Tainted: Book One of the Blood Lily Chronicles by Julie Kenner.
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Description: Lily Carlyle has lied, cheated, and stolen her way through life.
But in death, she’ll really get to be bad…
When her little sister is brutalized, a vengeful Lily determines to exact her own justice. She succeeds at the cost of her own life, but as she lies dying, she is given a second chance. Lily can earn her way into Paradise by becoming an assassin for the forces of good.
It’s the job Lily believes she can really get into — but she doesn’t realize that she may not be able to get out.
The Bibliomaniacâ€™s’s Review:
Julie Kennerâ€™s newest book strikes a wonderful balance between urban fantasy and paranormal romance.Â A casual, catchy first-person point of view peppered with slightly more four-letter-words than the genre usually bears, mingled with a kick-ass heroine and a dangerous, smoking-hot hero makes for an excellent read.
The protagonist, luckless Lily Carlyle, sets out to avenge her younger sisterâ€™s rape by killing her sisterâ€™s attacker.Â The scumbag dies, but he doesnâ€™t die easy.Â Lily goes down fighting, and wakes up from her own murder in another womanâ€™s body.Â The action starts the moment she opens her eyes and realizes sheâ€™s about to die all over again — only this time, at the hands of a disgusting demon instead of the rapist.Â She slaughters the demon and gets away, only to meet up with Clarence, who tells her that sheâ€™s been chosen to close the Ninth Gate of Hell and prevent the Apocalypse.
If Lily — now calling herself Alice Purdue — finds it hard to listen to Clarence, itâ€™s only because he looks like a cross between frog and man.Â Eventually, her new mentorâ€™s words sink in, and she takes to her new job: assassin of demons.Â Learning how to kill demons isnâ€™t much fun, but things take a turn for the better when she meets Deacon Camphire, the darkly-gorgeous bad boy who seems to be as good at killing demons as she is.
Too bad she doesnâ€™t know which side heâ€™s on: hersâ€¦or theirs.
Throw in Zane, whoâ€™s teaching her how to fight, and whoâ€™s as delicious as Deacon is, and Lilyâ€™s sister Rose — who may not be as safe as Lily originally thought — and you have a book that pulls you along effortlessly with every page turned.Â The plot twist and cliffhanger ending were frustrating only because I really didnâ€™t want to wait for even a month to find out what happened next.Â (The second book in the series, Torn, is due for release in December 2009.)Â Wholly recommended.
This review is based on a free review copy received from the publisher/author.