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September 9, 2014

DEVIL MUSIC by Carly Orosz

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Book One
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Product Details
Hair Metal Gets A "Devilish" Makeover
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Carly Orosz studied English at Kalamazoo College, and earned an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She has published poems in WAVELENGTH JOURNAL and SPOUT MAGAZINE.  She has done extensive research on 80s hair metal music and has read every book on the Satanic Panic that she could find.  She currently resides in Kalamazoo, MI.

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I found this book to be very enjoyable.  I'm hoping there will be a second book.
From the time I started reading I was intrigued with what would happen in the main conflict of the story. I just couldn't  put the book down although I had to a few times.  Quite a long book, but good.  There are quite a few supernatural events to keep the reader reading and wanting more.  The characters and the secondary themes were the most intriguing of the book.Ms. Orosz wrote the characters so that you could visualize and hear them speaking.  The author didn't give a clean cut between evil and good.  Ms. Orosz raising the question of morality within an individuals own beliefs.
I do wish the author had given a few more details about the characters previous lives..  What we hear of is their lives now.  I feel any time a reader is left wanting more, then that is a good book. I'm hoping there will be a book two.  The author gave some really good major themes in the book.
1. The idea that not being "normal" is okay.
None of us are normal, whatever normal may be.
2.Turning creature tropes on their heads.
3. The misguided nature of the "Satanic Panic" in the 1980's.  To some this was quite a scare and to others it was a possible different approach to "religion".
4. Feeling that good and evil aren't always so black and white.  Nothing is black and white, there is a gray section in everything. Everyone has good and evil i n them, only to different extents.
5.  Showing strength in different ways.  Strength is not always physical.  Strength can be mental and emotional.
6. Finding friendship in unexpected places.  There are people in all walks of life, in every nook and cranny of the streets that are looking desperately for a friend.  You just have to look and then make sure you take time to find out about them before you become too friendly.
Life is not just good and evil. There is good, there is evil and there is a combination of the two.  

I was given a complimentary copy of DEVIL MUSIC from the author, Carly Orosz and Smith Publicity for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

 I would give this book 4 NOTES.
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summary(from Amazon)
  • Paperback: 710 pages
  • Publisher: LogSine Labs (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996028102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996028103
  •  Cain Pseudomantis leads a miserable life. Bound to the mortal world by a powerful spell no demon could hope to break, he must obey his human master’s every command or face harsh punishment. He finds solace in the rock music which he listens to when he isn’t running unsavory errands for his master. Then everything changes. While on a mission in a seedy section of 1980s Los Angeles, Cain impulsively buys an electric guitar and discovers an unusual talent for music, a talent that catapults him to hair metal stardom. With three superpowered human band mates and his beautiful girlfriend Michelle by his side, his life starts to look a lot better. But Cain soon finds that even rock stars have troubles. The crusading televangelist Nathaniel Breen—who happens to be Michelle’s father—accuses him of turning the city’s youth to Satan worship. Meanwhile a mysterious killer known only as the Engineer terrorizes the Los Angeles rock scene with a series of brutal murders. When Cain and his friends attempt to unmask the killer, they discover a deadly secret that could cost Cain his hard-won freedom, and possibly his life.
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DEVIL MUSIC can be purchased on, and iBooks.

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