Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Crushed Seraphim by Debra Anastasia

Author:  Debra Anastasia
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Publisher:  Omnific Publishing  
Publication Date:  17th May 2011 
ISBN:  9781936305742
Stand alone or series: Series.
Pages:  194 pages 
Book Received from:  Publisher (Omnific Publishing)
First Lines:  He pulled his hand through his long hair and lit a cigarette.  The rush of the smoke into his lungs did little to dam the pain that poured from somewhere near his center. 


How does a foul-mouthed angel end up as the last hope for all of Heaven and Earth?
When Seraph Emma is maimed and tossed from Heaven by a rogue angel who’s taken charge, she fears she’ll never be allowed to return. Tasked with the impossible job of showing the self-loathing (and not even human!) Jason his worth, Emma is sure she’s doomed to fail.
Meanwhile, having wormed his way into Heaven, the corrupt Everett has trapped God in Hell and has designs on unleashing evil everywhere. Fortunately, if there’s one thing Emma can’t do (in addition to minding her language), it’s give up. Determined to save Jason and get back to Heaven—even if it means going to Hell—Emma’s plan is simple yet impossible: trick the Devil to save God.
 What she doesn’t count on is the devotion and, well, humanity she finds in Jason; the spirit, hidden compassion, and raw sex appeal within the Devil; and the vulnerability of her own heart. With the help of two unlikely allies, she’ll wage the battle for Heaven. But will Emma be sidetracked by a new sort of heaven along the way? What’s truly more dangerous? Falling from Heaven, or falling in love? 
My Thoughts:
Thanks to Omnific Publishing for giving me the chance to read Crushed Seraphim.  The synopsis really does pull you in.  A foul mouthed Angel?  Sold it for me.

I must admit I really did love Debra's concept on the whole heaven and hell take.  Gutter mouth angels, a HOT devil that oozes sex appeal.  Better yet, a devil that just comes across as a bad boy.  It could almost turn you to the dark side, though wouldn't it?

There are many things I liked about Crushed Seraphim but there are also spots in the story that lose a bit of the magic for me.  The storyline itself really had me reading these pages as quick as I could to find out what would happen to each of these characters.  So it definitely had me hooked.  

I can't say I liked Emma, although there were instances where she seems consistent and then others where she doesn't quite seem stuck in her character.  Jack A.K.A the Devil/Satan is one character that I LURVED from the beginning.  He's the kind of devil I'd like to meet if I was going to end up in hell.  Let's just say that much ;).  There's alot more to Jack than all the pain and suffering his job entails him to do.  

Though the story is meant to be more about Emma, I think Jason won the spotlight for me hands down.  He's the half breed vampire Emma is sent down to try to 'help'.  He's different to most of his kind in terms of doing what he must to survive but refraining from letting the cruel side of his nature consume him.  He also falls hard for Emma.

One thing that was a let down for me was the way the book is structured.  While I don't want to give too much away,  I felt that the scene in the middle of the book would have been better toned down as it felt like the peak in the story when in fact it wasn't.  It does throw the rest of the story off for me.  Don't get me wrong.  I did enjoy this from start to finish but I felt like the climax towards the end could have been built up a bit more.  Debra does leave the story on a cliffhanger though which left me itching to know more!

Crushed Seraphim portrays a world where it's not quite so black and white when it comes to heaven and hell.  Debra has done a wonderful job at capturing the readers attention and while there I found a slight disagreement on the highs and lows of the story, I am looking forward to reading the next in this series as I'm told there is a second.

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