The story in this was pretty interesting. Despite all the mythology that was in it, and the many different types of deities and demons and hells and e...moreThe story in this was pretty interesting. Despite all the mythology that was in it, and the many different types of deities and demons and hells and everything else that we were introduced to, it still managed to make sense. It explained everything well enough to follow and there was a good amount of action. I dont have any complains really besides the characters, namely Dev and Kyle. I think this book handled its love-triangle rather poorly.
The book alternated between Sera and Kyle's POVs, so I was definitely Team Kyle. We got to know him a lot better than Dev because of his POVs, and I felt like that meant something for the outcome. Although I was really frustrated with the back and forth. You can trust him. You can't trust him. You can trust him. You can't trust him. My demon blood made me do it. Its really hard for a character to be an individual when they are so easily controlled, and their loyalties begin to mean nothing when it is not their own choice.
And Dev we hardly knew at all. I hated how he just strolled into Sera's life and started acting like he belonged there because of something that happened thousands of years ago. We never really got to know him, and any relationship he had with Sera was based on the past. We never saw them connect in the present, and it just felt really intrusive and presumptuous. It made me hate him in the same way that I hate River Song.
And WTF was with that ending? Who the hell did she pick? Did she pick neither or both?!(view spoiler)[She spends months in a realm between realms, where she is mourning Kyle's death alone, which I assumed meant something in favour of Kyle. But then Dev shows up and tells her that Kyle is still alive. And what does she do? She kisses Dev! And while she is kissing him she thinks. "It was a kiss of hello and a kiss of goodbye, a kiss of love and of friendship. It was a bridge between the past and the present, and a promise of the future. It was a kiss for forever." I like the part where it says 'a kiss of goodbye and a kiss of the past'. But I certainly do not like the part where it says 'a promise of the future and a kiss for forever'. Blah. But then, on the very next page, she visits Kyle and when she sees him, she thinks "Sera knew without a doubt that there was no other place she needed to be...there was no other place she would rather be. She was home." And then the book ends. Huh, sooo what just happened?! (hide spoiler)]
I would recommend this to fans of books heavy with mythology, and especially books that visit hell. There is a lot of hell and demons in this book. Or I should say Xibalba. But not necessarily for fans of YA romance. I think the romance in this book was a mess.
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So, I decided to go for a twofer. I wasnt done with my Cassie Mae fix so I read another one, and I read it in one sitting.
This was a bit different. I...moreSo, I decided to go for a twofer. I wasnt done with my Cassie Mae fix so I read another one, and I read it in one sitting.
This was a bit different. I dont think I have ever read a book from the POV of a guy experiencing unrequited love before. Its usually the girls who do that sort of thing, so it was interesting to see the thoughts of a guy who is in love with his best friend, and how he deals with it. He was a great guy and he always had her best in mind and never let his feelings make him bitter or jealous. Except that one time when he nearly screwed everything up.
Lexie and Ryan had obvious chemistry, and, as usual, Ryan was really funny and I enjoyed the humour in this. I enjoyed Lexie too, she was fun, although I little blind to Ryan's awesomeness. But hey, thats how the story goes.
I hate it when there is a big fight in contemporaries. Cassie Mae's other books didnt have one, and that is another reason why I enjoy her books. But this one did, and it was a doozy. When Lexi told Ryan that she hated him and then walked out, I nearly cried. So mean! Although it wasnt too bad since they made up like 3 chapters later. But I always hate it was that happens in contemps. And it is almost always a given.
So another great book from the author, I will be continuing this series. (less)