I got about 60 pages into this one before I had to put it down. Like the previous book in the series, Raziel, DEMON is told in alternating points of v...moreI got about 60 pages into this one before I had to put it down. Like the previous book in the series, Raziel, DEMON is told in alternating points of view: first person from the heroine, and third person from the hero. First person romances generally irritate me to begin with, and switching back and forth between them started to give me a headache. In the end, the storyline wasn't compelling enough for me to slog through it.
If you enjoyed Raziel, and don't mind first person or switching POVs in your novels, go ahead and try this one. It's just not to my taste.(less)
Allie Watson is having a bad day. The chronically late temp worker/author of snarky religious novels is trying to get across town to a meeting with he...moreAllie Watson is having a bad day. The chronically late temp worker/author of snarky religious novels is trying to get across town to a meeting with her publisher, her feet hurt, and she’s starving. She really doesn’t have time to have a strangely intimate conversation with a really, really good looking guy, with really strange but compelling eyes. Too bad the heel of her super-cute shoe snaps off as she’s stepping in front of a cross-town bus. Just like that, Allie’s dead, and her sexy acquaintance whisks her off the afterlife.
Raziel is having a normal day—for a fallen angel charged with escorting souls to the afterlife. To him, Allie Watson is just another dead mortal, even if she is deliciously curvy and sexy as can be. But it’s something more than just her sex appeal that inspires a moment of weakness when he realizes that she’s headed for the fiery pits of hell, and he drags her back, risking his own life. Raziel knows it’s worth more than just his life to save her—it means the lives of his Fallen brothers and their wives to disobey Uriel, the only angel who has resisted the lures of humanity, and the defacto keeper of Heaven. He takes her to Sheol, the hidden place where the Fallen live, and tries to figure out a way to send her home—before he succumbs to the sweet temptation of her body and blood.
Ms. Douglas’s angels are not the chubby-cheeked cherubs of Valentine’s Day cards and children’s stories. They are hard men created to serve a harsh God. The Fallen—especially Lucifer—are portrayed as far more sympathetic than those who stayed true. When they came to care for, then love, the humans around them, Uriel cursed them with a need for blood and an inability to procreate, and banished them to earth. They live in a wary truce with Uriel, who would like nothing more than their complete annihilation; they ferry certain souls to the afterlife for him, and he leaves them generally alone. There are other fallen angels out there—the nephilim, who have no feelings and are cursed with a hunger for flesh, used by Uriel to hunt the Fallen. The mythology was unique enough to be interesting, but not so far out there as to take away from the story. I dislike the theory that God is absent, leaving Heaven in the hands of a dictatorial Uriel who believes creating humans was God’s one mistake. In the context of the story, it makes sense, but it just rubbed me the wrong way. Blame years and years of church, youth groups, and church camp!
I liked Raziel, in spite of his blatant stupidity. The women the Fallen take as brides gain a longer life span, but they do not become immortal, and Raziel refuses to watch another love die. He has sworn off women, and therefore has blinded himself to the fact that Allie is his mate. Even when that fact is proven to him over and over, he stubbornly refuses to accept it. I wanted to bash him over his pretty little head. Allie, on the other hand, irritated me. There’s no one character trait that I can point to and say “I didn’t like this about her,” just a whole general “meh.” I don’t really care for useless city girls—in real life or in fiction—and Allie is certainly that. The love between the two didn’t really ring true to me, either. Ms. Douglas shoehorned in a little scene near the end that tried to show their connection—that neither of them had remembered before then. It felt really contrived, and did little to show me that they cared for each other.
The book alternates from Allie and Raziel’s first person POV, with a couple random scenes written in third person from a secondary character’s point of view. I generally don’t care for romances written in first person, and this book epitomizes why. First person, when not done well, makes me feel disconnected from the other characters in the book—and here it is not done well. I think the same effect could have been reached by using third person, and maybe then Allie wouldn’t have annoyed me so much.
The secondary character and the general plotline were much more interesting than the rest. There is a traitor in Sheol; they immediately suspect Allie (of course). I was able to figure out who it was relatively quickly, though I thought the parallels between the traitor’s motivations and Allie’s own childhood were well done. I’m really excited about the next book in the series—the hero of the next book Demon was my favorite character in Raziel. (Don’t read the summary of it before you finish Raziel if you don’t want to be spoiled!)
All in all, the book was an entertaining but not spectacular read. The world and mythology will keep me coming back for more, though I hope the next heroine isn’t so annoying.