Review: Crushed Seraphim by Debra Anastasia

The Devil made me read it!

The Devil, AKA: Satan Jack, guards the gates of hell, admitting all the evil this world has to give. While Satan Jack sucks down cigarettes and souls, Seraph Emma is being tossed out of Heaven.

Emma is sent as a Christmas Angel to the lost, self-loathing vampire, Jason, in hopes of redeeming his soul. The task seems impossible but soon the vampire begins to come around and have faith.

In Heaven, a rogue angel (Everett) partners with the Devil to trap God in Hell leaving himself in charge of Heaven. With God trapped, Everett begins tossing al the seraphim out of Heaven and unleashing unthinkable evils on Earth.

For Emma, Everett’s evil is personal. There is a history between the two that spreads throughout their human lives into Heaven. Emma refuses to let Everett win and to give up on Jason…..even if that means she must travel through Hell (literally) to rescue God.

But at the gates of Hell she meets Satan Jack, a tormented soul stuck reliving his own personal demons every moment of eternity. But Emma, sees the good in him, even if he doesn’t. For some reason, Emma is pulled to him…though he is meant to intoxicate her as he does every girl who comes through the gates of Hell….Emma is drawn to his mind, body, and spirit.

Emma must put her own personal feelings about Jack aside and remember why she is there: to free God from Hell and fight to save Jason’s soul. She and the Devil must become allies. This unlikely duo battle Everett for Heaven but somewhere along the way, the pull they feel toward each other takes over and Jack and Emma find themselves caught in loves web.

Satan Jack stole my heart from the first cigarette! He is the ultimate bad boy! He is the type of character I love to read: grey.

Satan Jack is a dark, mysterious, tormented bad boy but yet the reader can’t help but wonder if there isn’t some good in him….perhaps buried deep within him that he doesn’t even know where to find it….but still it’s there. I immediately wanted to know more about this dark character.

Reading the romance between Jason and Emma was frustrating for me. I just wasn’t convinced by his character. I didn’t think he was passionate enough for Emma. I thought he loved her in his own sweet, innocent, devoted way but I didn’t think it was what Emma was looking for but she seemed to accept him as the better man. His pure devotion and caring heart won her over.

Satan Jack truly steals the spotlight in this story….he was the most unexpected character in the novel and the most fun to read. The direction Anastasia goes with his character is exciting and unexpected, not what I was thinking at all!

While the characterization and romance are spot on, the mechanics of the book are a little rough in places. The first part of the book had a lot happening almost too quickly. I was a little surprised that we jumped right into the story without much of a background. It started a little too fast for my taste. There was also a lot of supernatural things going on in this book….vampires, angels, time continuum, magic, ghosts, God, the Devil, wizards….it was a little overwhelming.

The second half of the book slows things down where is needs to and adds momentum where it lacked, not to mention a lot more chemistry and sexual tension….it really heats up the second half making it a more engaging read. The second half makes up for the first and redeems the novels mechanics.

There has also been a lot of talk around the book community about fan-fiction. I don’t get too much into the fan-fiction debate since I simply like being told a story–even if I have heard it before. I read this book unknowing of any background without prejudice and for me: yes, Crushed Seraphim is a Twilight fan-fiction novel, but I felt the story was different enough than the original source material to make it unique.

There are some similarities to Twilight (vampire elements and love triangle) but I didn’t feel like I was reading re-worked fiction in the least. Personally I felt like Fifty Shades of Grey was more of a fan-fiction novel than this one. I think everyone needs to make up their own minds about the Crushed Seraphim FF debate. If you read it I am sure you will see the marked differences that set this novel apart as I have.

A quick note about the cover….can I just say lush and stunning?! I LOVE this cover! I am a huge fan of simplistic covers and this one was a grand slam home run for me. I love it! It caught my eye and drew me in making me want to read the story!

This novel for me was truly about the characterization and journey rather than the mechanics though. I liked the concepts of Heaven vs Hell and if the Devil was indeed beyond redemption. I especially liked exploring the characters internal stories–particularly Jack. What was his story? Why was he evil? Why did he choose Hell over Heaven? I really wanted to know more about Satan Jack.

The ending left quite the cliffhanger, leaving the reader wanting more desperately. What becomes of our favorite cursing angel Emma? What of Satan Jack? Jason? The reader is left genuinely wanting to know what happens to the characters. For this very reason, I am eagerly awaiting the sequel!

This book is full of surprises and unexpected revelations. It will appeal to pararomance lovers without question! Whether you find yourself on Team Jack or Team Jason, you won’t want to miss this story!

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: Crushed Seraphim by Debra Anastasia 

  • Kindle Edition
  • Published May 17th 2011 by Omnific Publishing (first published May 16th 2011)
  • ASIN B0051AN6BO

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 4 out of 5 (an exciting new angel themed adventure romance)

Genre: Angel lit, pararomance, vampire lit

Memorable lines/quotes:

Your heart is your compass. It will always tell you about someone’s true nature (144)

One day with you has been more important than a hundred forevers (121)

7 thoughts on “Review: Crushed Seraphim by Debra Anastasia

  1. Great review – the most helpful are those that look at the book from various angles, so thanks. 🙂 I’ve only heard good things about this Jack, and the premise certainly is unique.

    Good for you keeping a healthy perspective on this fanfiction thing – what authors don’t take at least some spark of inspiration from other works, right?

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