[501]: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

6329547 GOODREADS SUMMARY
ACE | Kindle, 340 pp.
Published: Sep 29th, 2009
Series: The Edge, #1
Adult Fiction | Paranormal | Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


Having recently devoured Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews, I was looking to see if this writing duo is as great as everyone proclaims them to be. I considered my previous experience with Kate Daniels and decided then that I wasn’t ready to go back to that world yet. When I read the synopsis for this one, I have to admit that I wasn’t at all taken with it first. Well, lo and behold! It only took a couple of chapters before I was sucked in.

You have to understand that fantasy is not my idea of fun reading. And while this one is admittedly not in the league with Ken Follet or say, Sanderson. I say this one is the kind of fantasy that I could easily grow fond of. I love this world. I love how there are three dimensions that readers could explore: the Broken, which reminds me of the world normal humans inhabit; the Weird which is a fantastical world that combines the mythical, magical, and the human world; and The Edge, which is where the gifted, the magically-inclined, and the fantastical creatures live.

Rose is yet another wonderful heroine that I’m beginning to see as this writing duo’s signature M.O. She’d  become the single parent to her siblings at such a young age. Frankly, she hasn’t had an easy go at it. Employment is hard to come by on the Edge, so she has to go the Broken to find work. But because she’s an Edger, she’s considered as an undocumented alien. Those who knew of her kind takes advantage of this fact. She scrimps and save just to make her income last to feed her little family. Add to the fact that she’s developed a reputation through no fault of her own, she’s got enemies left and right. Mostly, former suitors who would sell her to the highest bidder.

She is the last known ‘flasher’ on The Edge. Because of this, blue bloods would pay big money for her DNA. Fortunately, she’s got strong magic, which basically makes her untouchable. So when Declan Camarine stumbles upon their little adobe, Rose assumes he only wants to impregnate her. And she would be right. However, Rose will fight him tooth and nail before he could drag her to his world. Their relationship is the kind borne from mistrust first. But Declan soon worms his way into Rose’s family.

That’s the least of Rose’s problem though. Lately, there’s been a rash of dangerous creatures drawn to The Edge’s magic. But the most pressing of all is the monster perpetuating all the deaths and the possible destruction of Rose’s world. She would need Declan to help protect The Edge.

Honestly guys, this book is beautiful in all its strange glory. Don’t take my word for it, download it. I know it’s an old publication, and I normally would skip reviewing it, but I just had to talk about it. Fantastic world and unforgettable characters. I can’t believe I almost missed out on this series. Tragic. Tragic.

 

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[474]: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

DSC_0807GOODREADS SUMMARY | Self-Published | Paperback, 371 pages | Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


Refried beans.

Have you ever heard of refried beans? I gotta tell you, the first time I’d seen it on a menu, I had to try and hide the grimace on my face. I mean, who wants to eat leftover beans that had been recycled to make it more palatable? It seems suspect to me.  When it arrived on my plate, however, it didn’t look nearly as bad as I’d first imagined it. In fact, it was actually quite tasty.

At the risk of sounding like an asshole, it’s as close as I can describe how I feel whenever I hear the frantic buzz of a new JLA book. I have a predisposition to judge it based on previous experiences with her books.

She’s one of those authors who’d found her specific writing niche. So comfortable in fact, that she’s become stagnant, in my opinion. I don’t care whichever way you sell her characters. To me, they’re cut from the same cloth. And this is what I mean when I compare her books to refried beans. But after Wicked, I can at least admit it to myself that maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to judge until I actually had a “taste” for them, eh?

Confession:

I had a bit of a bad personal experience with JLA’s publisher that I’d rather not share. Needless to say, I’ve been so stupidly using that as a fodder for not reading her books. Call it maturity, but I think I’m ready to forget, and give them another go.

I’ve read the initial books to a couple of her popular series and have loved them. I couldn’t, however, garner up enough motivation to continue on. I attempted to read the sequels, but after a few chapters, I gave up on them. To me, the maddening He-Men that so many of her fans have loved lent for a teeth-gnashing, stressful reading experience.

The alpha-male has left the building.

I think one of the reasons why I relatively enjoyed this one is because the over-aggressive love interest was absent. Ren is the opposite of every guy that I’ve known from her books. He’s not moody; he doesn’t sulk when he doesn’t get what he wants. Nor does he tell Ivy what to do. In other words, he’s not an asshole. That being said, Ren didn’t really incite heart palpitations. And before you tell me to make up my mind, I’ll have you know that men who tell their women what to do annoy me to no end. So Ren being the anti-JLA hero is not the reason why he didn’t make my heart sing. He was just…unremarkable.

They’re all the same to me.

I can’t say there is anything remotely original about the paranormal elements in this book. If you’re a regular reader of books that feature fae creatures, I say you’re already quite versed with the world JLA has created. It’s the usual thing: an elite, covert group of humans trained to kill all encroaching fae is suddenly faced with their biggest challenge yet. One by one, their kind is being hunted, bludgeoned and killed in a way that suggest all their training is no longer sufficient if they ever have any hope in hell in protecting the world from these creatures. There was fae royalty; a gateway they need to close. Even the twist was predictable, as is the conflict in the romance aspect of the book.

However,

that’s not to say the book wasn’t interesting. I still found it enjoyable, and engrossing. Though, that probably has to do with me being an occasional reader of this sub-genre. Regardless of how I felt about this book, I am curious enough to see where the author is going to take her readers. And as predictable as it may seem, I’m keeping hope that she’ll manage to wow me in the end.

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

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GOODREADS SUMMARY
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.

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[436]: The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)by Deborah Harkness

16054217 GOODREADS SUMMARY
Viking Adult | Hardcover, 561 pages
Publication Date: July 15th, 2014
Adult Fiction | Urban Fantasy
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


After a couple of weeks of being completely immersed in this series, I’m feeling a little bereft. For one, I’m going to miss the characters, and for another, it left me disastisfied. I read nothing but these books every single day until I finished the trilogy. At first, I thought I was going to be encumbered by the sheer volume of each books; and considering I’m not a huge reader of the genre, I did pretty good speed-wise. I only meant to give the first book a chance. But lo and behold! I enjoyed them – immensely. I really love how Ms. Harkness was able to twist history and somehow amalgamate it into something believable and surreal at the same time.

The first two books certainly created enough anticipation for what Ashmole 782 (The Book of Life) would reveal. And most of the not-so-wonderful review touched on how anti-climactic everything was. I too, felt the same way. I also felt that Diana’s powers was blown into a a deity-like stature that when she finally got up to embracing her abilities, it wasn’t nearly as astronomical as I was led to believe.

I also felt like there were a lot of story arches that she introduced then just merely glanced over. This is the point where I want to demand a refund. Matthew’s bid to build his own scion in New Orleans was pointless. I was anticipating an epic battle. I was thinking, yes. Bring it, Benjamin. Matthew’s gathering himself an army! But aside from displaying his unnatural ability to remember the names of those he killed, and introducing us to what seems to be another random character (Ransome), I didn’t really understand the point.

Another source of my dislike was the way Emily’s story was handled. Without giving too much away, I thought her character was [spoiler] disposed of rather too quickly and without any clear explanation [spoiler].

Gallowglass’ romantic interest towards auntie was sudden, I thought. I mean, where the heck did that come from?! Unrequited love is sooo overrated. And mean. Especially for a guy as wonderful as Gallowglass.

This book, despite the heft, meandered in a lot of ways that the first two didn’t. Everything happened and nothing resolved, so to speak. I would still like to argue that it boasts some pretty intricate plot lines that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. And yes, brilliant. But perhaps this last book was a bit rushed? This series is one that you can’t help but read languidly. It’s rich in history, with a dark and sensuous ambiance reminiscent of The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. Deborah Harkness knows how to weave an intricate thread that readers of the genre would only be too happy to unravel. Despite my problems with this book, I remain awe struck by how beautiful the stories were of her vampires and witches.

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Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz

19661080 GOODREADS SUMMARY
HBG Audio | Audiobook
Publication Date: September 9th, 2014 by Hyperion
Adult Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


Because of my track record with Melissa’s books, I was more than determined to find one of hers that I could like. When I was contacted by HBG, I did not hesitate to give her another go. I think this copy, being an audiobook, helped. I think the actual book will be slow for some at first; because as far as I could tell from the narration, the book will be heaped with narratives as the author tries to build the story from the ground up.  

In case you haven’t heard, this brand new series is a continuation of her Blue Bloods series.  A second cycle, if I may. So there were some explanations of concurrent events leading up to this book; some confusing, some relatively easy to follow.

Set ten years after the 7th book, Vampires of Manhattan features characters from her YA paranormal series that have matured, aged…er, so to speak. I wish I can tell what had changed but, unfortunately, I wouldn’t know where to start. Would non-readers of Blue Bloods be confused, you ask? Well, maybe. If there’s one prevailing confusion in this book, it’s that it uses some terminology that may have been introduced in Blue Bloods. That, and once again, this book comes with an entire city of POVs. I’m thinking this is a Melissa de la Cruz thing. Because this is the second series of hers that comes loaded with multiple POVs. In the end though, I got through it just fine (unlike The Ring and the Crown). What’s more shocking is how much I liked this book. So much so that I’m tempted to read Blue Bloods despite the prevalent designer name drops (which, I dislike) and the Mean Girl/Gossip Girl hive mentality that everyone  touched on  majority of the reviews.

The vampires have somewhat fallen into a tentative peace. They respect the new leader of the coven, Oliver and abide by the laws. But there’s a new set of danger sweeping New York City. Girls are being brutally murdered; made into a boneless heap of bloodless broken dolls. On top of that, pentagrams are popping up in the vicinity of the crime scene. Which led the authorities to believe that a new breed of monster is prowling the city. It’s up to Oliver and his people to find the murderer before humans become aware of what walked amongst them. 

Vampires, werewolves, demons and angels. This series has pretty much every single paranormal characters that I’ve sworn to stay away from in the past. But I’m thinking the tides are changing, as lately, I’ve been drawn to this type of books. This new series features some characters that are worth your acquaintance; starting with Mimi and king of darkness himself, Kingsley.  They are literally, Persephone and Hades; two characters that I’ve harboured interests in the past. This time, this married couple have had some falling out. See, Mimi cannot stand to live in the underworld and Kingsley could not leave his dominion. This is the first time that I’ve been interested in secondary players rather than the major characters. I can’t begin to explain why I’m so drawn to this couple. But if there’s one thing that will get to me read the rest of the books in this series, it is these two. 

A wonderful start to what promises to be a darker version of Blue Bloods. 

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The Beautiful Ashes [Broken Destiny, #1] by Jeaniene Frost

17158976 GOODREADS SUMMARY
Harlequin | ARC Paperback, 299 pages
Publication Date: August 26th, 2014
Adult Fiction | Paranormal Romance
Rating 3 out of 5 Stars


For a book as suspenseful and action-packed such as this, it boggles the mind that it took me two weeks to finally shelve this book, read.

Paranormal Romance fans will gobble this up like strawberries dipped in Nutella. I, on the other hand, was sadly bored. However, I think you can all blame it on me. My interest in these types of stories have been waning for a while now, so I’m saddened that I couldn’t be more excited about this brand new series from an author whose work I’ve enjoyed in the past.

Since she was a child, Ivy has been seeing some frightening visions which she suppressed by getting medicated. Every one thinks that she’s suffering from some sort of dementia. It was only in the recent events that she’s come to grips with exactly what those visions meant, as they were coming more frequently. Spurred on by the disappearance of her sister, she will discover the real truth about her identity and a destiny that she may or may not have a choice in the matter. Unless she does something about it.

So listen, the world building here is…well, it’s as to be expected, I supposed. The demon world is dark, cold, full of savage torture and killing of humans; frightening, and beautiful creatures. Jeaniene is, if anything very thorough, and explicit. I also love the lore; the myth, in which she combined a couple of Old and New Testament characters to based this series on. Descendants of David (good guys), and of Judas (bad guys) are at war for universal domination. They both need three weapons to defeat each other: David’s slingshot, Moses’ staff and the third is to be revealed. But only the last remaining descendant of David is able to find these weapons, so Ivy, being the last Davidian will always have a target on her back. Not to be killed, mind you. But to be used as a Hallowed weapons detector.

Her counterpart, and ultimately, her romantic interest is Adrian. He is a demon and whose destiny is to betray Ivy. I’m a huge fan of forbidden romances, and theirs couldn’t be any more forbidden than if Lucifer’s daughter and the Angel Gabriel’s son got together. The UST frustrated me to no end, but I’m glad Jeaniene didn’t rush it for the sake of pleasing her readers.

The other thing that frustrated me with this book is the unnecessary omission of truth from all parties. I mean, seriously. You tell a girl she’s meant to obliterate the demon realm, then skip some pertinent parts was just ridiculous. In the end, everything looked like a blatant attempt to manufacture conflict.

My Two Cents:

I will remain optimistic that this series will only get better from here. Provided that there are no more secrets to be had, I think fans of Frost should be able to forgive some of this book’s nuisances.

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Murder of Crows [The Others, #2] by Anne Bishop

GOODREADS SUMMARY
NAL | Hardcover, 354 pages
March 4th, 2014
Adult Fiction | Urban Fantasy | Paranormal
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Murder of Crows began with a prophecy of literal murder of the Crows: black feathers in the snow, blood and gore in the hands of humans. If you’re wondering why this seems curiously cataclysmic, it is because animals of any kind are supposed to be treated with deference and fear in this series. They held such an importance because they serve as the Others’ first defence against attack.

As per any other prophecies that Meg Corbyn foretold, the Others and the human police department had to piece her vision together before the horrors of war (between humans and Others) escalates into nightmares unimaginable. The illicit and deadly drug,“gone wolf” are being used against the Others, and with that, the revelation that girls that has the blood of a cassandra sangue are being grinded and mixed in with meat sold for public consumption. Needless to say, the results are fatal and catastrophic. The bright light in the horizon is that the end of the Controller is at hand. In some way, this was both a reason to rejoice, and as well, a disappointment. I will have to let you read the novel so you can find out what happens.

Anne Bishop’s second offering to her Others series kept up with the majority – if not all – of what was engrossing in Written in Red. While the action/conflict happened away from the Courtyard, the intensity and suspense prevalent in the first book continued on here as well. More human civilization is at risk of disappearing due to mankind’s inability to accept the status quo; but that didn’t stop them from trying to eliminate the Others. Fools.

The readers are given a more in-depth insight into Meg’s abilities, and her former life as an enslaved blood prophet. It is through “Jean” that we see exactly how horrific their lives were. Jean has taken to harming herself to see what was in the cards for her, and the method she used to cut without having the Walking Names (blood prophets’ minders) know was nauseating. Readers will also know the extent of torture and punishments the cassandra sangue went through; disturbing, sickening, and gruesome are just a few words that come to mind.

I’m a huge fan of the progression of Meg and Simon’s relationship. At the most, these two are circling each other, trying to get a feel for what the other want. One thing’s for sure, where Simon is more often ill-at-ease with wearing his human skin, it’s pretty obvious that he’d rather be in his human form while he’s with Meg. Meg, on the other hand, uses his wolf form as an excuse to get close to him, to nuzzle him, and pet him. It’s pretty cute and grin-inducing when these two are alone. They’re all kinds of awkward but man, the sizzle is pretty palpable. I cannot wait to see where these two are headed.

If I haven’t been obvious enough, I am completely, utterly, desperately in love with this series. I wish I’m privileged enough to receive the next book way ahead of everyone. Oh well. I guess I’ll wait on bended knees.

 

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Written in Red by Anne Bishop

NAL | Hardcover, 433 pages
March 5th, 2013
Urban Fantasy | Adult Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Set in an alternate universe where humans are the less dominant creatures, The Others series, is perhaps one that can easily be bypassed by readers of this genre. After all, shapeshifters and vampires have been written and reinvented many times over. So what else can it offer for readers and non-readers alike? 

Meg Corbyn escaped from prison that held beings like her: cassandra sangue. She’s a blood prophet; foretellers of the future read through blood that they’d spilled. They are slaves, used for profit by a man called the Controller. Their prophecies are worth a fortune, and their blood can be both   a source of bliss and violent death. 

When she stumbled upon Lakeside Courtyard, she saw a chance to hide among the terra indigene, the earth natives who rule the continent. She will be virtually untouchable if she’s under the protection of The Others. But first, Meg will have to gain their trust, beginning with the disdainful leader of the pack, Simon Wolfgard. 

When she was hired to be the Human Liaison, no one expected for her to last a day. But Meg is determined to make some semblance of life, and escape a nightmare. To their surprise, Meg became more than just clever meat. She started out as an amusing curiosity, then she slowly snuck her way into everyone’s lives. 

With prophecies thrumming in her blood, Meg will have to find a way to release them without letting anyone know what she truly is. But when human forces determined to bring down the Courtyard, and the Controller hot on her heels, Meg will have to heed the call of bloodletting.  

This is indeed, a rarity for me. To have enjoyed urban fantasy immensely – let alone read one – is astonishing. I procrastinated reading this for the only reason that I’ve never been a reader of the genre. Over the last few years, The Black Dagger Brotherhood is the only series that prevented me from being a reader-non-grata. That is an annual read, dear readers. Otherwise, I know nothing about the ins and outs of this field. 

Written in Red have been widely enjoyed by a lot of trusted friends on Goodreads, but I still had doubts. So last week, while I was packing for the weekend, I decided to take a peek to get a feel for the book. Well, colour me happy when a couple of chapters went by without my noticing. 

Let me be clear, I am not knowledgeable in this genre. I don’t know what makes for a fantastic Urban Fantasy read. What I can tell you is it has the clever ability to captivate until you’ve practically read the book in one sitting. The Black Dagger Brotherhood has the same characteristic, and why I am up to date with the series ( 12th book coming out next week). The world, the characters, and their stories are  highly immersive. Anne Bishop perfected a formula wherein abject suspense, and ominous terror was blended with heaping spoon of humour, and the characters are the proverbial cherry on top. 

I love Meg’s innocence and determination; I love Simon’s ferociousness, and Tess’s mysterious and fierce ability. I love the seemingly familial dynamics of the community, and the reluctant trust they placed on the humans that they let into their fold. I even love the Elementals, which I thought were the most powerful beings in this world. I love stepping into a different kind of universe where humans are subspecies that have to live and abide by the paranormals’ rules. 

It’s so exciting to find a series that I could love. I know it’s still early in the game (the second book just came out), but like I mentioned above, Urban Fantasy is pretty much unchartered territory for me. I have very little doubts that I will tire of these books easily. 

Do yourselves a favour and pick up Written in Red. Guaranteed to keep you up at night, not from terror but the book itself will not allow you to put it down. 

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Rapture [The Fallen Angels, #4] by J.R. Ward

Solid PNR, distinctively Ward
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Rapture [The Fallen Angels, #4]
by J.R. Ward
NAL | Hardcover, 502 pages
Back from hell, ex-XOPs Matthias woke up naked cuddling Jim Heron’s grave. Memory’s a little clouded but he’s got one clear destination in mind: Caldwell, New York. Trekking through the dark streets of where ever-the-freck ville, he comes face to bumper with Mels Carmichael’s decrepit Honda. From then on, their lives get tangled and right in the pathway of the ultimate good vs. evil battle. 

Matthias knew it was bad news to keep bothering the pretty reporter especially since he feels all kinds of tingly whenever he sees her. And Mels was also aware of how bad it was to start something with a homeless, suffering from amnesia, seemingly dangerous man but she can’t seem to say no and couldn’t stop herself from seeing him no matter how hard she tries. There’s something about the scarred, broken man that appeals to her on some deep level regardless of the alarm bells that keeps ringing in her head.

In the midst of it all, the battle between Jim Heron and Devina is about to come to a head as both try to win a long-fought war. With the score about to even out, Jim and Devina will up the ante to get what they’ve been wanting all along: Jim, to save Sissy from hell and Devina to get Jim for herself – oh and universe domination. Regardless of who will stand victor when the dust settles, Matthias stands in the middle of this old as time tug-of-war. 

J.R. Ward can do no wrong in my eye. She keeps astounding me with her story lines and perfectly drawn broken characters. I’ve been meaning to read this book for awhile but have stalled when the last one didn’t really hit the spot. I was really interested in how Matthias’ story would play out, knowing his abruptly ended in book 2. And Ward didn’t disappoint. The book was everything I’ve come to love about her writing:  

Replete with action and spine-tingling suspense, this book may or may not satisfy some of the true JR Ward fans out there. One thing I’d like to say is that her male characters’ voices are starting to sound the alike – that had I not been a fan, I’d probably start to pass on these books. But I love all her men, so I couldn’t care less. BDB it’s not, but her Fallen Angels series is just the thing that her fans need to pass the time while waiting for the next BDB book.
My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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Immortal Surrender [The Curse of the Templars, #2] by Claire Ashgrove

Legendary knights, angels, demons, and fated romance.
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Immortal Surrender [The Curse of the Templars, #2] by Claire Ashgrove
Tor | Mass market Paperback, 448 pages

I tend to stay away from covers like this. Heaving bosoms, long flowing locks…and those are just the men for starters. Heh. At least this one is not your typical historical fiction where women wore gowns that couldn’t hold their bosoms in. And in any case, this is not really a historical romance but the cover is one that makes me want to read the book in hiding. Best left read in the privacy of your homes.

Anyway. This book was sent to me for review by the awesome people of Tor but not the first book. So I really have no other back stories as to how it all began. For the most part, I thought it was easy enough to follow but when the story starts to go deeper into the legend of the knights, it got a bit confusing for me.

For example, and this may be a general knowledge but not to me, how were the knights chosen? How many are there? I obsessed about it through the majority of the book because I’d like to know exactly how many of them could go dark. I love that the knights are sort of in a no-win situation. They have to kill Azazel’s demons but for every demon that they kill, the evil that lives within gets absorbed into their souls. In the end, some of the knights will turn dark if they don’t find their fated soulmates in time. Which brings me to another perplexing part of the book: I didn’t understand why Faran was resisting his salvation – resisting Noelle – when he knew she could save him, make him stronger and heal him. The romance was frustrating to say the least. Noelle planned and planned…and planned to get away from Faran and his merrymen but she never got anywhere. It became quite tiresome to watch these two resist what was between them.

The language was a bit daunting for me. Because Faran is an immortal who comes from an old world, he speaks like a true ancient. I found myself translating the dialogues because I wasn’t a fan; but kudos to the author for keeping it real. There’s a lot you could learn from this book but if you’re a non-believer of the Faith, you might find yourself at an odds with it. I know the author tried not to implicate which religion but it kind of goes without saying. Anyway, I wasn’t put off. I was focused on the story and not so much on what was going on in the background.

I think for someone who’s had enough of the same old breed of hot men in PNR, the knights would be a nice change of pace.

My rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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