I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this book when I started since I don’t tend to like books about angel wars (technically they’re nephilim, but close enough) as many of them seem to be broad in scope and plot-focused. But the cover of this one drew me in, and, lucky for me, it stayed nicely focused on the personal motivations, goals, lives, and feelings of the main characters and turned out to be a great book!
The main character, Leia, had a unique voice that I had fun reading. She was flawed and very rough around the edges from her years growing up in and out of fosters homes. She also drank underage, smoked weed, had been addicted to harder drugs in the past, used sex for nothing more than stress release, and had quite a penchant for breaking glassware when upset. So she wasn’t a character for the faint of heart, but by no means was she a bad person for those or any other reasons. I never found her unlikeable, and she even had me cracking up at times with her bluntness and enthusiasm. Plus she had her priorities straight. And even though she was willing to sacrifice quite a bit by the end, she also never came off as as martyr the way characters often do in those types of situations.
She wasn’t the only likeable character though. Her Uncle Frank was just as gruff and has clearly made mistakes in his life, but I loved him for his secret soft, gooey center. I also found Lucas interesting and would love to get to know more about him. (Even though there was no actual romance in the book—sex, but no romance—I’d be so down for Lucas becoming the love interest! It seems like it would be fitting for Leia’s character to date a demon. Plus, a nephilim-demon relationship has fun potential. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what happens!)
As for the plot, there was a good amount of what I guess could be called subplots, but they all tied into the story in a big enough way that it kept things moving nicely rather than getting episodic or confusing.
Overall the book was kind of Supernatural (TV show) -esque with family members hunting down demons and other nasty creatures, a veritable incoming apocalypse, deals with crossroads demons, plenty of blood and death, etc., but it had it’s own unique characters and plot, making it a completely different, and enjoyable, story that I look forward to continuing!
Fans of darker urban fantasy, especially those who like angels/nephilim and demons, and readers who like their characters flawed and rough around the edges.
“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
Foster kid, Leia Swanson is eighteen and just getting her life together after a turbulent past that included losing both her parents when she was seven years old.
Then when people start turning into demons before her eyes and she feels a strange new power grow in her, Leia’s life begins to unravel, prompting her to visit her childhood home for answers.
Convinced a demon took her mother and killed her father, Leia soon uncovers her mothers secret past as a Watcher—a Nephilim demon hunter—and that she herself is also a Nephilim—half angel, half human.
When her twin brother, Josh is kidnapped and her foster mom is murdered, Leia is forced to enlist the help of her Uncle Frank, a man she has never even met before. Despite their rocky relationship, Frank agrees to train Leia as a Watcher and help her get her brother back while she tries to work out his shady past.
In the meantime, a powerful demon has been kidnapping Nephilim kids for his own evil ends, intent on unleashing a plan that threatens everything in existence.
Hell is coming for Leia and the rest of the world, but is she willing to give her life and possibly her soul to stop it?