Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Descent by Tara Fuller - Review

Author: Tara Fuller
Publication Date:  June 2, 2015
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Series:  Kissed by Death, book 3
Genre:  Paranormal Young Adult
Age Recommendation: 15 and up
Rating: 4 Stars

Book Description:

Easton doesn’t believe in love. He believes in Death. Darkness. Sin. As a reaper for Hell, it’s all he’s known for over four hundred years. When he gets slapped with the job of training the boss’s daughter, an angel who knows nothing but joy, he knows he’s in for a world of trouble.

Though he’s made it clear he wants nothing to do with her outside of work, Gwen would do anything to get closer to the dark and wounded reaper—even taint her angelic image and join the ranks of her father’s team of reapers. But in all her planning, she forgot to factor in one thing—how far the demons Easton doomed to hell would go to get revenge.

When the dangers of the Hell threaten Gwen, Easton will do whatever it takes to save her. But as the darkness closes in on them both, will he be able to save himself?

My Review:

Easton, one of Hell's Grim Reapers and one of it's baddest boys.  We've seen him through out this series and now it is his turn.

This was a great way to end the trilogy, with Hell's baddest boy and one of Heaven's sweetest angels.  Two opposites shoved together after a horrific mistake sends a soul meant for Heaven to Hell.  Gwen, daughter to Easton's boss, had become attached to this soul prior to his death, bringing him peace and joy (she is an Angel of Joy) she became almost obsessive her need to know that he finds happiness.  I love how multi-layered Gwen was.  She isn't the typical emotionally detached Angel in that she craves more than simply doing her 'job', she craves the knowledge of seeing her work completed, in knowing that she has truly helped better the lives of those she is sent to.  'Watching' her struggle with who she believes she should be and who she knows she is and watching her grow as she came into her own was a wonderful thing to see.  She may start out as a meek innocent but she soon discovers what she has believed all along, the world is not black and white, it is as layered as she is.  Seeing her grow into her strength while keeping her faith and and goodness makes her a truly inspiring heroine.  

  I am so glad we've finally gotten a look into what makes up Easton.  He's always been a complex character and you just knew that if you could get to the 'heart' of him it would make all his rough blurry edges smooth and clear.  Okay, so maybe he doesn't end up all shine and new, but his story unfolds and allows us to see how he became Hell's best Grim Reaper.  Easton's story is gritty and ugly, there is nothing good about what brought him to this point in his (after) life.  Like Gwen he is not as straightforward a character as he would like you to think.  He's haunted by his past (in more ways than one) and the belief that he could never be good enough for love.  He's hurting (although he won't admit it) because his best friend has moved on and doesn't need him anymore.  His counter part in Heaven also found her way and is not longer with him.  He's alone, sad, and angry and I can not say after discovering more about him that I blame him for his feelings.

I loved how well Easton and Gwen played off each other.  We believe that they are total opposites but learn through out the book that they are more alike than anyone knew.  They are a strong couple and together make an unstoppable team.  I really enjoyed watching them grow and fall in love.

There are a lot of difficult moments in this book.  Things get pretty dark and vivid at times and for that reason alone I suggest 15 and up for this YA.  Easton lived a very painful life, death, and afterlife and while that makes a wonderful story for redemption some of it can get pretty graphic, just know that going in.

This is a great series for any fans of Paranormal YALit.  It reminds me a bit of Amy Bartol's Premonition Series, but for a little bit younger crowd.  It's got it all, Angels, Reapers, Redemption, Love and Faith.

Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers​. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North  Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.

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