Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Review of "Lacrimosa" by Christine Fonseca (Blog Tour)

Lacrimosa (Requiem, #1)Lacrimosa by Christine Fonseca

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Paranormal/Angels YA
Source: Received from the author to review
Publication date: March 21. 2012

Description from Goodreads: “LACRIMOSA reaches out, grabs readers by the heart, and takes them on an emotional journey from the first page to the last. The last novel you’ll need to read to understand true sacrifice.” ~Elana Johnson, Author of POSSESSION 

It’s been three thousand years since the fall of Azzaziel and the rebirth of evil; three thousand years since the Sentinal Order, an elite group of warrior angels, returned to Celestium. Their job—rid Earth of the dark creatures, the UnHoly. And with luck, end Azza’s rule. 

As if casting out demons isn’t hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it. Nesy is the best of the Sentinals. She never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan. 

He is evil incarnate; a fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate. But she can’t, because he’s also the love of her former life as a human girl—a life that ended too soon, tying her to emotions she was never supposed to feel. 

Now Nesy must choose between doing her duty—damning Aydan to the fiery depths of hell—or saving him, and condemning herself. And her choice may cost her, and Celestium, far more than anyone realizes. 

How much will she sacrifice for love?

My thoughts: Nessy is a warrior angel, or a sentinel. Her job is to kill the UnHoly, or fallen angels, and protect the souls of the humans living on Earth.

She is very good at her job, one of the best, until her latest assignment. Her job is to dispatch  Ayden. He has sucked the souls out of many people.  He is an UnHoly.  There is much more to him than meets the eye.

Unfortunately for her this job is not simple. Ayden is bring out many feelings and buried memories of her time on Earth. He may possibly be the love of her Earthly existence, Adam.

How can an angel kill the one that she still loves? That is the dilemma in this story.

The book is an emotional journey. Nessy and Ayden alternate point of view. The reader is able to see where their emotions are and the memories that they share. We see why they made their decisions in the past and why they make their decisions in the present.

I was intrigued by the story and loved the exploration of redemption. When is it too late to be redeemed?

There is some violence and kissing. There isn't anything in this book that I would be overly concerned with letting teens read it.

About Christine Fonseca:

School psychologist by day, critically acclaimed YA and nonfiction author by night, Christine Fonseca believes that writing is a great way to explore humanity. Her debut YA Gothic series, The Requiem Series, including DIES IRAE and LACRIMOSA, examines the role of redemption, sacrifice and love. Her nonfiction titles include 101 SUCCESS SECRETS FOR GIFTED KIDS and EMOTIONAL INTENSITY IN GIFTED STUDENTS.

When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can be sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. Catch her daily thoughts about writing and life on her blog.

For more information about Christine Fonseca or the series, visit her website – or her blog 

Opportunity to win a Nook:  Christine and her friend Heather McCorkle are having a contest.  Whoever posts reviews on the major retailer (Amazon, B&N) can have their name placed in  a drawing for swag and a Nook.  This is a fan contest, so whatever your rating, you have to indicate you are a fan.  The books are Christine's "Lacrimosa" and short "Dies Irae", and Heather's Spruce Knoll novels.  The contest runs from March 25 to April 15th.  You can get your copy by clicking on the link below!

1 comment:

  1. This is definitely a neat concept :) I need to grab a copy of Starters, it sounds like everyone loves it.

    Thanks for the great review :)
    -Jac @ For Love and Books


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