Title: A Demon’s Promise
Author: Kristie Cook
Published: July 30, 2010 by Ang’Dora Productions
Purchased: September 20, 2015, free for Kindle.
Blurb: When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her façade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel. Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.
Review: I have quite a few things to say about this book. Most of it is from the highlights and notes I took down while reading it, something just didn’t make any kind of sense. I’ll put the quotes I highlighted and my notes about them at the end.
Honestly, this was an…alright read. Not the absolute worst but not the best either, I’m indifferent about it. While I’m typing this review up, I’m actually having trouble remembering things about the book. It’s forgettable. The author wants you to read the second one pretty much right after this one because they’re meant to be read together….Yeah, no. I feel no need to go on to the second one.
The interesting bits were mainly the world building, learning more about the differences between them and how everything came to be. Honestly would have much rather preferred that entire story instead of it getting interrupted with the lack luster romance. I just could not get attached to the characters, it was difficult to just like them enough to keep reading but, the back story kept me going. There was no building a connection between the audience and the characters. They’ll get maybe one line into how they’re feeling but then a paragraph is spent on how a sunset looks. I’ve seen a sunset, thanks.
I really would have liked to get more into their heads and that is what would have made the emotional scenes….well, emotional for me. Without that connection, I went through those parts just…wishing they would hurry up so I could get back to the action.
Now, I would have given this book 3 stars, it was cruisin’ along enough for me to not feel like putting it down or feel like I was forcing myself to read. I had to take away a star though because it was just…I got mad.
He had just asked her to marry him, she spends almost a year with him and they run into a Daemoni. Ok, fine. Tristan says that they can’t know what Alexis means to him. Great, with you so far. He has to go meet him with her and Tristan tells her that he’ll have to say things he doesn’t want to say, that the guys greatest weapon is deception. He says that no matter what, he loves her. Kay. Properly warned I would say, yes? As soon as this guy puts it out into the universe that Tristan is only with her for an assignment, she believes him. She starts going off in her head about how Tristan never loved her, it was all a lie. Really? Really? Now I have to sit through her moping and whining and crying, which is kinda time skipped. Again, no connection, I wanted it over with but, it’s a lose/lose situation here. Because I have to sit through it it’s a loss but then if she instantly trusts him again, it’s lazy writing. This was just…not executed in the best way, even for a young adult novel.
This would have been an overall okay read for me. Nothing too exciting, the back story was more interesting than the romance and the characters but that just really riled me up. The writing just seemed especially lazy right there.
So, the cover is pretty eye-catching, I like it. The story inside though just doesn’t deliver, even in the case of a young adult novel. I don’t feel the need to go on with the series and I just wouldn’t feel right really recommending this to anyone. I was just disinterested the entire time and I’ve read some exciting youth books.
Thank you for reading my review.