9 September 2013

Tour + Review: The Devil's Wife by Holly Hunt

Dark Urban Fantasy
Date Published: March 2011

“Sit down and open your mind. Everyone knows ‘Devil’ means ‘Darkness’ and ‘God’ means ‘Light’. “But history is always written by the winning side.”
Lucifer Morningstar is a law-abiding, upstanding gentleman of New York City. Lucifer Morningstar is the Devil.
The owner of powerful magic, Lucifer could have the world at his feet, if not for his apathy and loneliness. Deprived of the ability to understand the emotions of others and his power depleted, Lucifer is no longer able to help even his houseplants.
But there’s a problem with God’s plan to eliminate the Devil forever: Lucifer is fighting Her more than he ever did. He’s found a reason to survive, someone to stand by him through the rough and smooth of his life. He’s found a new wife.
Clarissa Avario opens Lucifer’s eyes to the darkest side of the real world, full of paedophiles, murderers, rapists and thieves. Can Clarissa convince Lucifer to do more than stand back and watch the city fall apart? The Devil will do anything to fix Clarissa’s world, including take on Heaven. And he will kill anything, God, Demon or Angel, that gets in his way.
Author Spotlight: An author living in Canberra, Australia, Holly Hunt writes a collection of works including Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror and Romance. Currently undergoing an apprenticeship in Butchery, Holly spends her days off writing and watching superhero cartoons.

Holly lives with her partner, Matthew, in a one-bedroom flat crammed with comics and movie memorabilia. She dreams of one day owning a big garden, three dogs and a cat, and can’t wait until that day gets here.

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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say (review): The concept behind The Devil's Wife is fairly simple; Lucifer fell from heaven and his wife died, 5000 years later he meets Clarissa who just happens to be the doppelgänger of his dead wife Sera.

Lucifer hates being called the Devil and is really touchy about the modern idea surrounding him and his followers. The main thing I noticed about Luce was his loneliness. He's extremely misunderstood and doesn't really enjoy the  maiming and torment that goes with his job as the King of Hell.

Clarissa is trying to leave her past far behind her, but keeps being drawn into the gangbanger feud (which is somehow linked to the feud in Heaven). It turns out God can be male or female, but is mainly a vengeful woman. Most of Luce's problems stem from God's interest in him and their er...rather complex relationship. Lucifer is to blame for a lot of his problems, but 5000 years does seem a long time to spend alone in repentance.

Although I enjoyed the story it needs some work. There are a lot of typo's and grammatical errors. The story switches between POV and it is often slightly muddled as a result. I think this could be fixed by an editor, because the story and characters were really interesting and the story had a real snap!

"Fine." Jehovah looked back to Sam. "If you won't lead by my side, then I'm going to strip your love and your power from you. You can lead the family you doomed, and live forever with the sins of mankind."
Sam tried to protest, but the floor opened under his feet, the crevasse reaching below me and sending me falling through space. He fell with me, trying desperately to grab my hand. I fought against Jehovah's magic, and got one wing free of her hold. I flapped it, frantic, panicked, trying to lift myself back to Seventh Heaven, where Jehovah watched us.
She made a tearing motion, and pain flew across my back and up my wings. I felt them ripped from me, the sinews, the muscles, the skin splitting apart from my body.
I screamed, feeling Her magic smother me, preventing me from healing my wings. Sam was torn away from me, while I screamed, blood pouring from my back and off into the air like scarlet rain.
"Lucifer!" I shrieked as I hit the treetops.
The ground rushed up to meet me, and I felt every bone in my body break. My skin split from the force, and I was conscious just long enough to watch my heart stop beating as my Sam landed beside it.

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