Review | Extinguish by @JMDarhower

21 July 2013


Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 266

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I Declare War

Serah always believed the world around her was perfect. As a Power, one of the warrior angels, she has spent her existence defending the innocent from evil. After tragedy strikes, tearing Serah's brother from her life, she's given the task of stopping the approaching apocalypse before it's too late.

Only one thing, though: she has to venture to Hell to do it.

Lucifer-or Luce, as he prefers to be called-has been biding his time in Hell, longing for revenge against those who oh-so-easily cast him into the pit. When the heavenly beauty shows up at his gate, he's just as captivated by her presence as she becomes of him. The attraction between them is palpable, and Serah's willpower slowly slips. How can this charming creature, this scarred Archangel, be the one annihilating the world she so loves?

As the war wages on, the world entwined in chaos, Serah starts questioning everything she ever knew. When the light and dark, hot and cold, finally collide, she has to make a choice-a choice that sets her world on fire, black and white exploding into colorful flames.

Serah has questions. She wants answers.

Luce just wants to play a game.

JM Darhower was kind enough to send me an ARC of Extinguish in exchange for a review after I read it. I'm a huge fan of her other book, Sempre and as soon as I heard that angels would be the theme in Extinguish I knew I wanted to read. Anyone who knows my reading habits knows I love a good angel story and boo did Extinguish live up to that.

I normally read books around angels that involve some kind of human reaction so it was nice to read something that was purely centred on the domain of angels and their fight to end the never-ending war with Lucifer and impending apocalypse. Which is where Sereh comes in. She has been given the task of going to hell and trying to talk down Lucifer and end the ongoing war.

She goes there reluctantly at first but then she meets Lucifer and things change, she begins to talk to him and he infuriates her. He makes her doubt everything she has every known about her world, about the archangels (one of which she is dating) and the fate of her brother who has fallen.

As I was reading Extinguish I felt like I was reading something I'd never read before, it was a welcome and refreshing change for me. I loved getting to know Lucifer in this through his card games with Sereh that he plays (or so Sereh believes) on the promise that if he loses he will answer Sereh's questions but of course, this is Lucifer, and things aren't as they seem. He uses Sereh to get what he has always wanted and ruins Sereh's life in the process.

Despite being a short novel (not quite a novella but not as long as books I normally read) you got so much from the characters and their interactions. I loved reading Sereh's scenes with Michael after she met Lucifer, you could feel the undercurrent of her relationship with them both when she's interacting with Michael and the effect Lucifer is having on how she sees him. You really feel the difference between them, particularly after on revelation from Lucifer in regard to Sereh's fallen brother.

If you love novels based around angels then I urge you to read Extinguish, it's such a great read.

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