Lacrimosa by Christine Fonseca

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Lacrimosa by Christine FonescaLacrimosa by Christine Fonseca

Series: Requiem #1

Rating: 1 of 5 stars/DNF

It’s been three thousand years since the fall of Azzaziel and the rebirth of evil; three thousand years since the Sentinal Order, an elite group of warrior angels, returned to Celestium. Their job—rid Earth of the dark creatures, the UnHoly. And with luck, end Azza’s rule.

As if casting out demons isn’t hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it. Nesy is the best of the Sentinals. She never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan.

He is evil incarnate; a fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate. But she can’t, because he’s also the love of her former life as a human girl—a life that ended too soon, tying her to emotions she was never supposed to feel.

Now Nesy must choose between doing her duty—damning Aydan to the fiery depths of hell—or saving him, and condemning herself. And her choice may cost her, and Celestium, far more than anyone realizes.

How much will she sacrifice for love?

Made it somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of the way through before I finally called it quits. This hopslash is THE most exaggeratedly histrionic mess of contrived emotions that’s ever been shoved down my throat.

There’s no real romance. There’s no real struggle. There’s no real danger. There’s, honestly, NOTHING substantial about this book.

It starts off pretty neat, like Nesy (horrible name, short for an even more horrible name, Nesayiel) is trapped in a human body for the sake of her mission, which is to vanquish a servant of the Dark One, called the UnHoly, or if you’re a teenaged girl, Ayden (yet another horrible name). It sounds like it’s got the makings of something awesome. Nesy fights against the humanity of her host as she tries to track down Ayden and kill him. Ayden finds her attractive prey and pursues her. Very transparent, but whatever. I let that slide because it seemed like it’d be dark. Ayden feeds on lust and fear, for crying out loud! How can you NOT go dark with that?

Well, this book found a way.

Because, all the fuck of a sudden, Ayden is sick of doing evil deeds and absolutely mesmerized by not only Nesy but also the memories she brings of his former life as an angel. Dundundun, Nesy and Ayden used to be called Elle and Adam and they were totally in love in a past incarnation. He ended up abandoning her, and she got attacked by a wolf (wtf), and he made a deal with the Dark One, Azzaziel (who, by the way, is also a teenaged boy in present time, very cleverly named “Azza”).

Blah blah blah Nesy can’t kill him blah blah blah Ayden can’t kill her blah blah blah… Nope. I’m done.

Plus, the angels’ (i.e., Nesy’s) version of cursing? “Blazes.” Fukin’ “Blazes.” Like… what? were you thinking? when you decided on that terminology for A RACE OF CELESTIAL BEINGS to use, Fonesca?

I thought I could finish it (painful though it may have been) (and it was–very, very painful, indeed), but my irritation with the lack of plot progression just knocked me outta the running. Besides, I doubt there’s anything this book could’ve pulled to change the outcome of my opinion. It was just plain bad, through and through.


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