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a bumpy start but well worth persevering with!
on 9 March 2015
I initially really struggled with this series. I absolutely adore Jamie McGuire and her beautiful books (beautiful disaster, beautiful redemption etc), I especially loved red hill so I think I was expecting big things from this series.
So, this series centres around Nina, a college kid who has just lost her father to what she believes to be a car accident. Following her fathers death, she comes across a guy named Jared who is kind to her initially, but then keeps showing up unannounced. Throughout the book, we learn that Jared is a half-breed, half angel and half human, and his family are assigned to Nina's family. Jared's father was responsible for Nina's and Jared is responsible for Nina. His angelic abilities ensure he is able to keep all things Hellish from Nina, and he's being doing this for many, many years. However, Jared falls in love with Nina and Heaven & Hell forbids any relationship with her.
I'll try not to drone on unnecessarily and leave out as many spoilers as possible....but, what I will say is the first book was really difficult for me to get my teeth into. I have no idea if this is early Mcguire writing but it seemed to be lacking her normal sparkle. Nina seems whiny, the other characters seem a bit underdeveloped, the scenes are a bit cliche.....I wasn't a massive fan, and I'll be honest, it took some effort to get through it which is disappointing as her other books are just SO good.
It well worth persevering with because books 2 & 3? Wet your pants, stay up for hours into the morning reading kinda good. Absolutely LOVED books 2 & 3, the pace was quicker and the characters better developed. We are also introduced into interesting characters, we're taken out of Providence, so much good stuff going on. Can't gush enough how much better the later books are.
Was very torn about the star rating I should award. I eventually settled on a high 3 but not quite a 4 star, I would have awarded much higher based on books 2 & 3 alone.