Monday, May 2, 2016

Review: Above The Flames by Cassandra Fear

Book Blurb:

Jasmine’s sixteenth birthday was the worst ever…

All in one day, her dad died, she met a demon, and her mother rejected her existence forever. After all, the demon who killed her dad was there to take her, and all because of her stupid powers—the ability to conjure blue flames.

Two years later, she’s happy. But happy never lasts…

After moving to Idaho to live with her grandparents, Jasmine has a new life. Almost nobody knows about her powers, and she’s just a normal teenager with normal problems. Then comes her eighteenth birthday—and the earthquake that changes her world forever.

An army of demons rise from Hell. And Jasmine is right in the middle of the battle…

When demons claw their way to Earth, Jasmine is surrounded by hundreds of fire-eyed beasts. Worse, she is captured by a big-shot demon named Bael. He’s a tricky foe with a chip on his shoulder—and the desire to make Jasmine use her powers for evil.

Amon is a fallen angel with an attitude—and everything to lose.

Successfully escaping the underworld undetected, Amon is on a quest to regain God’s grace when he rescues Jasmine from the clutches of a particularly nasty demon he knows all too well. The attraction between him and the not-entirely-human captive is instantaneous. Heavenly sparks fly, but ideas of romance will have to wait. First they have to stop the demon race from wiping out the mortal realm. Humanity’s fate rests in their hands.

Can two troubled angels rise above the flames to ensure a future for mankind? Or will Jasmine and Amon’s souls be bound together—in hell?

Published by: Limitless Publishing

Publication date: April 19th 2016

Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

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My Review:

3 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Angels, Romance, Supernatural--

On Jasmine's 16th birthday, her father was murdered by a demon and her mother refused to claim her. Jasmine left to go spend the next two years with her grandparents, where she kept her ability to conjure fire a secret and try to have a normal life. Meanwhile, Amon, a fallen Angel, has been held captive by the demon Bael, a pawn in the war of Good vs. Evil. When the two cross paths, neither could predict the path their future would take.

There was not a whole lot of character development in my opinion. For the most part, the reader is thrust into this world, right in the middle of the action, and it really never lets up. I usually like strong character development and a good engaging plot, and for most of the book I did not feel like I knew the characters very well. I actually looked up the author on Goodreads to see if I had missed a previous book because I felt like something was missing in what I was reading.The story did unfold more for me detail wise as I read, but it at times felt more surface emotions, like I was told how the character felt, not really shown. The plot was interesting and twisty enough to keep me interested despite my blah over the characters.

Can I just say that both character's spent a lot of time being captive? First one, then the other, and then the first again, and so on... It was like they took turns being the victim so that the other could save the day. Honestly, it got a little old. Like the saying "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me", the characters never learned and I found it a little ridiculous.

That being said, I found the book to be a fast paced action packed story (seriously, never a dull moment) with an entirely new type of Angel that I had not previously read about before. I would easily recommend this for anyone looking for a unique supernatural story.

It was a solid first book in a potential new series. I received this title from Xpresso Book Tours in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:

Cassandra Fear lives in Ohio with her husband, two kids and two dogs. Hiking, taking care of her fish tank and reading are her favorite hobbies. She loves chocolate, hates driving in the snow and could eat macaroni and cheese every day. In her spare time, she loves to write, and has always dreamed of becoming an author. Her dreams will become reality with her first book, Above the Flames.

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