Author: Katherine Pine
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Christian Fantasy
Rating: (Overall) 4/5
As we moved into the age of the digital book readers have seen a surge in self-publishing. In the past, self-published books were looked down on as "lesser" works as they, perhaps, were not of publishable quality. With the invention of the kindle, nook, and iPad a plethora of published books are now available with the touch of the mouse or our finger. While some books should never see the eyes of any reader, I have had the pleasure to read The Fallen Angel Series.
Devi's life has been anything but normal. Since her twin brother, Kai, was abducted when they were children she has felt like half of her is missing. Living a secluded life, except for the companionship of her best friend, Devi spends a lot of her time reading and vising the used bookstore. One day, she meets the new owner and Oz is anything but normal. He is a demon, a fallen angel, and his love for the girl born without a soul will destroy him.
Devi will give anything to have her brother back. Even if it means working with the angel who took him. She will do anything to protect Oz. Even if it means, selling herself to another demon.
She loves a fallen angel, is guarded by an angel, protected by demons, and both heaven and hell want her. Devi cannot escape the fact she and her twin brother are the antithesis of each other. Nor can she forget her father who lingers in purgatory as punishment for his sin. The sin of killing himself.
Unable to accept the fate her father is suffering and the loss of her brother, Devi decides to makes a drastic decision. She will sell herself to the demon Forneus if it means she can bring her father's soul to rest, see her brother, and save her beloved Oz.
Pine's plot is highly character driven and readers will feel the gripping emotions and hallow emptiness Devi struggles with. Oz is a three-dimensional character whose background, personality, and feelings have probably found him a circle of reader fan girls. Pine's use of Christian theology in her plot and characters is unique and effective for the story she is writing. This makes her novels stand apart from the plethora of angel/demon novels released by big publishing companies.
The first book left me wanting to read more. While Beloved Purgatory was still enjoyable, I felt as if some of the writing had been rushed and I started to feel a bit distant from the main character. A couple of times I had to read ahead until I felt the the writing drawing me back into the story again. While this was slightly disappointing, I will be reading the third book in this series when it is released.