Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Breath of Life -A Review of Unchained by J. Lynn

(Goodreads Blurb)
Between the pissed off creatures that want demon-hunter Lily Marks dead and the fallen angel who just...wants her, Lily is about ready to trade in forever for a comfy job in a cubicle farm.
The fact that she and Julian are civil to one another is enough to have her thrown out of the Sanctuary, but she can't shake her not-so-angelic stalker or how he brings her dangerously close to ecstasy.
Her forbidden relationship with Julian provides the perfect fuel for suspicion when a traitor is discovered to be working within the Sanctuary. Lily quickly finds herself hunted by well, everyone.
Her only hope is to discover the real traitor before she loses everything--and she'll need Julian's help. That is, if Julian is really there to help her...and not destroy her.
Yeah, being a Nephilim isn't everything it's cracked up to be.
I feel like I have been waiting for this story to release for YEEEEAAARRRSSS.  Okay, I know we haven't known about it that long, but my cursor has been hovering over that "one-click-purchase" button for a while now.  I was so excited to be able to click it.

Lily is an ass kicking Nephilim.  She doesn't take sass from anyone.  Especially not the Deadheads or Minions created by angels who have fallen.  The other Nephilim at the Santuary fear her skill and reputation. But what is she to do with Julian, a Fallen who seems to follow her around, protecting her.  
One night while out hunting, Lily stumbles across a Nephilim, Michael, who is untrained and seems to not know what he is.  She takes him to the Sanctuary, where their leader, Nathaniel, assigns Lily the task of training the him.  Michael and Lily form an unlikely friendship.

Julian sparks desires in Lily that have lain dormant her entire life, and giving in may just cost her her life.  When others begin to suspect her as a traitor because of her relationship with Julian, Lily has to rely on her instincts and her heart.  But what is a Nephilim to do when her it turns out that her heart is wrong?

This story had great characters. They had a lot more edge, more bite than Armentrout's usual cast.  Lily and Julian are the main characters, but there are many other Nephilim in the Sanctuary have great stories to tell.  Michael's story was just getting started here and I know that there is a lot more to Rafe than what we've seen so far.

This was a fantastic start to a new series.  At times it did feel a little like I was reading an inexperienced author, but I still enjoyed it.  The author has said that this story was originally written over five years ago.   I'm hoping she is still planning book two.  I'm excited to see what it will be like now that she has so much more experience under her belt.

This story begged for a girl-powered fanmix rather than just one song.


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