After Eden (Fallen Angels #1)
Author: Katherine Pine
Publish Date: April 2011
Devi knows she shouldn’t trust the new employee at her favorite used bookstore. Sure, he’s funny, smart and hands down the sexiest guy she’s ever met, but something dark lurks behind his unassuming smile and sinful green eyes.
Still, a girl can’t always afford to be picky. When an angel abducts your twin brother it should come as no surprise that the one person who can help you get him back is a demon–and only if you’re willing to pay his price. (Goodreads)
Our story takes place in a little town, in the middle of nowhere, or at least that’s the impression I get. I can’t really say in the middle of nowhere either as at one point we were on a beach. Let’s say on the edge of nowhere. There no real details for the town other than it’s small, and the heroine’s house is at the top of a hill away from town.
Devi is a semi standard, typical heroine. I get the impression she’s pretty, but it’s not really described out right as such. She has a slight brother complex as well. She blames herself for her brother’s abduction and in some sense she worships him a bit more than is normal. She’s got attitude which is good; she’s not easily pushed around and she’s got a soft heart. Even after all the trauma she’s been through she does ask for help for those that hurt her. Which are points for her.
Oz is an over the top gorgeous charmer. He’s kind, and manners must have been driven into his mind at some point in his life. He’s constantly thinking of Devi and what affects her rather than of himself, which goes against his nature. Or at least it should go against his nature. There are some things that Devi has to force his hand for but otherwise, he’s an angel in a demon’s skin.
Most of the story is spent looking for Cammy. Or rather not looking for, since we know he’s there, forcing his hand to make him materialize. When we do FINALLY get to see Cammy the revulsion in Devi’s attitude is completely expected and understandable. However, Cammy being who/what he is doesn’t seem all that bothered by it. Nothing seems to ruffle his feathers.
The premise is great. This is the first time I’ve read something along the lines of this premise and it holds real promise. The dialogue is to die for. Literally. I would read this again just for the awesome dialogue. It’s very attention grabbing and I found myself not wanting to put the book down just so I could read the next bit of dialogue.
The actual plot seems a bit weak in comparison to the idea. It feels like there are too many subplots moving along that the real plot gets shifted to the background more than it should. The effect though leaves the story with a weak ending. This was disappointing as it had a very strong start and very well supportive dialogue.
Overall it was an average read. The obvious time and effort for the story is there, but the end result has so many unneeded things that the quality is lost in translation. I’ll be reading the second book to see if it cleans up but for After Eden by itself I will only recommend for those that don’t mind a soft plot with awesome dialogue.