Thursday, 24 April 2014

Review: Thrall (Daughters of Lilith #1) by Jennifer Quintenz

Braedyn is a normal girl just trying to survive high school with her two devoted friends, Royal and Cassie. Together they're doing a pretty good job of shruggin off the slings and arrows cast their way by the popular crowd when a new boy, Lucas, moves into the house next door. Suddenly Braedyn finds herself falling in love for the first time. 

But as her sixteenth birthday approaches, Braedyn discovers humankind is at war with the Lilitu, an ancient race of enticing demons that prey on human souls. Her father is a member of the Guard fighting against the Lilitu - and so are the new neighbors, including her crush, Lucas. 

As her world starts to unravel at the seams, Braedyn learns the right answers aren't always clear or easy. And as for "good" and "evil" - it all depands on how we choose to act. 

Inspired by the ancient Mesopotamian myths of Lilith and her offspring, Thrall explores first love, strong friendships, and taking on adult responsibilities against the backdrop of powerful supernatural forces and life-and-death stakes. 

I really liked this book, I got immediately sucked into the world that surrounded Braedyn. The plotline itself might not be that original, Braedyn a teenage girl finds out she’s not that average as she thought she was, she meets a boy that is forbidden and what follows is a battle between good and evil.

But Thrall was so much more than that. There wasn’t a dull moment in the book, there was always something happening. Some of the things that happened were epic battles while other things were much smaller but still very important for the development of the story. While reading this book I sat on the edge of my seat most of the time and I couldn’t put it down.
Another thing the author did well was the character development in this book. When we first meet Braedyn she’s a very normal girl. She tries to keep her head down at school so not many people will notice her. But when she finds out she’s a Lilithu, a demon, her whole world is turned upside down. Instead of feeling terrified about what she might turn in to, she trust the people she has known whole her life, her dad and her friends.  She becomes stronger in the end but that isn’t without the necessary ups and downs. Braedyn makes mistakes but she learns from it and that’s what’s most important.
Lucas, literally the boy-next-door, also grows a lot throughout the book. At the beginning of the book he saw the world as black and white, good and evil, humans and Lilithu. In his eyes Lilithu could never be anything than evil but at the end his view on the world is a lot broader.
I also loved that the support characters weren’t just there to fill up space but that they were actually important for the development of the story.

The only thing I wasn’t so happy about was the love at first sight between Lucas and Braedyn. They had just met but somehow they already had these feelings for each other. And that is one of the things that can really annoy me in books. But other than that the book was amazing. I’m looking forward to read the next two books in this series!

*Note I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Title: Thrall
Author: Jennifer Quintenz
Series: Daughters of Lilith
Genre: Paranormal, YA
Publisher: Secret Tree Press
Publication date: May 16 2012
Pages: 304 (Paperback) 
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