Thursday, November 24, 2011

Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda

Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda
Pages: 327
Publisher: Puffin
Release Date: May 7th, 2009
Rating: 4.5/5

As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn’t normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a soldier in her order’s ancient battle against the Unholy.

Billi’s cloistered life is blasted apart when her childhood friend, Kay, returns from Jerusalem, gorgeous and with a dangerous chip on his shoulder. He’s ready to reclaim his place in Billi’s life, but she’s met someone new: amber-eyed Michael, who seems to understand her like no one else, effortlessly claiming a stake in her heart.

But the Templars are called to duty before Billi can enjoy the pleasant new twist to her life. One of the order’s ancient enemies has resurfaced, searching for a treasure that the Templars have protected for hundreds of years—a cursed mirror powerful enough to kill all of London’s firstborn.

To save her city from catastrophe, Billi will have to put her heart aside and make sacrifices greater than any of the Templars could have imagined.

Devil's Kiss is about a girl named Bilqis, or Billi. Her mother was killed by the Unholy, and her father is part of a group called the Knights Templar, fighters of the Unholy. Billi is training to be part of them.

The book starts off with a bang with Billi trying to pass her Ordeal. One must pass the Ordeal in order to be part of the Templar. The first line was was purely epic, for lack of a better word.

Killing him should be easy; he's only six.

Really, how awesome is that?!

Unfortunately, it slowed down quite a bit after the first couple chapters. Almost to the point where I just didn't want to pick up the book.

Billi was a strong character, but she was also flawed. This made her very enjoyable. Her relationship with her best friend, Kay, was also quite adorable. I found myself loving Kay from when he was first introduced. He's just so...innocent, but at the same time, a major bad-ass.

Kay was a very disturbed child, as he is an Oracle. The Templar knights found him when he was young and took him in. He'd have nightmares every night, and pretty much jump just at the sight of his shadow. He'd talk to things no one else could see, and have fits where he'd scream God-knows-what in several different languages.

Disturbed. Child.

I loved him so much!

The story did pick up again when Billi met Mike, the mysterious boy with amber eyes and tattoos stretching across his neck and torso. She couldn't help but be allured by this boy. So allured that she was blinded by his hideous secrets.

If I said any more, I'd be spoiling the whole book.

This book, though, is painfully obvious if you know anything about the Bible/angelology/ect.

The ending of the book made me tear up, and I really want to read the next book to see what happens. The ending was just not fair!

This was surprisingly a really good book. Don't be fooled by the synopsis. It is A LOT deeper than it sounds.

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