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- Print Length: 514 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Airicka Phoenix (June 23, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 23, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DL0SU9O
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- Lending: Enabled
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Unfortunately, while I was totally hooked, I'm totally disappointed that the author stopped with just two books in series and didn't continue on the path where this story was going. It makes me hesitant to read the second book and be left in wanting. In the end, due the disappointing lack of finish in the series, it gets 4 stars.
Such a Bummer!
Octavian is a Caster, a judge of sorts for Creatures of the Veil. One of the 3 rules passed down from Heaven is to never touch a human. Then in walks Riley and oops, he couldn't keep his hands off her. They are drawn to each other like a moth to a flame, they can't seem to stay away and fall for each other quickly. Everything is stacked against them it seems and just when something gets worked out, another HUGE kink in their plans and lives happen. Both of them are willing to risk anything, except each other, to save the lives of the other. In the background, there's a war brewing between Demons and Angels and it seems the two of them are caught right in the middle, along with Octavian's family and anyone else they love.
I loved this story. I couldn't believe the twists and turns it had and would be almost gasping for air as I read about their fight for survival. I was shocked beyond words when learning of "what" Octavian and his family are. I did NOT see that surprise coming. I loved the humor and the wit throughout the book. I was laughing so much through this book at the one liners and sarcastic remarks. And the romance, while there was some sexy parts, they weren't too horrible that someone who didn't want to read them, couldn't skip over them. I just have to say that the parts I read were pretty tastefully done and steamy.
My favorite parts of the book? Octavian's banter with his brothers. The twins absolutely cracked me up to no end. I loved the way his parents treated each other...with reverence and love. Daphne was a very welcomed surprise. I couldn't quit figure out her story, hadn't guessed it, until it was revealed, but I thoroughly enjoyed her part in the story. Honestly though, I can't remember a "favorite part" because I enjoyed the entire book and would end up quoting it in its entirety. Ugh, now to wait for book 2!!!
That being said, this novel was still an okay reading experience so I gave it 2.5 stars. The author's plot provided a great opportunity to distinguish itself from the proliferation of books housing the paranormal soulmates theme through world building but the author fails to adequately seize the opportunity fully. However, I did like Reily and Octavian tremendously and think that the author did a pretty good job with their character development and chemistry. I also liked the supporting characters. Loved the comradery between the brothers, the intense loyalty among the members of the Maxwell family and how they readily accepted Riley. The H and h's chemistry was sizzling but consummation of their relationship was a dismal disappointment. The so called love scene lacked the vibrancy and "trans-portiveness" that most adults prefer in depictions of physical love. In fact, the love scene and much of the entire novel felt more like something written for teens or young adults. The love scene here actually reminded me of the lack luster one between Bella and Edward in Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga) In fact, Juvenile writing styles and lack luster love scenes are a couple of reasons why I stopped reading books in the YA genre. The vilians were pretty obvious but it was nice to have them confirmed at the end. The story moved at a slower pace than I would have liked but I didn't get bored per se. The story is told from a 3rd person prospective which was perfect. The story contains romance, action, and humor. I really felt empathy for Reily and her lost child hood, sacrifices and, quite frankly, pretty depressing existence prior to meeting the Maxwells. Moreover, what she became seemed really unfair. There are some typos but I didn't find them overly distracting.
Despite the cons, I still found enough to like about this novel that made it an okay reading experience. Nevertheless, I'm glad that I only spent .99. I can't really recommend this novel unless you like YA books and don't mind an ending that doesn't quite tie up all the loose ends. Some might see it as a cliffhanger ending but I don't b/c the next book moves to another brother's story and from what I gather from reading a few of the reviews Reily and Octavian don't play a major role in the story. I don't plan to read the 2nd book in the Series primarily because I met the heroine who will be featured in the next book and I really, really didn't like her. I regret this a little b/c I really liked Gideon.
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