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Monday, December 16, 2013

ARC Review: Reaver by Larissa Ione

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review, yay me)
Release Date: December 17, 2013

WARRIOR OF HEAVEN

Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before . . . to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.

ANGEL OF HELL

Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she's doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan's lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld's darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her new found thirst for an angel's blood.

When it comes to complex, engaging characters and unforgettable story lines, Larissa Ione is in a class all her own! I've been reading paranormal romances for years and while sadly some series' have lost my interest, Larissa has been the complete opposite! Every book gets better and better and honestly she set the bar very high with Reaver, both the book and the character. I REALLY didn't want this book to end, it was that good! Easily the best book Larissa Ione has ever written, Reaver gives fans what they've been waiting for.


In true Ione fashion, Reaver begins with an almost impossible situation: Rescuing Harvester from an eternity of torture at Satan's hands. Getting in isn't the problem though, it's getting out and that's where things turn interesting for Reaver and Harvester. They've spent years fighting tooth and nail, all the while denying the lust that has been boiling just beneath the surface. Now that they're stuck in Satan's domain together, fighting for their lives, they not only have to work together, but they have to begin trusting one another. When Harvester tells Reaver about her fragmented memories of an angel she once loved, he knows he has to be completely honest with her, even if it means she'll kill him. From there things only continue to get worse as Satan's forces come after them and an old enemy plots to destroy heaven itself.

This was such an amazing book and my mind is so full of this story that I honestly don't know where to begin with this review. Of course I don't want to give anything away but that's proving difficult because there are loads of revelations, some I knew were coming but most caught me completely off guard. Poor Reaver, I'm surprised his head didn't explode with all the answers he ended up getting.

Can we talk Reaver and Harvester? Am I the only one who didn't think they'd ever be able to get along, much less be together as a couple? They have so much baggage and so much hate towards each other that I was amazed at how seemingly easy it was for Larissa Ione to give them several opportunities to redeem themselves in the others' eyes and make room for a new relationship on top of the ruins of their old one. This book was all about revelations, redemption and forgiveness, but the themes never bored me or felt like a sermon. Speaking of hot, Reaver and Harvester singed my eyebrows and eyelashes off thank you very much. Those two shot sparks off each other for so long that when they finally do give in to their lust it was like a mini explosion. Every. Single. Time. Can you say "Puddle of Hormones?"

The careful attention to detail gave Reaver a more realistic feel but it also kept every single original character the same as they've always been. Sure, each character has grown and learned from their mistakes, that's called character growth but can you imagine if Wraith wasn't the same Wraith or if Limos stopped being Limos? Or worse, if Reaver was totally different in his own book than he was in previous books? *shudders* That would have just ruined things completely, but thankfully they're all the same smart ass, obnoxious and lovable dysfunctional characters we know and love.

But it wouldn't be a Larissa Ione book without death, destruction and general mayhem and that's exactly what you get with Reaver along with a very well done set up for the next book (yay) in the series. The way Ione shoved a secondary character into the spotlight with a shocking revelation ensures that she'll get and keep readers' attention for the next book. I can't wait for that one.

Although Reaver can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading the Demonica series then the Lords of Deliverance series first so that you can get the full impact and experience all the emotions I know I did regarding Reaver and his life. Plus, those books are just so freaking awesome that they shouldn't be missed.



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4 comments:

  1. Amazon says mine is out for delivery but it isn't here yet :( :(

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  2. Oh no! I hope you get it soon, it's an awesome book! I read it in one day, I just couldn't put it down!

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  3. Yay! I loved it too!! I've read here and there in the two series but it totally worked for me. Are you excited about the next one?? I can't flipping wait for their book :)

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  4. I can't wait for the next one. I'm always eager for Larissa's book, she's just awesome. Though Reaver has always been one of my absolute favorites, I'm curious about you know who :)

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