Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Devils Kiss by Sarwat Chadda

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Book Review: Devils Kiss by Sarwat Chadda

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Devils Kiss by  Sarwat Chadda
Grade 9 Up—Sarwat Chadda's fast-paced novel (Hyperion, 2009) combines modern London with a fantasy world of ghuls (vampire/ghoul), weres, the Grigori (fallen angels), the Knights Templar, Arthurian characters, and a dash of Harry Potter. Thanks to a prophesy, Bilquis (Billi) SanGreal is the only female member of the Knights Templar. Since she is also the youngest, she tries to combine school with a rigorous training and patrolling schedule which she resents. This makes her easy prey for the attention of Mike, a handsome and mysterious young man who appears to understand her better than anyone else. But Mike isn't what he appears. He's the Archangel Michael on a quest to bring forth his watcher brothers and sisters, trapped in the ether by Solomon's mirror—protected through the ages by the Templars. Filled with Biblical lore, magical words and symbols, and medieval history, the novel takes listeners on a roller-coaster ride, leading to a tumultuous denouement.

My Review
Have you ever felt blessed to have access to books? Or, much less simply, know how to read? When Sarwat Chadda puts pen to paper, it is brilliant. It is a privilege just to read his work. I actually felt like the author was doing me a favor by just writing this novel. I absolutely LOVED this book.
Billi was my favorite character, she's seventeen and totally kick-butt. She does not want her life, and feels very pressured by her father to do her duty as a Knights Templar. She's beautiful, talented, and smart. Billi just wants to go to school, have a boyfriend, and be normal. However, that's not what life has in store for her.  She's taught to fight and how to handle a sword by the very elite of Templars, and she's a natural. Chadda did such a great job writing about Billi and her distant relationship with her father. There where times that my heart really went out to Billi. She stayed so strong and did what she was told, even though she wasn't sure of her father's love. Billi's character is such a strong, clever, cheeky girl; yet so feminine.
 I was fascinated by the Knights Templar and what they went through to save all of humanity. The author was able to take a history lesson of the Knights Templar, throw in enough ghuls (ghouls), weres (werewolves) and vamps (vampires), to keep me on the edge of my seat. This book was so non-stop, fast paced, action/adventure, that I didn't mind the lack of romance. Believe me when I say, to keep my interest, I need romance. Well, not when Sarwat Chadda is writing. There was enough going on, that I didn't realize until waaaaay in the book that no one has been kissed. Kay, Billi's long time friend was a good addition to the story. I fell in love with his sarcasm and his protection of Billi. He was an Oracle and did his job well. I liked the way Billi and Kay worked off each other. It really made their characters deeper and more fascinating. Let me add (icing on the cake)... that someone does get kissed. There is a deep, underlying romance that is integrated so well that it doesn't require Chadda's description.  ~ Amy @readingteen2


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Profanity: mild
Sexual content: none
Violence: heavy
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22 comments:

  1. I was going to add the link to my blog sidebar, but I was wondering how to do that without the html. (I'm new at this blogging thing.....)

    Oh.....and the book sounds really good.

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  2. @Alyssa I just added the HTML code on the sidebar under the button. Try now, if it doesn't work just leave a comment and let me know. Good Luck :)

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  3. I read a recommendation of this book in a blog and I liked the plot because I love all linked with Medieval Time, Templars, etc. Besides, all appears supernatural things...I liked all even the cover ;)

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  4. I've been wanting to read the book like forever and entered so many giveways to win this but never be that lucky. Thanks for the chance!

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  5. Great review. It's been on my tbr list for a long time ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. That was a good review, I would love to read it.

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  7. Thanks for the great review. Love those book covers. Will be adding these to my reading.
    Sue B

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  8. Thanks for opening it internationally, very much appreciated, these books look interesting!

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  9. I haven't heard of this book before, but it sounds very interesting. I love readin and I'm always looking for new things to try and Devil's Kiss seem like a great option to me. Thanks for giveaway. I wisk everybody good luck!

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  10. Sounds really good! Adding both of them to my TBR lost. Thanks!

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  11. I just wanted to let you know that your bonus question was spelled wrong. It should be "Deus" not "Dues".

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  12. @Ricki Thank-you for keeping me on my toes! I really read that form over and over for misspelled words, I have know idea how I missed it.

    Fixed it!

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  13. Sounds like a great contest. Thanks!

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  14. Oh I have seen snippets of this online and it looks great! I cannot wait to get one and read it. Thank you for putting it out there for us, I really loved the interview and review!

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  15. Ohh this looks like a great read! I love the cover.

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  16. Thanks for positng about this. I love finding new authors and new books and this looks and sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it

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  17. This is one of those series where i keep meaning to read it but then i'll completely forget about it...so thank you for this giveaway! It is much appreciated lol. Both of the covers are spectacular and your review just makes me want to read it all the more:)

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  18. I've had this on my wishlist for a while. It sounds amazing!

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  19. hey thanks for making this giveaway international!!;)hope to have this

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  20. I've been eyeing this book for a long time but it's sooo expensive on amazon and ebay... so am still waiting for it to get cheaper in the secondhand market... your review is just making me drool more :)

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  21. You got me all intrigued here. The writing counts a lot for me, so extra points for Sarwat Chadda. Thanks for the review, I added the books to my TBR list. :D And I love the covers!
    Thanks or the giveaway!

    xoxo

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  22. You have given us an excellent overview of what sounds like a highly fascinating novel!! I can't wait to WIN it, so that I can start getting into the world of the Knights Templar!! YAY!! : )

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