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- Print Length: 346 pages
- Publisher: Black Quill Publishing (November 29, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 29, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LWUZA49
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And i cannot wait for more!
This was definitely a unique take on angels, demons and humans even ;)
This really sets us up for more, and for a very exciting new series!
The relationship between the characters was fresh, new, and exciting
There is mystery, intrigue and excitement. This is definitely a fantastic start to a new world and series by an amazing author!
I will....*patiently* wait for more.....
There’s some context flaws (like in terms of tropes and the heroine being like dismissive of Blake’s gender because he’s not into girls as if that’s the only reason why they could be friends because if he was straight he’s be a real boy and therefore not friend material or something; then there was also her being like grossed out by the word hormone being used in a sentence as if she’s 11 and embarrassed by puberty) and there were some writing flaws in terms of characters and plot projection (like not fleshing out the characters well, relying on very convenient plot devices to propel things forward, and not all the pieces of the plot being as explored as they ought to have been, like the prophecy for example, forward, though I suppose this could be counted towards the fact that this book cuts off very sharply in the middle of a scene and is truly more like “part 1” than “book 1” since no plot arc was completed). Though since this is, by the author’s own words, the first book she ever wrote, I’ll dial back my criticisms a little since a rough first try is acceptable and to be expected.
The romance, while very sweet and the male lead not abusive or anything and the heroine generally pretty likeable, had an air of insta-love or lust-mistaken-for-love that gave things a sort of puppy-dog infatuation feel rather than a true love feel. The lead also falls into that “once I was cold but loving her changed me” trope that’s not super well executed; it’s like he saw her, touched her, then suddenly had a conscience and cared and I’m like it doesn’t work that way it takes time. It was still all warm and fuzzy to read about, but didn’t really feel especially mature or emotionally deep, which I would have expected more of in a new adult book.
The story offered a bit of a new spin on the classic fallen angels mythology without getting heavy on the religious tones (in fact outside of a few mentions the plot doesn’t have any ulterior motives in trying to enforce Christianity) and overall my attention was kept and I want to read the next book to see how it unfolds, but because this book didn’t feel especially well fleshed out and suffers from a few newbie flaws, I can’t rate it higher than 3 stars. I feel like this is a very casual read despite the blurb trying to make it into something much darker; it touches on a few darker themes (mentions a rapist and pedophile and torture and murder and death) but nothing gets very detailed. The sex scenes are very chaste, very mild, but still tasteful. Not hardly erotica; more like just a few paragraphs of acknowledging that they’re having sex and how connected and in love they feel the whole time. There’s no descriptive words that tell you graphically what’s happening, just a few short, vague insinuations like “he slipped inside me.”
My feelings are more on the neutral end, but I think I liked it well enough for what it was. I read the whole book in a single sitting and felt engaged the whole time. I will likely read the next book when it comes out. I know this review sounds a bit more negative than this final statement reflects, but it’s just that these points are easier to discuss at length, whereas the merits of the book are much simpler and quicker to list and seem more evident just through the nature of the book and don’t need to be listed or spoken about as much to be praised. I think if you’re after a casual paranormal book about demons that’s suited for a bit of an older audience (like 16+ if not 18+) and don’t mind the jarring cliffhangers, then this is something to look into definitely. I wouldn’t call it a grand piece of literature or anything, but as a quick little read to scratch that itch for a fantasy with sweet romance it serves its purpose very well.
*I received a free copy via net galley but in no way does that affect my opinion*
I have mixed feelings about this story. Some things I like about the story and some I don’t really care for. First of all I HATE I will repeat that I HATE cliffhangers. So that didn’t help how I felt about this story. I was pulled into the story from the start and stayed there until the end of this story. I thought Viv and Caleb were a great couple considering once Caleb starting responding to Viv. I was definitely scared of Dermont. The plot was great but I felt Viv and Caleb fell in love/ lust to fast especially for someone who basically didn’t have feelings- except for his mom of course. Pacing of the story was good. But at times did feel this was a little rushed. This did remind me of twilight but that was ok because i loved the whole Twilight series. So that wasn’t a big problem. So as you can see there were something I did like and others not so much especially that cliffhanger. I hated that as already mentioned.
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I honestly really enjoyed this book. It was fun, cute and if you include the Devil in the mix, I WILL love it.Read more
That cliffhanger! I should have realized before I started reading it, it very clearly says Part One on the cover, but Cover-Lust is real...Read more