didn’t know much about it and the description sounded like a bad Neil Gaiman rip off but I was quickly sucked in to the atmosphere and the story.
I love road novels. I love novels about music. I read the whole book in one night.
It did take me a couple chapters to get into it. It’s a little simile heavy in the beginning. The whole book has more similes than I would prefer but it’s only distracting in the first few chapters. It’s also my only real complaint about the book.
If you like road novels, music and magic you will love this book. It’s emotional and it has heavy (and potentially triggering) moments but it is, overall, a book with a message of hope and love.
Devil and the Bluebird is released on May 17 and is currently available for pre-order from Amazon here:
*i received this book for free through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*