Title: Neverlove (Shadow Jumpers #1)
Author: Angela Brown
Publisher: Xpresso Book tours
Pub Date: Jan 30, 2015
Type: YA Fantasy Pages: 264 Content Rating: Normal
Avid Reader Time: 1.34 hr
For a girl born of privilege and a young man bred for status, life truly sucks. And what was love but a twisted thing or currency to earn from unloving parents? At least, until they meet each other…
Abigail – Abused to the point of defeat, seventeen doesn’t seem a bad age to die. Surviving suicide leads her to a second chance at V’Salicus Academy to become a Cleanser, a protector of lost souls.
Basil – Perfection is the key to earning his parents’ love. A slip of the tongue lands him in service to hell as the devil’s newest Harvestor, a collector of lost souls to feed his new master’s constant craving.
As with angels and demons, love is forbidden for Cleansers and Harvestors, yet it is the forbidden that is most alluring. When their paths cross, true love is what Abigail and Basil finally discover in each other. Can they hold tight to their love, or will duty trump all, leaving them both to a fate of Neverlove? -Book Description from Netgalley
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This is not a book for those who don’t like hard realism in their fantasy. Even though this is a YA novel it deals with some mature issues. Rape, Sexual abuse, Emotional abuse and suicide is just a few of the topics that touched at. The main character is raped her father in the beginning of the book and then tries to commit suicide. That being said, I really don’t like books that uses rape as a plot device. It automatically puts me off. I understand that it happens and that it’s a terrible thing. Yes, it gives insta-empathy to the character; But I just don’t like it being used to point out a hard life.
Neverlove deals with broken teens that end up on opposite ends of the spectrum. Abigail with her trauma, who tried to take her own life ends up at V’Salicus Academy to become a cleanser. Basically, an angel who collects lost souls. Then we have Basil, who makes a joke about selling his soul to be the perfect son his mother wants him to be. He then dies via accident. He ends up a Harvester, demon, to collect lost souls. I have issue with Basil’s start. If a joke, even if it was said in the presence of the so called King of Hell, should not be a binding contract to sell his soul. It may because I watch too much Supernatural, but I don’t think it works that way. I felt that it was a bit sloppy.
I am in limbo for this book. There were points with lots of description. Then there were points in the story that had not enough. It started off with a steady pace, but seemed to lose its momentum. It dragged in the middle and then picked back up in the last chapter. I needed more information regarding Cleanser Vs Harvester. How they got their powers and what chose their weapons. Or even why Abigail was a reincarnation Cleanser. There were more question then answers. All in all, Neverlove felt rushed.
Don’t get me wrong Angela Brown writes very flowing scenes. She does action with style. I just didn’t feel like there was enough information sprinkled throughout the plot. There was great suspense building. Neverlove had an intensity that kept me reading regardless of my feelings for the book. Overall, 3 out of 5. A debut novel that was singular in its premise. But lacked on the execution. Comment below your thoughts on the book and which Angel/Demon books you have liked.