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Posted January 3, 2010
In execution though the book fails on nearly every level. Livvie is a character straight out of addict recovery show, rambling about relatively unimportant things one minute, setting up scenes the next only to ramble some more and finally update the reader on what they missed while she was rambling. It's like the author and character have teamed up to avoid actually showing the story. Not to mention Livvie's horrible drug use is more like Tylenol PMs and wine.
Apparently in the first few scenes Livvie dreams of Pig Face, the demon who has been killing herself and her soul mate for countless lives. Instead of burning the painting the painting flies out of Livvie's hands in a sudden and fortuitous gust of wind. This of course means Pig Face escapes the painting. However the only way I knew that this is what happened, and that it was a major plot event, is because I read other reviews that explained this. These "major events" are written in a style that makes them seem convoluted, utterly unimportant and routine.
Pig Face apparently possesses the body of a man Livvie shows interest in, gains her trust after a few exchanged lines of dialog and leads her outside where he beats her and rapes her. The actual action (not that I'm eager to read that scene) is all off screen and only explained after a chapter break in brief retrospect, much like all the action in this book so far.
Livvie receives aid from her landlords, who, as Livvie is barely conscious, sum up everything that's happened so far in the book (apparently they are all-knowing NPCs) in explanation to each other. These two go on to call what happened to Livvie "a downer" and explain that they are some sort of soul friends who know all about her, what she is, and who Pig Face and Ian are too. Rather than taking Livvie to a hospital to, you know check for brain damage and internal injuries, they just stitch her up themselves in their spare bedroom.
The hot mess of a plot continues to ramble on, with more actual on screen scenes, that don't make much more sense, until about fifty pages in when Pig Face attacks Livvie again (in a police station, with a bunch of cops nearby, where they were accusing her of killing a guy she worked with, who killed himself in public, and who had no other link to her). Only this time Livvie calls to Ian (who I'm assuming is haunting her) for help and Ian ends up possessing the body Pig Face raped Livvie with.
I gave up on this book not much after, when more rambling started. I personally despise rape-as-romance plots. No amount of this style of writing or these flat characters was going to redeem this book for me, especially if it continued to spend the next two hundred pages alternating between "Livvie is crazy", "Pig Face is brutally and gorily attacking everyone she's ever known" and "Livvie needs to trust this guy who raped her in the second chapter because they are true loves".
This book was just too convoluted, with Livvie's completely unlikable nature, Pig Face's cruel torturous slaughter for no reason other than he could, and the constant distractions from every ghost, animal, "boon" and spirit talking to Livvie (seriously, two spirits in the form of flies tried to protect her by buzzing around a cop's head to distract him). The world building is so confusing I never had any solid picture of the characters, the places, or even the rules of the magical world. I cannot recommend this book.
Posted November 9, 2009
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I loved this book and I can proudly say this author has made it to my favorite authors list! Livia, a soul catcher and her soul-mate Ian, a soul hunter are lost souls who reincarnate through the passage of different centuries, cultures and colors. A soul catcher either through thought, speech or hand-drawings has the power to permanently banish demons from this reality. A soul hunter protects and fights for the soul catcher while she's vulnerable to her prey during her banishing ritual. Unfortunately, for Livia and Ian, no matter what the era, their souls are always doomed to repeat the same disastrous cycle. Through Livia's stubborn and short sidedness she is always destine to leave her surrounding protectors (her reincarnate mother, father, grandmother and sibling) exposed and susceptible to harm. After two hundred years of Livia and Ian being mercilessly stalked, brutally raped and callously tortured by the same vengeful demon, there is a shift in the sequence of Livia and Ian's soul cycle. Livia and Ian finally get a chance to redeem their damaged souls and change the course of their impending fate. To take advantage of this opportunity Livia and Ian must go through a complete soul searching reformation, and relive the calamity that condemned them and the demon on this cursed collision. This was one of the most impressive, unparalleled, violent and depraved fantasies I've ever read. This book fascinated and entranced me so thoroughly; I read it all in one day. I can honestly say I've never read anything like it. The world Leigh Bridger built is tragic, dark, bleak, dangerous and unique. The action was creative; the plot was bold and fresh; the phenomenal journey through Livia and Ian's many life-spans were both alarming and amazing at the same time. For those wondering what genre his book falls into, I categorize it as a very dark urban fantasy romance. If you are looking for creative, different and interesting fantasy, give this book a try but beware, this book has high violence and savage sexual content. I highly recommend this book to dark urban fantasy readers and look forward to the next book Soul Hunter due out 6/2010.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 24, 2009
When she was a child, her granny knew that Livia Belane had a special destiny to fulfill and tattooed symbols of the Light onto her head to protect her. Olivia was heartbroken when her father committed suicide and recalls nothing about the fire that killed her mom and brother. Somehow she escaped unscathed, but whispered gossip claims she set the inferno. She ended up in a psycho facility and when she was released at night she dreams of a demon, of whom she paints while she sleeps.
Her paintings contain the ugliest demon ever; she calls him Pig Face. Although Livia is a loner, people want to befriend her through her countless reincarnations. They inform her she is a Soul Hunter, a person who sends demons back to the hells they came from. She meets a man and is prepared for hot sex, but instead he tortures and rapes Livia. Ian, who loves Livia and has through several lifetimes, takes over the body of her rapist who was the demon Pig Face; like Ian, Pig Face has made it through several of her reincarnations killing both of them each time. However, this time is different as Livia and Ian must defeat Pig Face whose power keeps increasing with each of their deaths and soon will be too strong for them to stop his takeover of Asheville; eventually North Carolina, the USA, and the earth will follow.
Deborah Smith, writing as Leigh Bridger, has authored an exciting unique urban fantasy that is an amalgam of reincarnation, demonic-angelic warfare, and special people with skills to see and fight evil beings. Livia changes from a reactive frightened person into a bold individual accepting Ian's help even though every time she looks at his face, she stares at her rapist. The love these two souls share gives them hope that they will overcome Pig Face, but he thirsts for vengeance too for what they did in a previous life a long time ago without understanding the consequences which fueled the demon's rage.
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