Friday, January 31, 2014

The Devil's Flower by Lisa Collicutt (review by Sharon)

Author: Lisa Collicutt
Date published: 19th November 2013
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Series:The Eternal Beings (book 1)
Pages: 278 pages.
Rating: 3 stars!
Buy on: Amaozn UKAmazonBarnes & NobleKobo

"Killing isn’t exactly on Rosalie Lockwood’s list of things to do when she runs away from home. But despite her search for peace; guns and motorcycles become her latest fashion accessories as Divine interference leads her to Steele, co-leader of the Fallen Paladins motorcycle club.

Leathered and tattooed, Steele’s presence scares off most people he comes in contact with — but not Rosalie. She’s immediately drawn into the dangers of his biker world—and into his heart.

But Steele guards a secret that if Rosalie knew, could shatter their new love — along with destroy the human race. And the truth comes at a price. 

Will Rosalie risks her soul to prove her loyalty to Steele?

The Dark and Light Realms collide as Rosalie chooses between life, death, and the ever-after to become that which she is fated to destroy."

Do you like bikers? Do you like New Adult books? Do you like angels and demons? What about the well-known fight between good and evil? 

If your answer is yes, this book might be the book for you. The Devil's Flower[what a befitting name] is a new adult novel about motorcycle club with a paranormal twist. 

The thing is I am not a fan of most NA novels, and while I like paranormal I do not fancy MC (motorcycle club) books

This book and I started on the wrong side of bed

- "she had to pee so badly she could taste it" 

I mean, really? That's what you came up with? Yuck. For the first 50 pages of the book I thought this would be a rant review. This book is not so bad, it's just not for me

If that's not enough the girl is rescued by the guy, on the highway, from a bear. That's right A bear 

This book has the whole "we are tough motorcycle club+gang fights+ drugs+ a woman is someone's property" feel to it. Which from the previous MC novels I read I think is the usual setting (but I read only 2 MC novels before). 

And just like in most common NA novels, both Rose and Steele come from an abusive family, both had been dealt such an awful hand in life it's a surprise how Rose still looks so innocent and manage to be so kind. It's not a surprise how Steele became the brooding, violent man that he did. We have instant attraction, and of course Steele wants to listen to this attraction but Rose is so innocent and he wants to protect her that he just can't touch her. 

As for the paranormal twist- think good Vs. evil. think star-crossed lovers...

And after approximately 100 pages we finally learn of the paranormal twist. 

It is not an awful book, not by a long shot. Steele is quite sweet when it comes to Rose, and I always appreciate it when a super tough guy becomes a poodle because of a girl. 

The thing is the while there was enough action in the book I still felt the pacing was too slow for my taste. And while I liked Rose her angelic nature made me feel she was mostly a Mary Sue. And the most importantly, though the bland is somewhat unique, if tea's blend is made of things you mostly hate odds are you are not going to like that tea. This book is not my cup of tea even on a bad day, and I was tempted to give it 2 stars. I was really tempted. The only reason I didn’t was the despite the well-known well-wrought (and much hated, IMO) tropes of each of the book's element it is not a bad book. Those who like paranormal, NA and MC might really like this book. But those who don't I suggest to find something else to read. 

P.S. in case you were wondering, yeah, I wanted to read this book because of the cover….

A review copy was kindly provided by Curiosity Quills Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 

this review also appears on: GoodReadsBookLikesLeafMarksAmazonAmazon UK

*if this review doesn't make sense, it's because I really don't have much to say here. Nothing important actually.

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