Title: After Eden
Series: Fallen Angels, #1
Author: Katherine Pine
Publisher: Self Published
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Angels, Demons, Paranormal
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥
Note: Digital Book only
Devi knows she shouldn’t trust the new employee at her favorite used bookstore. Sure, he’s funny, smart and hands down the sexiest guy she’s ever met, but something dark lurks behind his unassuming smile and sinful green eyes.
Still, a girl can’t always afford to be picky. When an angel abducts your twin brother it should come as no surprise that the one person who can help you get him back is a demon–and only if you’re willing to pay his price.
When Devi visits the used bookstore on her way home, she suddenly gets a seizure. Luckily the handsome Oz, the new owner of the store, helps her recover from her seizure and treats her to dinner afterwards. And when she gets another attack on the way to the restaurant, it stops with just one touch of Oz’s hand!
Devi won’t let go of Oz during dinner (just in case, not because he’s so handsome 😉 ) and of course she wants to know more about the handsome stranger, who seems to be able to stop her seizures. She asks a lot about his powers, but then Oz tells her that he isn’t human. Devi doesn’t know if she believes him or not….
Oz, a real gentleman, accompanies her home after their dinner, all the way keeping his mouth shut about him being human or not. When they arrive at her home in the woods and say goodbye, she still doesn’t know if he told her the truth or not. Once she enters her house, she can’t go further than the living room, because her body freezes! The demon/devil Forneus has invaded her house to take her with him to the Prince of Hell. Thankfully, Oz manages to rescue her on time and from that moment on her life won’t be the same. Because she appears to be no ordinary girl, but a girl all demons and devils are after…..
The story started very promising. Heroin falls almost in the arms of our hero (okay, she fell on the hard floor, he wasn’t that quick 😉 ) and they feel instantly attracted to each other. There are also interesting flashbacks about Devi’s strange brother Kai. Very interesting, since I’ve never heard of an angel kidnapping children. Aren’t they supposed to be on the good side?
But then… Then they start talking and won’t stop. The alternation between action and endless conversations could have been done a bit better. I had to put the book down repeatedly. I just couldn’t keep my attention on the story. I also had a problem with the helplessness of Devi at some times. All she apparently could do was wait for rescue. Isn’t it a bit boring to have to wait all the time…
However, there was something I found truly amazing. When Oz shot Devi, deliberately, I was totally okay with her not harboring any feelings of resentment towards him. Katherine Pine wrote this part in such a way that everything was explained and everything happened with a reason. I even started to get irritated when he kept apologizing afterwards, cause he didn’t have to! When I start to think about it, it’s a little scary that she was able to make me feel okay about it… You normally wouldn’t be okay with something like this, would you?
I’m still confused about the difference between a demon and a devil. Apparently there’s some big difference between them and that’s important in the book, but I still don’t know what it is. It looked like the term was used at random. I at least couldn’t notice what the big difference was. What a spirit and a soul are, is explained a bit better, but at the end I still don’t get what they mean….
It was hard to get an overall rating for this one. There were parts of the story I really liked (a car plastered with pads ^^), but there were also parts I had to struggle to get through (how she treated Camael….). Therefore 3 hearts. It was a bit better than a normal “OK”, although it’s not a full “I liked it.” I don’t know if I want to read the next book, since the story seemed finished to me. I hope that , if I do read it, she’ll treat Camael better!
What did you think of it? Please leave a comment 😉
- After Eden
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