Monday, 10 October 2011

Black Night - Book Review

Black Night (Madeline Black #2)
by Christina Henry


What is it about:
Madeline Black is an Agent of death, meaning she escorts the souls of people who have died to the afterlife. Of course, not everyone is happy to see her...

If obstinate dead people were all that Maddy had to worry about, life would be much easier. But the best-laid plans of Agents and fallen angels often go awry. Deaths are occurring contrary to the natural order, Maddy's being stalked by foes inside and outside of her family, and her two loves-her bodyguard, Gabriel, and her doughnut-loving gargoyle, Beezle-have disappeared. But because Maddy is Lucifer's granddaughter, things are expected of her, things like delicate diplomatic missions to other realms.


What did I think of it:
The first book in this series had some flaws in my opinion, but was interesting enough that I wanted to give this book a try to see if things get better.

Well...

The things that bothered me in book one are still present in book two.

There's just too much thrown at Madeline at once which makes the story cluttered and chaotic at times. I'd have liked it better if some storylines had been left out and used for a future book. There are also some inconsistencies in the world building, which started in book one, but still aren't explained in this book. Add to that that out of all the characters my favorite was a character who is supposed to be a not so nice person. So there I was rooting (once again) for a character who was doomed to fail from the start. Now I know this last point isn't the author's fault, but on top of the other things that already bugged me, it was the thing that made me decide I'm not going to continue reading this series. A shame, as the writing is decent and the characters interesting.

Why should you read it:
It's nicely written UF with fallen angels and a gargoyle.


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3 comments:

Katie Dalton said...

A VERY honest review, nice job Mcpig. Maybe the book will pick up if the series goes on?

M.A.D. said...

Good review; honesty is always appreciated or should be! Sounds like it may take the writer *a bit* to find a comfortable flow. Still, love the gargoyle :D

Alice Audrey said...

Still, I'll skip.