Devil's Kiss (Devil's Kiss Series #1)

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As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn't normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a soldier in her order's ancient battle against the Unholy.

Billi's cloistered life is blasted apart when her childhood friend, Kay, returns from Jerusalem, gorgeous and with a dangerous chip on his shoulder. He's ready to reclaim his place in Billi's life, but she's met someone ...

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Overview

As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn't normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a soldier in her order's ancient battle against the Unholy.

Billi's cloistered life is blasted apart when her childhood friend, Kay, returns from Jerusalem, gorgeous and with a dangerous chip on his shoulder. He's ready to reclaim his place in Billi's life, but she's met someone new: amber-eyed Michael, who seems to understand her like no one else, effortlessly claiming a stake in her heart.

But the Templars are called to duty before Billi can enjoy the pleasant new twist to her life. One of the order's ancient enemies has resurfaced, searching for a treasure that the Templars have protected for hundreds of years — a cursed mirror powerful enough to kill all of London's firstborn. To save her city from catastrophe, Billi will have to put her heart aside and make sacrifices greater than any of the Templars could have imagined.

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Publishers Weekly
Chadda's fast-paced debut introduces 15-year-old Billi SanGreal, who is drafted into the modern remnants of the once-great Knights Templar by her fanatical, emotionally distant father, leader of the order (“How was school?” he asks while she's still “covered in slimy gore” after an exorcism). Though skilled in weaponry and educated in obscure religious history, Billi is a poor fit for the Templars: the lone girl in an otherwise all-male organization, of Muslim extraction but surrounded by Christians and lacking the unblinking ruthlessness required by the eternal war between the Knights and the forces of darkness. Nonetheless, she finds herself standing between the Angel of Death, Michael, who has become blinded by imagined glories of enforced salvation, and the multitude of innocents Michael would happily slaughter in the name of God. Scenes of spiritual warfare are gripping (and often gruesome), as is the undercurrent of supernatural romance. Chadda offers an original take on familiar creatures like vampires, the undead and fallen angels, but it's Billi's personality and tumult of emotions that will keep readers hooked. A promising beginning to both this series and Chadda's career. Ages 13–up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Kristina Cassidy
While the title and cover art seem calculated to attract fantasy romance fans, this debut novel is, at its heart, a quest story whose heroine lives in modern London. A member of the Knights Templar, an ancient order fighting evil, fifteen-year-old Billi SanGreal has been training for the last five years. Under the leadership of her distant father (her mother was murdered), Billi and the other knights fight an assortment of ghuls, vampire-like demons who serve the mysterious Angel of Death. Billi has just joined the Knights Templar officially when her friend Kay, an Oracle who reads minds, returns from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Predictable sexual tension ensues, driving the outcast Billi to try to carve out a little normalcy in her life by dating a mysterious boy named Mike. Mike, covered in thorn tattoos, urges Billi to rebel against her father. The actual quest happens late in the book, and the plot is fairly predictable though the final battle satisfyingly ties up all the loose ends. The violence and the depiction of a plague are graphic, and there is limited profanity. Overall, readers of supernatural fiction will find this novel enjoyable. Reviewer: Kristina Cassidy
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Sarwat Chadda's fast-paced novel (Hyperion, 2009) combines modern London with a fantasy world of ghuls (vampire/ghoul), weres, the Grigori (fallen angels), the Knights Templar, Arthurian characters, and a dash of Harry Potter. Thanks to a prophesy, Bilquis (Billi) SanGreal is the only female member of the Knights Templar. Since she is also the youngest, she tries to combine school with a rigorous training and patrolling schedule which she resents. This makes her easy prey for the attention of Mike, a handsome and mysterious young man who appears to understand her better than anyone else. But Mike isn't what he appears. He's the Archangel Michael on a quest to bring forth his watcher brothers and sisters, trapped in the ether by Solomon's mirror—protected through the ages by the Templars. Filled with Biblical lore, magical words and symbols, and medieval history, the novel takes listeners on a roller-coaster ride, leading to a tumultuous denouement. Anna Flosnik does an excellent job of voicing all the characters. A highly recommended listen.—Suanne Roush, Osceola High School, Seminole, FL
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Forget the jacket blurb's come-on to paranormal-romance fans, this is an old-fashioned high-octane horror tale, dripping with ghastly portents, eldritch violence and an embittered heroine facing down the looming Apocalypse. Billi SanGreal has been training since childhood to fight alongside the remnants of the Knights Templar, the mysterious medieval order founded to oppose the dark powers. Now dwindled to a handful of battle-scarred men, none is more grim and cold than their master, her father. Billi takes comfort in her friendship with the young psychic Kay, but when he carelessly invokes a long-dormant evil, she must confront a force more powerful, more monstrous, more tempting than anything she could imagine. The glorious splendor of the Templar mythos is deftly contrasted with the squalid dreariness of their present, illuminating the refuge they find in the cleaner, simpler problems of ghouls and werewolves and the fleeting beauty of innocence they so brutally defend. But Billi, in her anger-from simmering to white-hot-and her pain-physical, emotional and spiritual-dominates the story with gritty, fierce humanity. Love, loss, betrayal and sacrifice, leavened only with the bittersweet grace of doing what must be done. Deus vult! (Horror. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423119999
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Devil's Kiss Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarwat Chadda
Sarwat Chadda was brought up a Muslim but is married to a minister’s daughter. He says his ‘home life curiously reflects the ongoing conflict between Islam and Christianity, especially when it comes to whose turn it is to do the dishes.’ He was brought up on stories of Saladin, Richard the Lion-heart and the Crusades, viewed from both sides, and cut his authorial teeth writing his own role-playing scenarios. He is an engineer who has worked on some of the biggest projects in the world, but now lives in London with his family.
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  • Posted June 24, 2010

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    Devil's Kiss, A Story to Change Everything!

    Now my librarian at my school gave this to me and told me it was new and I should give it a try since I had read like everything else. So I started it a little confused in the beginning like I am when I start every book. Although this was the first with a twist, it was inspiring. In the book this girl has to go through changes she can't stop, she is treated awfully and she can't stop it until now. This book changes how you see fantasy books and how you picture happy endings. The romance is so messed up you can never go back to love stories.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2009

    Dark, Action-filled, Suspenseful, Page Turner

    The Devil's Kiss kept my attention throughout. I think this book is well suited for those who like action-filled and suspenseful reads and not so much for those looking for romance or a love story. Billi's life seemed so hopeless. It was impossible not to feel for this girl...she felt so trapped and alone. Strangely enough though, by the middle of the book I didn't feel much for her, or the other characters, anymore. I was just reading the story and felt indifferent. Perhaps, because it became some what predictable or maybe because everyone was so secluded and separate from the rest. I don't think Chadda intended it to be a heart-tugger but just action filled...and he succeeded.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2009

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    One word. WOW.

    I've never read a better first novel than this book. The story was crazy and sophisticated and the characters; modern yet mature. The character's history and personalities are unique and different, yet the author takes general teenage issues and weaves it into something greater. Wow. I don't want to give away the story so I will refrain from continuing, but I am DEFINITELY looking forward to more novels from this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    If you have 3 stars or less as your rating...

    Your insane

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    TO whom may conern: here my rate and review.

    To whom may conern: here my rate and review. I didnot like this book very well it was ok.not my favroite.

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

    Awesome! It was very intense, definitely action-packed, and a be

    Awesome! It was very intense, definitely action-packed, and a beautiful story, even though it's very heart-breaking and tragic. But I still enjoyed it a lot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Drop dead amazing

    I was astouned at how beautifuly wrought such a historic tale could be. Absloutley worth reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Beatiful in its own way

    Perfect. I cried so much in this book. U will see y if u do read it. This book has love, friendship, and trust and so many things to learn from. Loved it til death. If someone dies and u love them so much it feels like another part if u has fade."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    WOW

    This book was so good i finished it in 1 day... i really love Billi and her best friend Kay... but i think Billi is a hella badass... i wish i was badass like her... Chadda is an awesome aurther... but i wished he could have describe Billi and Kays past... i cant wait to read the next book!!! ;)

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    ?????????

    I am actually really curious to the fact that a indian/middle eastern person wrote it. It looks good but i want to know how many pages in the book are there.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Great book!!!!!!!!!!

    I got this book and was unable to put it down. It was a little predictable at times, but it had a good plot. A good book for those that like a little tragedy.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

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    Great!!

    Grabbed this book at random and loved it!. The plot was interesting and a bit creepy. But Billi's struggle with the fact that she is forced to live her life as a Templar and her burning rage for the way her father treats her adds interesting twists to the story. And no, this book doesn't have a happy ending. Check it out!

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

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    Quick Read!

    I finished this book pretty easily. It was goo but not great... sometimes the story pulled me in but other times i was bored. Billi's an interesting heroine but sometimes it can get annoying. But i will admit i'm excited for the next one. The ending left me wanting more only problem is i have no idea what to expect. It wasn't as good as i thought it would be but still a good story. If you in the mood for Knights, Oracles and Evil souless ghuls or Dark Fallen Angels.

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  • Posted June 22, 2010

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    good

    I actually liked this book. It has some awesome evil characters all the way through. I always knew the bible was full of some evil dudes lol!It's defiantly not one of those books trying to recruit you into christianity or anything, far from it.The book was very fast paced and I loved the main chick in this book,she was badass!There were a few things I didn't like,I didn't like the fact she was kind of whiny about her duties or that she was eaisily fooled by the evil angel dude(not naming names here)I'm not an expert on the Templars but I really like this.For those that know about them you'll have to tell me yourself what you thought.And I love how he writes the book and actually explains why things happen(a lot of authors don't do that)Also he wasn't sexist in writing his main character,at least I didn't think he was.He let her do anything the guys did and let her go even further beyond them! LOL I find it very amusing that he let her do things most female writers wouldn't have let her done if they were writing it. And even though she was a teenage girl she wasn't too boy crazy or obsessed like most female writers like to make their main female character. You didn't have to read on and on about how cute someone is or how in love they are.Not all girls are like that in real life!

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

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    okay

    I didn't buy this book because I wasn't sure whether or not it would be worth my money, especially in hardback. I ended up borrowing it from a friend. I am glad that I didn't buy it. Though the book isn't absolutely horrible like I have seen other reviews say, it isn't that great either. The plot is predictable. The characters are somewhat rounded. Though the idea of fallen angels and stuff is awesome this book just didn't do anything for me. It read slowly, so even when I thought I had read a lot, I had much more to go. Would I recommend buying this? No. Reading it at a library? Possibly.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

    .....

    All I have to say is.... I wasted like 15 dallors on this crap of a book. I was bored throughout the whole book. I will never tell someone else to read this book, because I would never put some through that much bordem. Billi was annoying and so was Kay. Not people I liked readiing about! Fallen angels, a (kind of...little) love interest, a pandemic - all of these elements should have made me happy, but I didn't like any of the characters enough to actually care about them. Don't buy this book, if you really want to read it then just borrow it from someone who has it or from the library.

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Billi has a crazy life - she's been inducted into the Knight's Templar and her job is to keep evil down.

    After the night her mother and half their group were murdered, it's been tough. There's not many of her kind left. While it's the only life she's ever known, she wishes that she could be normal - not go to school with cuts and bruises and need to explain herself or go on an actual date.

    She's fed up with her world and her stoic father and doesn't want this life. When she meets a boy, she defies the rules and begins seeing him. However, he turns out to be the leader of evil and he's after the Templar's prized possession.

    As she gears up for the biggest fight of her life, Billi comes to learn more about her world and her family. Is she too late in wanting to save the world?

    I LOVE this book cover; it instantly drew me in. Plus, the title made me curious. It's a great read filled with angst, longing, fantasy, the paranormal, and just a hint of romance.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

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    A Story That Reveals What True Sacrifice is Really About.

    Truly a spellbinding story that lures readers into it's tale of duty, honor, love, angst, and sacrifice. The Devil's Kiss will pull you into story as it weaves the tale of young heroine Bilqis SanGreal. An amazing story that without question is one of the best books I have read and one that easily makes its way to the top of my list of favorite. Without a doubt an excellent work of literature that will pull its readers in and makes one think twice about the true nature of evil. I highly recomend this book to all who enjoy religous lore, myth of both light and darkness, as well as adventure.
    Without question five out of five stars.

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  • Posted December 9, 2009

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    Smashing!

    Billie has a crazy life - she's been inducted into the Knight's Templar and her job is to keep evil down. After the night her mother and half their group were murdered, it's been tough. There's not many of her kind left. While it's the only life she's ever known, she wishes that she could be normal - not go to school with cuts and bruises and need to explain herself or go on an actual date. She's fed up with her world and her stoic father and doesn't want this life. When she meets a boy, she defies the rules and dates him. However, he turns out to be the leader of evil and he's after the Templar prized possession. As she gears up for the biggest fight of her life, Billie comes to learn more ab out her world and her family. Is she too late in wanting to save the world?

    I LOVE this book cover, it instantly drew me in. Plus the title made me curious. It's a great read filled with angst, longing, paranormal, and just a hint of romance.

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  • Posted December 2, 2009

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    Fast paced and action packed!

    Although the MC in this book is a girl... its most definitely reads like a boy. Probably because the author is a male. The book was full of action & adventure. The plot was very thought out, using myth and religious lore. Myself being a female, I believe young ladies reading this will be a bit diappointed that there wasn't much in the department of romance. As I said before, it read more like it was geared toward young boys, or the type of young lady that isn't such a girlie girl. Regardless, I think it's a story you'll enjoy. I have one negative: the subplot of Father & daughter was a little weak. Not at all unrealistic, considering the circumstance, but I felt it could have held more depth, their relationship given more substance and backstory--especially when it came to the girl's mother.

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