Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Review - Demon Angel

Title: Demon Angel
Author: Meljean Brook
Publishing Date: January 2007
Genre: Paranormal
Grade: C
Sensuality: Hot

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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Jennie said...

I have to agree with you that the plotting in this was at best extremely complicated and occasionally downright confusing. I think the series is getting much better in those terms though--Demon Moon was a much easier read for me, and her new one Demon Night was even better, imo. One reason I liked Demon Angel is different from you though--I love a good-guy hero! But it sounds like you might really like Colin from Demon Moon. :)

Jill D. said...

Jennie, Demon Moon first caught my eye and then I realized that it was part of a series. I always try to read books in order (I am anal that way) - So I had to read Demon Angel first.

It's funny, in real life, I would definitely want a man like Hugh, but in my reading, I like a bad boy. I hope I find Colin more to my taste!

nath said...

I love this book :) Just completely love it, but as I said many times, I'm a sucker for books where the hero and heroine have to sacrifice soo much for each other. I agree that this book was confusing and it was hard to read, but it's a good book plot-wise and character-wise :P and Hugh is not straight from Heaven, he was humain :) and I love Lilith :P

Jill D. said...

Nath, Yes Lilith was awesome. I absolutely loved her. I think Hugh was the perfect match for her, but as far as heroes go, I like mine more flawed. Actually I am reading Demon Moon right now and Colin is more my speed.

In a side note, when I was reviewing this book and I had to summarize it, I just knew I was going to get something wrong. This is because my comprehension of the book was so weak. I was really confused with what exactly was going on. I didn't want to come across as a total dumb ass in my review. That's why I kept my summary short and sweet :) Oh well!

Holly said...

I agree with you about the plot being confusing and jumping around too much. That was one of the things that really hurt it, IMO.

But as Jennie said, it only gets better from here. I think the author was just trying to cram too many things into one novel. Her world is complex, and her characters different from many others, so it's not surprising the first novel was filled with this and that. It just turned out to be a little bit too much this and that.

I can't wait to see what you think of Demon Moon, though. I heart Colin. And like you, I wasn't very impressed with Hugh. :)

Jill D. said...

Holly, I will be posting my review tomorrow. Yep, Colin is much more my speed.