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Temptation: The Soul Collection Series Paperback – December 28, 2010
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
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I'll have to admit, I was going to pass on this book. The cover was intriguing, and as I read through the reviews I was accosted with a spoil sport review. You know, someone didn't like the book so they left a spoiler review without a warning.
I'm glad that I decided to read it even after the spoiler. The book was a little choppy for me, and the dialog seemed forced in some areas, but over all I thought it was a decent story. It was something different, and that is what I'm always looking for. The book is written from first person POV with chapters alternating between Sunset, a bar owner, and Temptation (Sam), a demon. I think I would have like it better if it would have been completely written from Temptation's POV; he had a child-like quality to his personality as he struggled with new emotions.
This book was the first of a series called The Soul Collection Series, I will be looking for the next one.
This is a good, quick, entertaining read. It takes place in a small town with your typical nice girl, the town jerk who's obsessed with her and the mysterious stranger who wins her heart. The main characters were good and chapters switch between Temptation/Sam and Sunset. The Collector was interesting, I enjoyed his evilness and I liked Sunsets best friend, Anna Mae, who was funny, bold and tough.
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Some parts of the story can be slightly confusing for some depending on your beliefs on the meaning of pure souls, temptations, sins, etc., since the boundaries aren't very clear. Like with the intimate scene between Sam and Sunset which never really went anywhere because of an unexpected interruption. If lust is a sin then the Collectors job could have been completed simply by allowing that scene to play out, boom, he could mark her soul and call it a job well done and on with the war which would have made sense given Sam is the demon of Temptation. What didn't quite make sense and was a bit out of character for me was why would Temptation try to physically harm Sunset when in control of Sam's body? Why not continue with his tempting? Yet why would he do either if it gives the Collector the upper hand? And would the Collector really let a chance to mark Sunsets soul pass by just so he could torture Sam with her death instead? Hmm, so there are some things that raise questions, but if you take it as it is it's a pretty good read. I did expect it to be a little darker but I really enjoyed it and the whole thing with the demons Temptation and the Collector were entertaining and intriguing. I love the cover and I would gladly read the next one which might focus on new characters since Sam and Sunsets journey seemed to come to a satisfying close...at least for now.
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