Let's see, how to sum this up.... I wasn't too impressed with the first chapter, but things improved a lot after that. I liked following Jessamy, Kai, and Ramsey's characters and storylines, and the story kept me interested even when I found the overall picture kind of bleak (this is, after all, a horror novel). The bleak feeling isn't my favorite, and I didn't really care much about Lucas or Asha's storyline (I prefer a more ambiguous demonic presence, apparently! Like Del's, for example...), but I liked the writing and the pace.
This author shows promise. This definitely doesn't read like it's her debut novel! The plot is approached a little differently then the norm for me, but I'd definitely recommend it to fans of the genre.
The prose is lovely, for the most part. The plot however, is rough and familiar. Typical gothic fare.
Not bad for a first book but a little boring in spots. I like a faster pace to my books - but intersting enough tht I will continue the series!
An amazing story that just sucks you in totally. It ends kinda fast but the story overall is great!
I have had this book on my TBR pile for a long time and was happy to finally read it. This is one of those slightly ambiguous paranormal demon themed books that is a blend between dream and reality, horror and fantasy. I actually enjoyed the writing style and thought it was an intriguing and unique read. It was very similar in tone to books I have read by Elizabeth Hand or Caitlin Kiernan. It also had a bit of that same dreamy quality to it that Catherynne Valente's Palimpsest had to it.
This book is definitely for adults only; there is a ton of drugs, sex, deviant behavior, abuse, etc. I would also only recommend to those who don't mind an ambiguous, dreamy, and bizarre tone to their novels. If you only like stories that are clear-cut and easy to follow mentally this is not the book for you. This book will stretch your brain and imagination a bit.
This is one of those demonic urban fantasies where an age old race of beings, that are either defined as angelic or demonic depending on their life choices, start possessing people and trying to take over the world. The three main characters we follow end up bound into this demonic war either by circumstance, bloodline, or possession.
The above makes for a strangely engaging and immediate story. The chapters are brief but I had a lot of trouble putting the book down because there was so much tension and everything built to a climax so nicely. This is a very creative story and the writing style was unique but still easy to read.
The story wraps up well. Although the Epilogue does introduce elements for a follow-up book.
Overall I enjoyed this book. It was one of those different types of paranormal books; it's a bit ambiguous and straddles the line between horror and fantasy. There's a lot of metaphysical talk here and possession; so things can seem a bit muddled unless you are really paying attention.
If you are a fan of Elizabeth Hand of Caitlin Kiernan I think you would enjoy this book. Many scenes have the same dreamy quality as Catherynne Valente's books but in general the material in this book is a lot more violent and vicious than Valente's books. I probably won't read the next book in the series because it looks like the series was dropped after the 2nd book and I have enough to read without getting further involved in a dead end series.