[440]: Possession (Fallen Angels, #5) by J.R. Ward

New American Library | Hardcopy, 529 pages
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013
Adult Fiction | Paranormal Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

At the end of Rapture, Jim Herron, our resident angel made a bargain with the devil herself: a flag for Sissy Barton. We then find him on tenterhooks at the beginning of Possession, waiting anxiously for Divina’s seemingly reluctant decision. Surprising, considering her determination to win this war of world domination matches only that of Jim’s. But perhaps Jim’s drive to win this war is waning as he gets closer to victory. After all, he only needs one more win and it’s game over. Handing over a flag in exchange for a soul that Jim can’t forget means that with one win, Divina could likely even out the score.

Jim’s obsession with Sissy Barton’s soul will prove to be costly as they lose one important player on their side of salvation.

As you can tell from the picture, I downloaded a copy of this book from Audible (I had a free download) even though I already own a hardcopy. I don’t normally have any problems reading J.R. Ward’s books, but it’s getting harder and harder to read these books. This series is pretty much my go-to when I’m missing the Brothers. But let’s call it for what it is, shall we? We all know that it’s an anaemic substitute. For me, I’m not that invested in it as much as I’ve been with BDB. I also found myself nitpicking every single thing about Ward’s writing in this series. The more I read, the more I realize how much of a habitual writer she is.  I notice how much she loves using nouns as verbs; and the number of times she used “in the awkward silence that followed” was made even more pronounced when the novel is being narrated rather than read.

Speaking of which, there is something really grating with the narrator’s voice. The gruff that comes through the listener’s ears is hardly pleasing, to be honest. I could barely keep myself laughing during sex scenes; worse still when he tries to narrate a female character’s POV.

Back to the novel, Jim really ticked me off here. His obsession with Sissy was at an all-time high. Without consulting with Adrian (his partner in crime), he made the deal with Divina knowing that they’re so close to winning. The only thing that would make all these annoyance worth my while is if something comes of this relationship between Sissy and Jim. Fortunately for them, it looks promising.

Regardless of how I felt with this novel, I am looking forward to reading Immortal. It is, after all, the last book to this series. Possession (and the Fallen Angels series, for that matter) lacked the most important ingredient to Ward’s novels: her male characters aren’t nearly as sigh-worthy as the Brothers.

  • I’ve picked up book one of this series, and just couldn’t get into it at the time which is strange since I enjoy both J.R. Ward and Angel themes. Sorry this one was not your favorite, but I’m glad you’re excited to pick up the last one. LOL, anything after the Brothers is going to be hard not to compare *sigh* Wonderful review 🙂

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    I found this series hard to get into after reading the BDB books. It is nowhere near as good and even gave up halfway through the second book. It is hard to remain invested in a series and it sounds like you found this book particularly hard to get into. Good review though!

  • I need to read this series. I have not read any books in it but I hear good things and it sounds just like the kind of thing I would love!

  • I love or loved BDB series, I’m not so sure where I stand right now, but I couldn’t get into the this series at all. I tried reading the 1st book, put it on hold and never get back to it and I don’t see myself doing it in the near future. The things you said about this book and Ward’s writing I also noticed in the last few BDB novels. Great review!

  • Great review Joy. <3 I'm glad you enjoyed this book. But aw, I'm sorry it wasn't perfect. Hmph. I have not read this series, but I do like this cover 😀 Pretty. <3 Hope you will love the final book when you get to read it 🙂 Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

  • I tried with the first book in this series and just couldn’t get into the story. I also listened to the audio version, but I don’t remember anything notable about it. Sorry to hear this was grating to you and I hope the series gets back on track with the next book. Great review! 🙂

  • I’m getting kinda sick of Ward’s BDB series to be honest, so I was considering giving her Fallen Angels a go, but now I’m not so sure. Book 3, and already 3-stars? However, the fact that there’s only supposed to be four installments is a little more manageable. And, swoon-worthy male characters in PNR are a MUST. Hmm…

  • I haven’t tried this series yet but I have the 5 first books of her other series so I know I’ll read it one day. My co-blogger have read these ones and she liked them but I know she didn’t love them.

  • This series isn’t as spectacular as BDB… I agree with you re: Jim & Sissy. I can’t connect with his obsession. What I do enjoy very much in this series though is his banter with Divina, that demon always gets me laughing.

  • I have never tried this series or her other one and I think I am okay with that. I am sorry this didn’t quite live up to your expectations of it.

  • Sorry to hear it wasn’t quite what you expected and narrator was grating. Hope the next one is better for you.

  • I think I only read the 3rd book in this series so far, and from what I know they cover the deadly sins or something, which was really fascinating to me. I usually don’t read books out of order, but it was a review copy. Glad to hear you are still enjoying the series, I guess it’s hard to live up to the BDBH. Great review Joy!