by H.M. Ward
What they say: The Valefar boy tricked Ivy Taylor into kissing him, but he took much more than a kiss - he stole her soul and left her within inches of death. By surviving, Ivy is drawn into the conflict between the Martis and the Valefar. The war between these two immortal forces has raged for millennia without distraction. Until now.
Ivy is an anomaly-she is the only person who has ever walked away from a demon kiss alive. Her survival gives her unique and deadly abilities. Too powerful to ignore, Ivy is a threat to both armies. These two ancient enemies will stop at nothing to kill the seventeen-year-old.
Surviving is nothing new for headstrong Ivy, but her survival has never depended on another person before. This time it does. And if she misplaces her trust, she's dead. To her horror, she starts falling in love at the worst possible time-with the enemy. He appears to be protecting her. But she can't be certain if he is trying to help her, or help himself to her power. For Ivy, trusting the right person is the difference between love and survival, or a deadly demon kiss.
What I say: Demon Kissed is the first book in H.M. Ward's series focusing on the war between Martis (good guys with Angel blood) and the Valefar (soulless baddies who have demon blood). After Ivy is attacked by her sort-of-boyfriend Jake (a Valefar), she finds out about the existence of these immortal creatures and her place in their world. Ivy is a Martis (sort of) who has a unique set of powers and a terrifying destiny.
Poor Ivy is having one hell of a time of it in this book. Her sister is dead, her best friend Collin is being weird, Jake tried to take her soul, and almost everyone around her seems to have an agenda. To top it off she is struggling to deal with her sisters death and is forced into an eternal battle between creatures she didn't know existed.
I did find Ivy a bit sulky and irritating at first, but she definitely grew on me as the book progressed. A couple of the characters reminded me of those from Abbi Glines's Existence series (I had Nicole pegged from the start, she was very similar to Leif's cheerleader girlfriend in Existence).
I really wanted to know what Eric was going to reveal to Ivy and if Julia has an agenda; she seemed really shifty to me! I liked Collin and felt really sorry for him, but I couldn't completely trust his motives because he kept so many secrets from Ivy.
I have to admit that I initially started reading Demon Kissed because of the pretty cover and it being on sale on Amazon, but I'm glad I read it and that I stuck with it. Demon Kissed definitely gets better as it goes along and the dramatic tension increases as Ward introduces more action and many twists. I'm looking forward to discovering where Ward takes this series.
3.5 Stars in my Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
- Stupidly, I thought he seemed like a sweet guy, who cared about me. That made the blindsiding attack that bitch-slapped me much worse.
- "I do lust after you in every way possible. I just can't have you in any way possible. It royally blows."
- At this point my only friends were a demon kissed boy, and a nun.
I really love this cover!
Review previously posted here on 30th June 2013.