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{September 20, 2011}   {ARC Review} The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen (The Mephisto Covenant #1)

From Goodreads: Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.

A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.

With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?


Egmont USA has been extremely gracious to allow me to read a copy of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on September 27th, and I must say this is an amazing book.  I am thankful that I was able to read it early, and now I’m dying for the sequel, and the first book hasn’t even technically released yet!  Faegen is a very talented writer that pulled me into her novel through her superb prose and wonderful storyline.

To be honest, I was originally interested in this book because of the beautiful cover.  The synopsis sounded okay, but it didn’t really pull me in and I was a little afraid I wouldn’t care for the book.  In my personal opinion, the synopsis doesn’t do this novel justice, by any means, and I was extremely pleased to find out that my original skepticism was unfounded.  This is a beautiful novel.  Faegen has created a truly riveting story that I personally found to be unique and refreshing, and I am absolutely, one hundred percent, in love with Jax.  He is HOT!  The characterization is amazing throughout the entire novel and I feel like I personally know Jax and Sasha.  The suspense and anxiety within the novel was palpable, and I could literally feel my heart beating faster as the book unfolded, diving deeper into the scary realms of cultish activity.  This is a great novel, all around, however, reader beware:  there is an intense sex scene within the novel that I personally didn’t think belonged.  An allusion to it would have been fine, but this is quite graphic and I was disheartened that Faegen decided she needed to go there in her writing.  I thought the book was perfect without it.  Call me old school, but I can’t knowingly give this to a young adult because this type of graphic sensuality isn’t something I think they need to read about—they get enough of that on TV and in music as it is.  That aside, though, this is a great novel!  Four and a half stars.    4.5 stars

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