Soul Crossed by Lisa Gail Green is the first book in her new series Of Demons and Angels and proves to be a fast, fun and highly enjoyable novel that left me raring for more!
Told through varying POV’s Star Crossed introduces us to Grace and Josh, two very different individuals whose lives change forever when they wake up to find they’re both dead and being offered second chances in their afterlives. Having lived a selfish and reckless life, Josh finds himself waking up as a Demon in the middle of Hell, whereas Heaven sent Grace is offered the chance to become an Angel if she can manage to save the soul of teenager Camden; the same soul Josh has been tasked with corrupting.
Facing the possibility of eternal damnation in the bowls of Hell if he can’t influence Camden to commit evil acts and damn his soul, the last thing Josh expects is to fall for Grace; especially seeing as they don’t actually know what the other is. Battling to claim Cam’s soul for their respective sides, Grace and Josh are about to discover there might be something more powerful than both Heaven and Hell; love.
I have to say I was really entertained by this novel. The writing was light and forward moving and made Soul Crossed a quick and easy read. Told through the dual point of views of both main characters, the dialogue was light and witty and wonderfully entertaining. It wasn’t too over powering and managed to compliment the Heaven versus Hell dynamic perfectly.
I really liked both main characters author Lisa Gail Green introduces us to. Grace and Josh were very different, but still managed to fall for one another and effect the other’s actions. Personally I think they “fell in love” with each other a bit fast for my liking, but at the same time I honestly felt their chemistry and their connection throughout the story. The attraction between them is there from the moment they meet and as Grace manages to bring out so much good in Josh that it’s hard not to become invested in their relationship.
He may have led a selfish life, and is now much do evil things as a Demon, but caring for Grace opens Josh’s eyes a lot and his assignment with Cam allows him to see what evil truly is. The face of evil isn’t what you’ll expect when heading into this novel.
A fast, endearing read, I was very happy with how Soul Crossed ended and find myself highly eager for the next book. Soul Crossed offers a sneak peak at the next novel, Soul Corrupted, and I for one can’t wait to see what happens to Grace and Josh next! ...more
The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr is a steampunk murder mystery set amongst a dark London backdrop in the Victorian era that will appeal to fans of the genre and those who love a good who done mystery!
In a fresh retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, we follow Eliza Jekyll, the proper, perfectly put together daughter of the renowned Henry Jekyll in The Diabolical Miss Hyde. As a medical investigator who has inherited her fathers infliction Eliza houses her own second self in the form of Lizzie Hyde. Dwelling within Eliza, Lizzie is the polar opposite of Eliza, a saucy, impulsive and foul-mouthed woman who knows her way around the back-skirts of London and who often fights her way to the surface and takes control of the body they both share. As Eliza investigates a series of gruesome murders that are gripping London, she and Lizzie stumble into an unexpected discovery about their parentage and their connection to the murderer and must race to find the killer before they become his next victims.
Overall, The Diabolical Miss Hyde was a decent read. Author Violet Carr has thought well and hard about her steampunk world and weaves together all the best elements of the Victorian era with mechanical contraptions, electrical machines and chemistry to create a dark and vivid alternate London. I found myself easily enough enjoying Eliza and Lizzie’s tale, even if I did tire at some parts, and I certainly found myself caught up in the murder mystery Eliza investigates alongside London police; a mystery I found myself guessing at until the very end.
Though this novel is told predominately through the eyes of Eliza, I was surprised to find that Lizzie really was the star of the novel at times, although in hindsight, the name of the novel does give some of that away. Eliza was prim, proper and a fine lady despite her class, whereas Lizzie was impulsive, rash and often foulmouthed. The two share a body as a Jekyll and Hyde, but shift form with Lizzie is at the helm as a redheaded buxom beauty as opposed to Eliza who was fair and more refined.
Carr gives the girls a love interest in the form of Captain Remy Lafayette, a member of the Royal Society who assists Eliza in her investigations. Lafayette is a cocky and self-assured officer of the law who irks Eliza and appeals to Lizzie’s naughty side. Readers may be surprised to discover who has the better chemistry and connection with the Lafayette, but I certainly appreciated what Carr did and I find myself pondering what will happen next.
A dark and mysterious read, The Diabolical Miss Hyde draws readers into a world of danger, murder and steampunk and as the story concludes I find myself wondering what will happen to Eliza and Lizze next; so much so that I may just be tempted to pick up the next book! ...more