Angels on earth. One of the most trending storylines these days. I thought the same when I picked this book up, but it was not what I had expected. Much more evil was filled in. The first thing that came to mind when I looked at the cover was an angel being kidnapped by evil people at a masquerade party. Seriously. I do wonder how the author could have pulled that story off, though.
The beginning chapter of the book was pretty dreary and gray, like the described weather in Prague. Eventually the story got better as the pages turned. I had first thought that Brimstone and all those characters were really not real and Karou was making it up. But then everything fell into place. And then, bam! The story starts unraveling from there. . and doesn’t stop. I was hooked from the first page.
I liked the fatherly figure of Brimstone but never really grew attached to any of the other chimaera. Nevertheless, they were still a great addition to the book, and I loved the worlds all blended in together. The settings were very beautifully described—even the not-so-beautiful ones—and fit in perfectly in my mind, with the way I had imagined everything.
Akiva was a great, strong male lead. And Karou was an awesome, kick-ass, strong-willed protagonist. I liked them both from the start, and knew that somehow, they would be a good match for each other. Their romance is nicely developed and very sweet. I really loved the relationship, and it took up just enough of the novel to be real, and true. The forbidden-love aspect is very cliché but this time it felt refreshing, even though I have read about it many times.
The writing was notable. It is just as lovely as people say and it describes so much—it’s very descriptive. The writing evoked many emotions, and left me standing, and admiring. Irrelevant concepts weave together to make such phrases that light up the dark story. I used to think that third person POV’s could never do justice to a character’s feelings and emotions, but after this piece-of-art of a book, I think differently.
“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”
(From what I can see on Goodreads, I am not the only person who thinks this description of hope is amazing. So do 1800+ others.)
Putting this book down was hard, and it felt bad to leave it, albeit only for a few seconds. The characters are fiercely lovable, the plot is dark, twisted, and the writing shines through—what more proof do you need? I recommend this book to everyone. Now go read it.
My Rating: ★★★★★ 5 stars
1 ★ for the writing, as I have already mentioned
1 ★ for the twisted dark-story plot