TITLE: PROMISE (SOUL SAVERS 1)
AUTHOR: KRISTIE COOK
GENRE: YA PARANORMAL ROMANCE
COVER TYPE: E BOOK
Paranormal Romance is my secret indulgence. I haven’t read a lot of it but enough to be ashamed of myself. I’ve read and loved the Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer. I’ve also read and loved most of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and loved them. When I saw this was a free download from www.kobo.com I couldn’t resist a peek.
BLURB FROM THE COVER
Alexis Ames has a life full of promise…but not all promises can be kept.
When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her façade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.
Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.
The sensation of being watched clung to me like a spider web, invisible threads bristling the back of my neck and down my spine. I brushed my fingers across my shoulders, as if I could drag the feeling off and flick it away.
I thought Promise, the first in Cook’s Soul Savers series was a good read. Promise was a bit slow at first but the intrigue Cook created around the characters and events kept me reading. About halfway through the pace really picked up. I don’t think Promise is a good as the Twilight saga or The Mortal Instruments but it was a decent read.
I thought the title was pretty weak. Promise does fit the plot but I thought it was a little unoriginal and dull. Cook could have come up with something a bit more unique and unusual.
The characters were okay in Promise. I felt they were a little weak but pretty much run-of-the-mill for YA fiction. I found Tristan’s perfect godliness and the endless references to how gorgeous and sexy he was a bit nauseating. Thankfully this started to taper off just over halfway through. I thought Alexis was much better. It was sweet that she never thought Tristan would be interested in her. This also got a bit annoying but calmed down halfway through when got much more balsy. I didn’t like the fact that Alexis was writing a novel that sounded very similar to the one I was reading with ‘characters’ who could have been her and Tristan. I’m not a fan of authors who make characters writers anyway so this was no big deal and just a slight niggle. I liked the older characters including Alexi’s mother and various Amadis members much better. That’s probably because I’m closer to them in age.
I really liked the mythology Cook uses in Promise. Alexis and her mother as part of a cult of nearly immortal creatures known as the Amadis. They are enemies with a tribe of evil creatures known as the Daemoni. The Amadis are good, God’s angels as it were. Angels and demons anybody? Does this sound familiar? I’m sure I’ve read a similar myth or two in my time. The videogame Darksiders deals with something similar. I found it interesting.
I enjoyed the second half of Promise much more than the first. The first half mostly deals with the development of Alexis and Tristan’s relationship. It was all very sweet, romantic and couply but not really my thing. I wanted the battles and death and murder and chaos to get started already. Cook kept me reading through the first half of the novel by drip-feeding little snippets of information about Alexis and Tristan’s powers, the Amadis and the Daemoni. I had to read on until all the little threads came together. The second half was faster paced. The Daemoni move against Alexis and Tristan and it all gets a little bloody and violent. Cook ends Promise on a cliff-hanger so I now have to read the full Soul Savers series.
I enjoyed Promise. I like the Twilight saga and The Mortal Instruments series a lot more but Cook is a good writer and creates an interesting, vivid and compelling world. Promise is a novel of two halves. The first half is much slower and builds up Alexis and Tristan’s relationship and the mystery surrounding the Amadis. The second half is a much more intense and satisfying read. I need to read the other books in the Soul Savers series.