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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Best book ever

I loved it

posted by 17261855 on January 22, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Originally on my blog. Cover Talk: I am such a huge fan of this

Originally on my blog.

Cover Talk: I am such a huge fan of this cover. I think it’s definitely the wings that make it so appealing. (Click here for Olivia’s post on how she designed this cover!)




First Line: “Drake extended his claws and stepped toward the girl.”


...
Originally on my blog.

Cover Talk: I am such a huge fan of this cover. I think it’s definitely the wings that make it so appealing. (Click here for Olivia’s post on how she designed this cover!)




First Line: “Drake extended his claws and stepped toward the girl.”




Why I Read It: The concept of this novel was a very intriguing one. I also participated in the cover reveal for this book and kind of fell in love with the cover so I had to join the book tour as soon as it opened.




Characters: Allai is a Nox, a human that is aware and can see supernatural creatures. Allai was raised by demons after being abandoned by her parents. Being raised among demons, you would think that she would be tough and a fighter, but honestly, I just didn’t see that enough in her. It wasn’t until close to the end that I really started seeing more to her. And the fainting was finally explained.




Drake is a rather conflicted soul. He is supposed to kill Allai, but can’t do it. And instead, becomes her protector. I really love seeing Drake’s past. He is by no means the the son that his father wants and is not the monster that everyone thinks he is.




Luke is my favorite. A blind, gay demon? Can I please have one in my life? His loyalty to Allai is so incredible and I love how willing he is to put himself in danger to protect her.




Plot/World-building: It took me several chapters to get into this book. I enjoyed bits and pieces of the beginning, like Luke and Allai’s relationship, finding out about this world, but it took about halfway through for my attention to be caught. But once Allai and Drake team up and escape, I found that I couldn’t put the book down.




The romance between Allai and Drake I actually don’t care for. I do love their connection and how they met, but the romance is just a little off for me.




I’m also a little bit picky when it comes to fantasy novels. When there is a new world, I appreciate a little bit of creativity. And unfortunately, I just found the names…weird. The character names were a little too out there for me and I couldn’t pronounce a lot of them. And as for the names of the different beings: Nox, Lux, Demons, Hunters…I just don’t know. They didn’t work for me.




The ending definitely makes up for the slow beginning. For the entire first half of the novel, it’s world building and family angst. But the second half gets good when all of the magic starts happens. Literally.




Final Thoughts: Overall, I think this is an enticing enough read to have me read Olivia’s next book. I look forward to seeing these characters grow and for Olivia’s writing to grow.

posted by Shirley_Holmes on February 25, 2013

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  • Posted February 25, 2013

    **3.5 Stars** I received a copy of this book for an honest revie

    **3.5 Stars**
    I received a copy of this book for an honest review as part of a blog tour.

    MY OVERVIEW: Angelic demons, scary demons, and mages all add up to an exciting book. There wasn’t much down time in this book. It was go, go, go; right from page one. For most books, this is overwhelming, but the author pulled it off here. 

    PROS: Oh, Drake. You are such a beautifully written crush. I don’t know how anyone can read the book and not like Drake. He almost seems a little too good at points, then he goes and does something crazy and then you realize… nope… not perfect, but still great!

    CONS: The descriptions of the different demons got confusing at times. I still don’t fully grasp who is who and who does what. It also seems like at points certain demons are more rare to find than others, but then all of a sudden they are being talked about like there are a lot of them.

    MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I look forward to the next book in the series. I hope it comes out soon!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Originally on my blog. Cover Talk: I am such a huge fan of this

    Originally on my blog.

    Cover Talk: I am such a huge fan of this cover. I think it’s definitely the wings that make it so appealing. (Click here for Olivia’s post on how she designed this cover!)




    First Line: “Drake extended his claws and stepped toward the girl.”




    Why I Read It: The concept of this novel was a very intriguing one. I also participated in the cover reveal for this book and kind of fell in love with the cover so I had to join the book tour as soon as it opened.




    Characters: Allai is a Nox, a human that is aware and can see supernatural creatures. Allai was raised by demons after being abandoned by her parents. Being raised among demons, you would think that she would be tough and a fighter, but honestly, I just didn’t see that enough in her. It wasn’t until close to the end that I really started seeing more to her. And the fainting was finally explained.




    Drake is a rather conflicted soul. He is supposed to kill Allai, but can’t do it. And instead, becomes her protector. I really love seeing Drake’s past. He is by no means the the son that his father wants and is not the monster that everyone thinks he is.




    Luke is my favorite. A blind, gay demon? Can I please have one in my life? His loyalty to Allai is so incredible and I love how willing he is to put himself in danger to protect her.




    Plot/World-building: It took me several chapters to get into this book. I enjoyed bits and pieces of the beginning, like Luke and Allai’s relationship, finding out about this world, but it took about halfway through for my attention to be caught. But once Allai and Drake team up and escape, I found that I couldn’t put the book down.




    The romance between Allai and Drake I actually don’t care for. I do love their connection and how they met, but the romance is just a little off for me.




    I’m also a little bit picky when it comes to fantasy novels. When there is a new world, I appreciate a little bit of creativity. And unfortunately, I just found the names…weird. The character names were a little too out there for me and I couldn’t pronounce a lot of them. And as for the names of the different beings: Nox, Lux, Demons, Hunters…I just don’t know. They didn’t work for me.




    The ending definitely makes up for the slow beginning. For the entire first half of the novel, it’s world building and family angst. But the second half gets good when all of the magic starts happens. Literally.




    Final Thoughts: Overall, I think this is an enticing enough read to have me read Olivia’s next book. I look forward to seeing these characters grow and for Olivia’s writing to grow.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2013

    Okay, first off, I loved this book. Really, I did. The premise,

    Okay, first off, I loved this book. Really, I did. The premise, the storyline, the mythology—it is definitely something new and a series to watch. Unfortunately, there were some issues I had with the female lead, Allai, that I strongly disliked and for that, I must begrudgingly subtract from my rating. However, it was a good mix of suspense, “aww” moments, mystery, and action. I greatly enjoyed it and am anticipating the sequel in December.



    The plot:

    As I said, there was suspense, mystery, action, and romance bundled together in a beautiful package. I read this at an airport/on the plane and it certainly kept me entertained. I became very caught up in the characters’ struggles and experienced one of those tormented conflicts when I realized that there wasn’t enough space by the end for everything to happen that I wanted to happen.



    The characters:

    Like I said, I had a few problems with Allai. They were problems that could have been very easily fixed, but I felt they were too large to overlook. There is only one scene where Allai puts up a genuine fight and bests her opponent , but while his back is turned and he’s fighting someone else. The rest of the time she is mostly rescued. I would have had absolutely no problem with that if it hadn’t been pre-established that she’d had extensive combat training—which she never seems to use. She also completely falls apart when she is rejected by her adoptive family and thrown into exile. I could understand being heartbroken and needing to grieve, but after awhile I was thinking pull yourself together, girl. The one thing that I could not forgive was her incessant screaming. I feel harsh saying it, but it seemed like she screamed at every little thing and I just have the impression that a girl who’s been raised by stoic, aloof demons would have a little more steel in her nerves. Other than those details, I think I liked Allai over all and certainly don’t wish her character ill.



    Drake was my favorite. Yes, that might be typical of me to favor the love interest, but Drake was one of those characters it’s hard not to like. He has a smart mouth, a disrespect for authority, and a few dire anger management issues, but a hidden vulnerability and almost boyishness that makes me want to hug him (or maybe not, since he doesn’t do hugs with anyone but Allai). I think he may have been the dominant perspective, but I’d have to go back and read it again.



    The villain(s) are gorgeously nasty and Ms. Rivers’ created some original and utterly terrifying monsters to populate her story. I can’t talk about all the bad guys, because that would be spoiler-ific, but I will say that here we have multiple antiheroes and plenty of poisonous fangs, claws, and wings!



    All in all, this is a good story. I think it could have easily made five stars if the issues with Allai’s character had been fixed, but all the same, I eagerly anticipate Fire Soul coming next month.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

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    Didnt care for it

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