Jul 08, 12
Read in July, 2012
17 year old Samantha and her best friend are out on a Friday night at the local teen club. Soon she’s approached by her long time crush and old neighbor Stephen. He invites her to join him in the upstairs lounge where he offers her a dangerous and life altering kiss. Samantha can’t resist his lips. Thinking he’s just being arrogant, she kisses him. Now she suffers from an incurable hunger. Food doesn’t satisfy her. She’s inexplicably drawn to other boys. They smell so delicious. She doesn’t know what’s happening to her, but she fights it. She fights to stay in control of herself and not give in.
Meanwhile, on a rare occasion Angels and Demons are dispatched from Heaven and Hell to work together. There is something dark taking over the town of Trinity, New York. Something is feeding off the souls and transforming the people. This must be stopped. But they need help. There is more to Samantha. There is something special about her. She’s one of the infected now, but that’s not all she is.
This was a good start to a new series. Souls are needed to keep the balance between Heaven and Hell. But, when souls are being devoured on Earth the balance tips. They’ve seen this problem once before. A team was dispatched once and the demon responsible was vanquished to the Hollow, a place worse than Hell where all super natural entities that die on Earth go and never return. Unfortunately, somehow, that same demon is back with a new bag of tricks. There’s a connection between this demon and Samantha though. She’s torn between who to help.
We also see a love connection between Samantha and one of the angels, Bishop. This might not be so bad. Angels don’t have souls, so there is no harm in kissing him. However, someone in Heaven doesn’t want this mission to succeed. They sent Bishop to Earth with a soul, making it nearly impossible for him to return. It makes it really impossible for Samantha and Bishop to act on their feelings.
I liked the overall storyline. I did want to slap some sense into Samantha a time or two. But, I had to remind myself she’s only 17. Of course she would be confused about some things and fail to see what was right in front of her. The end of the story leaves you knowing that something bigger and badder is coming. All is not perfect in the end. There is still more evil to fight. The angels and demons are stuck here till all is resolved.
This book was provided by NetGalley for an honest review.