13040826Next on the reading docket: Rapture by J.R Ward, book number 4 in her Fallen Angels series.

So quick catch up first: the first three books of the series are called Covet, Crave, and Envy.  And the basis of the series is that God and the Devil have gotten tired of duking it out for our eternal souls.  So they decided on one final contest.  Seven souls, seven chances.  Whoever has the most souls wins, and winner takes all.

Both sides got together, chose the souls, chose a single champion that had as equal parts good and evil in him as you could find in a mortal, and set him to work finding each soul in turn and trying to save/damn them, depending on which side was influencing him the most.

And that’s the premise.  Now I admit I was very disappointed in book one, Covet.  The lead female was pretty weak and wimpy, and the guy was really whiny.  So I didn’t have much hope for the series.  Thankfully though, Crave was better and renewed my faith in the series so I have kept on it.  Rather glad I did too.

Now as far as I am concerned, right now at this very moment, the Fallen Angels will never be as good as Black Dagger Brotherhood, but it is still enjoyable nonetheless.  We’re introduced to the Jim Heron, a former ultra special secret ops guy who died, was hijacked on his way to the ever after and told in no uncertain terms that the fate of the world rested on his shoulders.  So Jim was turned into an angel and sent back to earth to find these seven souls and lead them to the crossroads of their life that would either save or damn them.

And on the other side of the chessboard, we have Devina.  A walking talking corpse with mega powers, OCD, more than a little bit of a crush on our fallen angel Heron, her own therapist, and a gorgeous brunette meatsuit that is the envy of every woman who sees her.  It’s strongly implied that Devina is the devil himself (or herself as the case may be) but I for some reason I doubt that.  I think only time will tell if I’m right on that one or not.  Now Devina’s job is to indirectly influence the souls to her side, or directly manipulate Heron to do the same.

Needless to say, the first two books are predictable in the outcome.  Good wins in Covet, bad in Crave, but the curve ball comes early in Envy, when not only does bad win, but the Maker (aka God) calls a redo because the devil in the red dress cheated.  Well duh.  So the start of Rapture is the reset of the previous round, with the same soul up for grabs from either side.

My favorite of the series so far.  I really liked the leading man and his lady, and we learn a lot more about Devina and Heron both personally and as a ‘couple’ for lack of a better term.  Heron is all kinds of messed up, just like Devina likes them so that’s going to be interesting to see.

I also really enjoyed the ending.  In some ways it’s everything you would imagine happening from the beginning, and in some ways vastly different.  I like it when an author can surprise you like that and actually have it make sense.

Enjoy folks.

More zombies!  Resident Evil: Caliban Cove by S.D. Perry is next.

221269THEY KNEW IT WASN’T OVER….In the aftermath of their ordeal through the Umbrella Corporation’s genetic research facility, the surviving members of the Special Tactics and Rescue Squad (S.T.A.R.S.) attempt to warn the world about the conspiracy to create terrifying biological weapons. But the conspiracy is far from dead, as the S.T.A.R.S. learn when they are declared outlaws by the very people who trained them. Forced to go underground, the S.T.A.R.S. resolve to battle the conspiracy on their own, determined to seek out and stop Umbrella’s experiments wherever they may be.

Combat medic and biochemist Rebecca Chambers, the sole survivor of Bravo Team, joins a new S.T.A.R.S. strike force when rumor comes of another Umbrellaexperiment: hidden beneath the rocky cliffs of Caliban Cove, Maine, someone isbuilding an army of the undead. Within a sinister lighthouse, through a complexmaze of sea caves, inside the shell of a sunken shipwreck, the S.T.A.R.S. mustbattle more unspeakable horrors and stop a madman from unleashing the biohazardupon the world.

But the S.T.A.R.S. may never get the chance, as the aggressive DNA-altering virus Umbrella has engineered to create its living weapons begins to infect “them….”