Extinguish by J.M. Darhower Review

Release Date: May 19th, 2013
Summary from Goodreads:
One… Two… Three… Four…I Declare War

Serah always believed the world around her was perfect. As a Power, one of the warrior angels, she has spent her existence defending the innocent from evil. After tragedy strikes, tearing Serah’s brother from her life, she’s given the task of stopping the approaching apocalypse before it’s too late.

Only one thing, though: she has to venture to Hell to do it.

Lucifer—or Luce, as he prefers to be called—has been biding his time in Hell, longing for revenge against those who oh-so-easily cast him into the pit. When the heavenly beauty shows up at his gate, he’s just as captivated by her presence as she becomes of him. The attraction between them is palpable, and Serah’s willpower slowly slips. How can this charming creature, this scarred Archangel, be the one annihilating the world she so loves?

As the war wages on, the world entwined in chaos, Serah starts questioning everything she ever knew. When the light and dark, hot and cold, finally collide, she has to make a choice—a choice that sets her world on fire, black and white exploding into colorful flames.

Serah has questions. She wants answers.
Luce just wants to play a game.

Review:

Extinguish was a pleasant surprise. I don’t read a lot of books about angels, I’m not sure why, but this has enticed me to start. Even if you’re not a fan of paranormal/supernatural/angels/demons/whatever, you NEED to read this book.

Serah is an angel who spends her days at the playground with her friend Hannah, watching over the children that play there. Serah is a Power, destined to protect innocents for her entire immortal existence. Assumedly she should be protecting thousands of people every day, however, I found it interesting that she, along with her brother Samuel, spent so much time fixated on one family. They followed this family from its creation until the present.

Another interesting and slightly shocking aspect of this story is that Serah is in a relationship with Michael. Yes, that Michael, the Archangel. It was bizarre to me that two angels could get together without there being consequences.

In addition to Michael being in a relationship with Serah and also an Archangel, he’s the twin brother of the most infamous Archangel of all-time. Yep, you guessed right, Lucifer himself. We are introduced to Satan/Lucifer/Luce through Serah. She is tasked with meeting Lucifer and convincing him to stop the infinite war that has been raging between Heaven and Hell for millennia.

The story has a nice flow to it, making it easy to read. It flashes between the past and present so flawlessly that I didn’t feel disjointed or confused. Through the flashbacks we get to know Samuel, Michael, and Serah a little better. Samuel is a bit of a rebel for an angel. He seems to always be pushing the limits of good and more often than not he gets Serah to do things she isn’t entirely comfortable with. It’s obvious that both Serah and Samuel have a lot of love for each other and Samuel strives to make Serah happy.

As the story progresses we also get to know Luce, he abhors being called Satan, a little bit better. His choices are given reason and he turns out to be quite an interesting character. His conversations with Serah are rife with the questions of “What is good?” and “What is evil?” I found myself wondering the same thing throughout the whole book, and wondered about the gray areas of good/evil I was seeing.

I think most people know the tale of Satan. He was an Archangel who defied God and thus was cast to Hell to spend all eternity. Darhower shed a little light on what it might be like for Lucifer in Hell. I have never in my whole life thought I’d feel empathy towards Satan, but in this book I felt a whole lot of it. I feel a little guilty typing those words! I also feel a little guilty for rooting for one of the MOST scandalous book couples in the history of ever. One’s and angel and the other is the Devil. What could be more scandalous than that? However, I must admit I was rooting for them and felt a certain amount of disdain for Michael. It’s a sign of a good author when I can feel conflicted reading their story. I loved that Serah is so pure and good that she can see the beauty in all things, even Luce. I also love that Luce was able to take his stone-cold heart and put  it to good use.

Overall, I think this book is tricky. I personally enjoyed it and the implications of a gray area between good and evil. It also serves as a great discussion for what those two things really mean. However, I know that this book could offend some people so there’s that chance. I would recommend it, because I think it’s a really great story and really makes you think but if you’re not into retellings of a religious context this might not be for you.

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