This book had many, many redeeming qualities, but I have to be honest: my absolute favorite parts were when Reed randomly spouted off how long she was...moreThis book had many, many redeeming qualities, but I have to be honest: my absolute favorite parts were when Reed randomly spouted off how long she was asleep, down to the minute.
Killed me Every. Single. Time.
I will admit though, the soulmate dynamic drove me nuts. Pretty much everything ABOUT Russell drove me nuts, right down to his twang. This is just personal preference--love triangles are the bane of my existence and improper grammar, especially intentional, makes my teeth hurt. But if you don't mind the inevitable heartache and southern drawls are sort of your thing you're in for a treat.
From a character standpoint, I was pleasantly surprised. Evie and Reed were really well written, although Evie's naivete becomes a little eye rolling. Reed fascinated me, I love how through most of the book you see him as what you'd expect: old fashioned billion year old angel who lacks an obvious sense of humor--then every so often he goes all Jason Bourne and you're just like oh. Damn.
In a good way.
I can't stand when supernatural characters are portrayed as regular guys with fangs, wings, or who randomly turn into an oversize dog or whatever. There needs to actually BE something super about them or else you may as well leave that part out. These angels were very obviously NOT human; even the good guys could be cold and calculating and all kinds of intimidating when it suited them.
In a good way.
As far as the story goes, yes, it's more angels, but done in a way I haven't seen before. I can't wait to see how the series turns out.(less)
I went into this not sure what to expect, I loved Half-Blood but I was a bit daunted by the idea of aliens and romance and book bloggers; not sure how...moreI went into this not sure what to expect, I loved Half-Blood but I was a bit daunted by the idea of aliens and romance and book bloggers; not sure how it would all fit together, and it's rare I really get into 2 series by the same author.
I wound up hanging on every word and wanting more, and now I'm wishing I'd stretched it out a bit instead of devouring it in one sitting. She has a knack for making the most outrageously abrasive characters so completely loveable you can't decide whether you want to punch them or kiss them, or both, and Daemon takes the cake. Like Half-Blood it's the perfect mix of sarcasm, sweet, and holy-crap-what's-going-to-happen-next, and Obsidian kind of surprised me by being one of my favorite books of the year.