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Breaking the Devil's Heart (Logic of Demons #2)

3.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  88 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
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It will linger long in your thoughts and force you to look at life (and the afterlife) from a different perspective. I must say the book is unique and something I have not read before. Hell as a corporate bureaucratic institution… brilliant.
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A thoughtful spin of faith and the nature of good and evil, Breaking the D
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published May 4th 2012 by Outskirts Press, Inc. (first published April 5th 2012)
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Oct 10, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those w/ ideas, those who seek, absurdists, agnostics
Recommended to Katy by: Abigail
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: those who question and seek, those with ideas rather than beliefs

Disclosure: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: When Stewart and Layla recruit a demon to spy on the Devil, their decision takes them on whirlwind ride through the afterlife. Journey alongside this young couple in H. A. Goodman’s new novel, Breaking the Devil’s Heart, and join forces with a teenage Angel outcast to bankrupt
Lauren (Shooting Stars Mag) Becker
When the author first wrote me about possibly reviewing this book, I was immediately interested. However, it said it was a Logic of Demons novel and I figured that meant it was part of a series. When I inquired about reading it without having read the first, I was assured this was a stand-alone novel. After finishing the novel, I now understand that the books might be part of a similar universe, but they are able to be read and enjoyed as their own novels. I'm also quite curious to check out Log ...more
Marie Malyon
Sep 25, 2012 Marie Malyon rated it did not like it
An original fantasy concept that promised a lot, but failed to deliver.

When I was sent this book to review, I was warned that it was "a bit wild, out of the ordinary story" and it defiantly delivered on that promise. This original and highly creative production of heaven, hell and the dimensions in between was something that appealed to my fantasy radar.

I did at times enjoy Goodman's concept of Hell being run as a 'company' to reek havoc on people's lives. Eternal punishment on damned souls was
Oct 05, 2012 Valentina rated it liked it
This is a deeply original novel, in more ways than one. Not only is the plot different, but the writing style and the message behind it are as well.
Let me start with the plot, because this is where the book is particularly strong. The main idea behind it is to make us really think of what good and evil truly mean. We, the readers, are asked to examine our own thoughts as we follow Stewart and his quest to destroy Hell and its “Formula”. This is what makes the book so interesting to read. We are
Jul 23, 2012 Annabell rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-reads
Synopsis: When Stewart Willoughby was murdered, he wasn’t only surprised to find there was an afterlife but to find out Heaven and Hell aren’t as clean cut as people expect. Heaven seems to be more at war with itself than with the Devil and Hell acts more like a claustrophobic office run by a psychopathic boss with demons dressed in suits. The last thing Stewart planned was to become a vigilante for a secret service type group called the Observers, who are determined to save human souls whether ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Josh rated it it was ok
H.A. Goodman's Breaking the Devil's Heart is a fast-moving urban/contemporary fantasy novel following the exploits of recently deceased 'Observers' (think Angels with more questionable morals) Stewart and Layla as they attempt to overthrow the corporation that is Hell and rid the world of evil. In this almost playful take on humanity's view of the afterlife, Satan has decided souls would be corrupted much more efficiently if Hell were a bureaucratically run company and the demons wore pinstripe ...more
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
May 28, 2014 Yvonne (Fiction Books) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Yvonne (Fiction Books) by: Author Review Request
`To say that this book is one of a kind, is an understatement'

`Breaking The Devil's Heart', is such a unique, imaginative and thought provoking premise for a story, that it is difficult to know where to start. There is definitely no formulaic or predictable storyline on offer here!

The action is fast paced, moving at a phenomenal speed, as the two main protagonists, Stewart and Leyla romp around Heaven and Hell, searching for an alternative afterlife, one where Satan has been defeated and Heaven
Jun 17, 2012 Stéphanie rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2012
When I say this book is original, it’s quite an understatement. H.A. Goodman has recreated the afterlife as we know it in Breaking the Devil’s Heart. It’s so unique, I had a hard time picking a genre for it, since it doesn’t fit nicely into any category. While it does have some romantic elements, I wouldn’t consider it a paranormal romance. It’s not an urban fantasy either. It’s literally a book about life after death and trying to eliminate all evil from the world and the underworld.

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Feb 12, 2013 Ari rated it it was amazing
Also posted on: The Bookshelf

First, I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review. I greatly appreciate it! I'd also like to apologize for not having my review up sooner. Technical difficulties on my end kept me from getting anything posted for awhile. However, those difficulties did not keep me from enjoying this FABULOUS book.

The first thing that really caught my attention about this book was the cover. It's gorgeous. I love the colors, th
Emily Duncan
Aug 08, 2012 Emily Duncan rated it really liked it
(I was provided a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review ect. Ect. And all that jazz).

Dante’s trip through corporate Hell. No, but really, that’s an apt way to summarise this book in a short sentence.
It starts out right in the midst of the action, pausing every so often to keep the reader up to speed in this afterlife that has been concocted. An afterlife that looks like corporate Hell for the demons, a chance at Heaven and the Angels, or a soul could remain w
Aug 30, 2012 Crystal rated it liked it
This is a sequel to the Logic Of Demons, but the book can be read as a stand-alone. I did not read the first book before diving into this one.

The first thing to stick out to me was the writing. It felt a bit forced at first, as if H.A. Goodman sat with a thesaurus next to him the entire time. However, as the story progressed, I got used to his writing and so it didn’t bother me anymore. The writing was very thorough but did use some cliches and the segments describing romance seemed a bit cheesy
Fangs for the Fantasy
Aug 25, 2012 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it it was ok
Stewart and Leyla are Observers, having turned down their chance to become angels. Not because they aren’t good and don’t want to fight evil – far from it. But angels labour under far too many rules and restrictions – they intend to take down Hell by any means necessary.

Hell has restructured, gone are the fiery brimstone pits and halls of the damned – now it’s cubicles, rows and rows of cubicles and officers – a corporate Hell where souls are bought and sold on the trading floor, where demonic t
Moonlight Gleam
Aug 10, 2012 Moonlight Gleam rated it it was amazing
After having really enjoyed H.A. Goodman's first novel in the Logic of Demon's series, The Quest for Nadine’s Soul, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to read the second installment, Breaking The Devil’s Heart. I was pleasantly surprised with the novel having just one narrator this time around. It was much easier to follow one character’s observations rather than having to follow many at once. Like H.A. Goodman’s first novel, Breaking The Devil’s Heart addresses strong subject matter such as c ...more
Breaking the Devil's Heart was nothing like what I expected when I opened it up. This is a battle between heaven and hell like you've never heard of or imagined before. We get a brand new idea as to what happens after we die. Since no one really knows for sure, the ideas are really endless. But this one was well planned and thought out, really unique, and quite in depth.

Another thing I was not expecting was the darkness it contained. Of course when reading a book about hell and battles, you are
Ruty  B
Oct 13, 2012 Ruty B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, angels, demons
If you could choose between Heaven and Hell for spend the eternity, what would you choose? If all the good and bad things you do in life will determine where you will spend eternity, would you think beforehand every action? Would you like to know what Heaven and Hell are like?

Breaking the Devil's Heart is a novel that takes you deep down the human essence and tries to find the source of human kindness and/or evilness. An intelligent approach to human behavior, to the causes of who we are as a ra
Aug 09, 2012 Alex rated it liked it
You won't be disappointed!

I received Breaking The Devil’s Heart for review through the author and was more than excited. The book sounded really good from the start, and it was something totally different from the Fantasy books that I usually read. Breaking The Devil’s heart started off a bit slow, in my opinion, because there was a little too much back-story and not enough detail to move the plot forward.

Nonetheless, the book started to pick up around the end of the second chapter. It could hav
Nov 26, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Going into reading this book I wasn't sure what to expect, and didn't know that it was the second book in a series. Therefore, I never read the first book in this series The Logic of Demons, that being said, I didn't even notice it was the second in a series, It read fine as a standalone and I didn't feel like I missed anything that was crucial to the second book.

H.A. Goodman created such a unique world with this book. I'm not partial to a certain religion, but do believe in God and heaven and h
Aug 08, 2012 melydia rated it liked it
When you die, the very good people become angels and the very bad people become demons, but if you're just mostly good you may be given the option of becoming an Observer. Contrary to their title, Observers are more like hands-on angels in the battle between good and evil. Stewart and Layla are two such Observers, on a mission to discover the secret behind the Formula, some sort of evil-making product demons peddle to conflicted humans. After touring parts of both heaven and hell and receiving r ...more
Nov 03, 2012 Joie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Breaking the Devil's Heart isn't part of my usual YA shtick, but the originality and concept of this book drew me in.

Stewart and Layla, the protagonists of the novel, are "Observers"--basically angels who work in the gray--and they take on the corporation that is Hell in order to stop the sale of the mysterious "Formula," which demons have been selling to mankind to further the spread of evil on Earth.

I loved Goodman's creative take on angels and Hell. Especially the addition of Observers, becau
Tracy Terry
Jul 05, 2012 Tracy Terry rated it it was ok
A uniquely imaginative read the likes of which I've never read before, Breaking The Devil's Heart is a thought provoking read for the individual reader and would make a great read for any readers group such is its potential for discussion.

The story of two Observers (Stewart and Layla) who, neither angels nor demons but something in between, join forces with both the demon Franklin in the hope of eradicating evil by infiltrating hell (or The Company as it is known) and the flamboyant tattooed ang
Lu (Sugar & Snark)
Nov 03, 2012 Lu (Sugar & Snark) rated it really liked it
Stewart and Layla gave up heaven so that they could find the root of evil and destroy it. Sure they could have been Angel’s and lived life in heaven, but that isn’t what they wanted to do. So now they are trying to find out, 1 – how the formula that the devil and the demons use to corrupt humankind works, and 2 – how to stop it.

Stewart is a smart man who does not give up. He is willing to do whatever it takes to take down evil and end human suffering. Layla is sweet and innocent, but you can see
Oct 07, 2012 Melliane rated it really liked it
Mon avis en Français

My English review

This book seemed very unique with such a cover and summary, and I was curious to see how it really was. I was afraid it might be a little too philosophical for me and to not understand what would happen in the story. So yes, this book is really original, I don’t think I can make any comparisons with other novels I've read before, but it was a great pleasure to discover the H.A. Goodman ideas. Indeed, the book makes us think about many points, what is right or
Aug 06, 2012 Jinky rated it liked it
(Edition I read from was provided by author in exchange for an honest review; paperback, isbn#9781432790585)

First thing that comes to mind about this book is telling of the author and that is that Mr. Goodman cannot be accused of lacking imagination! This story was genuinely creative. The characters were engaging and the plot simply extraordinary. You're going to need your cerebrum for this book because it can get confusing ..the good kind. The kind that will challenge you to think. We coul
Sep 15, 2015 Martha rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
When two Observers from heaven try to recruit a demon to spy on Satan, their decision has ramifications that affect not only their own fates in the afterlife but possibly the fates of everyone else in heaven and on earth. Stewart and Layla could have been Angels, but they prefer to work with less uptight rules--hence their roles as Observers, fighting in the war of good vs. evil. They work to infiltrate Hell in order to take down The Company and end evil on earth, but the tactics they use could ...more
Glenda Christianson
Oct 28, 2012 Glenda Christianson rated it liked it
Initially, I found this book to be a tiny bit reminiscent of A Christmas Carol, the author H.A.Goodman, takes the reader on a trip through heaven and hell, complete with demons and angels. That is where the comparison ends. It combines fantasy/paranormal with actual factual events. The result is thought provoking, to say the least. This is a different type of fiction, that you definitely need to be in the mood for. I really can't assign a genre to this one. It makes the reader think and question ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it
This was a book like no other that's for sure. I found it to be a good read, but felt some of the parts were a bit too descriptive at times for me, but they didn't make it a bad read by any means for me. This story about the workings of the afterlife world was intriguing and interesting to read about. I came to love the characters and also the whole idea for the book. The plot was well written and thought out. I thought the writing was great as far as leaving me feeling like I was understanding ...more
Mar 03, 2013 Kayla rated it liked it
Wow... I really wasn't sure what I was getting into when I started this novel because up front, you're told it's different than anything you've ever read. Definitely true! At first, the novel started a little slow but then it built up more and more. The pace ended up moving at a steady speed. The novel is told through Stewarts POV so that's always a breath of fresh air for me. I'm so used to reading novels told from the female lead's perspective. Although, I have to admit, I enjoyed The female l ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 3.0


Breaking the Devil’s Heart is a ditty about two Observers – Stewart Willoughby and Layla O’Toole– who turned down the opportunity to become Angels in an attempt to rid the world of evil. The idea is that Demons are peddling a product called The Formula to unsuspecting humans, manipulating them to the dark side of their psyche where they then end up in Hell for the rest of eternity. It’s also a statement on the fact that God appears to be a non-entity when it comes to
Joshua Burns
Jul 01, 2012 Joshua Burns rated it really liked it
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This is an odd read with a quick start. The author clearly knows how to get the ball rolling.

I was drawn in by the cover and for awhile I could not piece out why it was there. It remains a colorful and spicy cover.

The book ranges from sprawling worlds to highly accurate historical events. There is a lot of talk about morality and the root of all evil and how it should be filled.

I think one of the bigger questions I have while writing this review is how to sell it (a re
Aug 23, 2012 Star rated it really liked it
Breaking the Devil’s Heart” is a creative, original, and intelligent novel. Mr. Goodman has given us a new definition of the afterlife – with demons, angels, Observers, and of course, the Devil. Hell has been remade as a corporation (The Company) where demons do their best to sell ‘The Formula’ to humans. Stewart and his girlfriend, Layla, were viciously murdered and when given a choice they chose to be Observers. Now Stewart is working on a plan to destroy Hell and The Formula, which includes i ...more
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