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Review: Demon Angel by Meljean Brook

Demon Angel (The Guardians #1) by Meljean Brook
Paranormal Romance, Angels, Demons
Mass Market Paperback (BERKLEY SENSATION, 432 pages, $7.99)
ISBN# 0425213471

For two thousand years, Lilith wrought vengeance upon the evil and the damned, gathering souls for her father’s armies Below and proving her fealty to her Underworld liege. Bound by a bargain with the devil and forbidden to feel pleasure, she draws upon her dark powers and serpentine grace to lead men into temptation. That is, until she faces her greatest temptation — Heaven’s own Sir Hugh Castleford.
Author Site: meljeanbrook.com

Decaf Versus Espresso (3 stars)

I prefer to begin my reviews with a break-down of the basic plotlines as I took them. Let me apologize for not doing that this time but if you've read the above synopsis (straight from Brook's website) and the back of the book you're well prepared. But moving on...

It took me a long time to break down and try the Guardians series. I accidentally picked up the third book, Demon Night, and started it by mistake. What little I had read excited me before I decided I better start with this one first. Brook is definitely a writer with an exceptional talent but Demon Angel is a very hard book to follow. At first I thought it was just me. But I happened to stumble across a note Brook had about the series, Demon Angel and Demon Moon in particular, that I found reassuring. Basically she acknowledges that her writing style in the first two installments didn't work for some readers and she took the constructive criticism to heart.

My personal struggle with Demon Angel was not so much the pace, though it was a little draggy, but the execution. While I didn't dislike Hugh or Lilith I wasn't given enough to compel me to like them either. I found myself sadly indifferent toward them even though I was very interested in the world of the Guardians. While a past was established between the two I didn't feel like enough world building took place for me to understand the past that was presented when it was presented.

I wanted to like this book but so much of it didn't fall into place for me I didn't particularly care for it. All I could think of as an analogy to explain it was that it was like being a decaf drinker and the barista slipped you espresso, you're not prepared for the intensity of it. Too much of some stuff and not enough of others even though it's all coffee. And on that note I doubt I am making any sense. Sorry! What redeems it from getting a lower rating is the fact that Brook shows her immense capability in spinning words. Conceptually this series has great potential and since I am late getting started I have to say the recommendations and high ratings on further installments seem promisingly high. Having read Brook's first book in her new series, The Iron Duke, I plan to be a watching for anything this author writes.

Other Reviews:
Gossamer Obsessions
Candy of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Jane Stewart @ GoodReads

Notes: I purchased this book online.


vvb32 reads said...

oh, another meljean review? but this one not so hot. hmmm.

Rhianna said...

It was a tough one to read. But that note she had about the series made me feel a lot better about struggling with it. Between reading this one and The Iron Duke though she's now one of my favorite authors. I wish I had taken the time to start reading her books sooner! A lot of other reviews I read did love the hell out of this one though... lol go figure. Makes me feel thick skulled but shit happens. ;)


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