My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review in ( Never too old for Y.A Books)
When I started reading, I didn’t have a hard time getting into Nesy and Aydan’s beautifully story of forbidden love. The story is told in alternating points of view between them, so we get to see how both of them feel throughout the whole book. And although I liked the alternating PoV’s , I’ll admit sometimes I preferred Aydan’s a bit more. I guess his darker tortured nature made it more interesting for me.
While reading Nesy’s PoV, I thought she was going to drive me a little crazy. She repeats her internal monologue of frustration, pain, and torment many times. But as much as I wanted to shake her, the way the author wrote those reflected just how confused she was by the events happening around her and to her. Still, a few times I really wished she would just do her duty. My “Do it”’s all over the reading progress are proof of that. But if she did that in chapter 10, what would happen to the rest of the story, right? But what would I know of choosing duty over love when I’ve never been assigned with the task of “terminating” someone I feel connected to. Still, I couldn’t help but consider her a selfish “person” because of her actions and decisions; she says it herself and I agreed every time she mentioned it.
As for Aydan, I liked him. Yes, even if I wanted Nesy to “get rid of him” throughout the whole book. For some reason, I could connect more with him than I could with her. I also felt a little sad for his situation, even if his own choices paved the road which led him to the situation he was in. Another character I liked was Zane, one of Nesy’s friends. He has a strong sense of duty, yet he can be flexible too. So, sometimes he finds himself helping her even though he would prefer to do the opposite. Plus, he was always telling her just what I was thinking, and I would find myself nodding in agreement more than once while he was in lecture mode.
My favorite parts of the book were the action ones, the pace was just right and I loved imagining how the wings would look on each character as they fought. I also loved the ancient ritual scene; it was almost like I was right there among the rest of the demonic creatures experiencing the moment. I would have liked to read a little more of those type of scenes.
Also, I felt the last two chapters of the book were a little disconnected from the story. The transition felt a little bumpy.
Although, sometimes I wasn’t very fond of Nesy, I did enjoy the book and can’t wait to know what will happen in Book 2.