The Mephisto Covenant: The Redemption of Ajax

The Mephisto Covenant: The Redemption of Ajax

by Trinity Faegen


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"A timeless love story with unique mythology that captivates the imagination. I loved it."—P.C. Cast, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the House of Night series

"Trinity Faegen bursts onto the young adult scene with an exciting debut novel told in a fresh voice, and with a unique spin on a timeless tale."—#1 New York Times best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon

"This is a fantastic book with everything a paranormal fan craves, from action to suspense to an absolutely sizzling romance. Fans of P.C. Cast and Lauren Kate will not regret buying this book. Faegen is an author to look out for!"—Romantic Times

Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—she is an Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.

A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.

With the threat of Eryx always looming, Jax knows he has to keep Sasha safe and win her over.  But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606841709
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: HL790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Trinity Faegen wasn’t always a writer. She had an illustrious career as a Campus Cop in college, led many children astray as a camp counselor, and decorated Christmas trees for sweet, and not-so-sweet, little old ladies. Trinity lives in the outback of Texas with her husband and a mean cat. You can visit her online at

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Mephisto Covenant 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
Egmont USA has been extremely gracious to allow me to read a copy of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on September 27th, and I must say this is an amazing book. I am thankful that I was able to read it early, and now I'm dying for the sequel, and the first book hasn't even technically released yet! Faegen is a very talented writer that pulled me into her novel through her superb prose and wonderful storyline. To be honest, I was originally interested in this book because of the beautiful cover. The synopsis sounded okay, but it didn't really pull me in and I was a little afraid I wouldn't care for the book. In my personal opinion, the synopsis doesn't do this novel justice, by any means, and I was extremely pleased to find out that my original skepticism was unfounded. This is a beautiful novel. Faegen has created a truly riveting story that I personally found to be unique and refreshing, and I am absolutely, one hundred percent, in love with Jax. He is HOT! The characterization is amazing throughout the entire novel and I feel like I personally know Jax and Sasha. The suspense and anxiety within the novel was palpable, and I could literally feel my heart beating faster as the book unfolded, diving deeper into the scary realms of cultish activity. This is a great novel, all around, however, reader beware: there is an intense sex scene within the novel that I personally didn't think belonged. An allusion to it would have been fine, but this is quite graphic and I was disheartened that Faegen decided she needed to go there in her writing. I thought the book was perfect without it. Call me old school, but I can't knowingly give this to a young adult because this type of graphic sensuality isn't something I think they need to read about-they get enough of that on TV and in music as it is. That aside, though, this is a great novel! Four and a half stars.
ReadingCorner More than 1 year ago
I may be in the minority on this one, but I honestly enjoyed this book. It really seems to be a love it or hate it kind of a book and luckily for me I fell into the former category. For me, this felt like the great beginning to what has the potential to turn into a great series of books. There was sexy romance and action--and I really enjoyed it. It wasn't perfect by any means, but I felt pulled into the pages and flew through the story. I also really enjoyed Ms. Faegan's unique spin on the heaven/hell angel/demon mythology that has been prevalent as of late. She definitely brought something new to the table! The book starts off with a bang as Ms. Faegan takes us right into the action. We're instantly thrust into a dark world of deception, intrigue, and darkness. Sasha's deceased father was an international insurance agent--or so Sasha believed. She's desperate to find out who killed him and why, which brings her into the circle of The Ravens, an exclusive group of teenagers led by her mother's now ex-boyfriend. What Sasha learns as a result of her chance encounter with the group shocks her--and isn't as much of a "chance encounter" as she believed it to be. They were looking for her. As Sasha is thrust into the dark world of the Mephisto, she must learn to cope with many firsts--anger, darkness, and even, maybe, love. I'm a sucker for a romance story so maybe that's what captured my attention with this one. I enjoyed reading about Jax and Sasha and watching each of them grow and change. I didn't connect with them as individuals on an overly deep level like I do with some characters, but I liked following their story and watching their relationship grow. There was a good amount of growth in each character as they learned to love and embrace the good and bad aspects of each other. Sasha, the paragon of beauty and goodness, must learn to cope with dark emotions and emerging strength. At the same time, Jax must learn what it really means to fall in love with someone--not just want to be with someone because that person is "meant for you." There is definitely a lot going on in The Mephisto Covenant, so if you're going to dive in, be prepared to clear some time to take this story in. Ms. Faegan will keep you on your toes with ongoing action. There are definitely times when she is throwing a lot of information at you that's important for understanding the story, and I'll admit that it can seem a bit cumbersome. Also note--this is definitely a novel for older YA readers (16+) as it includes violence and detailed sexual encounters. Ms. Faegan is not a "fade to black" writer when it comes to these things. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. I think that it marks the beginning to what has the potential become an engaging series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried and laughed and LOVED iT !! Ths sex scence was like two pages. But i loved this book so much its hard for me ti spell right. The ending was amazing i cried ! But the ending wasnt a depressing romeo and juliet story it was PERFECT ! nothing sad and depressing . :DD READ IT ! 3 hours for me to finish it..well... cus its THAT GOOD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. I couldnt put it down. It is on my favorites list. I cant wait to see who is next. This is a must must must read.
soulunsung More than 1 year ago
Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve who possesses enough pure spirit to allow her to love a son of hell. Jax is the son of hell, that she gives herself over to love. The Mephisto Covenant is God's promise at redemption for Jax and after spending a thousand years of bringing people to Hell On Earth and trying to find another Anabo, he's finally found that redemption in Sasha, but it's more to him than just that. He wants her to love him, it means something to him. Of course, she isn't safe anywhere as long as she keeps holding out on joining the Ravens and if Eryx finds out that she's Anabo, he'll kill her. The question quickly becomes, can Jax keep her safe and can she love him despite the fact that he's a son of hell? Will she give up her mortality to become Mephisto, so that he can gain the peace and redemption through her love, which is pure, strong, and true? What can I say about this novel that I haven't said already? It was a beautiful, compelling, and a very well developed story of love and sacrifice and redemption. I could not have asked for more and yet, I do want more. As soon as I turned the last page and closed the book, I found myself yearning for the next novel in the series, and realizing the first one isn't even out on the shelves yet. How very lucky was I, to receive an ARC of a book that was one of my top three most anticipated reads, this year. Trinity Faegen did a marvelous job at marrying religious theology and romance with a mortal, in such a brilliant way that possessed a hint of underlying realism. The character's were engaging, the plot was well developed, the pacing never stagnated, and the imagery blended effortlessly into a seemingly fascinating story that involved Russian spies, religous theology, normal teenagers, cult-like behavior, and romance that will definitely keep the reader captivated throughout the entire read. There was no mistaking who was good, bad, right, or wrong with this novel. You knew who all the players were and what their game was, their reason for being there. It was nice to see them play to their strengths or fall to their weaknesses, but still do it all with such realistic attributes accompanying them. It was easy to sympathize with the main protagonist of The Mephisto Covenant, Sasha, whose life seemed to be turned upside down the minute she found out her mother had lost her job at the State Department and was being deported back to Russia, then realizing she was going to be moving in with her Uncle Tim and a woman who hated her father as much as she hated her mother, if not more so. The love story was probably one of my favorite things about The Mephisto Covenant, because it wasn't an instant relationship from the beginning. Sasha, knowing that she wanted to be with Jax, also struggled with that because of who she was and what he was. She was good and pure and he was a son of Hell, so the question became "how could she be with someone like him?" The irony is, that while being a son of hell, Jax was probably the most truthful and honest character that you could trust in the novel. He meant well and tried to respect Sasha's wishes as much as he could, even if it hurt him to do so. I usually shy away from books with overly religious tones or theology, but with The Mephisto Covenant it was a bit different. It didn't feel all that preachy. It was more your basic good vs evil epic battle and not just another "fallen angel" fell in love with a mortal and
Cariblogs More than 1 year ago
Class of 2K11 member Trinity Faegan, really did a great job on The Mephisto Covenant! I have heard a lot of negativity about this book but I for one loved it. Sasha's father was killed and she can't get over the fact that his killer has not been found. She is willing to do anything to find his killer even go to a meeting with a secret group at school. The group simply wants her to pledge her soul to someone named Eryx who gives his followers anything they want. In reality Eryx steals people's souls when they pledge and is trying to take over hell. I was a little lost in the beginning because you are thrown right into a scene and you are wondering "who is that?" and "what did he call her?" but as the story progresses it's all explained. When Sasha goes to the group they turn on her and try and kill her but she's saved by Jax (insert swoon). Jax is part demon and hopes to find an Anabo. Anabos are the only girls capable of loving a demon but finding one is completely rare. Sasha happens to be an Anabo but doesn't want any part of demons, secret groups or Eryx. Trinity really pushes the envelope by including religion in The Mephisto Covenant which at first I was skeptical about, but the book is fiction and it unfolded nicely. The connection between Sasha and Jax is unbelievably hot! I will say I wasn't crazy about Jax's duster but something that could accidently get lost. Being that Jax is part demon he doesn't have experience with dating so he has no idea what to do to get Sasha to fall in love with him. The twist is that as a demon he isn't capable of love and she finds herself wondering if he really cares about her or if it's just the fact that he wants her to love him. If I were Sasha, I would have had my way with him now and asked questions later..Kidding-sort of! There is a very detailed sex scene but it wasn't vulgar. Again it's something new that I have not seen in YA but let's face it teens have sex. Teens see sex on TV and you don't watch 16 and Pregnant by not knowing about sex. I have seen people categorize this as instant love which I don't think is accurate but I will say that part of being a teen is thinking you are in love with crushes, boyfriends, and Robert Pattinson until you learn what love really means. I also want to say that I love how Egmont USA puts out a great variety of stories. For me The Mephisto Covenant was great and I look forward to reading more books from Trinity Faegan!
jwitt33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley free of charge in exchange for my honest review.I have to say that I was a bit wary of reading this book because of all of the mixed reviews it has gotten, but I wanted to find out for myself if I would like it or not, and I'm SO glad I did! I loved it! Goodreads summary: "Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger¿Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx¿s biggest threat.A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant¿God¿s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he¿s finally found the girl he¿s been searching for: Sasha."I loved the premise of a daughter of Eve being the only redemption for a son of Hell, and the whole back-story that was given. I thought Trinity Faegen set the stage very well so that I was easily able to figure out who was who, even among the Brothers Mephisto who all look pretty much alike but have very different personalities. And the world building was awesome! I've never been to Colorado but I definitely want to visit Telluride now, and if I could find the mountain the Mephisto live on, I would go there, too! I thought there was a lot of character development as both Sasha and Jax grew a lot from the beginning of the book to the end. I do have to mention that there was one sex scene, and a lot of talk about sex itself, that I wonder about belonging in a YA book, but since I'm not a YA myself, it didn't bother me. I would say that parents should decide for themselves if they want their child to read these parts depending on their age and level of understanding. All in all, I found this to be a very quick read and I loved the romance between Sasha and Jax. I thought it was very sweet, and I will definitely be waiting in line for book #2 when it comes out :D
Zoey_Talbon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has a lot more religion in it than I originally thought. Sasha is a big believer in God, and Jax and his brothers are kind of fighting for God, in a way. To be honest, I'm not religious. At all. Say what you want, but the truth is that I'm agnostic, so all the religion bothered me a little bit. It would have been easy enough to ignore, except for the fact that they kept bringing it up again when I least expected it.I managed to get over it, though, because it's not constantly there. But what I found ironic was that even though Sasha was a believer, she still had sex with Jax at the end of the book. Doesn't that go against morals or something? >_> Either way, it was a nice reminder that not even Sasha, who's an Anabo and therefore supposedly has no evil in her, isn't perfect either. The plot was definitely something new for me. I liked how Lucifer was incorporated into it, and I liked how Eryx was basically trying to take over Hell. But from what I can see, that's where the things I loved end.Sasha and Jax's relationship just moved too fast for me to understand. They don't know each other at all, and yet they're kissing. And then there was the fact that the rest of the characters didn't get developed enough, if you ask me. They were just kind of there. I wish I could have learned more about some of them. And last, I've been noticing a lot of books I've been reading lately have been in third person. I have no problems with that; in fact, sometimes I prefer third person to first. But there weren't enough of Jax's and Sasha's thoughts for me. I can't say I disliked or liked either of them, because I don't really know them. Sure, there was plenty of dialogue, but I never had any idea what either of them was thinking when they spoke to each other.Overall: The plot was original, and even if I wasn't a fan of the writing style, the amount of action and the events redeemed the book a little bit. 3 stars.
titania86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Mephisto Covenant has the same plot as most of the paranormal romance teen books in existence: dangerous boy and innocent girl fall in love and they are fundamentally different, but they want to be together anyway. I read about 100 pages of this book and it just failed to keep my interest. In the first few pages, I noticed that the writing annoyed me a little bit. It felt uneven and uncomfortable. The dialogue is especially unnatural and lacks nuance. The characters are one dimensional and frankly boring. Jax comes off as an Edward-esque creepy stalker who is willing to lie, cheat, or steal into Sasha's heart. Of course Sasha finds the bad boy persona completely irresistible and falls head over heals in love when they meet. I'm tired of the Romeo and Juliet style instalove and Twilight/Fallen carbon copies. It's just not the story for me.
nlsobon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don¿t like bad reviews. I really, really don¿t. Unfortunately, as I can¿t say that I enjoyed this book, I¿m forced to give the story two stars. I will state, however, that just because I didn¿t care for this book, doesn¿t mean you shouldn¿t give it a chance. I think my main problem with this book wasn¿t the story itself, but rather the characters. This quote, for example, made me do a double take because it¿s just really odd: ¿I¿m Mephisto ¿ you¿re Anabo. Since I¿m the one who caught your scent, it means you¿re intended for me.¿ (from page 23) ¿ The whole Mephisto and Anabo thing is interesting, as is the story line with Sasha¿s family, but sadly I found the characters to just be strange. Especially when Jax becomes obsessive about Sasha after meeting her. I understand that she¿s meant for him and such, but it all just came off rather creepy. Other than when Sasha is attacked by the Raven¿s, and her mother informs her that she¿s being deported, I didn¿t find any reason to care about Sasha (both of the mentioned events take place pretty early on in the story). I can say that I don¿t think Trinity Faegen is a bad writer, that isn¿t the case, it¿s just that unfortunately this story wasn¿t for me For me the whole instant love connection between Jax and Sasha just didn¿t work, and the dialogue was seemed a bit off. I hate writing bad reviews. I know that authors put a lot of hard work into their books, and I¿d much rather spend my time praising them, but every now and then I¿ll find a book that just isn¿t for me. Sadly, this was one of those books.
BookishDame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Teen aged angst, paranormal. Not the best of literary writing and tips the tales of demonic. I have issues with this being for YAs
TheBookLife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I first read about this book, I thought it was going to be another angel story, but that's not quite right. There is plenty of talk of Heaven and Hell, and who belongs where, but the beings in this are a whole new type of paranormal. I'm not even sure paranormal is the right word. The story has really cool mythology and backstory for the characters. I really liked the reality of their world and the picture the author was trying to paint. The main character Sasha was a decent character, but my one major gripe about her was her indecisiveness. I appreciate the fact that she didn't immediately fall at Jax's feet and do whatever he wanted, but I felt like she dragged her final decision out way too long. I appreciated the fact that she was a strong female character, she was fully capable of doing things for herself. Jax was definitely swoony, but given his considerable age, he seemed kind of new. Sometimes it felt like he didn't know how to be around people. I suppose that was probably the point, though, because as he said more than once he spends most of his time alone. For a good part of the story I felt his motives were completely selfish, but as the story went on I really started to feel like his priorities were shifting and he really did care for Sasha. It made him all the more endearing to me.Overall I liked the mythology and world the author created. Other than a few minor gripes, I liked the characters, too. I'll gladly step back into this story when the second installment comes out.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I will admit that I picked this book based on the beautiful cover alone. I will also admit that I was very nervous after I started reading "Mephisto Covenant". I was sure that I wouldn't enjoy the story. I had some big concerns within the first several chapters. I was disappointed thinking immediately that the book had the "Twilight" feel as so many YA paranormal stories do. Sweet innocent girl meets supernatural guy living in his own 'world'. Even more disappointing to find out that the book suffered mega info dump syndrome in the first several chapters. There is a involved world where the rules are unique and complex. This ends up being a good thing but not at first when my mind was trying to process everything going on and why. I am glad I stuck with the story because just a few more chapters in and I found myself completely sucked into this world and invested in the story. The premise of the story is that Sasha is trying to find out who murdered her father. This leads her to an encounter with a group of kids from her school called "The Ravens" who have sold their soul to Eryx, a demon who wants to take over Lucifer's place in Hell. Eryx uses all these lost souls to build up his army to go against Lucifer. Sasha finds out that she is an Anabo. Anabo's are rare people who are pure of heart and good. They are predestined for Heaven's gates. Then there are the Mephisto. These are Eryx's brothers, sons of Hell who actually fight the fight against Eryx and his plans to be worse than Lucifer. If an Anabo can fall in love with one of the brother's than the brother can be redeemed and worthy for Heaven again. This match is called the "Mephisto Covenant". So once I wrapped my head around all of that, the story was impossible to put down. I loved Sasha and she really is a good girl who isn't obnoxiously so. She is still human and has human emotions and makes mistakes. Ajax is the brother whom Sasha meets and falls for despite being turned off by his Son of Hell status. I was enchanted by all the brothers and their lives and world. The author doesn't always take the easy outs and I was constantly surprised by things that happened in the book. I really hated the bad guys and I rooted for the good guys so everything seems to work like the author intended. This book reminds me of a young adult version of JR War'ds "Black Dagger Brotherhood" series. I have a feeling that each of the brother is going to end up finding his Anabo as the series progresses. Part of this is due to the fact that Ajax and Sasha definitely end this book in a very solid and happy place. Yet the threads about Eryx are certainly not all resolved. I would buy a follow up book and I actually really look forward to reading more about this world. We met plenty of side characters that I would love to see take a starring role soon. This book is recommended for those who love Paranormal Romance and YA books.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Mephisto Covenant. Right now there are two books contracted in this series, the second book will be about a different Mephistos brother. Faegen said in an interview that she would love to have seven books in the series, one for each brother. This was a very good book. Very engaging, a wonderful romance, and some complicated mythology.When Sasha goes to a meeting for a secret group called the Ravens, she is attacked and beaten. A mysterious boy named Ajax saves her and tells her that she is Anabo, basically a daughter of Eve, pure in spirit. The Ravens owe fealty to Eryx, a son of Hell who is trying to take Hell from Lucifer. Ajax is also a son of Hell, but he is a Mephisto, one destined to save humanity from Eyrx. As a son of Hell Ajax is also doomed to Hell when he dies, unless he can find an Anabo and redeem himself. For Ajax, Sasha is that Anabo; but can Ajax convince Sasha to accept immortality and join the fight against Eryx?Okay that above summary is a total information dump...but that's pretty much what the first few chapters of this book were. This book is based around some complicated mythology and is takes a bit to get it all set up. That being said I enjoyed the intricacy of this mythology and had fun reading about how it all worked.The characters in this book were great. Sasha is pure and good without being totally gullible, so Faegen found a good balance there. Ajax is mysterious and dangerous, while still coming off as very endearing and earnest. The set up of Ajax's family will be similar to adult readers who have read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. That series (which is very adult because of all of the sex scenes and swearing) has a group of brothers living in a house sworn to fight evil; each book is about a brother meeting his one soul mate and falling in love with her, while protecting innocents from evil. That is pretty much what this series looks like it is going to be, but for young adults.As a couple Sasha and Ajax were pretty good; they were kind of one again off again for the first half of the book. That always frustrates me a bit as a reader, because I wish they would just make up their minds. To be fair though, being with Ajax has some pretty steep consequences for Sasha. I do think that the whole immortal man finding the one woman in eternity for him is a bit corny, but it is a basis that is used for a lot of romances so I suppose it's okay. The whole idea just makes me roll my eyes a bit.Faegen does something that few young adult authors do in their books and takes Sasha and Ajax's relationship past kisses. There is actually a full-fledged sex scene in this book, which surprised me. It is tastefully done and not incredibly explicit; but everything done is well described. Because of this I would recommend for older young adult, or young adults who are comfortable reading about full on sex in their books. In addition to this a number of the characters are severely beaten, there is a torture scene, and an attempted rape. So, yeah, probably best for older young adults.The book goes in detail talking about good and evil. What makes people good or evil is discussed in depth and really gives the reader something to ponder. The plot is a bit convoluted; there are layers upon layers of lies that Sasha has to uncover. I enjoyed this, it kept me guessing and the twisty plot was very engaging.The writing style in the beginning of the book was a bit stiff; the characters sounding not as natural as they should and a bit stilted. As the book went on this improved, it was like Faegen finally got comfortable with her characters and by the end of the book everything was very natural sounding and easy to read. The book wrapped up nicely and the story of Ajax and Sasha is fairly complete. Overall this was an interesting young adult paranormal read. I enjoyed the complex mythology and the twisty turning plot was very engaging. Ajax and Sasha were wond
duchess_mommy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
RECEIVED THRU NETGALLEY Fallen angels are for 2011 what Vampires were for 2009, and author Trinity Faegen seals it with this, the first book in THE MEPHISTO COVENANT series. Admittedly, I was shallow and was attracted to this book by its gorgeous cover (I want that dress!), but once I hit page 28, I was sucked into the story and could not stop reading. Just take a look at some of the status¿ I posted while reading: Page 87: "Brought my Laptop to work just so I could read it during down-time...that good, and only on page 87."Page 152: "The band of brothers in this book kinda reminds me of the Black Dagger Brotherhood - except, you know these brothers aren't Vamps."Page 420: "Most certainly an awesome book. If I wasn't so tired I would read the last 28 pages, but my eyes are rolling back in my head." `The Mephisto Covenant¿ is told from both heroine Sasha and son of hell Jax¿s point-of-view, which gives the book added depth. Reading both P.O.V.¿s is important in this story, where if the reader were only let into Sasha¿s thoughts, it could be assumed that Jax¿s love for Sasha is a forced, fleeting thing. As a result of being let into Jax¿s true intentions, he becomes endearing and easily my favorite character of the book. This book is coming out next month, and you will be hearing a lot about it. It¿s like the ¿safe for work¿ version of the `Black Dagger Brotherhood¿ series, and I see a long run for author Trinity Faegan. This book is another 5-star in my log, and am eagerly awaiting the sequel!(I do wish I had a ACTUAL copy of this book, because I would be proud to display it on my bookshelf.)
ReadingWithMartinis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Isn¿t the cover of this novel gorgeous? I love it. It is, unfortunately, probably the only thing I liked about this book, which is a shame.The first 50-60 pages of this novel moved very quickly. I was drawn into the story and anticipated The Mephisto Covenant being a great read. After these initial pages, though, the novel veered off course for me. Here are my basic problems.First, the plot was extremely complicated. EXTREMELY. It was very hard to follow and track the rules of Faegen¿s world. There was an over-abundance of supernatural characters, each with their own special powers, in this book. Keeping their function and purpose within the novel straight was difficult. Due to there being all of these different characters with individual purposes (Skia, Mephistos, Luminas, Lost Souls, Purgs, Normals, etc.) the actual plot became hard to follow.Second, the characters were problematic. The characters, again, had a vast amount of supernatural powers, so there was that aspect to juggle. But the characters were mostly unlikeable as people. I couldn¿t connect to Sasha or to Jax. They weren¿t dynamic characters. I found them to be under-developed and flat. Because I couldn¿t connect to the central characters in this novel, I had difficulty caring about what happened.Third, there were aspects of the plot and characters that I found extremely off-putting. For instance, there is much of the plot of the novel dedicated to whether or not Sasha can make this enormous decision to be with Jax. There are various reasons why this is a hard decision for her to make, but I don¿t want to be spoilery. Sasha is very insistent that she cannot be with Jax and this is repeated over and over again, until suddenly, in a single page-turn, Sasha changes her mind and Jax is suddenly the love of her life. This is very shoddy writing and did not sit well with me.Also, the details surrounding Sasha and Jax engaging in sex and the ¿marking¿ that would take place made me nauseous. I felt this played no good role in the novel and fed into every antiquated notion of the loss of virginity. It also just came across as trashy.I cannot honestly recommend this novel. There are so many fantastic books out there that I wouldn¿t recommend such a mediocre work. I very much doubt that I will read any further installments in this series.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One thing I loved about this book is the great paranormal elements in it. Ms. Faegen took the tale of Adam and Eve and weaved it into a great story to read. As you begin reading this book, the reader is captivated by the strong characters as well as the plot line.The characters in this book I loved. Why? Because they are strong. Really strong voices that just scream in your face. It's hard not too see the characters or fall into them. I really loved how the characters grew with the reader in learning all the secrets of the Mephisto Covenant.Another thing I enjoyed about this book is the great back round history to it. I love it when a book can not only pull you with the amazing characters, but also with the great history to the characters. Learning the secrets along with Sasha, made me feel excited. I loved the history of Adam and Eve. The biblical elements in this book just totally rocked. Very good and very creative!The love interest of the story I liked. I would have love to see more of them spending time together. I do however love the passion that is between them. Very tense and very loving. There is a very descriptive love scene in the book. I would recommend this book for 18+.
yabotd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I admit, I was immediately drawn to the book by it's cover. Isn't it beautiful? This scene never actually plays out in the book, but it definitely sets the right tone. It's dark, mysterious, and sexy, with a hint of fear. Perfect for the book.Besides loving the cover, the story is great. I set out to read a chapter or two before working on something else and before I knew it, I'd finished the book. The story completely kept me captivated the entire time. In many ways, it reminded me of my experience reading Falling Under by Gwen Hayes. Both books have a really interesting storyline that strays from the typical paranormal, both have a heavy romance theme, both Haden and Ajax (who I love!) are tortured souls trying for a better future (and are desperately in love with the heroine), and both stories sucked me in so completely I read them in one sitting. Also, just the feel and tone of the books are similar. That's not to say you shouldn't read both because the stories are also very different from each other. I really enjoyed the mythology in The Mephisto Covenant. I always love when books use mythology in new and creative ways or introduce new mythology, and The Mephisto Covenant satisfied my interest in that department. It was complex without being difficult to follow. I could guess at certain aspects that would come true in the end, but not everything was easily guessable. There were surprises and some things came together in ways I hadn't anticipated. The only thing that bothered me while reading I probably wouldn't have picked up on if I didn't also like to write. There were certain parts in scenes where I wanted to comment: "Show, don't tell!" I noticed many of these times came when showing would likely reveal explicit language or actions. When I realized this, I thought to myself, "Okay, if the author doesn't want to spell out this dialogue or interaction, that's okay. It's an artistic choice, like choosing to 'close the bedroom door' for a sex scene. Not a problem." But then, there was an explicit sexual scene later in the book. Honestly, the discrepancy between the different scenes threw me off. I didn't dislike either the earlier scenes or the later one, but I was confused by why one would be spelled out and the others brushed over. (This probably doesn't make much sense if you haven't read the book. Sorry. I'm trying to explain without spoiling.) Either way, it's not a deal breaker for how much I liked the book, just something I found confusing while reading.Overall rating: If you like romance, buy it.
renkellym on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Conceptually, The Mephisto Covenant is fantastic. Trinity Faegen builds on traditional biblical stories to create mythology that¿s both unique and genuinely interesting. It doesn¿t go so far that it would offend Christians (The Mephisto Covenant stays grounded in Christian belief and values), but it does toe the line, which I love to see in literature. The execution of this premise, unfortunately, wasn¿t quite as smooth as it could be. The beginning of the novel is a bit confusing, and it takes a while to fully grasp the technicalities of the Anabo and the Mephisto. Still, about halfway through the book, things start to make a bit more sense.The one thing that bothered me about The Mephisto Covenant was the romance. Trinity Faegen tries her hardest to make Jax and Sasha¿s attraction justifiable, but when you get down to it, it¿s instantaneous love, which feels somewhat inauthentic despite explanations. Add in a hundred or so pages of ¿I love you, but I can¿t have you¿wait¿maybe I don¿t love you¿ tug-of-war, and I was becoming tired of the pair¿s indecisiveness. When Jax and Sasha actually come together, though, their chemistry is insane! They really sizzle¿both when they¿re making out and when they¿re bantering.Individually, Jax and Sasha are great characters, but they¿re a bit difficult to connect with. Sasha is innocent and pure without being a prude, and Jax is a tortured, sexy son of Hell. The characters that stand out the most, I think, are the ones that aren¿t in the spotlight. From the grieving but snarky Phoenix to Sasha¿s sweet brother Chris, The Mephisto Covenant is filled with complex side characters. And even though we don¿t really meet him, Mephistopheles himself really comes to life through the lore that Trinity Faegen presents.The Mephisto Covenant has quite a bit of potential to be popular¿it has creative mythology, passionate romance, and a compulsively readable storyline. Readers not jaded by the YA paranormal romance genre will especially enjoy The Mephisto Covenant because they won¿t be as used to the common elements Trinity Faegen incorporates in her story. I personally wasn¿t completely captivated by The Mephisto Covenant, but I was impressed with the unique mythology.
psteinke1122 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sasha is desperate to find out who killed her Dad. So much so, she contemplates joining a group that would require her to denounce God and pledge her life to some guy named Eryx. Turns out Eryx is trying to take over Hell from Lucifer and Sasha is a special soul who was born free from Original Sin. Getting Sasha to join Eryx would be a coup! Enter Jax and his brothers, who are the sons of Mephistopheles, their sole purpose is to defeat their brother Eryx and prevent him from absorbing the souls of those who pledge to follow him. Meanwhile, Sasha maybe the key to the redemption of Jax¿s immortal soul. I so enjoyed this book! Personally I was sucked in as soon as I saw Russian surnames. I love all things Russian! Once I was sucked in, I couldn¿t put the book down until I was finished¿so I was up until 2am! One of the many things I love about these paranormal romances is the mythology the author¿s create to build their story. The Mephisto Covenant is no exception. This Mephistopheles story, I believe, is based loosely on, ¿Doctor Faustus¿ where Mephistopheles is a worker for the Devil and goes around collecting the souls of the damned. Here Mephistopheles has several sons and they do the actual escorting of the damned and ¿M¿, as they call their father, is more a liaison between Lucifer and the sons. I¿m kind of torn as to how I felt about the treatment of Sasha. There are several times where she is harassed and doesn¿t stand up for herself¿and I¿m conflicted as to whether that had to do with her nature and the whole ¿born without original sin¿, or if she was a victim. I¿m hoping it was the former. The thing with Sasha and Jax was instant mutual attraction. Unlike so many books these days, this wasn¿t love at first sight, more like lust, but they were not quick to act on it in any way, definitely adding the tension, and self doubts of the characters. It also added to the their growth. Whereas it was Sasha¿s nature to be exceedingly compassionate, not so with Jax. It was touching to watch him learn what it was to put someone else before himself¿to not know what love truly was, but express it inherently. Most of the loose ends were tied up in this book, but it, apparently, is the first of a planned trilogy, so I wonder if future books with continue to focus on Jax and Sacha? Or if the bigger story will continue, as the next installment focuses on one of the other brothers finding love? I guess I will just have to wait and see.
Jibar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am so happy that I got to read this as an ARC, it is such a great book! The book basically starts with Sasha going to a meeting of some sort of secret club that is in truth organized by Eryx. There, she is saved from death by Jax and his brothers and they discover she is Anabo. He messes a little with her mind to make her forget him and promises to woo her the regular way.Now, I did love the characters. I pitied them at times, especially Sasha when she finds out all that stuff about herself and her family. That has to be hard to deal with. She does pull through, and reacts wonderfully I believe! To manage to live with someone like Melanie and Brett Shriver that is just beyond my comprehension. While reading it, I could see myself punching her about three thousand times, while Sasha just thought something along the lines of "too bad", which is an Anabo aspect about her.I did however not give a damn about Eryx. He doesn't have enough screentime I believe, and when he does finally show up, I wasn't particularly scared of him. This is of course bad, since the bad guy is supposed to chill your bones. But what he does to people, what that certainly made me uneasy.I liked the course of novel. It didn't linger on any sort of situation too long, the length were all so great, I wasn't bored with a single part of it. Since I have a lot time right now (I'm sick) I couldn't resist the urge to just read it all in one swipe! It's just that good.
Shadowrose96 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received this book through Netgalley.comOkay since this is an ARC I'll try extra hard to keep too many spoilers out of this...some may slip in but I'll refrain from mentioning main plot points if I can.The Mephisto Covenant has a very interesting concept, and it's one that I felt I would really like since I truly enjoy stories that incorporate mythologies and religions. However as I began the book I realized this was a tad bit more religious than I normally enjoy reading, thankfully over the course of the book it scaled back on the 'preaching' and I didn't feel as irritated. I don't count this toward my rating at all because I'm a bit bias when it comes to religious aspects and it's not fair to the author. I did however have serious issues with the way this story flowed, as well as character interactions.I'll start with the flow. The writing is wonderful and the story had a great amount of potential, and I feel that a lot of people will enjoy this because it's somewhat original. I found the plot to be dodgy, one minute you are getting use to something and then scene changes or the characters personality suddenly seems to be different. I understand the character development where Sasha is concerned over the entire course of the book, but a few times in the beginning she comes off as 'trying to hard'. Jax is your typical bad boy who falls in love with the 'normal' good girl, he has a twist but it's essentially the same. It many ways it felt like Twilight to me since it read in the same mindless way, it's a quick and easy read but it won't leave any sort of positive lasting impression on me. Despite the easy flow of this I found it very hard to read and concentrate on, and I had quite a few moments where I simply wanted to quit reading it and review the bit I had managed to read.Now for the characters. I personally didn't feel anything for any of the characters, except annoyance. Eryx didn't bother me at all, which I feel is an essential trait for a bad guy. Jax and Sasha's relationship was annoying and flip-flopped more then fish out of water. Melanie's character just came off as another aspect that seemed "over worked", she was horrible like she was suppose to be but it was so over the top that it became childish and dramatic. There are times in the story where half of a conversation seem utterly pointless. I understand the need for normal conversations but there is a point where it crosses the line to 'filler' and becomes tedious, and this book has that problem at times. Also the word 'spit' is never an attractive way to describe a kiss and despite the fact that I know spit is involved I was repulsed at the mental image. The intimate scene I found to be too detailed for a young adult novel, and on the side of tasteless.Overall I obviously didn't enjoy this book, and I can't say I'd recommend it in an everyday book talk. I think those who enjoyed Twilight would like this, however only to those who over 16 because of the adult content.
RJGonzales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3.7/5 rounded to 4 | ARC received from NetGalleyThe Mephisto Covenant is a novel that I have to say I thought was actually pretty good. Very vivid characters and well-developed plot and story. It didn't quite reach what I had hoped for, but it was still great nonetheless The beginning was just a tad bit too slow for me and is what sort of led me astray for the first several chapters. Once the story picked up and I really got into it, it was pretty entertaining. The ending, as this is a series, leaves off in a way to open for the next. I applaud Mrs. Faegen for writing this imaginative novel that I'm sure will garner great success.Final Thought: Imaginative and wickedly sweet, "The Mephisto Covenant" is a devilish treat.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meph·i·stoph·e·les also Me·phis·ton.The devil in the Faust legend to whom Faust sold his soul. With such a gorgeous cover and a fascinating title, I was hooked on The Mephisto Covenant. The concept seemed interesting and different, and with the ties to the Faust legend, what's not to like? Especially in a world where everything tends to be sparkly and pretty in YA paranormal novels, Mephisto looked like it was offering something darker, gritter and just more original.The Mephisto Covenant introduces Sasha, who is desperate to find out the truth behind her father's murder. As she begins digging into it, she finds a strange new world she never expected. She discovered a constant struggle between Heaven and Hell, good and evil of mythic proportions. She also discovers that she's actually an Anabo, the mortal enemy of the Eryx. Then, there's Jax, an evil boy that hopes he can find redemption in the love of an Anabo...or Sasha.Drawing from a dark source, Mephisto Covenant weaves a unique and complex mythology. At times, the mythology does get so thick that's it's hard to fully follow or understand what's going on at every second -you just have to pay close attention. The characters are decent, and while I didn't find Sasha to be easy to relate to at all, the mythology completely overshadowed it, and drew me in.Though at times confusing and a little too overly-complex, Mephisto Covenant is a great start to an promising new series with an excellent and deep mythology.
bibliojunkies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
*** 1/2The Mephisto Covenant is the first in a series about the sons of Mephistophles, known as the Mephisto, and their search for redemption and the light to balance out their darkness. When Ajax first sees Sasha he is drawn to her light and terrified that he will lose her, only the second Anabo his brothers have found. If Jax loses her, he will lose the chance for salvation and eternal peace in Heaven after the war with his brother, Eryx, ends. Sasha did not think things could get much worse after her father died, until she finds herself the target of Eryx disciples, her mother is deported and she is sent to live with an aunt who dispises her and her psycho-spawn. The only light is Jax, but what he wants from her is overwhelming and perhaps more terrifying than losing him... The Mephisto Covenant was phenomenal, fast-paced and fun. Trinity Faegen did a great job creating realistic characters and responses in a fantastical world. Sasha's struggles and resistance to Jax felt real and honest and Jax's sense of desperation and growing selflessness heartbreaking. I definitely recommend The Mephisto Covenant for fans of paranormal romance. I look forward to book 2, The Mephisto Kiss, the Redemption of Xenos. ~Shel