In The Crossfire is Ebook starsTrigger Warning scenes with torture and abuseDisclaimer I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review The world as you
In The Crossfire is Ebook 4.5/5 starsTrigger Warning: scenes with torture and abuseDisclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. The world as you know it, is gone. Humans are being hunted by both demons and seraphs. Sky was not someone who ever thought that she would be captured alive. But she was. She thought she knew who to trust, she thought she knew the truth. She could never have been more wrong. This is Sky’s story.“I was to forever be stuck in this space, in the crossfire of two species who did not belong on earth.” I would like to thank the outstanding and amazing writer, Yelena Lugin, for contacting me to read and review her book, In the Crossfire. I was immediately enthralled by the title and after reading the summary I know I would like this book...and boy was I right! I was more than right, I absolutely loved reading this book and I can’t wait for the next one, Breaking of Chains. The scenes and descriptions made you feel like you were there with the characters, and the characters themselves were flushed out and were developed very well. If you are looking for a book that is long enough that you will get a full story out of it with amazing characters and writing this is the book for you!“‘What happened to you?’ Barakiel observed Luke when we stepped off the bus.‘Girl fight.’ Heath answered.And as if Barakiel knew, he turned to me. ‘Well you look fine.’ He said.”I was very skeptical of Sky being our main character at first. I felt like we were going to have another girl is better fighter than even the seasoned warriors because she lived in constant threat for a couple years. But it wasn’t that way at all! Sky is of course a great fighter but that's with years of not only being out in the wilderness fighting demons but training with her mother, an angel. Her half angel half human blood, halfling, does make herspecialand gives her some added strengths, but it also sets her back. Demons want her to hunt down Angels and Angels want to kill her. All of her life she was taught to keep her angel side hidden and fight with her human reflexes. After being kidnapped by the Angels, in particular Nathanial an attractive prince, her secret is even harder to keep. Her character was very complex and continues to develop throughout the book. Following Sky and those she keeps close to her fight to survive kept me on the edge of my seat.“I will face the world with you, Sky. From the deepest pit of the ocean, to the highest cloud in the sky.”There wasn't another character in this book that I could classify as a main character. I felt like Sky was pretty much our main focus, even her love interest didn’t have a humongous role. I felt like this added to the feeling of abandonment. Books about another creature or species taking over Earth are always given a huge backstory. This is how they took over, this is what they wanted, the world is in shambles, and people are trying to survive in small groups. But, I feel like we never really get to experience our main character feeling truly alone. Being alone and feeling alone are two completely different things. I can be surrounded by people in a room and still feel completely isolated. And we finally get that feeling in this book, we get to see Sky battle the isolation in every chapter, no matter if she was with friends or in the training room fighting demons one on one. She always had that feeling of isolation and that, for me, made the book a hundred times more intense and in a way makes you empathize for her even more.“‘So, Nathanial, what am I?’ My eyes narrowed, waiting for an answer.He loosed an aggravated sigh, rubbing the back of his neck with a hand.‘You’re a damn headache.’”One of the main angels we get to meet on a verypersonallevel was Prince Nathanial. He is a very complex and interesting person. Right when you think you have him figured out he goes and switches it up on you. You never know what he is going to do, especially when it comes to Sky. There is always that aspect of uncertainty in young-adult relationships because no one wants to be the first one to admit that they like, or are in love with, the other. But, I feel like Sky and Nathanial had a pretty open relationships. Granted people said things they didn’t mean but all in all they were better than the other young-adult relationships I’ve read. Go figure, an angel and a halfling can have a better relationship than two humans.“The sun is out, dark one. You're a coward in the day. Go crawl back into your smelly basement, where you can pretend to be all big and strong.”There wasn’t a set in stone villain throughout the story. At first you think it’s going to be the demons that take over the world but then the angels were cast in a pretty bad light. Then the worst character of all time, Samuel, comes into the picture. He is basically an angel demon hybrid. He looks like an angel, but if you cut him black blood would come seeping out. Rumors spread of Samuel and his sadistic practices, but no one wants to put their head under the dark princes boot. They’d rather turn their head when they hear a girl screaming for help, or walk the other direction when they smell something putrid down one of his hallways. Everyone in the book seems to be wary of him, but no one has the guts to really stand up against him...except for Sky. Sky does have her moments of utter stupidity, and most of those moments are fueled by Samuel. Many people scolded her for her actions but a good amount of the humans and even angels were in awe of her strength. The only comment I have to make is: when you kick an animal, it’ll bite.“‘Me?’ Surely I had misheard her, I thought she had said I needed a dress.‘Well it's not for us.’ Max chimed in.‘Nawh Max, I’m sure you have a lovely pair of legs.’ Heath winked at him.”We may not have had another character with a huge role other than Sky, but we did have a great set of secondary characters. Everything from sadistic rapists to an goofy angel that helped Sky get through her tough times. I can’t pick my favorite character from this great cast because I was able to relate almost all of them. Even the bad characters had a couple redeeming qualities, except for Samuel. Some on the honorable mentions were definitely Heath, Barakiel, and Kat. Every character had a unique personality and relationship with Sky that kept the book moving.“I’m going to kill Max and Heath,I promised myself, who gives a girl alcohol and leaves her outside in the cold, on a hive, surrounded by deadly angels.” The relationships were some of the best parts of this book. Both the platonic and romantic relationships were changing throughout the story. People you thought would be by your side, change allegiances, and others that you thought would be your enemy turn out to be one of your most valued allies. The relationship between Sky and her love interest, Nathanial, is very...interesting. In the beginning it does have a lot of parallels to other young-adult romances, but as they grew as people, and in turn grew their relationship, things began to change.“‘He is a fool. And when we are through with you, we will bring him to his knees, and that's something I would really, really love to see.’ The glint in her eye was dangerous.”Yelena Lugin’s writing style is beautiful. It had the perfect balance of description and dialogue. I feel like I focus so much on this balance, but it’s really important. There were a couple moments where you were sucked into this vortex of descriptions, or pages of no dialogue whatsoever. But, all in all the book was well balanced. It flowed well and you felt like you were there with the characters. I read more than half this book in one sitting because it’s so addicting! Experiencing this journey with Sky, Kat, Nathanial, everyone both human and angel. The decision to keep it first person with one POV was a great choice! You never left Sky’s mind, so you saw everything through her eyes. First person changes the reader's view on the story because you are hearing the main characters commentary but that’s what this book needed. It didn’t need a vague overview of clash of worlds, you need a story packed with emotion. Choosing Sky’s voice to be heard throughout the story was one of the best aspects of this book.“Silently he raised his hand pulling a small leaf that had been tangled in my hair, freeing it. ‘We males seem to be good at screwing with things that are good.’”The plot of In the Crossfire was fast paced and dangerous. Even when Sky was in “safety” I was still on the edge of my seat waiting for a new plot line to pop out of the woodwork, and I was not disappointed. The main plot wasn’t lost behind the other intricate plot points that were woven in over time. You can tell that Yelena Lugin knew where she wanted this story to go and what she wanted to come out of this book. The book was easy to read and gave you a warm feeling inside, perfect for getting out of a reading slump.“Fear keeps people alive. It shows you your limits.”Overall, this is one of my favorite books on 2016. In the beginning the story line seemed very simple but as the plot line and character grew it started to get more and more detailed. Nothing was over written or explained to the point of boredom, you knew what you needed to know and enough to get you started on your journey. You learned more about the angels and demons taking over the world with Sky as she started to learn more about them. It was a very easy and great way to show rather than tell the reader about the world they were reading about. If you are looking for a well-written book with romance, fighting, angels, demons, and lots of danger this is the book for you. Every time I picked up In the Crossfire my eyes stayed locked to the page and I couldn’t set it down. I will be waiting, impatiently, for the second book to come out. There is so much that was left unsolved and so much more to learn from this world! This is definitely a book you want to pick up.. The world as you know it, is gone There is a war waging on, greater than any war ever predicted by the human race They all believed that the end would come by human hands, by bombings, radiation, disease, or through the stripping of all Earth s natural recourses But that is not how it happened It was not by the human hand that the world was destroyed, at least not entiThe world as you know it, is gone There is a war waging on, greater than any war ever predicted by the human race They all believed that the end would come by human hands, by bombings, radiation, disease, or through the stripping of all Earth s natural recourses But that is not how it happened It was not by the human hand that the world was destroyed, at least not entirely Now humans are hunted Both demons and seraphs have established their territories where they live here on earth and both have evolved to use humans as their errand dogs They catch us, trap us, train us, and eventually we die in some horrific way This is what is left of us.As for me, well my father was human and my mother one of them, an Angel I am what they call a halfling, or Nephilim, and I try to survive in this god forsaken place This is my world now, or what s left of it.. A viral Books In The Crossfire *****You can read my full review here.*****In the Crossfire is a totally different book than the Aorra series. Crossfire deals with Seraphs and Hellions and how humans are caught in between. In the world of Crossfire, Seraphs and Hellions came to Earth about 40 years before the book takes place. The Hellions needed a world that they could devour, and the Seraphs needed to "protect" the humans; but our definition of protection and their definition of protection are two totally different things. In the eyes of the humans, there are no good guys; even other humans can't be trusted.A lot happens in the book to build up to what will happen in future books.Honestly, my favorite part of the book is the love story part of it. I've been needing a good love story and I've been too scared to read Me Before You because I'm not ready to cry my eyes out, so this provided a wonderful romance, or at least the beginning of one, and I'm excited to see what happens next between the characters.
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