Sancte Diaboli: Part One by Amo Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Devil and his Angel!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤
The setting: The Elite Kings Club World (Hamptons, New York, Perdita Island)
The Hero(s): Brantley Vitiosis – was used and abused by his father when he was young. When Saint came to his home at two years old, he immediately took on the role of her protector and she became his responsibility. He owns her.
The heroine: Saint Dea Vitiosis – Saint is the daughter (silver swan) of Bishop’s father, Hector Hayes and Katsia Struprum, Tillie’s mother. Since she is considered a swan, she should have been killed as a baby, but Hector gave her to Lucien Vitiosis and Brantley to hide away.
The Love Story: The relationship between Brantley and Saint is an odd one, he protects her and it seems at the beginning anyway, that he has more brotherly feelings toward her than anything. Though he says he has always felt compelled to protect her, so there seems to be something more.
There are passages interspersed and told in italics in which the protagonist is a girl though it is hard to tell if it is supposed to be Saint or not. Though whomever it is certainly doesn’t seem as innocent as Saint, and she isn’t doing things we want for Saint. So it is a bit confusing.
While reading I often get caught up in the minutia, especially the differences in how the characters act and how I would act in similar situations. That seemed to happen quite a bit in this book. Like thinking why doesn’t this character just ask what is going on instead of wondering? Or why doesn’t this character just tell the other person what they know instead of it being so one sided?
Saint was new to the EKC and she new nothing of what goes on or how she fit in and nobody seemed willing to let her know. I found that odd but it did help with the mystery and suspense going on in the book. The book flipped around a lot, from the past to the present, to the thoughts of this girl who got herself into something over her head.
Like I said, it was a bit scattered, but it was also so very good. I wanted Brantley and Saint to get together, and though they kept saying how he was the devil, I have always liked him and with the way he protected her when he was younger, he was even more likable in this book. Though Brantley definitely has his demons and got them legitimately through a severely messed up childhood. For those of you with triggers, many of the things Brantley went trough are detailed via flashbacks, so be warned. If you read the previous books you know what some of those were.
Overall, the book is the best of the series so far. The relationship between Brantley and Saint goes through many stages in the time they have known each other, but it seems they were always destined to be together. The ending is totally chaotic and a huge cliffhanger, I am not even really sure what was going on, but I can’t wait for more!
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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