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Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda

March 10th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: I bought this book myself

Publication date: May 7, 2009

Publisher: Puffin

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn’t normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a soldier in her order’s ancient battle against the Unholy.

Billi’s cloistered life is blasted apart when her childhood friend, Kay, returns from Jerusalem, gorgeous and with a dangerous chip on his shoulder. He’s ready to reclaim his place in Billi’s life, but she’s met someone new: amber-eyed Michael, who seems to understand her like no one else, effortlessly claiming a stake in her heart.

But the Templars are called to duty before Billi can enjoy the pleasant new twist to her life. One of the order’s ancient enemies has resurfaced, searching for a treasure that the Templars have protected for hundreds of years — a cursed mirror powerful enough to kill all of London’s firstborn. To save her city from catastrophe, Billi will have to put her heart aside and make sacrifices greater than any of the Templars could have imagined.

This book took me a couple tries to get into since I think I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind the first few times I tried to read it.  Once I did get into it it was a mesmerizing story and although I never truly liked Billi, I appreciated the complex character she was.  She’s grown up being trained to become a warrior despite wishing to live a life of a normal teenage girl.  Her mother died when she was only 5 and her father is a total ass to her.  She’s an outcast in school and her grades are falling because it’s more important to her father that she train and go out on hunts rather than do homework.  So while I found her to be somewhat whiny it is hard to blame her.  Who wouldn’t be whiny living the life she is forced to live.  One tiny problem I had with her character was she was trained to be this kick butt warrior but she always seems to be getting beaten down and rescued by others.  I would have liked to see her live up a little more to whole Templar soldier ideal.

What was fresh about this story for me was that yes there were angels which as we know is all the rage right now but it wasn’t one of those girl meets angel, falls in love with angel and they risk all to be together.   This angel definitely had issues and he and Billi are obviously on two opposite sides from each other.  The other nice thing was the story doesn’t revolve around a romance.   Yes, there are some hints of a budding romance but that is not the main story line. It’s refreshing to not have two teens who immediately fall madly in love with each other and have to surmount all sorts of obstacles to be together.  Instead this story focuses on the battle between the Templars and the evil that threatens man kind.

The reason I did not give this a higher rating is I wish some of the secondary characters were fleshed out just a bit more.  There were also a couple pieces of the story that did not quite make sense to me.  They were minor things like there’s mention of how often Billi went to school with cuts and bruises and had to make excuses for where they came from.  I don’t see why the school didn’t call child services and investigate what was going on.  I also didn’t get why Kay never kept in touch with Billi while he was away on training.  She’s very bitter about that so I thought they might talk more about it.  There were a few other things like that which don’t negatively affect the story but would have been nice to have an explanation for.  Still a refreshing and exciting read.

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