The Second Sign
The Second Shadow
I was super nervous about this series. I absolutely loved the blurbs for both of the books, so of course, I caved and requested both of them. I kinda forgot about it and then... I got approved. That's when I suddenly realized just how many times I had picked up a book about angels/demons and then absolutely hated it. However, I said I'd do it, and I put on my big girl panties and hunkered down.
I started reading the books and I realized that, I, in fact, didn't like these books.....
I ABSOLUTELY FRIGGIN' LOVED THEM!!!!
They seriously embody everything I love in a book. They are dark, gritty, intense, and should totally come with a warning label or two. Some of the scenes in this book read like a horror movie. Not one of those cheesy horror movies you watch and laugh about, but like a for real horror flick. I actually attempted to start reading this before I went to bed one night and had to put it down because I found myself doing this:
Only my other hand was still trying to hold the book above the blankie peek hole so I could still read.
I made myself put it down, and attempted to sleep... only to end up waking up every hour with some seriously wicked nightmares.
However, once daylight hit, I was back to reading in full force and actually read through both books in one day. They were THAT good.
I really loved the main characters. Gabby has such a messed up life and bad luck follows her everywhere. I love that she doesn't let it tear her down, and instead it just makes her stronger. Jake is a bit tricky. One minute I was all about Jake, and then the next I wanted to stab him with a spork and watch him bleed out slowly. It was kind of a fun ride though. My favorite character in the whole series has got to be Jose however, because Jose is freaking awesome. He's got a serious streak of bad-ass and his humor provided some seriously well placed comic relief. He might just be a supporting character, but he seriously stole the spotlight for me. If you asked me for a list of my favorite lines, almost all of them would be Jose's.
The story line, the pacing, the intensity, everything - was perfect. It's a very, very well written series, and I highly, highly recommend you read it.