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Cristina Mera Richards is a young, parentless woman stuck between a rock and hard place where the only thing going for her is a faithful caregiver and a unique ability to see the grim reaper, hear spirits, and alleviate the pain of people gripped by a tormenting, diseased death known as the Withering. This alleviation of pain is what Cristina Mera refers to as "Mercies" and she's performed at least ten of them by the time the book starts.
Unfortunately, her beauty, inheritance, and this unique "Mercies" ability has her in the sights of the two evilest men she knows in a society where misogyny, corruption, and false pretenses are alive and well and there's little Cristina Mera can do about it. So she initially thinks...
I have to say, I haven't read anything like this before and it was a really fun read. The quality of writing and imagination is high and the narrative flows easily. The world Liv Olteano builds is one I've never seen before, either. For those looking for a paranormal story that's outside of just ghosts, vampires, or shapeshifters, you've found it.
Our protagonist, Cristina Mera, is clever and brave but is far from all powerful. She also happens to have hot pink hair, a lip piercing, and a full back tattoo. The supporting cast is interesting and there's a lot going on in the story that's underneath the surface (puns intended). At any point where I thought the story might be predictable, I found my presumptions to be wrong.
For the romance, there's not insta-love but there is insta-intensity between Christina Mera and her love interest. The story is much bigger than the romantic aspect and for the ratio of all other story elements to the romance piece, I'd say it's 75/25, maybe. It's basically enough to liven up the story without it getting in the way.
Aside from the sinister element, the read is very clean considering this is a book consumed with death. There's no gore or explicit sex (though the intimacy scenes are on the spicier side). Swearing is non-existent unless you count the phrase "Sweet ink and needles!"
The only critique I have is that the climax felt more rushed than I'd have liked it to be but, overall, it's a really solid read.
The book wraps up its storyline but it certainly seems like this may be the first book of a new series. I certainly hope so. I'd love to follow the story of Cristina Mera further.
I think readers of "The One Who Eats Monsters" by Casey Matthews or fans of Elizabeth Watasin's works would particularly enjoy this.
I give this 4.5 stars and definitely recommend.
The planet has been killed and the only way to survive is to live on hover platforms that run on the souls of the dead. The immortal alchemist that runs the platform seems to be killing more people, to keep the platform running, every week. Cristina knows she is different and swears she will kill this evil soul collecting alchemist. With people pulling Cristina in all different directions, can she keep it all together and still get her revenge?
It sounds like an odd premise that is dark, and it is dark, but it’s well explained. I was impressed the author was able to explain everything without making it seem like constant info dumps. You are not reading this book lost, wondering what the hell is going on. And as out there as the premise is, it is well written.
I must admit I was impressed with the romance. While there are no sex scenes, there is intimacy and the chemistry is absolutely there. With a book with a lot going on and not a ton of time for romance, I’m really impressed how good the chemistry actually is. For a book with no sex scenes this is still moderately explicit if that makes any sense.
While there is not a cliffhanger, there is still plenty of threads left open for a sequel. If there is a book 2, I will absolutely read it and I really hope there is. I would recommend this to steampunk fans, fantasy fans and paranormal fans. This was much better than I expected and I’m glad I read it. Thanks Lov2laf for the rec.
An ARC was given to me for a honest review.
The writing itself is well done and I saw no real grammatical or flow errors. The story kept the pace the whole time with only the climax seeming a tad rushed. There aren't any unnecessary bloody scenes and the romance and language are kept clean. Overall this is an awesome book and I hope to see a sequel soon.