My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
“We’re all immortal, as long as our stories are told…”
I found this story sort of difficult to gauge within the confines of a single rating since there were many layers and varying degrees of enjoyment for me. But, overall, I was extremely impressed with this one.
The world this author has created is solid: intriguing, complex, unique, and very well executed without inducing confusion in its reader.
There’s a war between the fallen angels who walk the earth: Those who have rebelled through greed vs. those redeemed through selflessness. One side is a threat to humanity while the other protects it at all costs … And somewhere in the midst of it all, a lost, cynical girl who has just about given up all hope will find her purpose.
Ava has been hearing voices in her head all her life, rendering her an outcast to those around her. The voices are constant and spoken in an unfamiliar language but grant Ava the unique ability to read people’s intentions.
Malachi is an Irin Scribe: a defender of the human race who draws magic and power through the artistry inscribed upon his skin. When he and Ava meet, there is an intense connection, but one that Malachi is determined to ignore if he must keep Ava safe. They are both a mystery to one another, and struggle to decipher the other’s secrets.
“You can piss me off and twist me around, Ava, but you’re not going to get rid of me.”
I loved the slow build of their relationship, as well as Malachi’s protective and mysterious demeanor. There was a decent amount of steam that was both sexy and executed in good taste. Although we’re presented with entirely fanciful scenarios, everything made sense and felt natural. This story had a haunting, magical tone that was warm and inviting. The scenes were well defined and vivid — and the fluid, polished writing really allowed for enjoyable reading.
There were some slow patches that did pull me out of the story a bit, but the plot was always quick to build itself up again. What I felt truly thrived was the interesting and natural dialogue that never felt forced or corny, even through the story’s intensity. The ending was brilliant and added the shock factor I was hoping for, and I look forward to continuing this series!
▪ Genre/Category: Romance/Fantasy/Angels
▪ Steam Caliber: Moderate steam. Very sexy.
▪ Romance: Slow build. Reluctant but intense. Sweet.
▪ Characters: Mysterious, protective, strong hero. Broken but powerful heroine.
▪ Plot: A war between fallen angels. Focuses more on love story.
▪ Writing: Fluid, creative, polished.
▪ POV: 3rd Person Perspective
▪ Cliffhanger: Yes, but not too extreme.
▪ Next Installment: To be released spring 2014