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Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm Don t let my 3 star rating put you off, READ THIS BOOK It keeps you turning the pages and has you wondering where on earth is this going to go next There were even points where you actually felt quite sorry for Luc aka Lucifer, Satan, etc It was definitely an interesting read and I m hoping there is a follow up book as there were some loose ends presented at the end of the book.This is worth 3.5 stars, which I would of upgraded to 4 stars normally, but TBH there were quite a few typos and points where it should of been she but was he and vice versa, one memorable point was where Emma is swimming and instead of swam it was swan , this error was repeated twice on the same page Surely errors like that should of been picked up by a beta reader somewhere along the line At The Moment Emma Reinhold Is Attempting Suicide, Someone Suddenly Saves Her He Picks Her Up And Carries Her To A Beautiful Apartment, Complete With Expensive Furnishings, Clothes, And A Pool He S Mysterious, Beautiful, And Has An Exotic Accent He Gives Her Gifts, A Beautiful Home, And An Education All He Asks For Is Her Soul In Return Can She Agree To Be His Forever, Or Can She Save Her Soul And The Fate Of Humanity Read The Devil S Playthings By Melissa Silvey To Find Outthis Book Is Intended For Adults, It Contains Language, Sexual Situations It Is A Dark, Sci Fi Fantasy Novel INTRODUCTIONI have always been a huge fan of any piece of fiction that tries to tackle good and evil I don t mean the cheesy heroes vs villains plotline, but rather the type of narrative that questions what good and evil are The hard truth about these abstract concepts is that they aren t actually that easy to define and when a story acknowledges this, things can get very interesting Melissa Silvey s THE DEVIL S PLAYTHINGS seemed like the type of book that would either indulge this interest in a delightful way or disgust me with stupid unrealistic romance between a shy girl and a bad boy THE bad boy actually.NOTEBefore moving on, I need to mention that the author provided me with a free copy of the book While that doesn t affect my review, the disclaimer stands.CHARACTERSIn my opinion, what is often most lacking about romance novels in general is, ironically, the characters Now, romance is tough to pull off since everyone has a different take on how it should be and often times it is extremely easy to fall into tropes Fortunately, the characters in this story are actually quite well done for the most part we ll get to this later Emma is our protagonist and by the time we meet her at the novel s opening sequences, she is effectively a very depressed crack whore who is on the precipice of taking her own life She dares a God she doesn t believe in to take her from this world as she shoots up with something unsavory and the next thing she knows, she s in a beautiful mansion She s not in heaven though, in fact, she s not dead at all She s been rescued by a silent and mysterious man who calls himself Luc as in Lucifer, Satan, The Devil He s a mix of terrifying and irresistible as far as Emma is concerned and thus begins their bad romance The relationship between these two works extremely well as a centerpiece because the prince of all things evil is genuinely infatuated with Emma and she with him He scooped her up and revived her will to live at a time when she could not get any lower She s not only familiar with the darkness, but also attracted to it and so she still has feelings for Luc even though she knows who he is knows what he is As you might imagine, a relationship really doesn t get much unhealthier than this There were a number of times where I feared that this romance would devolve into the now formulaic pattern of a shy soft spoken girl changing the handsome monster into a good guy, but fortunately the novel never steers towards this direction Instead what we get is a decently intelligent metaphor for how evil can come and seduce us during times that we fall into despair While I can t say without getting into spoiler territory, I do want to say that this unlikely romance story really worked for me from beginning to end.There are also some really lovely minor characters Romance books in general tend to fall flat in this department, but personalities like Father Peter, Rosa, Peter s silent guardian angel, and the Archangel Michael These presences add a lot to the story and the world and at no point did I feel like anyone should have been used The balancing of when to have a side character contribute and when to keep the focus on the main characters is one of the masterful elements to this work.WORLD SETTINGThe story is set in modern day America There s a very stark contrast between the fortunate and the unfortunate in terms of material wealth We see Emma go from a suicidal alley junkey to what could effectively be thought of as princess status The dark alleys, glittering home of Luc, seedy satanic locales, and cozy private school that Emma attends all offer a nice variation of locations throughout the course of the story There isn t necessarily anything special about the world on a baseline level That is, if you were a regular folk living in this world, then there would be nothing you might find to be overly noteworthy or strange to you What makes it stand out is that Emma no longer gets to be one of the regular folk The morning that she wakes up in Luc s home marks the beginning of her prolonged descent down a very dark rabbit hole.Luc opens her eyes to the spiritual side of the world He shows her life as he sees and understands it and this effect only grows stronger as the story carries on I mentioned before that Peter s guardian angel plays a part in the story and as you might have guessed, the story gets and concerned with the spirit world as it moves forward Angels, demons, God, and Lucifer it all starts to come together for Emma Even on a down to earth level, she sees how many humans strike up an intimate relationship with the prince of darkness in exchange for their earthly desires.PLOT TONEI mentioned before that there were aspects of this that just didn t work for me A lot of those have to do with this particular area of the work A lot of the plot has already been covered in the CHARACTERS section of this review, so I ll skim this side a bit Much of the first half has to do with all of the different character interactions as well as Emma s introduction to the dark side of the world Beyond that, it would be tough to provide any concrete comments without giving too much away, but suffice it to say that it gets and intense until the climactic final chapter which sports an ending that is both somewhat surprising AND makes sense in the context of everything that happened leading up to it I also felt like the story gets and insightful as it goes on in terms of how it delves into the core concepts that we associate with Christianity s understanding of good and evil.Tonally, this is a very creepy tale Even the parts that I think were intended to be sexy were just plain terrifying to me Luc s descriptions in particular were quite harrowing since he masquerades as this flawless figure yet we know that there is a hideous beast that hides within There s this really eerie feeling to it all that only gets darker with time The tone worksfor the most part.While the weirdness is great, some of the style when it comes to language is not Certain lines felt like they were worded sort of funny and I had to read them a couple of times to get it I don t know that there was all that much that was editorially wrong with the piece, but my preferences with word choice and sentence structure are definitely a bit different from the author sThe piece that really soured the whole experience was the behavioral patterns that I found degrading to both men and women While some of the minor gripes related to this can be reconciled with the way things end up, there are other issues that cannot be excused For example right in the first few pages we are told a story about how Emma was repeatedly raped by her grandfather who it sounded like she lived with for some reason we later find that her parents died in a car accident, but I don t recall that being explained early on It is also implied that this man did the same thing to his own wife Emma s grandmother who he claims he killed This is not only disgusting, but also something that the author really had no business throwing at readers so early into things In fact, I nearly stopped reading because of this little side story On a fundamental level, the sexual abuse does relate to Emma s character and it does help us understand why she is such a submissive and desperate personality To be clear, I don t believe in artistic censorship, but darkness in fiction must be EARNED It s not something that authors can use however they please which is a common misconception in my opinion This dark part of her history should have been slowly hinted at and alluded to over the course of the novel, not just hurled at readers who are left to process that information.This may all seem like a bit of a rant, but it s something that s very important to me as both a reader and a writer There is also definitely a pattern here of men being portrayed as sexually ravenous predators and women as helpless little victims This is the type of trope that constitutes a lot of my disdain and general disrespect for erotic romances and I thought it was unfortunate to find it exist in a piece that is otherwise quite intelligent While I certainly think people will be pleased if they stick with it, there is also a large chance that you will be too offended to break through the initial rockiness of this story This point also leads into two other components to the narrative that may or may not affect your enjoyment of the novel depending on what you like.SEXUALITYWhile this isn t normally a criteria I d use to review, there s certainly cause to include it in this case While I wouldn t label this as a piece of erotica, there s definitely enough sins of the flesh in here to warrant saying that sex is a huge part of both the relationship depicted and the story in general This isn t the sort of thing that I look for in a novel in most cases I try to avoid it , but its depicted in such a way that adds to the story rather than distracting from the main story thread.If you re the type that just doesn t like this sort of writing ever for any reason, then you re definitely better off selecting something different because there s enough here to affect your enjoyment of the story itself if you are 100% against it If you don t mind it in context or its something you actually look for in a novel, then this will probably only add to your enjoyment level Personally, I could have done without some of it, especially since most of these sequences are very clearly written with a female audience in mind That s not to say there s nothing here for guys as I was a little shocked by how affected I was during one or two moments there may have been a blush or two as they say , just note that most of the sexual prose revolves around the prince of darkness s scorching body no really, it actually burns to the touch.RELIGIONNot often would I think I would need to mention both religion and steamy romance in a review, but in this particular piece, its an absolute must Fundamentally, this story really can t escape from the core Biblical concepts and while it might be an odd pairing, it s one that happens to work in this case If you re not a fan of religion then you may or may not feel annoyed by this work I can t really say for sure since the section above is also a recurring theme Basically If you are anything from a practicing Christian who happens to like sensual literature I suppose to someone who has a passing interest in the literary significance of the Bible, then you will probably be really into this component If you re anyone else, I certainly don t discourage you from reading it, but I also have no idea if I would endorse it for this reason.CONCLUSIONTHE DEVIL S PLAYTHINGS is a novel that tries to be as smart as it is sexy and for the most part, I think it did a really good job This is a work of sharp contrasts the sparkling mansion of luxury vs the hot and filthy demonic sex chambers, the sweet ish natured Emma vs the inventor of evil, and scenes of lavish intercourse vs messages about virtue It s not just good vs evil, but rather good and evil all mixed up into the confusing pool that is life I took serious issue with the opening sections and had my reservations through the middle, but an astoundingly well crafted final leg of the journey really helped this be than something that was genuinely memorable and made me think in the way that I wanted to It s not the most accessible story in terms of the content or tone, but it is one that I was glad I made it to the end of. 2.5 stars Emma ran away from an abusive home and ended up on the streets, drug addicted and prostituting herself to survive The night she finally tries to end it all by OD ing she is saved and wakes up the next day in a lavish penthouse with servants, a closet full of clothes, anything she could ever want to eat, and a mysterious, gorgeous benefactor the maid calls Master The writing is a bit rough, it s told in a close third person, but occasionally the POV switches, sometimes mid paragraph, which is jarring Pacing is also an issue after she arrives in the penthouse we are given detailed descriptions of what she ate for each meal, every aspect of her outfits and details of her grooming habits when what I really wanted for Emma to do was be inquisitive She eats breakfast lunch, goes swimming and has a shower before she even asks where she is Two or three days elapse before she learns the name of the man who saved her and with whom she s been sharing meals every day The build up doesn t quite have enough tension to merit taking so long However, I did buy that given Emma s previous circumstances she wouldn t want to rock the boat and jeopardize the lush living arrangements she d been upgraded to Still, since we were basically in her head, I felt like she could have done some theorizing or at least wonder what the catch was.However, I never wanted to stop reading There is a raw energy that pulses through the story that made me forgive some of the glaring issues Emma s opening story has an urgency that pushes you through another 10% until you get to the main conflict her savior is, in fact, Lucifer We get a kinder, gentler devil for the most part A kind of emo devil, who viewed being an angel as a cold, loveless existence Emma is drawn to him powerfully and of course feels obligated to him for saving her.The story is compelling, delving into the nature of good and evil, free will and divine protection I honestly didn t know where we were headed and there wasn t anything formulaic about the way the plot developed I wasn t even sure what kind of ending we would get, so I must give kudos to the author for keeping me on my toes.I wished there was stronger worldbuilding we see angels and demons fairly briefly, and Lucifer seems to live and work full time in Manhattan, so one wonders how he manages evil in the rest of the world No hell is depicted or alluded to, other than the one on earth, and I wasn t ever sure about the origin or organization of these demons or the efficacy of the angels given Lucifer s power they seemed a little useless On the plus side, given the subject matter, the story never felt preachy or religious.Overall, to me this felt like a strong early draft Really interesting concepts and ideas were on display here and I was engaged with the story I think another round or two of edits and story tightening would have allowed for a polished work, but I d be interested in checking out from this author.Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. So I just finished reading this incredible story It s definitely not your typical love story The twists and turns that the characters encounter, amazing Can t wait to see how things play out in book 2 Emma s heart and soul can t be won with money, gifts, and a nice apartment She wants to love Luc, but when she finds out who he really is and what he really wants from her well I can t say or it would be a spoiler It s a dark romantic fantasy of what happens when one young woman is chosen, but not to be the hero She doesn t even know if she s chosen by good or evil, or both But she knows right from wrong but which one will she pick Wow How do I write a review for this unique, amazing book You ll find Emma struggling and a mysterious man coming to save the day But what really is going on You will feel a rainbow of emotions You ll come to sympathize, care, hurt, be angered, swoon and then question everything Luc I fell for him I came to love him immensely I really did Emma girl, you re something else I loved her and then wanted to possibly kindly smack her a few times HA If you re into PNR with sexy hot moments this is the book for you I can t wait to dive into book 2 and find out what will happen next with these amazing characters 4.5 stars from me