Monday, December 24, 2012

Ten Days of Yule ARC review: All for you by Dana Marie Bell

The Particulars: Paranormal Romance, Carina Press, available as e-book
The Source: ARC from Netgalley
The Grade: B
The Blurb:
Someone—or something—is stalking Abby Marcheson. Luckily, she has her brother’s hunky friend Seth to keep her safe. Abby falls easily into her protected life, with Seth constantly by her side, and when he asks her out on a date, she’s eager to accept.

But Seth is much more than he seems. A Nephilim, a son of Angels with wings of his own, Seth is bound to spend his life hunting the Shemyaza, evil descendants of Angels. He’s kept his wings hidden from Abby in order not to frighten her, but as her stalker becomes bolder, Seth begins to suspect that a Shem has Abby in its sights...
As their flirtation escalates into full-blown passion, Seth is torn. Should he reveal his true
nature to the beautiful, trusting Abby? Will she accept him, wings and all, or will Ab
flee her guardian angel and fall prey to the sinister force that wishes her harm?

The Review:

When I saw this on Netgalley, I requested it on the spot. And I am glad I did.
This was a refreshing change from her Halle Shifters books. I cannot wait to read the second book in the series.

The world was intriguing, and sucked me in. I loved the different abilities that each Nephilim had, and how they couldn't do everything. The differences between Nephilim and Shemayaza fascinated me. Nephilim do their best live peacefully among humans. Working with them, earning money, paying bills. Shemayaza on the other hand despised humans. The different attitudes added another layer of tension to the story.

Following Seth and Abbie from being acquainted to each other, and attracted, to a relationship was enjoyable. It was amusing to watch the banter between Abby and her brother, especially considering how they had suffered when Doug attacked Abby. In general, the love and friendship for their families and friends were a read thread in the book, and it kept their spirits up when things went dark.

The plot was fast paced, and filled with unexpect twists. I enjoyed how everything that happened raised the suspense, and helped build up to the final confrontation. I loved the mystery and suspense that crept through the novel, making it almost impossible to put down.

That said, there were one thing that I didn't like. Abby sometimes acted like she was an extra in a horror movie.It was a bit annoying, but I loved how the author handled it. 

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