Wednesday, May 22, 2013
ARC BOOK REVIEW...Extinguish by J.M. Darhower
I've been a big fan of JM Darhower since "Sempre," my all time favorite read, and was waiting and waiting for another book to read from her. Now "Extinguish" is here! *squee!*
Now ends fangirling and on to the review... ;)
Is it so wrong to love? Well, in Serah's case it is.
The precipice of "Extinguish" was a bit cliche: two star crossed individuals representing the epitome good and evil fall in love in a forbidden romance.
Nonetheless, I still frickin' loved this book!!
From the beginning, JM Darhower automatically draws readers in. I swear, the prologue had me thinking "OMG! what's going on? what's going to happen?!" due to it starting at the climax of the story.
There's a war brewing between Heaven and Hell and Serah and Luce find themselves in the center of it. Serah is a Power, one of Heaven's warrior angels, who defend the innocent and fight against evil. Lucifer "Luce," is well the Devil himself, so need I say more?
The characters of Serah and Luce in a way reminded me of Carmine and Haven from"Sempre" in some forms. I mean, they're also polar opposites in character as Serah is innocent and forthright where Luce is troublesome, manipulative, charming, and cunning.
I was really drawn to both Serah and Luce's plight as they both fell in love with the wrong person on the wrong side of the spectrum. I felt so bad at times for Serah since she was torn between love, duty, and doing what's right. She was literally ousted as a traitor by her own 'family' and that broke my heart.
Luce, on the other hand, love was the last thing on his agenda. Pre-meeting Serah, he had no hope for mortals and was annihilating the world while also declaring a war against those who caste him outside of Heaven. Then he meets Serah and falls in love with her and is like, "what do I do now?"
Trust me guys. The tension is so thick in this book it kept me on my toes!! Everything from the plot, the pacing, and the characters are brilliant.
The ending is so sad and left me unsatisfied and wanting for more. Please tell me there's going to be a sequel?!
"It's not black and white. If it were, I wouldn't be here right now, and neither would you. We're the gray area, angel. We're the pieces of the puzzle they don't know what to do with, the pieces that don't quite fit into their perfect little picture."