Indie Review:Kasadya: Hellhound Twisted

17379714Title: Kasadya: Hellhound Twisted (book 2)
Author: Karen Swart
Published: Feb. 2013
Genre: YA/PNR
Source: Purchase
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Blurb: Kasadya: Hellhound Twisted (Book #2 of the Kasadya Series)

She fought against all odds and became the warrior she was meant to be … or so she thought. In a world where the rules have changed, can she embrace her destiny and become the hellhound she was meant to be?

Kasadya is back in Exsilium and finds her world a little different. Her half-breed fallen friends join her, and they are ordered to complete their apprentice training in order to obtain the right to be guardians. She must learn that her own fate cannot be denied and that others are set to follow. But most of all, she must learn that to trust is the greatest battle of all.

The tables are turned and Kasadya is put to the test. Will she be able to prevent her own death, or that of a friend? Or will her actions call forth the destruction of Earth and Exsilium?

For a Phoenix to rise, it must first die. —Chax De Luca

My thoughts:
Hellhound Twisted picks up right where Hellhound Awakened leaves off. Kas a hellhound and magnet for trouble returns to Exsilium to find a lot has changed in the two years since she was dragged to hell. Now she has to fight her own people, the fallen, for acceptance and she has to fight demons to save her best friend. She needs to hurry before time runs out for both of them. If she becomes a hellhound in entirety then the mysterious and her former trainer Chax De Luca will have to kill her. Unless she finds her soul mate.

I read the first book in this series a while back and I loved the story and the characters. So much so that I have been looking forward to reading this sequel. When I discovered it was out the other day I went and bought it.
Kas is the same snarky, spunky hellhound from the first book. I love her fire, and her never say die attitude. It’s nice to see a YA heroine that isn’t walking around crying about everything. Sure she has her moments, but then she gets over them and picks herself back up.
Chax, her Custos (trainer) was a huge draw for me in the first book. He has that broody bad boy vibe to him, but it’s not overkill. He’s not a major tool. He’s just cut off from everyone. He seems to be fighting something in this book, and I think I have it figured out.
The world that these characters live in is just so cool.

There are a lot of fallen angel/demon books out there, but this one is different. The fallen are all sorts of paranormal beings, from hellhound, to vampire, to different types of fae. The rules in the world are straight forward, easy to follow and make me wish I could do some of this cool stuff. Yes, I am dorky like that.

The writing was good, good enough to make me want to come back for the third book. It wasn’t just the cliff hanger ending that is drawing me in. I really do care about what happens to these characters. As for the technical aspects of the writing, I may have noticed a few typos, but I was so into the story that I didn’t make note of them. However, I should note that Kas’ teenager voice can be distracting and at times did draw me out of the story. It seems in the beginning of both this book, and book one, there is an overabundance of the word “Yip”. Like, “Yep”, but not. I have no idea why but that drove me nuts. Maybe because I think of dogs “Yipping” not girls. *shrugs* Yes, it is extremely nit picky, and by the end of the both books the instances are cut way down, and I was really able to enjoy the ride. If I was a test reader for the books I would suggest it be cut down in the beginning as well. Alas, I am not, so I will deal with it. I can also deal with it because I can see it for what it is meant to be which is a tool to show Kas’ unique personality. However, I feel like her personality and unique speech patterns shine through without the use of it. Once again. I can’t change it, I can only choose to overlook it. Which I will because I love the story.

Overall the book was great. A really solid read that I managed to devour in a day, so that should tell you that the rest of the story was superb.
If you are looking for a quick YA/Paranormal read that has its own twists and turns, with fun characters then this is the book for you.
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