Have you ever wondered what could be hiding in the shadows?
Well, for eighteen-year-old Zahara Faraday, she doesn’t have to wonder. You see she comes from a lineage of Light Witches, those who have chosen to help protect and serve between the supernatural world and the human world. The only problem is Zahara, like her father Solomon, is as human as a human being can be whereas her mother, Mia, and her Aunt Catalina, were born as Light Witches. As a family they hunt down rogue supernaturals—creatures who harm humans or who have committed an act against their kingdom.
Zahara’s hunting skills are usually kept dormant since her parents would prefer she live life as a normal human girl without knowledge of the supernatural world. She plans on doing just that—except when she finds a couple being attacked by fairies, she has no choice but to step in. Before she can return to pretending to be blissfully ignorant, Zahara encounters a problem she isn’t the least equip to handle: Bryan Hamilton, the good looking new co-worker she has to help train. In a heartbeat, her best friend, Becca King, has set her up on a double date with herself and her new crush, Rekesh Saint-Louis, who happens to be the most powerful leader of the biggest Imago Coven in South Florida –supernatural creatures with the ability to control water . . . and suck out human souls.
Zahara has no time to focus on how she’s going to explain her double date with her best friend and the enemy they have a tentative truce with to her parents because soon one of the members of Mia and Catalina’s coven is found murdered with a strange tattoo of a snake with wings carved into his arm.
Zahara is then thrown into a whirlwind battle with an angel determined to have revenge against God, an Imago coven she doesn’t think they should trust, and slew of dream-eating fairies and powerful Nephilims, hybrid children of angels and humans, more than happy to rip her to shreds.
Normal just got a deadlier definition
Zahara is quite interesting. She isn't a bad character. She's impulsive and will jump right into things. I like that. She doesn't think. She acts. And the best part? She's a naturally nice person. She does nice things. She's good. I like that. She did impulsive things to help people. And I liked that she was trained. She knew what to do. Training scenes are sometimes too long. Zahara had this knowledge.
Becca is a bit bland. And too flirty for my taste. She is a typical American teenager. She would have been better an annoying side character. Se is flirty. And typical. Her knowledge is what changes her. Why does Becca know anyways? I don't know why Zahara's parents risked it. It's really risky. Even if you train her. Zahara's world is the supernatural world. Becca was just introduced. I don't get it. It doesn't seem to fit.
Did anyone else notice they worked in a bookstore? I want to do that! (Work in a bookstore, I mean.)
The author has captured the true voice of today's youth. The characters sound like actual teenagers. They sound...dare I say it...normal. They sound like teenagers. Which is pretty cool. Authors don't always capture the
And that scene in the Cave? Witty and quick and full of awesome insults. It was quite amazing. Not all teens are that witty, but teens do reply that quickly. I like that.
I admire Zahara's sassy comments. She really is a sassy person. (Sass monster. Heh heh.) Her replies make her personality. And they seem to belong to a clever teenage girl.
Sadly, the author overuses descriptions. It seems like she uses a description for every person and for every scene. I don't like it. There was too much. As I have learned from multiple authors in the past, only use descriptions if it's relevant to the book. I don't think knowing Rekesh is wearing a body-hugging shirt is important to the story. (Unless that involves someone spotting him by the shirt's body-hugging properties.)
I feel that she could lower the word limit and make the book more to the point without the descriptions. Hair is okay. You could use that later. Eye color as well. But clothes? Erm... Not really. I get she's not bad at making outfits. I wouldn't wear the outfits she describes. But they seem like interesting outfits. Zahara and Becca have large closets I imagine.
And the romance is too much. I don't particularly like it. Everyone is paired off. Everyone. Aunt Catalina. Becca. Zahara. And it seems like there is a new pairing every time a new guy is introduced. (Which is quite annoying.) When I read about a new guy, I think, 'Who is left? Who is still single?'
Now. Why I don't like the romance even more is because the characters barely talk, barely meet. And boom! In love. That drives me crazy. It's instant love. (Something I quite despise.) And I doubt that these supernaturals, Bryan especially, would risk their status to be with human girls. I don't get that. Perhaps it's because I'm not in love. (But who says you have to be in love to understand love?)
Do I think any of them have chemistry? Not really. As I have said time and time again, I'm not a fan of romance. It takes a lot to win me over in the romance department.
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Nephilim (Sons of Old Trilogy #3)
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Synopsis: After the loss of Dustin, Zahara throws herself into taking care of the Howling
Café—the café he left to her in his will and fights to keep a rhythm of normalcy with the others.
It’s the best they can do since Lucifer has gone underground and any attempts to find him have
Endymion, Prince of the Angel Kingdom, isn’t exactly helping though. Thanks to his brash and
arrogant attitude, Zahara finds she would rather stab him with her dagger than hang out with
him for any period of time. But she has no choice. Endymion is the only who can help her learn
to control the magic threatening to take over her body thanks to his connection to the soul lying
dormant inside of her. Nevaeh was once the most powerful Nephilim in the Supernatural
Kingdoms and engaged to the Prince himself. She also happened to be Lucifer’s daughter who
was killed in the first Supernatural War. Her soul is key to Lucifer creating war again—not just
with the Supernatural Kingdoms but with Heaven itself. Endymion is determined to keep that
from happening, even if that means destroying the soul of the only woman he’s ever loved so
Complicating things even more—as if they could get any more complicated—is the revelation of
an ancient Grimoire once held by Margaret. The Grimorie contains powerful spells passed down
through the generations of coven members within the Light Witch community. But Margaret hid
it away before she helped take Lucifer down the first time. The Grimoire not only holds the two
dark spells Lucifer needs to complete the final phase of his plan and but a secret Lucifer never
Zahara and company are in a race to find the Grimoire before Lucifer can but Margaret didn’t
exactly make it easy. Seven keys have to be found in order to discover the location where the
Grimoire had been hidden. Making matters worse is a new coven that has suddenly appeared in
town. A coven made of a variety of supernaturals, all under Lucifer’s command.
Life changing secrets will be revealed.
The stage for the epic battle is set and not everyone will make it out alive.
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About the Author
Born and raised in the sweltering suburbs of South Florida, Annabell Cadiz grew up fine-tuned
to the cuisine of various Spanish cultures, learned to master the art of Puerto Rican cooking
thanks to her parents, and learned to converse crazy thanks to her band of siblings. She is now
working toward attaining a B.A. in Psychology at Trinity International University to better
understand how to converse with the weirdoes and crazies of the world. (After all, she is one of
them.) A self-proclaimed nerd and a book-a-holic (her room holds dozens of shelves with much
evidence to prove that her claims are indeed true), she created TeamNerd Reviews along with
her best friend, Bridget Strahin, to showcase their EXTREME love for all things book related.
She published her debut novel, Lucifer (Sons of Old Trilogy #1), in January 2013. The second
novel, Michael (Sons of Old Trilogy #2) will be released on May 28, 2014. And the final
installment in the Sons of Old Trilogy, Nephilim, will be out in Summer 2015.
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