Crushed Seraphim by Debra Anastasia
Omnific Publishing (May 2011)
Paperback, 194 Pages
Crushed Seraphim is quite an interesting and mixed read. Seraph Angel Emma is tossed from heaven by corrupt Angel Everett, and given the task of convincing half-breed vampire Jason that he in fact a good person, even though he drinks human blood.
But, Jason’s redemption and belief in heaven is barely the tip of the iceberg. God is trapped in hell and Everett is about to take over heaven and only Emma is aware of his evil plans. Emma must now not only save Jason, but undertake the terrifying journey to hell in order to rescue God.
This was an interesting book because of its take on good and evil. Is the Devil evil or merely a misguided soul in need of redemption? Are all Angels good and are even the good ones always pure and true, or driven by very human weaknesses? The lines were mixed and didn’t always play out the way you would have expected them to.
What made this a mixed read was the characters and their interactions. At the core of the story is a love triangle, between Emma and Jason and Jack. My problem was I didn’t both truly believe in or engage with the initial love story between Emma and Jason, it seemed to come out of nowhere with very little chemistry. When the declarations of love came, I was a little bit taken aback and thought, wow, where did that come from? And just as I came to terms with the blossoming romance between them, enter Jack and a love triangle emerged. As a consequence it took me a while to fully engage with either potential romances until the final chapters.
Right from the prologue, the character who totally stole the show was the Devil (aka Jack). He is the ultimate charismatic, seductive bad boy you just can’t wait to see come good. He sucked me in during the prologue. So much so that I was disappointed when the story shifted to Emma and Jason, I wanted to know more about what made this dark man tick.
The first part of the book danced about quite a bit, lots of things happened too quickly and the romance between Emma and Jason frustrated me. In fact, I was tempted to give up on it. But, just as I was getting a measure of the book and how it was all going to play out the final third of the book really picked up pace, and finally I was fully sucked into the story. Although, the cliffhanger at the end just as things were starting to get really good was slightly annoying. But there seems to be a bit of a cliffhanger trend at the moment in books. Because of the disparity between different parts of the book, I would give the first two thirds of the book a 5/10 and the final third 7/10.
If you can get past the first part of this book and the lack of believable chemistry between Emma and Jason and reach the seductive depths of hell, you will be rewarded with a dark romance and a story that will eventually suck you in.
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