Even I’m scratching my head at this rating, folks. The second Fallen book is actually kind of decent. I enjoyed it. It made me want to keep reading the series, when I was sure I only picked it up to get lore missing from book one and put the story down forever. But no, I anticipate I’ll be reading the rest of the quartet now.
What did it? Well, this book took the good elements of the first book (few and far between, but: good friends, supernatural elements) and added a couple things really up my alley. For one, it takes place at a small school for nephilhim, who have only weak magical powers but still get weird lessons on biblical history and controlling shadows, all in preparation for the ‘end of days’. To avoid favoritism, the school is taught from a neutral point of view, with the two teachers being an awesome married couple of an angel/demon who never the less plan to fight to the death in the apocalypse. This is a really fun concept. It’s also nearly the exact set up of a book I wrote, Good Angel, so you know… it’s a concept I’m into.
Also, there’s a lot of deeper introspection from Luce, who starts to think about her relationship with Daniel and all the Unfortunate Implications that go with it. Especially that, since she’s reborn and dies every 17 years, she has a series of relatives and parents who are left grieving her. Daniel is essentially the world’s most specialized serial killer, and it’d good how she comes to resent and grow angry at the bad power structure they have.
Continue reading “Torment offers a glimpse of a far better series”
Is ‘horrifying’ the right word? I typed ‘horrible’ at first, but then… this book, and the series as a whole, is so absurdly bad it sounds fake. How else can I discuss a book with extreme christian themes and yet super horniness, where the bible saves the day, the love interest is a canonical child rapist, and panty-sniffing virginity-sensing demons are a key plot point?
There’s actually a fourth book, a companion to the trilogy from the viewpoint of the love interest, but right now I don’t have interest in reading it.
Continue reading “Sweet Reckoning means Sweet Release from me having to read this horrifying series”
☆☆☆☆☆ (0 stars)
Look, middle book trilogy stump is a thing, and it was especially defined as a thing thanks to the trilogy era of YA, first seen in the paranormal romance boom. Book one, they meet… book three is the final battle… What is book two?
Well, this book two is sort of like a short story collection with an overlapping cast. There’s no plot arc or drive to this book at all, which is frankly astonishing. There’s at least eight chapters (a large chunk of the book) which are loosely connected time jumps where our main character, Anna, goes to another country/state for a purpose, achieves it, and leaves.
We’re operating on levels of sheer non-plot structure that would blow anyone’s mind.
Continue reading “Sweet Peril is not sweet and has no peril”
I, Lucifer is a weird book, and it’s not for everyone, or most people, or even probably me despite listing it for years as one of my favorite books. Oh, it makes me cry. Oh, it’s a fun, fast read. Oh man, does it contain a lot of gross but accurate details about the world we live in. I like it a lot, but I hesitate to recommend it. It’s not that it’s a shock-horror type of book either- it honestly isn’t.
It’s just… unique.
Continue reading “Do you like Satan? Do you like to cry? Can you tolerate multiple detailed descriptions of bowel movements?”
Book 2 in a series. Here’s book 1, Archangel Protocol.
I picked up the first book because it was 3$ and looked silly, and it turned out okay. I do love angels, though, so I went ahead and bought the second book since it was in stock.
Really, really glad I did. This book is 100% better than the first, and just stunningly good… compared to the last, but it is also quite good in general. While I was reading, I kept telling everyone about how stunned I was at the quality.
Continue reading “Fallen Host takes an okay series and makes it phenomenal”
(This is a review of a free ARC I got from the publisher. As you may guess, this did not impact or change my review or review process. These opinions are my honest own.)
I hate to leave a negative review, especially for a book I’d been excited for, especially for a book by a debut author, especially for a book from an indie press… but here we are.
This book was right up my wheelhouse- wait, scratch that, it was parked in my garage. Urban fantasy? Demons? Demon-human integration? (with promise of political-social implications of that?) Beauty and the Beast type romance? Soul selling? Gothic cyberpunk? Yes. Yes please. It was on my ‘to-read’ list before I’d gotten myself an ARC.
Continue reading “A Soul To Take has a great premise, but needs a rewrite (or two)”