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.
Well, this wasn’t what I had in mind.
I loved Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series. It’s one my all-time favorites. All-time!!! It is why I was so looking forward to her brand new YA series (I never got around reading her adult books though). And she was also bringing new ideas on the table; at least new in terms of recreation of certain themes. It’s not my first time to read YA book with exorcist; Gretchen McNeil’s Possess had that too. But since I have a great history with the author’s previous work, you could say I expected a lot from it. But it didn’t deliver all that.
For starters, Nina has similar qualities with Kaylee; with her gallant actions to her loved ones. Kaylee had done it for her friends and family, while Nina was doing it for her younger sister. She had done all kinds of things, questionable things in order for them to survive. Who will be there for her and her sister if it wasn’t for her? She cannot expect from her mother because she had his problem of her own and not that she actually cares for them. But her younger sister got in a pickle that might rouse curiosity, and possibly punished. But worst, Nina has her own worries that will get the church’s attention in no time.
The church was a shady organization here so gone is that idea of chivalrous occupation of fighting off demons (it ain’t D GRAY MAN, self! although their organization is suspicious too); when that same institute have their own demons lurking inside (yes, pun intended). There was enough action but it wasn’t all that engaging to me. I even thought some ideas were recycled from the other series. As for Nina, she can be little hard to read, sometimes bordering annoying; because there was this instance that a guy proposed of answering her questions (because all the crap that had happened there’s must be answers to them.) but she was like “nope, not listening to a stranger” yet got infatuated with him after few more pages in? I don’t get her!
The thing about Vincent’s writing is that there is a clear impression of who is the villain of the story. And despite them representing “goodness” (supposed to be) from the very beginning Nina’s quips about them did bring suspicious earlier in the game. So most were foreseeable, even the love interest. Too bad I was looking forward to him, too (incorporeal or otherwise). *sighs*
It wasn’t a solid read for me but I managed to get by unlike my sister who was on the brink of dozing off when she read it first. She and I have similar tastes (most of the time) so I took that reaction as a caution. I guess, you can say it was warranted.
Preview Quote: “A farmer slaughters his cattle because he must eat to survive, but he also protects the herd from thieves and predators. If you leave the pen, the wolves will find you, child.”