Monday, April 16, 2012
1:36 AM | Posted by Amanda Wesley
- Paperback: 194 pages
- Publisher: Omnific Publishing; 1ST edition (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936305747
- ISBN-13: 978-1936305742
As some of you may know, I just attended the RT Convention in Chicago this past weekend. While sitting in line I read this book. It was a really long line. While I was walking in I noticed the publishers sitting right there! I had my little fan girl moment because I've read just about everything they have released (most of the reviews are on goodreads). I was told that there is going to be a sequel to this story. I NEED that book! It was a great time and I am looking forward to several upcoming publications (*ahem* paging Dr. Ivan). Ok, enough chit chat and on to the review...
I cannot give a five star review to a book that makes me like the devil. It disturbs me greatly. Why would I cheer for a being that most of us are taught to fear and keep the hell away from? Because at the end of the day, Debra Anastasia did the impossible and gave that fearsome creature something to love.
This book starts out in Hell as the Devil grants one of the minions to enter Earth for a possibility of love. Never thinking that the plan will work, Satan is shocked to see half-minion (vampire) souls and realizes the success of the former minion.
Meanwhile, in Heaven, a not so good angel, Everett, is plotting to over-throw God and rule... everything. Emma is thrown down to Earth by Everett to help save Jason, a vampire. Jason has lost all hope and therefore doesn't believe Heaven will ever welcome him.
Emma is a spunky little Seraph who will stop at nothing to help someone in trouble. Foul-mouth and full of spite for Everett, she quickly learns of the plan to trap God. She now has to save God, the world, and Jason.
Too bad that there is still that pesky, yet really sexy, devil to deal with. It's safe to say that Emma has her hands full.
Without giving too much of the plot away, this book was crazy. I really didn't want to like some of the characters. It really did feel wrong! However, Debra has a way of making you like every single one of them in a way that it's hard to know what "team" you are cheering for. The development of the characters was fantastic. Every one had their own personality that seemed to grip you from the ink.
The plot was fast paced and the setting changed often. This can sometimes be a negative thing, but it worked well for this story. There wasn't any time reference so this could easily have been set in the past as well as a thousand years into the future.
The biggest problem I had with this book was the ending. Seriously, it's killing me. I won't tell you why... you'll just have to read it to find out!
I laughed through most of this story. I had tears in my eyes in some scenes. It was an emotional journey through Heaven and Hell that threw me for a loop. I liked the author's other book, Poughkeepsie, but I loved Crushed Seraphim.
I do believe that there needs to be some kind of warning. Please keep an open mind and read this book with the purpose of entertainment, not some religious reference.
- Amanda Wesley
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