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.