PJV Quickie: This book had me feeling hot and cold. One second I was insanely in love with it and the next second I was insanely mad at it. In the end I came out happy. But mad at the cliff hanger….

Title: Kasadya: Hellhound Awakened

Author: Karen Swart

Source: ebook provided for review

Rating: [xrr rating=4/5 imageset=red_star]

Blurb: In a constant battle between good and evil, evil is dominating the battle field and leading mankind to its destruction. With our Creator’s intervention a creature destined to concur and destroy is created. He gives mankind hellhounds to fight back and reclaim freedom.

Join seventeen year old Kasadya Levourne as she fights against evil to protect us. With each step she faces destruction, and yet she has the talent to give it back tenfold. Stubborn and hardheaded she makes her mark in the fallen world and starts a battle none can escape. Not even her trainer, the very attractive Chax de Luca, was prepared for her presence.

Will evil prevail? Or will Kas and her fallen friends succeed in protecting us against it?

Hold on to your seats, this is going to be one hell of a ride.

Review:

Kasadya, has never had a normal life. She grew up in the human world knowing she was an outsider. Her mother is emotionally distant and her father, a fellow hellhound is off saving humans from demons. When she turns seventeen she is taken to Exsilium and starts at a new school called Hellhouse. Here she meets her new (and only) friends, makes enemies and even gets a boyfriend. Or maybe two. After a week there she starts having nightmares. Blowing them off she thinks nothing of them until she comes face to face with their star demon. She is stuck in hell and must literally fight for her life. But by becoming the hellhound she was born to be will she doom herself.

This book was a mixed bag for me. The first half I would give only 3 stars. I liked it but found Kasadya to be completely annoying and immature. Which isn’t really that surprising considering she is only seventeen. She falls in love with a  friends Custos( aka teacher/guardian), Seth, after knowing him for only a few days. I know, I know that’s how teenagers can be. But come on. They literally know  nothing about each other. *Sigh* It such a short part of the book that I was able to quickly get over it.

Honestly, I found Seth as interesting as cardboard. He’s a pretty boy and a good kisser but there isn’t much substance to him other than that. Now, Chax, is more my type of book boyfriend. Mysterious, a bad boy with a bit of a sad past. He was a huge draw for me in the first half of the book and I look forward to seeing him in the next book.

Learning about the different types of “Fallen” was interesting and I was suffienctly drawn in to keep reading, but it wasn’t until the last half of the book that really had me hooked. I guess it was because there were no pretty boys to distract me from the awesome transformation that Kasadya goes through. She still has her moments of “duh” but they are fewer and far between. She becomes a butt kickin’ tough girl. She doesn’t take crap from anybody. Including the demons she must face everyday to stay alive.

I have never read anything like this in terms of the range of paranormal characters. It’s a bit of a mix between the tv show Supernatural  and a mix of a really cool angel book.

Like I said the first half of the book was a solid 3 stars. What made the last half better to me was that the writer cut out a lot more of the “teen language” (example Kasadya says “Yip” a lot) as Kasadya matured in hell. Very few writers have been able to pull of a teenage venacular that rings authentic to me. To be honest, there is something about teenagers that I don’t like, I think that this author was able to tap into that annoying I-know-everything-and-you-can’t-tell-me-anything aspect of teens. I think this is great that she was able to evoke those feelings in me but dealing with these teens at my job other weekend makes me grumpy. And yes, Kasadya and her friends brought the grumpy out.

The action scenes rocked my world. Seriously, I give the author 5 huge stars on her action writing skills. Once Kasadya puts those swords in her hands and starts spilling blood I was able to lose focus on all the other petty nit picky things that I was focusing on. I was just blown away. The end of the book is beyond action packed.

Overall a good book that I enjoyed reading. I look forward to the sequel. When is out? 😀

This book might need to be read by a more mature YA crowd. There is a lot of blood and violence in it. Sex wise it is perfect for teens.

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