Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ARC Review: Soul Crossed (Of Demons & Angels #1)

Soul Crossed (Of Demons & Angels #1) by Lisa Gail Green

Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital, 2015
252 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
Release Date: February 25th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
One Demon. One Angel. One Soul.

Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam's beautiful friend, Grace.

Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.

It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous.

And only one can claim Cam’s soul.

My Review:
There is a certain sense of things being reigned in to make Soul Crossed YA friendly, that could have exploded if written for an adult audience even if it was New Adult, and it might not have been so stymied. It certainly felt like it was trying to push that boundary in a few scenes and if the characters were just a few years older, there might have been some real depth to this book.

Dealing with all the issues of an sociopathic teenager is slightly hairy ground to be walking on, especially when they are actively being pushed into evil by one of the love interests. Really killing cats and torturing dogs makes me cringe, but it is an interesting concept that delves into quasi-religious type issues I am not equipped to handle as a pagan.

If you’re feeling forced to do evil things are they still evil? The jury is still out on the moral implications set in this book. It is another one of those books that push’s the bad boy as being ok, if he feels guilt for what he is done some of my previous posts have dealt with how I feel about this trope and suffice to say I am not really ok with it anymore in YA novels.

My Rating:

Author Bio:
Lisa Gail Green lives with her husband the rocket scientist and their three junior mad scientists in Southern California. She writes books so she can have an excuse to live in the fantasy world in her head. She likes to share these with readers so she's represented by the lovely Melissa Nasson of Rubin Pfeffer Content. She has a parrot but would most definitely get a werewolf for a pet if she weren't allergic.

Lisa loves YA. She believes with all her heart that teen readers are ready and willing to experience things that some adults have closed their minds to, that books are the safest way to explore, learn, and escape, and that imagination is the key to just about everything.

You can also find Lisa by clicking on the buttons below. Plus, buttons are fun.

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