Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Review: Death's Hand - By S.M Reine

Author: S.M. Reine
Release Date:10/21/2011
Purchase Info: Amazon, Smashwords

Policing relations between Heaven, Hell, and Earth is messy and violent, but Elise Kavanagh and James Faulkner excelled at it-- until coming across a job so brutal that even they couldn't stand to see one more dead body. Now they've been pretending to be normal for five years, leaving their horrific history a dark secret. Elise works in an office. James owns a business. None of their friends realize they used to be one of the world's best killing teams.

After years of hiding, something stirs. Bodies are vanishing. Demons scurry in the shadows of the night. A child has been possessed. Some enemies aren't willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead...

First Thoughts:  I WANT TO SEE THIS AS A MOVIE!!

Elise is seriously some major type of BAD-ASS.
Yeah, OK, so she's an accountant. But she's also a retired demon-death-bringer, (yes I made that title up) who welds 2 swords of awesomeness!

After almost losing her life to a mega-evil spirit, Elise decides that retirement from demon hunting is the best way to regain normalcy in her life. Keeping a low profile and staying under the radar in a world full of shadows & creatures unknown is hard to do when they all know you by name, and reputation. Now there's buzz that Death's Hand is looking for the ideal vessel to take over the world in. Elise knows that this could mean someone, or something, could start looking for her. With her "shield", James, by her side she feels as though she's got things under control & figured out. But Death's Hand doesn't want Elise, it wants something far more precious to her...

Freakin' loved, loved, loved this book from page #1!
Elise is TOTALLY my kind of bad ass heroine. She totally reminds me of Anita Blake, but with a bigger attitude & some killer swords. As you meet Elise you immediately can tell that she doesn't want to get her hands dirty anymore, so when she's suckered into exorcising a little girl, THAT'S when things start getting interesting. Zombies, necromancers, evil spirits, crazy witches, there are so many paranormal peaks in this book I was amazed at how the author balanced it all so well. Throughout the book the dialogue jumps from Elise to James, and even to a couple other side characters, but surprisingly it wasn't jumbled or hard to follow because the plot, side plots & heart-wrenching surprises kept extremely fast paced and hard to put down!
All in all this book would have received 6 stars from me if it was possible. By far one of my top 10 reads of the year! It was refreshing, unique and pulled at all of my emotions. I am hoping & begging for the sequel, but only time will tell if S.M will grace us with another epic tale from Elise's book.




BookLuvr Mindy said...

Sounds good! Great review.

Taking it One Book at a Time said...

Mindy it's awesomeness!

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

Wow! This book sounds like it has it all! I love your enthusiasm for Death's Hand.
Great review!