author: Katherine Pine
series: Fallen Angels #1
published: 20 January 2011
genre(s): fantasy, romance
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Devi knows she shouldn’t trust the new employee at her favorite used bookstore. Sure, he’s funny, smart and hands down the sexiest guy she’s ever met, but something dark lurks behind his unassuming smile and sinful green eyes.
Still, a girl can’t always afford to be picky. When an angel abducts your twin brother it should come as no surprise that the one person who can help you get him back is a demon–and only if you’re willing to pay his price.
After Eden is the first book in the Fallen Angels series, and a book I couldn’t put down once I started. Angels, demons, devils, bad boys, tragedy and loss. There was a little bit of everything in this book and it was gripping. Devi has lived most of her life in a state of sadness, feeling the loss of her brother each and every day. She feels guilty for that day and for the tragedy that followed his abduction and she has lived with that for every moment since. When she meets Oz, some of the questions she has had for her entire life are answered, and even more questions arise. She is soon dropped into the middle of a reality that she didn’t even know existed and her life changes irrevocably.
This is definately a character-driven story and they are very relatable characters, despite the majority of them being devils, demons and angels. Oz, while being both a demon and a bit of a bad boy, was a very likeable character. You just couldn’t help but like him and feel for him. His struggle between his love for God’s creation and for God himself was understandable and you could feel his angst. Even Forneus, a devil, had his moments of humanity and you almost felt for him as well. Although definately Devi’s enemy in the story, Onoskelis (another demon) had a story that was beautiful and bittersweet in it’s own way. Whether you liked them or not, the characters were very real and relatable in their own ways. This was a very well-written book and I really enjoyed it. I found it to be very moving, even if quite dark, and very haunting. I will most definately be reading the next book in the series when it comes out.