Devil at the Crossroads by Cornelia Grey ~ Review by Marc

Hey guys, this is another R4R title (it was released on my birthday, yay 🙂 and I enjoyed it, especially the poetic writing, though it didn’t connect with me  emotionally as other stories have.

I can recommend it for those of you intrigued by crossway demon lore, deals with the devil and poetic language.

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It’s a short one, so give it a try if you need something short and don’t mind some emotional distance.

The facts:

Author:
eBook ISBN:
978-1-62649-058-1
eBook release:
Sep 23, 2013
eBook Formats:
pdf, mobi, html, epub
Word count:
19,100
Page count:
72
Type:
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The cover: Loved the cover. It does have the blues feeling to it. I was part of an art exhibition team for a series about blues musicians in the deep south and the cover image looks authentic and appealing.

The title: It shows readers exactly what to expect and works very well in that capacity 😉

The story: So, since I recently researched blues musicians for the mentioned art exhibition and Crossroads demons for another project, this was very interesting. It seemed like the author and I shared some sources and I always thought the lore would make for a great story. It’s about a young man who sold his future to a cross road devil to become a famous and successful blues musician, but wastes his talent until it is to late and the time comes for him to keep his end of the nefarious deal. This is where the story begins and it jumps around in a way that made me think of the finale of every Supernatural season, with “then” and “now”. For a short story like this it does work rather well, and the writing is truly beautiful.

I think my main problem with the story was that it felt a bit cold. I didn’t feel the heat and chemistry between the characters and thus I appreciated the story and writing, but didn’t fall in love with the book. I think this would be awesome in a longer novel where the musician and the devil could start as enemies and turn to lovers, exploring as their relationship changes and develops, but nothing like that really happens here imo. There is too little meaningful interaction and though there is definitively lust, it wasn’t enough for me to carry the book.

I still liked the book and I’m glad I read it, but I’m sure there is a lot more potential in this story. Definitively would love to read a version that was expanded to a novel and think it could be really, really great.

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4 thoughts on “Devil at the Crossroads by Cornelia Grey ~ Review by Marc

  1. I’ve had my eye on this book for sometime but have put off reading it. Thanks for the review, it really helped me come to a decision.

  2. Great review. Exactly what you said is why I tend to avoid short stories. When they have the potential to be great, it’s always disappointing when they don’t fulfill that promise.

  3. Thanks. I’m glad you liked the review and that I could help. I have read some really awesome shorts and I’m glad I read this one as well. But it’s true, not all shorts manage to use the fewer words to their maximum.

    There are actually some great free shorts and 100 word flash fics from authors like Kaje Harper and also members interested in writing in the flash fiction and more folder of the MM Romance group on Goodreads. 🙂

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