Sunday, March 18, 2012

"Archon" by Sabrina Benulis review

Archon review
Author: Sabrina Benulis
5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure: I received a complimentary galley of this book from the Vine program in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Angela Mathers is plagued by visions of angels, supernatural creatures who haunt her thoughts by day and seduce her dreams by night. Newly released from a mental institution where she was locked away for two years, she hopes that her time at the Vatican’s university, the West Wood Academy, will give her a chance at a normal life. Unlike ordinary humans, Angela is a blood head — a freak, a monster, the possible fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy of overwhelming death and destruction. Only in Luz, the Vatican’s wondrous enclave, are blood heads accepted and encouraged to discover what kind of powers or special abilities they might possess.

But within West Wood, a secret coven plots, and demons and angels roam the streets searching for the key to open Raziel’s book — a secret tome from a lost archangel. Some are determined to destroy Raziel, while others, like the beautiful Supernal Israfel, one of the highest of the high, wish to free him. And when the Archon — the human chosen to possess the spirit of a dead angel — rises as foretold, they will control the supernatural universe.

Torn between mortal love and angelic obsession, Angela holds the key to Heaven and Hell — and both will stop at nothing to possess her.

My Thoughts: This book is haunting, full of darkness and storms. Any sense of light is quickly overcome with storm clouds and ruin. The characters are complex, full of contradictions, and you never know which of them you can trust or believe. Beautifully written! This is true dystopianism, no sense of brightness to be found, yet the darkness is strangely compelling, strangely lovely, enchanting, luring you to your doom. Angels and demons have little to distinguish themselves, other than their point of origin. Good and evil are relative terms. Highly recommended.

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