I’ve struggled with this. I can’t say for sure which of the elements of this story bothered me the most; or where it failed to keep my interest. But it was one of those reads that I just wanted to get it over and done with.
Billi SanGreal is a stereo-typical, kick ass heroine. You know the type – the one with a whole slew of personality problems who uses her ass kicking skills to ward off people. I can’t say I blame the girl; her father is a cold fish who sees her as a means to an end…or in this case, to a prophecy. She’s surrounded by a group of men who are one step closer to being religious fanatics. Her mother was killed when she was but a child and the only
questionable feminine influence in her life seems to hate her guts for some odd reason. It was never really explained why.
The author certainly made a big production of highlighting a possible love triangle in the synopsis. But after reading the bits of romantic scenes in this book, I was feeling a whole lot cheated. I know right? Me? whose bane of bookworm existence are LOVE TRIANGLES. Why the heck am I complaining about the lack of this aforementioned possible geometrical romance? Well, the thing is, if you’re expecting any semblance of relationships at all in this book, expect a HUGE disappointment. The majority of the book focuses on the Templar’s continuing fight against the forces of evil which didn’t leave much room for character development. Everyone seems one-dimensional. Billi, our MC pretty much spent the entire time resenting the life that she did not chose, while the rest didn’t have any life outside of the Order.
The plot moved at a break-neck pace which should’ve been a plus for a reader whose got the attention span of a gnat (like me!). Sadly, this wasn’t enough to overcome the over-all detachment I felt while reading this book. Heck, even the supposed romances did not have any kind of build up.
If you’re looking for a darker YA Paranormal with little to zero romance, this is your book. If you’re looking for a unique read out of the endless streams of ho-hum YA fare, this is your book. If you’re not at all timid to read about religions and the many ways they could be misinterpreted, this is your book.
Over all. This book is not for me.