Friday, September 2, 2011

Deal With the Devil

The Mephisto Covenant

Written by: Trinity Faegen

Released: September 27, 2011 by EgmontUSA

Summary: Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.

A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.

With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?

Let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed reading this novel. It sucked me in from the very beginning and I hated putting it down (like while I was at work and probably shouldn’t have been reading for so long...), but something is bothering me about the story. I also feel as though – and in no way is this a negative thing – that this is something that I could have easily read on In fact, change the hell spawn to either vampires or werewolves and I’m pretty sure I have. Don’t get me wrong, there are absolutely amazing novels posted at and this would have become a favourite, but I guess it’s weird, with the intense connection I mentally made between the site and this novel, to see this being published. Which doesn’t make any sense since there are several amazing authors who were first on and are now either published or about to be published.

At this point I’m so confused about it myself that I’m not even sure if I’m being coherent at this point. So on to the actual review.

Ok, as I stated above before babbling on, I really enjoyed this novel. As soon as I started reading it I didn’t want to put it down and I needed to know what would happen. I love it when a book can sink its hooks into me from page one and keep my eyes glued to the page until the very end and while I’m greatly looking forward to the next novel, I can’t help but think that this could have been condensed into one longer novel. Of course, that could also just be my insane want for the next so that I can find out what happens next. The ending was pretty well done, but there were enough loose ends left that I still have many questions left unanswered.

Normally, I don’t care much for Angel/Devil novels but this one is definitely an exception. In fact, this is how I think Angel Burn should have been with the whole “child of an ‘evil’ one” and “guy saving girl from dark forces” not to mention the general story, characters, and pacing. This definitely was a novel that did the whole religion inspired plot very well – at least I thought so. I liked the spin on the whole thing (I don’t want to give too much away), especially how it blurred the lines of what was good and evil and how far someone would go to save a loved one.

If you’re looking for this spectacular read with in-depth characters and a super-involved intellectual plot... yeah this probably wouldn’t be the novel for you. What I liked about it was how simple it was – which is a whole part of the similarity – and how easy a read it was. I liked how I didn’t have to really think while reading and it offered this great escape from the drudgery of my busy schedule. There’s also a sex scene near the end (and not like the crap-tacular one in Breaking Dawn), so if that’s not something you want to read, give this a pass maybe.

I’m giving this novel an 8/10 and I can’t wait for the next.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Egmont for allowing me to read an E-galley of this novel!

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