Tuesday, July 13, 2021

New Review! Devil's Intern by Jayme Phelps 4 Cranky Stars


Devil's InternDevil's Intern by Jayme Phelps
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Cranky Stars

In the Devil’s intern, you meet Anna, who is soulless, meaning she sold her soul to the Devil, but gets to remain on Earth after her death. Soulless are extremely rare in the supernatural world. However, Anna is not entirely happy about her situation, since she cannot leave the city limits, stopping her from visiting her family. Anna works as a bartender at Idir, a bar owned by Matt, her lover (and fairie). She rents a room at a church, which is ironic considering her soul situation. Anna seems to have trouble following her wherever she goes, no matter how much she tries to avoid it. She also has this cool power that comes with being soulless, where she can absorb someone else’s magic for a short time after touching them.

The story flowed pretty seamlessly, and I found myself wanting to read more to see what happens next, finishing the book within a few days after starting it. I could have read it more quickly, but adulting interfered.

The characters were believable (for supernatural beings ;) ). I would have liked a little more backstory for a few of the characters, but that could always be shared in future books in the series. Matt, her lover, boss, and fairie, is a kind, caring character who wants to support Anna despite the problems that seem to follow her. Nate, a shifter in hiding, is her friend and coworker at Idir, who is responsible for Anna meeting Rachel, a witch who has had her powers lessened due to being on probation for not following the rules. Rachel becomes one of Anna’s friends by accident after Anna saves her from an attack. Rachel sticks her neck out to save Anna from being sent to the Prism (a supernatural jail). Silas, the devil himself, is portrayed just as I would assume he would be; slick, sly, and conniving. Stephen is the gorgeous blonde reaper who made the contract for Anna’s soul after an unfortunate incident left her on her deathbed. The other minor characters are written into the story well.

Anna struggles with trying to find a way out of her contract with the Devil, which takes her down a path of becoming more involved with Silas and Stephen, whether she likes it or not. In her quest to try to find an “out” of her contract, she gets entangled more into the supernatural world and starts to find out that some people are lying.

I found myself relating to Anna, who struggles between being good and thankful for what she has, yet wanting more. I would have loved a bit more of a backstory of how Anna started working at Idir and met Matt. The cliffhanger at the end made me a little annoyed, since it ended so abruptly after such a pivotal turning point in the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who liked paranomal/fantasy fiction with a strong female lead and likes a bit of mystery that leaves you wondering what will happen next. I would give this book a 4 out of 5. I liked that it was a quick read, but I wish that the author would have ended it a bit differently so it was so much of a cliffhanger. I am, however, anxious to read the next book to see what happens to Anna.

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