16 June 2009

Review: S.J. Day - Eve Of Destruction

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Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Tor Books (June 2, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 076536042X
ISBN-13: 978-0765360427


When you're learning to hunt demons, homework can be hell...

Class is in, but Evangeline Hollis is far from being the star pupil. She's struggling to get through the required training to be a full-fledged Mark -- one of thousands of sinners forced to hunt demons for God. When her class goes on a week-long field trip to an abandoned military base, passing the course suddenly isn't just a matter of pride... it's a matter of life and death. There's a demon hidden among them, killing off Eve's classmates one by one.

As the body count rises, a ragtag team of ghost hunters from a cable TV program unwittingly stumbles into the carnage. Now keeping the Mark system secret competes with the need to keep the "paranormal researchers" alive. With Cain on assignment and Abel investigating a new, terrifying class of demon, Eve must fly solo on her hunt to stop a killer before he strikes again.

When Heaven and Hell cross swords everything becomes possible…

S.J. Day is rapidly making a name for herself in the urban fantasy genre with her Marked series! Not only is Book #2, Eve Of Destruction (TOR/June) occupied with dynamic characters, it also holds a fresh edge-of-your-seat plot within the good versus evil element at its base. At first I got to meet various new characters and the author established an atmospheric backdrop at the military base. It was with each chapter that the pace increased, holding my undivided attention with Eve, Cain and Abel forming the epicenter of this action packed episode. S.J. Day masterfully plays the reader with ongoing revelations that implicates upcoming tribulations for various key characters. A balance is maintained between the revelations and things to come which makes my hands itch for the third novel; Eve Of Chaos (July).

With Eve Of Destruction the story continues and the next chapter in Eve’s development as a new Mark turned out to be an exhilarating one. After the conclusion in Book #1, Eve Of Darkness S.J. Day doesn’t waste any time in Eve Of Destruction and took me right back in to Eve’s world of Heaven and Hell. The agnostic, Eve Hollis is a Mark and has to work for her redemption while two infamous brothers, Alec Cain and Reed Abel will not let her go unless they decide to do so.

Eve is getting Mark education with a not so friendly group of classmates. Gadara, Archangel of their firm, decides to take them on a weeklong fieldtrip for some experience in defeating Infernals. On a deserted military base Eve and her classmates are meant to bond together as a group but when someone starts to murder them one by one this fieldtrip suddenly becomes the real deal…

Eve is a “speak your mind” kind of woman with an anal side and a quick witted tongue. Though the novels are not told from the first person narrative I am very much involved with Eve and how everything has an effect on her. She fell smack-dab in the middle of this new world and she keeps herself standing with self reflection and humor and the latter is very important to me. She has the kind of characterization that leaps of the pages and becomes synonymous with female resilience and strength.

To talk about Eve is to think about her two wingmen, Cain and Abel. Cain is a take charge kind of man who bends the rules to make the outcome of a situation a positive one. Abel on the other hand is one who follows the rules in the hope to achieve his own dream. Both men hold their appeal to me. They ooze mystery combined with power and an innate sensually charged energy which will turn them into many readers’ favorite. Both men are opposites of each other in sibling rivalry and yet they have a similar side, connecting them in an important way and her name is Eve. Separate they are formidable men but together, in their full glory, they create a stunning picture of male virility.

Eve Of Destruction’s emphasis is on the action and Eve’s growth as a Mark. Still, Cain and Abel take a very prominent place within the story as their triangular relationship shifts and changes. Choices are made with great repercussions which create enticing options. I loved the way S.J. Day showcased the individual storyline, growth and emotional conflict of Eve, Cain and Abel. How it affected them personally and as a connected treesome, taking their relationship to the next level.

There are also fascinating secondary characters, who are Eve’s antagonists. The Prince of Hell, talk about a fiend enemy! I can’t wait to find out his diabolical plan. Gadara, an Archangel, who puts distance between himself and others is not to be underestimated. Also, there are more intriguing Archangels to meet and the classmates of Eve have a huge impact on the story. From Holland to New Zealand, there are many countries and personalities represented in this group and each individual added a distinctive voice.

EVE OF DESTRUCTION is just about as good as it gets in the Urban Fantasy. As the plot thickens, tidbits of new information are revealed and the ending left me breathless and in dire need for Eve Of Chaos (July/Tor).

Quote, for no other reason than that my native language is used:
Molenaar yelled from the kitchen, “You attacked me, Krankzinnige vrouw!”

Quote Eve:
Eve growled. “Of course I’m scarred! Why wouldn’t I be? Four weeks ago the most stressful thing I faced was fitting a client’s wish list into her budget. Now I’m lucky to survive the day, between the Infernals that Cain pissed off in the past and the ones I’m annoying right now.”

Quote Cain:
There was more than sex and love involved in his feelings for Eve – respect and admiration, affection and nostalgia. The best days of his life had been spent with her.

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  1. Excellent review! I just finished Eve of Darkness last night. Going to start this one very soon! Love the world she has created.

  2. Hi, Leontine!! I enjoyed your review! I know that my pal VFG is REALLY looking forward to reading this series. I've read a few of Sylvia Day's books and really enjoyed them.

  3. Hey Leontine!

    Barbara knows me so well. ;)

    BTW, I left you a comment for Marked Book #1) Hey, thanks for not giving away too much in your review which was excellent, as always.

    I'm already fascinated by these brothers. I'm a huge fan of the love triangle and this one sounds rife with complexities which makes it even better. I can't wait to dive in!

    ;) VFG

  4. Hey gals,
    I'm having such an off day...I can't seem to do more than check blogs/twitter etc and do me some reading *bleh*

    Anyway, I'm so glad you ladies enjoyed the review, my blood is thrumming for Eve Of Chaos and it is the first UF that evoked such a response! That tells me much how I love this series and how SJ Day aka Sylvia Day aka Livia Dare LOL has impressed me.

    and Barbara, I know you keep it low key at the moment but checked your blog yesterday and since a while now I didn't have myself a "falling in lust" episode regarding an author. You perhaps recognize the symptom; where your lead up on an author and instantly want that book in your hands to find out if it is as good as the promise it contains.

    Well I looked at the cover of Sophie Renwick - Velvet Haven a couple of times when visiting your blog, but yesterday it was like it was calling "come check me out.” And so I did. I checked out Sophie Renwick’s website and fell head over heels for her upcoming series of Annwyn Chronicles. I'm doing an expose on her and this series next week! Just to voice my falling in lust feeling LOL

    You might wonder why I'm telling you this but I wanted to get some good recommendations for my b-day list since it was a long time since I had that "falling in lust" feeling. With a blogpost and a BRANDED BY FIRE giveaway I already received some wonderful recs and still have to investigate them but last night...visiting your blog, I just got this feeling again so unexpectedly, so thank you Barbara! *g*

    And VFG...the Beefcake Preview Club, let’s say I'm orchestrating a few things and hope they follow through!! More news next motnh YAY

    Mandi, if you loved bk 1 than bk 2 is going to excite you too...I just know it.

  5. I left a comment earlier, but it disappeared!

    I don't plan on reading this series of hers, don't much get into UF, but she did just have another new book come out under another name, Livia Dare, that I had to pick up yesterday. In The Flesh and it's fantasy!! And it looks good!

  6. Amy...you evil, wicked, evil woman you!!! Besides the fact that Pearl read and reviewed it for ROOB and it already gave me goose bumps I am now hearing you about it....AARRGGHH, soon verra soon this book will be read by me :D

    And UF is something I read on occasion, and in regards to the Marked series I am happy to have received the opportunity! The Fever series of Moning...is that one considered UF? I thought so... and Jeaniene Frost and now SJ Day with her Marked series. These series are the ones I can think of at the moment that I am reading in the UF genre.

  7. Aren't we all evil and wicked, always talking about these awesome new books, tempting each other :P? Isn't it great!!

    I suppose Moning's Fever series could be classified UF, but I don't know, I haven't read them yet. I did just recently buy the first one. I love her Highlander series, so I figure I should give this one a read too.

  8. I'm lovin it Amy LOL

    And yes Moning's fever series, it just has the same vibe of the Fae world, some things are the same but a lot is different also and I was hooked from bk 1. Barrons and V'Lane are just hunk-a-liscious and Mac is someone I liked from the first page. I can't wait to read what you think about it ;-)

  9. Interesting review Leontine! I remember wanting to get the first book, but didn't... and I didn't realize that the sequel would be out so soon!!

    LOL, I think I need to go to the bookstore :) Thank you for your review!

  10. Hi Nath,
    Welcome here Nath and I love back-to-back releases. With the Marked serie we get three books in even so months so we're getting a very good taste of this world and its characters ;D

  11. Hi Leontine,
    Great Review! I don't read a lot of UF, but this sounds so good I might have to check them out.

    I have an award waiting for you...


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