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Series: Dark Angel #4
Published by Gypsy Publishing on June 2, 2014
Length: 226 pages
Reviewing eARC from Author
Israel seems…different since he came out of his coma. His life has been saved but Alyx had to make a deal with the devil to do so. She has to hand Israel over to Lucifer unless she finds a way to defeat Samyara. But to do this Alyx will need Israel and Jordan, the two men fighting for her heart, to work together. Can they put aside their differences long enough to defeat Samyara?
Seven days until Israel is sentenced to Hell. Seven days to find Samyara. Seven days to raise an army.
This will be Alyx’s greatest battle yet.
Angelblood by Hanna Peach is book 4 of Dark Angel and picks up right where Angelsong left off. Alyx, having made a deal with the devil, has seven days to kill Samyara or she has to give Israel up. This is the main plot point of the book, however in order to find Samyara, Alyx, Israel, and Jordan have to work together in Adere’s addled post-Darkened mind to find him. Can they do it without killing each other is the main question? And then if they do get Samyara’s location, can they raise an army to defeat him in time?
Okay so it goes without saying that I absolutely love these characters! Alyx is feisty, a warrior in every since of the word, and she is determined to die before she will let Israel go to Hell. But in this installment she is also confused and hurt. She loves two men and her heart is torn. She hurts for Israel, knowing that once he finds out it will break him, and she’s angry with Jordan for not telling her when he find out that her memory was gone but she also hurts for him as well. She hurts for herself too, knowing that no matter her choice someone she loves will be hurting.
Israel……oh my goodness!!! What can I say about you?! Israel became a man in this book. In the previous installments, I really didn’t care for him. Yes, he was the dark, brooding man-child with a mean streak that every girl wants….you know, the typical bad boy that you want to fix. But like I said, that is no more. Israel realizes that Jordan is right to a point. Things between Alyx and Israel were rocky from the start. One of them always not trusting the other. So Israel, taking the advice of the elder, lets her go. Obviously he loves her, but he tells her he will wait for her and not pressure her into a decision. When she is ready to love him back, he will be there. My heart is officially his! And Jordan, well he stole my heart in Angelsong and he still owns it. Alxy definitely has a hard decision!!!! One that I will not be spoiling for you…
So this book does not have as much action as the previous books. This book is about plotting and setting up for the final showdown in book 5 (which I can’t wait for!!!). Yes there is a battle with Samyara at the end of course, but like I said this book is about the build-up to that battle. Alyx working through her trust issues, Israel showing what he can do, and Jordan struggling with his identity. There’s a side story with Ana and Yael that was started in book two that comes to a head in this book and I can’t wait to see where Ms. Peach will take it!
Overall this is my favorite book so far in the series (I think I’ve said that with each book, but it’s true). Some action, mystery, a little romance and a lot of suspense intertwined with angel mythology makes for a great urban fantasy! FYI there is strong language and some graphic violence so I would recommend this for the mature YA (16+) to the New Adult readers. If you like this series, I promise this book won’t disappoint. If you’ve not read this series yet, I highly recommend you do!
Check out my interview with Alyx, Jordan, and Israel as they prepared for their battle with Samyara by clicking here.