This is a four book series that has to be read in consecutive order:
Descent, Crash, Soar, Rapture
Adelaide Tate, or Addie to her friends, has one goal in life – to join the Red Guard. Since the Outbreak, humans have worked alongside the Fae and the Vampyrs to prevent the Demons from rising again. From a young age Addie had dreamed of being the first human female to enter the Red Guard but when the time comes will she succeed or does fate and the Fae have a different future planned for her.
Addie is a kick-ass, no nonsense girl who, when the time comes, realises that there is more to her than what she has been lead to believe. Xander Bane, a Fallen and head of House Bane, has always known there was something special about Addie and vowed to keep her safe. But just who is he keeping her safe from? Xander and Addie have a special love that transcends the Earthly realms but it is a forbidden love.
Through the course of the series there will be love, friendship, betrayal and heartache.
I was impressed with the first two books. There was lots of action and character building, the plot line was intense and it felt that Addie would be able to shine in all her glory during the third and forth books, unfortunately I do not think this happened. Don’t get me wrong the basis of the story was still strong but the characters just didn’t connect. To me Addie became very high maintenance and I wondered why any of the men (yes, there are multiple love interests) were in love with her, and the love/hate relationship she had with Xander became a bit annoying after a while. There were lots of secrets and mistrust between everyone and nobody seemed to know which side they should be on. I think my biggest problem with books three and four is that Addie lost the strength of will she possessed in the first two books. She took control of her demon but it was as though the demon never even existed later on.
Saying all that…the story was very interesting and exciting, and on the whole I did enjoy this series. I will read more by Sloane Murphy in the future.
Rating: 5/5 for books 1 & 2, 4/5 for books 3 & 4
Six hundred years after The Outbreak, the human population stand side by side with the Fae & the Vampyrs to stop the Demon King from starting a second Dark War.
Seventeen year old Adelaide Tate is in her last year of the Academy, with her eyes set on becoming part of the Red Guard.
Who cares that no female has ever joined?
When a dark force develops an unhealthy liking for her, Adelaide needs to fight for her life and figure out what makes her so different from the others.
Betrayal. Fear. Anger.
She must overcome it all in order to turn her world the right way around again.
Adelaide has one choice. Accept the help offered to her by Xander Bane, or face the Demon Hoard alone.
One thing is for sure. The descent will be bloody.
In that one moment everything changed. Everything I thought I knew shattered with just a few words.
Who knew the truth could be so devastating.
I need to decide which side to take. But can I even trust myself?
She’s gone, but I’ll scorch the earth to find her if that’s what it takes.
I’ll call upon friend and foe for the battle that is to come. The fires of hell couldn’t keep me from her and whoever
thinks they can take what is mine, is going to regret it for all time.
One thing is for sure. The Crash could ruin us all.
There is only so much one person can endure before they break.
There was nothing I ever wanted less than to be Princess at the Royal Court. After devastation rocked my whole world, the return of my mother doesn’t seem like the dream it was supposed to be.
I know how to be a warrior. I have no idea how to be a princess…
With her whole world turned upside down, and her heart still broken, who will Addie be at the end of it all?
Hearts can break, faith can plummet, but souls can Soar.
I never wanted to lie to her, but I knew I couldn’t keep her safe if she knew.
I hurt her, more than I ever wanted to and I have to live with that each day that I’m away from her. But one day she’ll know, that every day spent away from her was hell.
Watching her move on.
Watching her change.
But it will all be worth it once she’s safe.
Even if she doesn’t know it, she is my Rapture.