Hey y'all! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Annabell Cadiz' Lucifer. My stop includes everything you need to know about the book, my review and a giveaway.
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Lucifer (Sons of Old Trilogy, #1) by Annabell Cadiz
Release Date: January 31, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: January 31, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
Have you ever wondered what could be hiding in the shadows?
Well, for eighteen-year-old Zahara Faraday, she doesn’t have to wonder. You see she comes from a lineage of Light Witches, those who have chosen to help protect and serve between the supernatural world and the human world. The only problem is Zahara, like her father Solomon, is as human as a human being can be whereas her mother, Mia, and her Aunt Catalina, were born as Light Witches. As a family they hunt down rogue supernaturals—creatures who harm humans or who have committed an act against their kingdom.
Zahara’s hunting skills are usually kept dormant since her parents would prefer she live life as a normal human girl without knowledge of the supernatural world. She plans on doing just that—except when she finds a couple being attacked by fairies, she has no choice but to step in. Before she can return to pretending to be blissfully ignorant, Zahara encounters a problem she isn’t the least equip to handle: Bryan Hamilton, the good looking new co-worker she has to help train. In a heartbeat, her best friend, Becca King, has set her up on a double date with herself and her new crush, Rekesh Saint-Louis, who happens to be the most powerful leader of the biggest Imago Coven in South Florida –supernatural creatures with the ability to control water . . . and suck out human souls.
Zahara has no time to focus on how she’s going to explain her double date with her best friend and the enemy they have a tentative truce with to her parents because soon one of the members of Mia and Catalina’s coven is found murdered with a strange tattoo of a snake with wings carved into his arm.
Zahara is then thrown into a whirlwind battle with an angel determined to have revenge against God, an Imago coven she doesn’t think they should trust, and slew of dream-eating fairies and powerful Nephilims, hybrid children of angels and humans, more than happy to rip her to shreds.
Normal just got a deadlier definition.
Annabell Cadiz has woven an entertaining yarn in Lucifer, the first in her Sons of Old trilogy. It weaves together religious mythology with other supernatural elements to create a pretty good story.
Lucifer takes on the biblical story of Lucifer and puts a new spin on it. In this tale, Lucifer was wronged by a Light Witch, a powerful member of her coven, and has been seeking revenge against her and her family. The search has taken quite some time, but at long last he's found her. The one he'll use to exact his revenge - both against her family and God himself.
Zahara is quite familiar with the supernatural world. She's the daughter of a powerful Light Witch and her parents serve The Watchers, who police the supernaturals. Although she has no powers, her parents have taught her well about the supernatural world and how to protect herself in it. Zahara's best friend, Becca, has also been made aware of all things supernatural and she's trained in defending herself as well. But it takes a lot more than self-defense to protect yourself against Lucifer.
I like Zahara, for the most part. She's a strong young woman with a soft heart. She'll do whatever she is capable of to keep her loved ones safe and happy. Unfortunately, this means making some questionable decisions, that put her in danger. But she is only 18.
There is a large cast of supporting characters. Becca felt one-dimensional as a character, to me. I hope she's more developed in the future because she's a feisty young woman and I'd like to see more of that. Zahara's parents, Solomon and Mia, were better fleshed out. I liked their protectiveness of their daughter. Bryan and Rekesh, an angel and an Imago, are really getting interesting - I'm anxious to see what roles they end up playing.
The blending of the religious mythology with other supernatural mythologies is what I most enjoyed about Lucifer. Learning about the different beings that inhabit this world was interesting. There are witches, angels, fallen angels, nephilim, werewolves and fairies, all present in Lucifer. And the way Ms. Cadiz used the story of Lucifer was unique. Ms. Cadiz also did a nice job of creating mystery and and a decent amount suspense. I will admit to figuring out one main element in the story, but I'm still curious about whether or not it means what I think it means. Lucifer became more exciting as Zahara learned more about her family history and as she and her family and friends determined Lucifer's plan and tried to figure out ways to prevent him being successful.
My only complaints are that the dialog sometimes seemed less sophisticated than the prose, there were instances of the wrong word being used, and some of the details given were superfluous to the story, in my opinion. I love details but I found myself skipping over these parts because I didn't feel they had any bearing on the story. However, I think Lucifer is a compelling paranormal read and a great debut. I'm eagerly anticipating the next part of this story.
A growl escaped the Imago’s lips as he threw a punch down toward Solomon’s face with such speed Zahara was surprised her father somehow managed to move his head aside just in time. She pulled the dagger out of her back pocket and jumped back up, running toward her father. Solomon had also returned to his feet and had his arm wrapped around the Imago’s neck. Zahara threw the knife, aiming at the Imago’s heart and let out a scream as the Imago tossed Solomon over his shoulder at the same time.
Zahara cried out, but the knife missed Solomon by a mere inch. Solomon kept hold of the Imago’s arm and twisted as hard he could, his hand finding the dagger on the ground and driving it into the Imago’s side. The Imago shrieked, fumbling back for a moment, but Solomon refused to let him go, using the Imago’s arm to turn him around and, as he moved to kick his legs from under him, the Imago grabbed onto Solomon’s arm and threw him into the air.
Zahara didn’t wait to see where her father landed; she knew he was going to need more than human, brute strength to beat a supernatural. She ran to the truck, Becca following behind, throwing the driver’s side door open and almost being slammed by the door bouncing back since she was too impatient to wait for it to fully open before jumping into the truck.
“What are you doing?!” Becca asked as she climbed into the passenger seat.
“Key, key, key, where is that blasted key?” Zahara murmured to herself as she looked in
the middle consul but only found another dagger. Becca opened the compartment in the dashboard and she barely held it out to Zahara before she was bringing the truck to life. Becca jumped into the passenger seat.
Zahara pushed her foot into the gas pedal and steered the truck toward the Imago, who had thrown Solomon against the side of the porch. As he sped toward Solomon, Zahara pressed harder on the gas pedal. The Imago noticed the truck just in time to vanish into the wind and suddenly appear in the back of the truck, arm shattering the glass of the back window. Becca screamed. Zahara pushed her foot against the brake pedal this time, and the Imago fell back. She jumped out of the truck, dagger from the consul in hand, and growled at the Imago, who was now staring down at her, growling in return.
The Imago jumped down from the truck and stood in front of her in the blink of an eye. Zahara reacted just as fast, swiping the dagger across his chest. The Imago hissed and grabbed Zahara’s wrist, snapping her bones the same way someone’s foot would snap a twig. Zahara’s scream was cut short when the Imago lifted her up, his hand a vice grip around her neck. Instantly, Zahara’s vision blackened, as she was on the brink of losing consciousness. The skin of her neck began to drip with blood as his nails dug hungrily into it. Zahara could swear she heard the bones begin to crack, but she couldn’t tell over the grinding of her own teeth.
She tried to kick out her leg, but she could only find the strength to connect with his thigh. The Imago seemed unfazed by her weak efforts to remain alive. A strangled cry escaped through Zahara’s clenched teeth. The Imago’s features contorted from that bit of triumph to shocked agony. Zahara’s brow creased in confusion and then she was falling to the ground, her lungs choking from the instant intake of air.
Zahara looked up at the Imago. He was standing frozen, arm still outstretched and fingers now grasping nothing more than air.
Annabell Cadiz was born in the sweltering heat of South Florida. She was raised surrounded by Puerto Rican chefs and band of siblings that weren’t all related to her. A self-proclaimed nerd and book-a-holic (her room does hold much evidence to prove her claims are justifiable), she created TeamNerd Reviews to showcase her EXTREME love for novels where, along with her
best friend, Bridget Strahin, she hosts book reviews, interviews, giveaways and much more. She also had the pleasure of being published in three separate issue of Suspense Magazine. She is currently attending Trinity International University to attain her B.A. in Psychology. She also adores Cinnamon Teddy Grahams, has an addiction to Minute Maid Orange juice, and is a proud Jesus Freak. Her debut novel, LUCIFER (SONS OF OLD TRILOGY, #1) was published January 2013 and the second book, MICHAEL, will be out Fall/Winter 2013 and the third book, NEPHILIM, will be out Spring 2014.
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