Saturday, November 8, 2014

[Review] Reignite (Extinguish #2) by J. M. Darhower

Release date: October 13, 2014
Published by: J.M. Darhower
Source: Author

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The moment the short-lived apocalypse came to an end, life returned to normal. Mortals continued on with their oblivious existences while the earth healed and flowers again bloomed, the devastation instantly wiped away. It was as if it had never happened.

But it did.

Luce knows. He’s cursed to remember every moment, forced to live with everything he has done. Suddenly finding himself out of confinement, he’s faced with a decision: where to call “home”. Free will turns out not to be the freedom he expects when the only thing he wants doesn’t know he exists.

Serah woke up with no memory of where she came from or who she was before that moment. Struggling to adapt to the world as a mortal, she’s haunted by a set of bright blue eyes that always seem to be watching her. She can’t shake the feeling that he could be her salvation… if only she can remember him before it’s too late.

Lucifer didn’t fall from Grace alone. He’s not the only angel with a grudge, nor is he the only one fascinated by his beautiful mortal.

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions...

Do you ever read a book and want more?  More from the characters, more from the story line, more from the world building?  Just...more?  That's how I felt about this book.  I read Extinguish and I liked it.  I am a fan of books that center around angels.  Throw in heaven and hell and biblical references, and I'm in.  Reignite, book two in the Extinguish series, didn't quite live up to what I hoped it would be.  Was it a good read?  Yes.  Did it make me think?  Absolutely.  Did I want more?  Yes.

Reignite picks up almost immediately after Extinguish ends.  Michael is still moping, God is being God, Luce is trying to pick up the pieces of his existence and Serah is oblivious to it all.  There were so many things that I enjoyed in this book.  I really loved the full-circle mentality that is present throughout this novel.  I loved how Serah is present to help care for Samuel.  There were some goose bump scenes surrounding Samuel's birth that I really loved.  I also rather enjoyed how Michael's Father orchestrated everything and I liked how he was portrayed.  Although there were times when his Father belittled him, Michael's change of character was necessary and evolved beautifully.  

Now don't get me wrong.  I absolutely adored Luce.  I love how his character grew between books one and two.  He had an epiphany - he changed his behavior and his outlook on his existence, and I love seeing characters grow and change so much.  However, I was hoping for a more bad ass Luce.  Luce, short for Lucifer, has a reputation.  He was never really "Satan" of the Bible.  He just wanted to have free will.  Luce seemed very chill for a man who just lost the love of his life.   I wanted to see a temperamental, take no prisoners, temper tantrum from Luce.  I wanted to see him in anguish and I wanted him to hit rock bottom before his character change.  There were some fight scenes, and Luce isn't perfect, but I wanted more bad assery from him.  He spent most of the book torn between protecting Serah and being selfish and taking what he wanted.  I understand that this behavior lead to his character's growth, but I wanted to see hell-bent, agonized Luce before we saw the best of him.

Serah was okay in this book.  I missed her bull headed-ness and her spunkiness.  She wasn't herself for most of this book, yet she lived her human life the way she lived her heavenly one, so it proves that she was a worthy angel.  I would have liked to have seen more between her and Luce, although I understand why Luce kept his distance the way that he did.  My issue was the romance part.  It didn't feel like a PNR book.  Luce showed his faith in holding on to true love; to something he felt was his destiny.  He showed undying love and loyalty.  But it was mostly one-sided.  Serah proves that she is holding out for true love in her own way, but there wasn't a whole lot of that romantic spark I look for in this genre.

The ending of this book was sugary sweet.  Almost everyone got their happy ending.  The story ended nicely and all the loose ends were tied up.  I enjoyed this book, but it was missing just a little bit of something.  If you are a fan of angels, heaven and hell, or paranormal romance, then this is a good, quick one to read.  J. M. Darhower is a very talented author and I will continue to look forward to her future works.


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