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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.
When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.
To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?
Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited and NetGalley.)
"This is your fault."
This was an interesting paranormal story, and there were a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming.
I felt quite sorry for Nina; being sterilised at the age of 15, having a mother who really didn’t care about her at all, and having to wash and wear other people’s clothes just to make ends meet was obviously hard for her, especially when she had a younger sister to look after too.
“We laundered them on Monday afternoon, wore them throughout the week to supplement our own hand-me-down, piecemeal collection of school clothes, then laundered them again over the weekend in time to deliver them fresh and clean on Monday morning.”
The storyline in this book was about demons and the church, in a world where many people had died through having a demon possess them and eat their soul, and there were some really weird restrictions over the act of birthing a baby because of a shortage of souls, and some quite shocking things going on in general.
“It had been more than a century since the Unified Church and its army of exorcists wiped the bulk of the great demon horde from the face of the earth – the face of America, anyway.”
There were some interesting twists thrown into this story, and they were good, but they were really, needed to try and combat the slow pace and info-dumping in this. I felt like there was a lot of information thrown in here, that didn’t really answer the questions I actually wanted answering! The world building was quite interesting, and not really like anything I’ve read before, but it did slow the book down.
“Nearly a third of the girls in my class were declared unfit. We were sterilised that afternoon, in matching white hospital gowns.”
There was a bit of romance, but this too was complicated by a very strange plot twist!
“I’m not sure why I kissed him back.”
The ending to this was a bit of a cliff-hanger, but I hope that the next book will have a faster pace, and a little less unnecessary information.
6.25 out 10.