Publication Date: September 27th 2019
When two angels break their deal with the devil, he comes for the one thing they’re trying to protect.
All 16-year-old Nora wants is to graduate high school and visit her family in Italy. But when two boys transfer to her class, everything changes.
Danny steals her friends, Ben her first kiss.
When Nora finds out the boys are not who they claim to be, she faces a difficult choice.
Will she give her love or her life?
Thanks to Dave at The Write Reads for my spot on the blog tour and Tessa for my copy of the book. I’m pleased to be bringing my review for the blog tour today.
This is the first book in a brand-new series. A series that reminds me so much of The Vampire Diaries, which by the way I loved. The fact that this series is independently published didn’t put me off. In fact, some of my favourite books had initially gone down that path and didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book. The prologue was intriguing, and my brain was instantly conjuring up ideas to what the story could be focussing on. It left a lot up to the imagination, I enjoy that kind of build up much more than just straight up giving me the information.
I’m the first to admit that I’m not a fan of the love triangle trope. I just think it’s a course of action that is avoidable and completely unnecessary. I think I’ll need to wait and see how this development pans out across the series before I pass judgement on how that aspect of it will conclude. Nora, our main character heroine fluctuated in her responses and emotions constantly – she very much seemed an introverted girl wanting to push herself further, to become more extroverted but she was stuck in her ways. Ben and Danny definitely challenged her comfort zone. I liked her. I loved that she was a big reader and interested in Italian art. It made her more relatable to me. She seems extremely wary/self-conscious of boys and men. I’m unsure if something has happened in her past or not as it seems a bit at odds with how girls usually act.
The friends in my opinion were not friends at all. They were shallow, self-conceited and spoiled girls. As they say there is no honour amongst thieves and well the friction between Nora’s group of friends suggested they were friends on a superficial level. They weren’t very likable to me and struggled to make a connection with them.
I toughly enjoyed the ending. It was strong and piqued my interest and enjoyment. I think overall the book had masses of potential, but it was the execution that the author struggled with. I felt that sometimes the emotion and speech of the characters were at odds with the age group. Often, I found that they spoke with such maturity and language that it was hard to believe that they were YA characters. Unfortunately, I had a hard time connecting with the characters and this is so important for me in a book. It’s absolutely not a bad book but would say that the points above made me rate it 3 stars. It’s really awesome when someone makes the plunge to release their work and that should totally be commended.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
essa Hastjarjanto is a Dutch/Indonesian writer from the Netherlands. She writes speculative fiction, and blogs at narratess.com about books, fountain pens, and writing.
From a young age, she imitated popular stories and games in creating her own worlds. This love eventually led to a master’s degree in media and game studies at the University of Utrecht. However a mundane desk job was enough to inspire her to follow her creative passion. The first fanfics were written in lunch breaks and soon original fiction followed.
With the support of her husband, she now focuses on her writing career while battling chronic pain. Swiss white shepherd, Shiro, acts as a therapy dog to keep her healthy and reduce stress through extensive cuddle sessions.