Review: Devil’s Kiss By Sarwat Chadda

Publication Date: September 1st, 2009
Hyperion Books
Format: Paperback, 327 pages
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars
Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she would have to make sacrifices to be in the Knights Templar.  Sacrifices like losing her mother to the Templar’s ongoing battle against the Unholy; sacrifices like trading her childhood in for relentless training; sacrifices that keep her completely  isolated from the world of a normal teen girl.
Billi’s lone wolf status is challenged when her childhood friend, Kay, returns from his psychic training in Jerusalem.  Kay manages to stir things up quickly — he’s gorgeous, arrogant, and wants to slide right back into his old place in Billi’s life.  Billi is skeptical, but interested, until she meets Michael — an ethereally handsome guy who seems to understand her like no one before him, and effortlessly stakes a claim in her heart.
Just as Billi’s starting to enjoy this pleasant new twist to her life, Kay ruins everything.  In a moment of bravado, Kay uses the last of the Templar’s treasures, King Solomon’s cursed mirror, drawing the attention of one of the most dangerous of the Templars’ enemies — The Angel of Death.
Only with the mirror can the dark angel unleash his full powers, and now that he’s heard the call of the mirror, he’ll stop at nothing to get it.  To save London from catastrophe, Billi will have to make sacrifices greater than she’d ever imagined.

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.

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