Lacrimosa (Requiem #1) by Christine Fonseca
*Copy provided by the author for review through the ARR program on GoodReads.
Published: March 21st 2012
Publisher: Compass Press
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?
Tell me about the plot...
Nesy is a Sentinal, a warrior Angel who serves Mikayel. She’s the best at the job. And she gets one of the most important missions for a Sentinal: to vanish the UnHoly one.
Aydan is the Dark One’s apprentice. He feeds on humans souls to feed the rest of the Dark Creatures.
But they’re more than that, they both share a common past and when they meet again, everything they fought to forget comes back.
Can Nesy let go of her feelings for Aydan and send him to the abyss? Or will Aydan remember his past and his love for Nesy will be stronger that his bond to Azzaziel?
Female Main Character
I loved Nesy’s character. She vanishes demons and Dark Creatures like no other. She’s strong and determined, and she is easy to connect with. When she sees Aydan she can’t do her job. Suddenly she’s reminded of her time as a human and her time with the only person she ever loved. As her memories unfold and we discovered who she was and how she got to be a Sentinal, Nesy faces some pretty hard choices: She has to be loyal to Celestium, to her order and their cause but she has feelings she shouldn’t. She learns her time as human was hiding more mysteries than she thought and her once human sister may be the key to Azzaziel.
What about the hottie of the book?
Aydan is... the bad boy. He enjoys making people suffer. Sucking their souls. But his character is so much more complicated than that. When he lost Nesy, he was full of anger and sorrow and Azzaziel offered a way out for those feelings. Now that he finds her again he knows he can’t take the last 500 years back and he can’t break the deals he made long ago, but his love for her makes him fight it as much as possible. He’s a real sweetheart at times, but he must do what his master wants.
What was the best part?
I liked the way the events unfold. It’s a pretty fast paced novel. At some points some things were predictable, but it didn’t made it any less enjoyable.Also, the emotions of the characters felt real and raw. The confusion they feel, the pain and the love makes it a really emotional and awesome book.
What you didn’t like about the book?
There was one mistake I thought was pretty important... but we’ll talk about it later.
Anything else I should know about this?
This is the first novel in a series called Requiem. The prequel is called DIES IRAE (Get it for free for Kindle here) and the novella following Lacrimosa is called MEA CULPA, it give us Zane (one of Nesy’s friends) POV of the book.
About the Author
Critically acclaimed nonfiction and YA author Christine Fonseca is dedicated to helping children of all ages find their voice in the world. Drawing on her expertise as an educational psychologist, her nonfiction titles address issues of emotional intensity, resiliency and giftedness. In fiction, she explores the darker aspects of humanity and delivers gothic thrillers that take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. In life, she teaches her own children to embrace their unique talents and find their voice by being a force of positive change in the world.
When she’s not writing or developing programs to support children with exceptional needs, she can be found spending time with her family, sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about Christine Fonseca or her books, visit her WEBSITE or her BLOG