I contacted this author about doing a book review on her book Wormwood. I stepped outside my genre in hopes of finding something fresh for my mind to absorb. The reviews preexisting were fabulous, so I had to get my hands on a copy of this book. Not to mention the trailer left you wanting to know the main characters, their struggles, and how it ended. I was pleasantly surprised that the book immediately jumped into the action. There was no long build-up I am used to. It grabbed your attention from the start.
100 Nephilim, super powerful half human half angels beings, are given the task to clean the earth of all human life. It is judgment day, and the Nephilim are tasked with returning all humans to their spiritual forms. Kali, in an attempt to escape the devastation, runs a trail to the top of a cliff where she finds Tiamat, someone she met 10 years prior. Tiamat, is actually one of the Nephilim who has destroyed her world and even killed her father. Tiamat struggles with his mission because he has a strong connection to the young woman named Kali. Kali’s survival is dependant on the one responsible for the totally obliteration of her world, she must learn to trust him even though he might have her own destruction in his plans.
The female character, Kali, is strong and very likable. You find yourself relating to her and her plight. She is not the usual damsel in distress you find in a lot of YA books. Kali is ready for battle, and she isn't about to let the Nephilim take the rest of humanity lying down. Throughout the book, Kali comes into contact with additional Nephilim and must do battle with more than one. She must stand and watch the one she loves as he falls. Kali must deal with the reality of her true father, not the loving man who raised her.
The strong male character Tamat is a complex nephilim stuck between his responsibilities and his moral sense of right versus wrong. I can relate to him very easily. who hasn't been in a battle with themselves to do the right or wrong thing? The weight of his guilt is tremendous. You can actually feel the weight on his shoulders.
You find yourself caught up in the story before you know it. The imagery projected makes you feel like you are right there in the book beside Kali. Like you can see the world through her eyes. It is so well written. I lost myself a few times, as if I was right there beside them battling the Nephilim.
The plight of Tiamat is one anyone can relate to. To fall in love with someone that he shouldn't, then is in limbo between responsibility and what he feels inside. You so what these characters to forget the angst between them and fall in love. However it is never that easy. Not even in the real world. Which makes you keep reading more to find out if they can put their past behind them and fall in love.
I adored this book. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. I was sucked into the world of Kali and Tiamat completely. I could put myself in this book, as if I was there, a part of their world.The sparks between the 2 main characters left you wanting more. I demand a sequel to know what happens. Do they fall in love? Can they leave their past behind them?
The only thing I found was there could have more dialogue. Other that it is a 5 star book. If you love post-apocalyptic stories this a must read. Even if your stepping out your genre for a breath of fresh air pick this up. I promise you won't be disappointed.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)