Seven deadly sins have been unleashed, and the only one who can defeat them is the boy who set them free.
Nicholas Blackwell has no idea he is supposed to fulfill a destiny. All he knows is that he draws trouble like a magnet. Orphaned at seven when two demonic men killed his parents, he copes with the strict rules of his new home, St. Christopher's academy, unaware that he has been the real target for the killers and that his guardian angel has saved him in the nick of time. And now, his problems are only beginning when a mysterious serpent lures him into the woods and tricks him into a demonic ritual that will unleash the Seven Deadly Sins to destroy the humankind. Nicholas has no choice but to correct his mistake--or die trying.
Aided by Amy, a shy but determined girl who seems to know more about his task than she should, Nicholas's quest is to travel into the City of Demonio and defeat the Seven Guardians of Sin. To succeed, he must confront demons, monsters, and lost souls, learn the mysteries of the Chapel of Dreams, discover the true meaning of friendship and love, and face the darkest secret of all: the Blackwell Family Secret.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book comes across as a madcap compilation of Alice in Wonderland and the Seven Deadly Sins. Nicholas Blackwell stands before the Blackwell Manor with little memory of how he arrived. Knowing he has to enter the Manor, he opens the door and remembers… The book then enters into flashback mode and Nicholas is 7 again. He remembers the death of his parents and a last minute rescue that lead him to growing up in a Catholic boarding school. The book then jumps and centers on 16-year-old Nicholas. According to Amazon, this book comes in at 230 pages. With a little math, we get approximately 57,000 words. While shorter books are becoming more common in indie books, it was an unfortunate thing in this case. The reader is given a brilliant framework for what could have been an excellent story. Nicholas is tricked into releasing the Seven Deadly Sins back into the world. He then has to go on a quest down in the demon world to fix his mistake. Unfortunately, that’s all it is, a framework. Nicholas isn’t the warmest of all main characters. He comes across as rude and constantly gets into trouble. He breaks all of the rules and expects his popularity, and the fact he lives full time at the school, to bail him out. While he does eventually change, for most of the book, the reader doesn’t feel all that invested in him or care about his outcome. There are several side characters that were quite charming, mainly Amy, Theodore, and Pugdush. Pugdush is a demon who’s doing his best to become good. I do wish more time had been spent in developing these characters. The challenges Nicholas faces are wrapped up fairly quick. While it is explained why later, it was a letdown at the time. They definitely could have been more difficult for him to achieve. I also wish more attention had been given to the Seven Deadly Sins. In this case, it would be important to focus on the intended audience and remember how much they may or may not know. All in all, this book was an easy read. While it’s aimed at Middle Grade, I would stick to 7th grade and up. Due to the brevity and quick dealings with the Seven Deadly Sins, I don’t see this book gaining much traction above 9th grade. It sits in a fairly tight niche when it comes to readers. With more fleshing out of the story line, and more attention given to character development, this book would reach a much larger audience. The idea itself is solid. *I received a free ARC in exchange for a fair and unbiased review*
The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin by Jonathan L. Ferrara Nicolas Blackwell was orphaned at age seven when two demonic men killed his parents . He finds he has a Guardian Angel and that he is holding the Seven deadly sins. His is tricked by a serpent and the sins are released. It is now up to him and his friend Amy to go to the city of Demonio and defeat the seven Guardians of the sins. Young Nicholas is very likable, along with Amy. They face many dangerous creatures and have to work together to conquer them. There is a lot of danger, action, drama, suspense and secrets . The characters are well developed , the plot is original and detailed, making you feel part of the story. I liked the blending of religion and fantasy, it made a very interesting page turning read. I highly recommend The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin to lovers of fantasy , (adult and y/a readers). The cover is very fitting to the story, it captures Nicholas and his mission perfectly. a true five star fantasy!
The author contacted me and asked me to read his book in exchange for an honest review. This book really surprised me. It moved along very quickly and had an interesting plot. I admit I was thrown off a little bit by this book because of all of the biblical themes and religious references. I guess I didn't think it would be as religiously motivated as it was. Ferrara's writing was smooth and very well done. The characters were interesting and each stood out to me in different ways. The only thing that threw me off about the main character, Nicholas, was that he never seemed really challenged by any of the obstacles in his way. It was almost like he was barely trying and I'm not sure if that was the purpose of the challenges or not. There is romance in this book, but it seemed forced and quite obvious that Amy and Nicholas were going to be placed together. That didn't bother me, what bothered me was the random "I love you" thrown out there haphazardly...it just seemed way too fake or (for lack of a better term...) forced. The Blackwell Family Secret is not so secret, in my opinion, since I kind of figured it out and where the book was going within the first few chapters. But that is not necessarily a bad thing since I had a roadmap in my mind and was pleasantly surprised when it diverted from it occasionally. This book is definitely perfect for ages 8-15 since they don't go into depth as much as I would have or other readers over those ages. It definitely is an interesting book and full of mysteries complimented by really unique and great characters. The writing definitely adds to the quality of the book and really is impressive. Overall, it is definitely worth a read for those interested in demons, biblical mysteries, and all around YA novels.
I got this book from Netgalley. I'm not sure what attracted me to it in the first place. I just thought the premise was neat. It was a little slow for me in the beginning,but it definitely picked up. I was nervous when I started reading because it had religious themes in it and sometimes books like that can get a little preachy. But I didn't get that feeling at all from this book. I loved the story of the seven sins and the description of what each looked like and what virtue weakened it. I would love if the next book (if there is a next book) had Nicholas up against the horsemen or something like that. It's definitely worth a look.