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Monday, September 26, 2011

Review: The Mephisto Covenant

Title: The Mephisto Covenant
Author: Trinity Faegen
Series: The Mephisto Covenant #1
Publisher: Egmost USA
Published: September 27th 2011
Source: Net Galley for review

Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat. A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha. With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?

Wow! That is The Mephisto Covenant in one word. I absolutely adored this novel and have been going slightly crazy over it ever since. I began reading with no expectations and was shocked when I fell in love instantly. It was very easy to get lost in Faegen's beautiful writing and to be captivated by her well-developed characters, thought out plot and cheeky humour.

When Sasha's mother is deported to Russia after being fired from her job with the State Department, Sasha is forced to move to Colorado to live with her hate-filled aunt, powerless uncle and cruel cousins. There, she runs into a boy named Jax, the same boy who saved her from being killed during a Ravens initiation meeting. The Ravens are a large cult, led by many all over the world but ultimately serve just one - Eryx, an immortal with a mission to overthrow Lucifer and take over Hell. Did I mention that he's Jax's brother? Running from evil skias, Sasha must work with Jax and his five other brothers to keep the ones she cares about safe and to keep herself alive.

Jax and his brothers are mephistos, people who capture skias and lost souls to rid the world of evil. Jax is intriguing, with his gorgeous physical appearance, kind heart, protectiveness, responsibility and attempts at aloofness towards Sasha. Trying desperately to keep her life light, without his dark influence, he falls more and more in love with her every day and fights the temptation he feels for her sexually, as engaging in such activity would alert Eryx to her existence at any given time. Sasha is an anabo, a being of light and purity. Only an anabo can fall in love with a son of Hell and redeem him in the eyes of God, which is why Eryx is so desperate to get his hands on her. Jax and Sasha are a sexy couple - drop dead sexy. Be prepared for lots of sexual tension, unhurried fondling and shameless staring. I loved it! Their relationship develops at a nice speed; slow enough to be realistic but fast enough to keep us interested and needy. The novel switches points of view between them and allows us insight into their very different worlds. Girl, boy, good, bad, anabo, mephisto, amateur, experienced…TICK!

I should stop talking. You just must read this. The characters are easy to connect with, the plot easy to follow, the mysteries exciting, and the romance sizzling. Even if you don't fall for Jax, I'm sure one of his brothers will tickle your fancy. Twists occur when you least expect and this novel will sate your hunger for a brilliant read.
*squees* Who else loved this? I am super excited for the second book! Which brother did you like the most? ;)
P.S. Sorry for the slightly dodgy review. My original was almost twice this length (I loved the book, okay?) and so it might have suffered a little with the chopping ;)

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