Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Larissa Ione - Reaver

Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.
Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she's been doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan's lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld's darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel's blood...

Comment: I'm a fan of the books by ms Ione. This was one of my auto buy books and from the moment when it arrived to the time I started it, not too long has gone. I knew some friends were already reading it and talking a lot about things in it, so I knew it would be intriguing an full of surprises. But to be honest I read these books almost as a comfort reading because we know what to expect and how things will turn out overall.

This is Reaver's story. he's been a well known character since the beginning of the whole Demonica world the author has created and we've leaned many things about him throughout the books.At this point, when his story is finally here, Reaver is an angel and he wants to rescue another angel from Sheoul because she helped him before without his knowledge and he wants to say thank you by bringing her back from there. While in that adventure, Reaver will interact with many characters and learn even more things about his mysterious past...

I liked the story well enough. I wasn't expecting to be very surprised because I kind of knew how it would end an the how in the way was also predictable even if I didn't know all the little details of the rescue mission. Still, many things were new by the end of the book and the author has inserted many clues about future plots and outcomes. 

The book itself was predictable like I said. Many characters had here a role with bigger impact and we got to learn things by association or related to what those characters said or did. The author does a god job in describing things and letting the readers see for themselves instead of making characters tell everything all the time. Of all those characters, some are apparently very important and will most likely have important roles in the future also. Of course, the action is fast and full of things we never thought could be enjoyable to read about.
The bad things happening to some characters are just too much and some descriptions are really awful but being this paranormal, we kind of manage to have a certain detachment from that because it's just too impossible to believe or imagine in reality. It adds flavor to the plots and the idea of good vs evil, but frankly, it's something easily put aside after reading.

The romance has a bit of lovers reunited vibe and I really don't care for this romance device but things were special enough here to make me forget that at times. The main couple's relationship was expected based on their interactions previously and in this book they seemed different, probably due to the circumstances of when they met; all this is explained in the book.

As usual, my favorite part was when we could see so many of the beloved characters of the series, their interactions, sometimes just glimpses of them in the background and if there's one thing this author does well is to create this feel of unity and family, of community among characters with traits that wouldn't make them humane, even when they're not human. I like this a lot.

In the end, a good story, all the elements needed to create and maintain a plot full of adventure and hot romance and clues about things to make us eager for more. Although it wasn't the surprise of year, it still had enough news to make the reader more than eager to keep reading.
Grade: 8/10

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