Monday, January 6, 2014

The Beautiful and the Damned by Jessica Verday

Title: The Beautiful and the Damned

Author: Jessica Verday

Published: Simon Pulse, 2013

Pages: 272

Series: Companion to The Hollow trilogy

Summary: Cyn’s blackouts have deadly consequences in this sexy, suspenseful spinoff to the New York Times bestselling Hollow series.Cyn and Avian are far from a perfect match. She’s a witch who casts spells on men so she can steal their cars. He spends his time being judge, jury, and executioner to the truly evil in the supernatural realm.

When the blackouts Cyn’s been having ever since her time in Sleepy Hollow start escalating, she finds herself unable to remember where she’s been or what she’s been doing. Frightened, she seeks guidance at a local church, and it’s there she meets Avian.
The unlikely pair soon discovers that her blackouts are a side effect of what she truly is—an Echo—a conduit for souls of the dead. The only way to prevent Cyn from losing complete control is to return to Sleepy Hollow and vanquish the source of her power—but she may not survive the process. And if she does? She won’t ever be the same... (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: After reading and loving The Hollow trilogy I was really excited to read the next book by Jessica Verday and it just happened to be a sort of companion to the Hollow trilogy which is pretty exciting.  I did enjoy The Beautiful and the Damned.

My only issue with the book was that I felt like the resolution of everything was really fast and things just went away without too much of an explanation as to how and why.

I thought that Cyn was an interesting character and I liked that we got to know more about her in The Beautiful and the Damned.  Another character I thought was interesting was Avian, I was intrigued by how different he was to the Remnants in the Hollow trilogy.

One thing that I really liked with this book was that there were so many different supernatural creatures around and the way they worked and behaved was quite interesting.

I thought the Beautiful and the Damned was a good read, it’s short so you can sit down and read it in one or two sittings.  I did feel like it didn’t have as much of Jessica Verday’s descriptive writing in it as the Hollow trilogy did but I still feel that fans of Verday’s work won’t be disappointed.

Source: Purchased

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