Dark Angel by Amanda Jones
Series: The Fallen Chronicles #1
Published by New Concepts on March 29, 2017
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Katia may be a celebrated musician, but she'd always felt a little like an outsider looking in. Who knew that being abducted by a handsome stranger would set her on a crash course with her destiny...
Luc has spent an eternity keeping everyone and everything at a distance as an unstoppable darkness consumes his soul. Will his beautiful captive be his salvation, or will they both be consumed by the ultimate evil...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Dark Angel was a different take on heaven, hell, and the fall of Morningstar, AKA Lucifer. Brutal at times and extremely cheesy, it had a campy, adventurous, B-movie feel to it.
With weird, stilted dialogue and plot holes galore, I had a hard time getting into this book at first. One thing that really bothered me was every time a character came across a someone they knew, they would recite their history with the other person to give us their backstory. There were also random dramatic flashbacks out of nowhere that would throw me out of the story.
This book had a lot of “messages” within its pages. First was the “it’s never too late to change” theme, even if thousands of years have passed. Next up was the lesson of forgiveness, not only to be forgiven but also forgiving one’s self. Last but not least was the “love conquers all” trope that had me rolling my eyes. Kind of like over salting your food, a little seasoning can make a dish, but add too much and you just might ruin it. For me there were so many lessons to be had they ended up jumbled together and the book bordered on preachy. Considering the heaven vs. hell theme here, that’s a dangerous feeling to give a steamy romance.
I almost DNF’d the book several times but my interest in the plot had me hoping things would turn for the better. Eventually, it did, though not as quickly as I wanted it to and I never did completely fall into the story.
Lucifer himself was the hero but the story differs a bit from how most were taught. Lucifer and Satan are two different beings. When Lucifer was cast out of heaven, he and his fellow angels became enslaved to Satan and forced to gather souls for him. They all hate what they are forced to do and realize pride is what got them there. The catalyst for Lucifer’s redemption is a strange little violin player that Satan plans to use to not only take over our world but heaven too.
The characters were larger than life. Satan was depicted as a teenager with absolutely horrid taste in music. Having raised a teenage girl during the worst of the Backstreet Boys days, he gave me my favorite passage in the entire book:
“Death metal may have been more fitting for the source of all-evil, but he’d become a sucker for the cheesy stuff. In a way the music was his anyhow. Someone had to sell their soul for this shit to make money.”
I must say, I have wondered that same thing many a time when my daughter had that cheesy crap blaring from her room. It was little things like this that had me hanging in. When the action and suspense picked up so did my enjoyment. In the end, it was an interesting take on a biblical story most everyone is familiar with. The potential was there but for me at least, the execution was lacking.
Rating: 3 Good Bones but… Stars
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