Series: Of Angels and Demons (Book 1)
Rating: 2 stars
Synopsis: One Demon.
Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam’s beautiful friend, Grace.
Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.
It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous.
And only one can claim Cam’s soul.
How I got this book: Netgalley
Release Date: February 25, 2015
The Short Version:
I was expecting something awesomely amazing.
I didn’t get it.
Warning: The Long Version may contain spoilers
The Long Version:
Ok, I had some serious problems with this book.
1. The pacing
It felt like every single chapter took place a few weeks after the previous chapter. It felt like getting random snapshots of the story, without being given the whole thing. It made it very difficult to get to know the characters when we only seemed to check in on them at random intervals.
2. The ‘romance’
So, Josh seems to fancy himself in love with Grace, all the while, he’s still planning on using her to damn the soul of this other guy, end the world, and hopefully cause her to fall.
Yeah, that’s love.
3. The character’s in general
So…Josh decides to become a demon and has to go corrupt this kid into becoming the ultimate evil, and then he gets disturbed when this kid who he is hoping will become the ultimate evil kills animals.
Like…seriously? What did you think the ultimate evil looked like, Josh?
And Grace seemed like a bit of an idiot. Not that I got to know her (or Josh) very well because, as I said above, the pacing was ridiculous.
So…did I enjoy anything?
The ending. Once all the characters were on the same page with who was what and who was damning who I found the story improved immensely. It helped that the story became more evenly paced and less ‘a few weeks later’ at the start of every chapter.
Also the characters seemed to get a fair bit smarter.
However, that was not until the last 20%. The first 80% was horribly frustrating and annoying.
The ending almost made up for the annoyingness of the rest of it…Almost. But not quite.