Monday, July 8, 2013

Book Review: Neverlove by Angela Brown

Title: Neverlove
Series: Shadow Jumpers #1
Author: Angela Brown
Published: October 8, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal

Format Read: Ebook
Length: Novel
Source: Purchased 

For seventeen-year-old Abigail, one rash decision leads to an unexpected chance for redemption. At V'Salicus Academy, a unique institute where she trains to become an agent of heaven, she struggles with the pain of her past, the changes of the present and accepts a loveless future until her path – and heart – crosses with Basil’s.

Basil's off-chance slip of the tongue binds him to a life of servitude to the Devourer, the master of hell. His existence has no upside until a chance meeting with Abigail brings new perspective.

Keeping the truth of their present lives from each other brings disaster when secrets are brought to light and the life of Abigail’s mentor is put on the line.

Can Abigail and Basil save her mentor and salvage their love amid the chaos? Or will they lose it all, destined forever to NEVERLOVE? 


Teasers: The moment Basil said it, he laughed aloud. He was desperate. Just not Faust-desperate. At least ... not yet. [10% Ebook. Hehe! I know what he means to be desperate, but just not quite Faust-desperate.]

“Soul weavers,” the voice chuckled, now closer to Basil. “Can’t live with them and can’t die without them.” [15% Ebook. I chuckled too.]

“There’s no crying in hell!” Drakar pounded his fist atop his throne’s armrest, which happened to be a row of heads. “Wait, actually, there is. By the bucket loads,” he correct. [17% Ebook. LOL!]

Handsome had treated her like crap. She couldn’t help wishing the priest looked like an ogre instead of prince charming. [26% Ebook. Loved this image!]

Review: Abigail and Basil’s paths entwine again in a rush toward salvation in Angela Brown’s Neverlove.

Neverlove starts with a gut-wrenching and powerfully written bang. Broken and beaten, Abigail gets a new chance at life when her mother takes her to a special school. Seeking to get out of his overbearing mother’s control, Basil foolishly makes a deal with the devil. I enjoyed Basil much more than Abigail. Her character seems to grow too quickly, despite her intense struggles in the first few chapters. Basil’s character grows more naturally. I particularly enjoyed his interactions with Drakar, the devil, and his training partner, Pam.

The beginning really pulled me in, but the latter half of the middle toward the end sagged a little big. I was skimming here and there to get to the good parts. I liked Abigail and Basil’s budding yet forbidden relationship, but I wished to learn even more about the world they’ve both entered of Cleansers and Harvestors. I also would’ve loved to have seen more of Abigail’s training at V'Salicus Academy, but beyond that, Brown does a wonderful job balancing the horrors with touches of humor and love. 

An emotionally charged novel, Neverlove by Angela Brown is an enjoyable read.

Four Bookworms = I really liked it!