ARC supplied by netgalley
I love books that have a mix of romance and the supernatural/paranormal so this book sounded one I’d enjoy. I was expecting something like the wonderful and mysterious Fairwick Chronicles – Carol Goodman, or the All Souls Trilogy – Deborah Harkness.
It seemed really slow to start though 😦 Its beautifully written, incredibly descriptive about the area and surroundings, and lots of historical facts about the people and region the book was set in. Sadly none of this, detailed and poetic as it was, really helped me. I didn’t find the characters easy to warm to – I felt like an onlooker rather than part of the book, and really couldn’t get immersed in the danger because I wasn’t engaging with Eve the main character, not her best friend Cora. I’m not sure if it was because of the lack of detail about them or just the way their characters were portrayed but somehow the book dragged for me. I was eager to find out who the Mystery Man was but even that dragged through several misleading turns before we learned more.
The whole Voodoo premise, Demons, Nephilm and magic just didn’t work for me. Its a shame because it sounded so engaging and I love books that are a bit more than just a sweet romance, something heavier and more absorbing, and I really wanted to like this book. Sadly I couldn’t. I ended up skimming vast sections of descriptive prose, because beautifully written though it was it didn’t add anything to the book for me. I found I was skipping whole sections to find out what would happen to the characters, rather than being engrossed in their journey as I usually am, and even when I got to the end I was left feeling “eh? What?” about the whole novel. I love dialogue in books, that’s what really brings the characters alive but here it all seemed so …stilted somehow. The sex scenes, some were very sensual and incredibly erotic but some were just Eurghh….sad because I love spice in a novel, and clearly Deborah can write scenes that appeal and resonate with me.
It needs to be made clear though that this is just MY opinion, and we all read different things thankfully, so as others have given this high ratings then read the sample and judge for yourself how you’ll feel. If we share taste in books then you may well feel as I do, but if we don’t perhaps you’ll be entranced by this book. Its decent value at £4.11 for 322 pages if its a book you like of course, and as the first in a series would def have the re read factor for those who enjoy this work.
Stars: The good sections of this book weren’t enough to lift it from an indifferent novel to a good one. I didn’t hate it – I wasn’t involved enough in the whole book to feel that strongly, but I couldn’t really say it was OK either 😦 so sadly just two and half stars from me.