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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?

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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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