by Christina Henry
I didn’t read the back of this book before I cracked it open but I ended up with more angels! Three angel books in around a week – strange but it was good fun.
Madeline Black is an Angel of Death. She has a gargoyle friend who protects her house, her mother died when she was 13 and she never knew her father. Her mother’s job was passed to her when she died, so Maddy is part of the bureaucracy that helps ferry souls to the ever after. And a bureaucracy it is. There is paperwork, supervisors and she doesn’t get paid. Luckily she can rent out the bottom floor of her house. She rents it to a gorgeous guy, Gabriel Angeloscuro (nice last name, hint hint). But right after she rents it to him demons begin showing up trying to kill her.
This was an enjoyable book, I read it quickly and with zeal. It is jam-packed full of action, world building, demons, souls, blood and mayhem. Her lineage is revealed to her, and it is colorful and an important part of the story. There was a little romantic tension, but she is a virgin, so don’t expect much there. It makes me wonder what Henry has in store for Maddy. It also ends looking like there will be a love triangle in the next book. Hmmmm.
There is a lot of action and a lot of names to remember. In fact a couple of times I got a little lost but just kept reading. When the bad guy puppeteer is revealed I wasn’t really sure if I should have known more about them, but I soldiered on and the story made perfect sense. I found I did that a lot with the Cassie Palmer stories too, I would get lost but keep going and things tended to straighten themselves out. It was a good start for a new paranormal urban fantasy and I will be looking for the next book in the series, Black Night. I liked it, 3 stars.