After crawling her way out of Hell, Six is ready to cast aside her angel wings and all the responsibilities that come with them. But Earth is not as peaceful as she imagined it. Demons, dark angels, and other hell-beasties escaped before her, and they’re not as content as she is to live a quiet life on Earth.
A fellow angel who escaped Hell with her commits a series of soul-murders, destroying human souls so they can’t go to the afterlife. Although Six has conflicting feelings about humans, she goes after the other angel to keep their escape a secret from the one she fears most.
There were both good and bad parts to this book. First off, the premise was a really interesting idea. I was really looking forward to the break-out and how Six would adjust to Earth. I also thought the writing was extremely detailed and descriptive without being overly so. The writing and dialogue manage to evoke a lot of emotion and I felt slightly disgusted at the brutality in some of the scenes. I also really liked the character of Six. She was extremely likeable and her morality was refreshing in comparison with all the cruelty of the demons and other angels. It was also very interesting to see humanity through the eyes of an angel. It’s true that we’re blessed with a lot, but most of us are still not content with what we have. It was a nice reminder for us to re-evaluate our priorities.
My biggest complaint was that this wasn’t a full-length novel. Since it was only a novella, the whole story felt a little rushed and there wasn’t much time to develop the characters. If it were a novel, the plot progression and character development would have been a little smoother. As it stands, even though Six is extremely likeable, she still feels a little static and one dimensional. She also made really rash decisions like slicing off her wings. Also, I think it’s due to the length of the novel that the relationship between Alden and Six is a little stilted and awkward. I was really unsure what the relationship between them was supposed to be. Were they friends, lovers, partners? Alden became dark extremely quickly and his brutality was directly opposite to Six’s morality which made me wonder why they had ever been friends. In addition, I found it strange that humans didn’t freak out when being faced with angels. I’d never invite a strange angel back to my home.
This was a relatively decent start to the series and I’m looking forward to learning more about Six, like why she was cast out of Heaven. Even though this novella fell a little flat, Brewster creates an admirable new heroine and I see great promise for future books.