Please note there are spoilers within this review.
This story started out so well! I loved the limited character’s, I loved the plot, it was so original to anything I have ever read before!
The basic plot is about how Jessica always has nightmares about being judged, but as someone else, before a jury of 10 angels, 5 of which are from Heaven and the other 5 are from Hell. If the person goes to Hell they receive a brand before they are sent down.
It sounds pretty basic, but somehow the story just sucks you in, I enjoyed Jessica’s character, she was quiet and weary of people for the right reasons, she just seemed like such an interesting character to begin with. Near the end however I just couldn’t take her any more.
Alex seemed like a decent guy, but to such an extent he began to annoy me, he just seemed so perfect and so attentive to Jessica when I think the honeymoon stage of their relationship would have come to a close soon. Also am pretty sure he and Jessica were only seeing each other for a month, maybe a little more, but near the end of the book he was about to pop the question to her? That is just s little too fast to me and a bit weird considering Jessica was the caretaker of his grandparents home.
Sal is far more interesting, she has a reason to be damaged, due to her abusive husband and she is a rather interesting character but of course we only got tid bits from her.
Emily, the yoga instructor is another interesting character, yet I felt she was just there to be a foil for Jessica when Alex wasn’t there. Something just didn’t really sit well for me in their friendship; perhaps it’s due to them becoming friends so quickly? With Jessica being weary of people trust shouldn’t come easily, in fact I would think people would have to earn her trust first – as Alex did in the beginning.
Cole could have been so much more! He could have been an amazing character to take the attention away from Alex and yet he couldn’t do it, he came across as rather bland and it was obvious what he was trying to do and what he wanted, but he had no substance, no real grit to him at all. We never even found out WHY he wanted Jessica to be with him, just that he wanted her.
It also irked me to have Cole appear half-way through the book when we were already well acquainted with the characters already, his entrance just seemed a bit off and it was like the author just wanted the drama to happen then, rather than give a build up – there was no build up from what I read at least.
The general plot for this story is grand, it was different to read about, yet half-way through the book I really just wanted to give up, it was getting a bit too cheesy and corny for my liking.
Still it’s a decent read, worth a look to see if it’s your kind of thing, considering if you have a Kindle it’s free at the moment as well.