Series: Providence 1
First Published: November 20, 2010
Goodreads Blurb: In the old world shadows of Providence, Rhode Island, Nina Grey finds herself the center of a war between Hell and Earth.
Struggling with her father’s recent death, Nina meets Jared Ryel by chance…or so she believes. Although his stunning good looks and mysterious talents are a welcome distraction, it soon becomes clear that Jared knows more about Nina than even her friends at Brown University. When questions outnumber answers, Jared risks everything to keep the woman he was born to save—by sharing the secret he was sworn to protect.
When her father’s former associates begin following her in the dark, Nina learns that her father is not the man she thought he was, but a thief who stole from demons. Searching for the truth behind her father’s death, Nina stumbles upon something she never expected—something Hell wants—and only she holds the key.
First of all, I liked the dynamic of this book. It starts out with a little crash, but then things go rather slowly, with a few bumps here and there, until you get to the showdown. I have to admit I wasn't quite that pulled into the action - which definitively sounds more thrilling in the blurb than it actually is - until all hell broke loose in the end, what made that showdown even more shocking. For the main part of the story, however, I found myself wondering about (and trying to untangle) all the paranormal parts, especially all the hints on faith dealing some very mysterious cards for the relationship mess. But I guess there'll be more of that to come in the next installments, and I hope everything will be crystal clear at some point.
Btw, I do find the paranormal aspects rather... normal. I mean, it's not something totally apeshit crazy, or far from a reality we know. Actually, I like it so much I'd be thrilled to get more into detail and find out just how much work the author spent planning all of it out. Maybe it's that Hybrid-thing. That word just triggers something in my brain, but I totally love it. x)
In regard to the relationship between Nina and Jared... I was totally shocked to what extends Nina went. Have to admit she came across quite stupid at one point or the other, totally hormonal teen, but she also surprised me positively sometimes, just like she did with Jared. That gorgeous... I totally understand why Nina wants to keep her hands on that one, but... Well, let's say it never fails to surpise me what massive jerks guys can be, even though he's only half-human. It has to be that Y chromosome, there's no other explanation. One should think that it'd get boring seeing them making the same mistakes no matter which book you open up, but let's face it: not made up, just transfered from real life onto paper. A sad truth, but the truth nonetheless. Thus, I can basically take bets what kind of stunt he's going to pull in the next installment, but that makes it interesting again. I mean, somehow, you know...
Rating: Style: 5/5 -- Plot: 3.5/5 -- Characters: 3/5 -- Humor: 4/5 -- Suspense: 3.5/5 -- Drama: 4/5 -- Action: 3.5/5 -- Fantasy: 3/5
Quotes I liked:
"What are you going to do about him? He's in love with you!"
"He is not," I said, glowering at her. "He just hasn't accepted our strictly platonic relationship, yet."
(Beth & Nina)
Relief brightened Jared's face. "This is surreal. I've dreamed about how I would tell you for years, and now it's done."
"And here I sit, in front of my half-angel Hybrid boyfriend eating cake. I think I win."
"Every branch of the military wants me on a special ops team, and God sticks me with the most boring Taleh in the history of mankind."
(Claire about Ryan)
"I am a traffic cop for the Archs and a glorified guidance counselor, Nina. Don't let the title intimidate you."
I tried to stifle a laugh.
(Nina & Eli)
"She's a keeper, Jared. She has faith. Maybe it will rub off on you."
(Eli about Nina)
Jared flinched. "Don't say 'aw'."
I couldn't change my ridiculous expression. "It's sweet, though."
"You say 'aw' when your boyfriends give you junk," he said, his face twisting into disgust.