AUTHOR: Christina Henry
DATE FINISHED: February 19
BLURB: As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It’s a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package.
Maddy’s position may come with magical abilities and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn’t pay the bills. And then, there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with.
Things starts looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy’s building. It’s probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in, demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.
Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven, and the fires of Hell…
REVIEW: This should've been right up my alley, but honestly, it just didn't work. It's a fast, easy read, but that was all it had going for it. Maddy's characterization is all over the place, and all of the other characters are caricatures or completely flat. Her attraction to Gabriel explodes into feelings that seem to come out of nowhere, and her opinions of other men seem too extreme (plus the whole everybody-is-too-goodlooking got old very fast). Plus, it introduced so many different elements in an obvious attempt to launch a new series that it all came out as a jumble. I checked out summaries of the rest of the series, and man, I am dodging a bullet not reading any more. Maddy has too many too stupid to live moments, the dreaded love triangle gets handled with the least amount of grace possible, and the inability to filter out paranormal elements to create coherent storyline rolls all the way through to the end of the seventh book.
But hey, at least I can cross something off on my bingo.
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