Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Review - Demon Angel
Title: Demon Angel
Author: Meljean Brook
Publishing Date: January 2007
There was a lot of buzz in blogland over Meljean Brook’s book Demon Moon. But before I could get to Demon Moon, I needed to read Demon Angel first. Lilith is a Demon and, yes, she is straight from Hell. Her job is to tempt humans into committing suicide, so Lucifer can have their souls. Hugh is a Guardian and, yes, he is straight from Heaven, (or in this book Caelum). His job is to protect people from losing their souls to Lucifer. This gives new meaning to the phrase “opposites attract”.
It is really difficult for me to give this book a grade. There were things that I really loved about this book, and then there were things that really bothered me. On one hand, I really liked the originality of the plot. I have to say, I have never read a romance novel where the heroine actually spends time in Hell and has a relationship with the Devil. Brooks has created a whole different Biblical history and its kind of fun to see the Devil portrayed as a “friendly, unassuming, middle-class retiree” complete with a blue cardigan and grey slacks.
On the other hand, I found this book at times completely confusing. I felt like I had the reading comprehension skills of a second grader. Many times, I found myself re-reading passages to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. There were a wide variety of characters and I found myself getting them mixed up. Another thing is that as the story developed, I found myself not understanding what had just happened. As a matter of fact, if you asked me to explain the book to you, I am not certain I would get it right. Nope, I definitely wouldn’t; it’s just way too complicated. I am still not certain how Hugh and Lilith triumphed in the end.
I will say that Lilith is a really fun character. She is mischievous, deceitful and just plain ornery at times. I loved it. It seems like it would be a lot of fun to be Lilith (except for being tortured in Hell). Hugh on the other hand, was a bit of a stick in the mud. I don’t know about you, but I like my hero’s to have a little of the “Bad Boy” in them. Hugh was a little to goody-goody for my taste, but for Lilith though, he was perfect. I think I will have to give this one a C; right smack dab in the middle.
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