Publication Date: October 11, 2011
Format: Paperback, 337 pages
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars
When she meets Belial, Dahlia can’t wish for a better distraction from life. But a fun night of drinking turns bizarre when Belial introduces Dahlia to Lucien and the rest of her friends, men who are exceedingly rich, in short supply of morals, overflowing with violent tendencies, and interested in everything about her. Dahlia is charmed by her new friends, but something about them seems strangely familiar and it should. Lucien is Lucifer Morningstar, his friends are fallen angels, and Dahlia is no ordinary woman; she is the very reason they were tossed out of Heaven. She is the reincarnated spirit of Lucifer’s equal and former lover, the imprisoned Primangel Ladriam. Within her, lies the power to restart and win the war against Heaven, but first she needs to survive dating the devil.
The story starts off with Lucifer in complete despair, in so much despair that he stayed in the same spot, unmoving for years and years. Plants grew around, and on him until the very house became a forest itself. Right off the bat, this scene enamored me. What has caused his anguish? What great force could sink perhaps one of the powerful biblical figures ever known to man? The next scene jumped to a year later where a couple of strangers stood before an unattended baby carriage. The baby girl who seemed just as enthralled captivated the strangers. And then there was a conversation between the two that hinted on the fact that they knew the baby’s soul as the reincarnation of someone they used to know. I was hooked right then. I was dying to know how Lucifer would react to “seeing” Ladriam again. His soul mate – his better half and the only being equally powerful than Satan himself. Lucifer was both terrified and anxious to see Ladriam again; after all, she was the reason for his world stopping. But seeing Ladriam would also mean her eventual realization for his role in her torture and imprisonment in the hands of Michael. Seriously, after this brief synopsis, why wouldn’t you be freaking pumped to read this refreshing take on angels and demons story? The history is so evolved and heavily laden with complicated myths.
So what went wrong?
I’ll tell you.
Sadly, there was only about 10% of the story that focused on this myth. The rest was spent with the Fallen trying to show Dahlia a good time. Drinking copious amounts of alcohol, partaking in hallucinogens such as ‘shrooms and fairy wine, and basically just showing her what she’s been missing from her sheltered life. I have no idea how these all became relevant to Dahlia remembering who she truly was. I think at some point, Lucifer was given a timeline as to how long the rest of the Fallen would give him before they stepped in and intervene. They wanted to wake up the side of Dahlia that represents the formerly imprisoned and tortured Ladriam. But the whole thing dragged. I don’t know about you, but makeovers, baking cookies, pool parties – they just didn’t seem like the kind of things these angels-gone-bad would do.
I do like the author’s writing. It’s nicely polarized. She could switch from modern slang to an old language that suited the angels. I am also a fan of how well conceptualized her myth was. I just wish she didn’t spend a lot of time focusing on the lighter side of being friends with the devils.
I also like the idea that for every Fallen angel is a sibling counterpart. Lucifer and Michael, Belial and Helion, Berith and Uriel, Paimon and Gabriel…and so on. Like I said, I wish the author cultivated this element of the story even more. It had such great potential.
VERDICT: Despite my misgivings, I liked this book – liked it enough to continue with the series. I have big hopes that the next two books would involve some fierce sword fights and ass-kicking of the heavenly variety. It’s frustrating to see a great story fall flat because the author took it to a direction it had no business of going. This could’ve been so great.