Broken Faith: Spiritual Discord Book 1by Brandy Nacole
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Kayson is a Fallen Angel who has spent decades running from the Hell Hounds while searching for something that no one else believes can be so, not even God. But when a hound finds Kayson first, he's sure his end has come. Falon, Alpha of the Hell Hounds, destroyer of the blood children, and devoted believer in his master’s plan, is bound and determined to drag Kayson back to Hell with him. Sabrina is a Vampire, a half-breed created from one of Lucifer’s original blood children. After years of hiding, Sabrina’s fate changes when she finds Kayson barely alive. Against her instincts, Sabrina saves him. Emma is an ordinary human, whose only problem is making ends meet. Her everyday problems become supernatural ones when she finds Kayson and Sabrina hiding in her parent’s backyard shed. Kayson, Sabrina and Emma are unlikely allies, thrown together by chance to fight against the most powerful creatures of the underworld. But will the broken faith of one break the faith of all?
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. First let me get a few wow's out of my system. WOW. WOW. WOW... This book was so much fun. This book is told with alternating first person POV, mostly between Sabrina (Vampire) and Emma (Human). A few of the chapters are also told from Kayson's (Fallen Angel) perspective. This is not my favorite method of writing and I often find it a bit confusing. I fared fairly well with this book, though. The book begins with Kayson battling a hell hound (how awesome is that?). Sabrina, badly weakened from not feeding off of humans, comes across Kayson who is severely wounded. She knows that if she wants to survive, she should run away as fast as she can. Instead she decides to help him. She finds him shelter, which unfortunately is in Emma's backyard. What follows is a fascinating story about Kayson, Sabrina, Emma and some of Emma's friends evading and eventually battling hell hounds. I found myself increasingly interested in Emma's actions in particular. I love the fact that she refused to leave Kayson and Sabrina to whatever their fate might be. Although she felt fear, she also stood up to both Sabrina (after Sabrina almost killed her) and the hell hounds. Although she was intimidated by the hell hounds, she still didn't back down. I really loved seeing that. Sabrina is a complex character who was turned against her will about 100 years ago. When Lucifer wanted the "blood children" (things like vampires, werewolves, witches, warlocks, and banshees) hunted down and killed, Sabrina went on the run. She's been on the run for decades and hasn't been around humans at all, avoiding them even for feeding. Because of this, she has difficulty interacting with humans without immediately thinking of killing them. If there's a problem, she can always just kill it. One of the things that intrigued me the most is that Sabrina can't read. She grew up in a time when education was scarce, especially for girls. This is an area I would like to see explored in future books. Yes, they're on the run and all, but can a girl take the time to learn to read? Emma has some really fabulous friends, from mouthy Braylee to protective and endearing Briston to quiet and steady Chase, plus Gaige and Harper seem pretty cool and I hope we learn a bit more about them in future books. Did I mention that I absolutely cannot wait for book 2? What initially appealed to me about this book was the intriguing combo of Fallen Angels, Vampires, and Hell Hounds. This book delivered exactly what was promised and I enjoyed it immensely. One little quibble. This may be because I received a review copy and the issue may have been resolved before it was officially released. In my Kindle it would have a gap between lines like you sometimes see between paragraphs. The only problem was that sometimes it split sentences, so while I was trying to make sense of it to move on to the next "paragraph", the rest of the sentence was down below. This created confusion for me quite a few times. It also gave the book an odd rhythm. Here's an example: "Are you okay, honey? Mrs. Moore called me and said the fire department is at the house." My mom's hysterical voice pushes my guilt meter up, I already felt bad enough. "I'm fine mom. It's the shed. I don't know what happened. Briston, Harper, and the guys came over last night to watch movies. We fell asleep and woke up to the smell of smoke. Back to me, the reviewer. As I said, this created a very odd rhythm, but I still really enjoyed the book. The story carried me through this. All in all, I think this was really a fabulous story and if the premise sounds enjoyable, the book will deliver.
Broken Faith is the first in Brandy Nacole's Siritual Discord series and I immediately found myself immersed in the fantasy world she weaves, where Lucifer and his Hell Hounds govern the paranormal species, meaning Vampires and Fallen Angels are hiding and on the run - yet humans continue their lives ignorant of the war! The narrative is told from four different points of view: Emma, the human; Falon, the Alpha hound; Kayson, the Fallen Angel and Sabrina, the Vampire. These stories all become intertwined in very important, dangerous and touching ways. Although the story deals with issues of 'faith', particularly Kayson's, and subsequent fall from heaven, Brandy Nacole does not promote any religious beliefs, instead I feel the questions she raises are more concerned with human nature. Broken Faith is a story about loss, love, friendship and hate, with a pace that changes as the drama heightens. Each character has a strong personality, and I feel that Brandy Nacole wants her reader to take sides in the battle. I am definitely looking forward to the second book in the Spiritual Discord series and recommend this to fans of fantasy/para-romance.
Thinking back, I am not sure that I have ever read a story about fallen angels AND vampire. Definitely makes for an interesting premise. I like Kayson, Sabrina, and Emma and their questionable friendship. First off we have Kayson and Sabrina - though one is a fallen angel and the other a vampire - it doesn't stop the sparks from flying between. What I really like though, was that they did not let their labels (vampire, fallen angel) effect them. Through out the book, they continued to just be themselves and not fall into the roles of vampire or fallen angel that others of their kind did. Guess you could say it was just another way to break the rules. Even though Kayson and Sabrina meet face to face in the beginning of the story, he had actually been tracking her movements for awhile. She influenced him greatly in the choices that he made for his own life. This isn't a book that I would normally pick up - my daughter Tori was actually supposed to review it, but didn't get it read. I did enjoy reading it though.
Amazing Read! Brandy Nacole outdoes herself with this story! it has incredible characters and a truly fascinating storyline. I couldn't stop reading it from the very fist line it is a smashing read! Kayson a fallen Angel and Sabrina a vampire are suppose to be enemies but thanks to a common enemy the Hell Hounds they find themselves thrown together. Wounded in a battle with one such nasty Hell Hound Kayson has no choice but to accept the help Sabrina offers. Sabrina has no idea why she is helping Kayson fallen angels hate vampires, but for some reason she can not bring herself to leave him hurting and helpless. Emma and her best friend Briston think that today will be just like any other day with the exception of stopping in to water plants at Emma's Mothers house. They never believed that their whole world would be turned upside down when they find a vampire and a wounded fallen angel hiding out at her mothers house. Things go from bad to worse when the hounds track them down. will anyone get out alive? or will the hounds drag them all into the Under? This book was soooo freaking good there are no words to describe it! Brandy Nacole is a genius storyteller! I could have read this book forever and never stopped! I really hope there will be a next book as I can't wait to see what happens next! My favourite character was Sabrina. She was such a wounded and heartbroken person but at the same time tough and strong. Her story was so lonely and heartbreaking but she didn't let it make her weak. The Hell Hounds were the best bad guys ever! they were scary, creepy and downright mean on all occasions. They never once faltered in their scariness! If you haven't read this book you so have to get it! it is a must read! for all you supernatural fans out there, this book has it all! butt kicking, love , suspense, intrigue, horror and supernatural creatures!