- Rating: 3.5 out 5 stars
This story was very unexpected. That 3.5 rating is not a bad rating but it is also not a great one. I loved Kerri’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series, I thought they were full of life and had the most authentic characters in them. In this one, however, I found myself getting lost while reading the story because I couldn’t necessarily find the true purpose of each character. I know that for a story to develop there needs to secrets for the reader to unfold but at the end of the book, I couldn’t help but feel unsatisfied at how the characters of this story were developed.
In this book, we follow the story of Emelia Maria di Carlo, she is a witch that lives in Italy with her family. She and her twin sister were once very close, but as they grew older, that trust became more of a frail thing. While Emilia worked in their family’s restaurant, Vittoria–Emilia’s twin sister–snuck off to do who knows what. Ignoring her grandma’s wishes for them to stay inside and practice protection spells, Vittoria still went about the night not caring for her grandma’s cautious words about how demons were roaming the earth. It wasn’t much later when Emilia found her sister’s corpse. So now Emilia, filled with sadness, grief, and anger, tries to seek vengeance for her sister promising death to her killer, little does she know that she’d need help from the wickedest of all demon princes, Wrath.
Emilia’s character was more so like when you try to blow a candle but even though you keep blowing the candle won’t go out. I completely understand that while you’re trying to deal with grief you want to focus all that energy on something productive, something that sort of makes you forget. The way Emilia dealt with her grief was trying to find her sister’s killer. And while I don’t condemn her for doing so, I believe she could’ve been smarter about it.
Wrath, one of the Seven deadly princes of Hell, was a mystery to me throughout this book. Even as I read his character development in the story, I still couldn’t figure out his purpose. I never felt a connection between Emilia and Wrath at all. She was using him and he was using her. Kerri didn’t give us enough sentimentality in this book for us to fall in love with them as characters, which is why I was so confused in the end when Emilia felt like Wrath had betrayed her.
The entire book felt like something was missing, the more I read, the more I kept trying to find something that wasn’t there. In the end, when I finally thought the book would climax, I didn’t feel anything at all. This is such a shame because this story had so much potential. I was waiting for Emilia to kill one of the princes, or for her to take hold of her life and make it make sense. I don’t even know how to explain it other than it was lackluster. I would probably read the next book because I’m curious to see what’s next for these two characters, but make no mistake, this is not a story about forbidden love. This isn’t the story where a witch falls in love with the most dangerous prince of Hell. In this story, you won’t fall in love with the prince either. This story is about a witch that lost her sister and will do anything to avenge her.
If you like, Jennifer Armentrout, Richelle Mead, Brigid Kemmerer, S. J. Jones, Sarah Henning, Natalie Parker, etc; then you’ll enjoy this book. Fifteen-year-olds and older can read this book. And as always, I want to thank you guys for reading my post. I truly appreciate it.