Series: Of Demons and Angels #1
Published by Full Fathom Five Digital on February 25, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
Format: ARC, Kindle Edition
Source: Review Copy
One Demon. One Angel. One Soul.
Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture.
If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam's beautiful friend, Grace.
Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.
It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous.
And only one can claim Cam’s soul.
Soul Crossed by Lisa Gail Green is predictable in its approach to the angel-demon storyline, and even more predictable in just how things are going to turn out for the main characters involved. With a slow start, a disturbing (in all the wrong ways) middle and a seen-it-coming end, Soul Crossed is the type of book you read if you’re psyching yourself up for a root canal.
Don’t get me wrong, Green has an incredible talent for storytelling, but in this particular tale it’s hard to find any one character to root for. Grace, in all of her Angel goodness, seem too good. There’s no hint that she wasn’t little miss perfect before she died, and after her only transgression is falling in love with Josh and then acting on those feelings in a physical way. And when it’s all said and done, that transgression has no consequence anyway. Josh is no better, because it’s very obvious that he was never going to stay a demon in the end. So even as he’s pushing Cam and helping him accomplish all of his truly horrible deeds in the book, you never really fear for Josh’s outcome.
But Cam. Poor, never-had-a-chance Cam. His character was probably the biggest disappointment in the novel, because he was the one character readers should have been able to root for in Soul Crossed. But alas, it becomes obvious very on that Cam was fated to turn into the creepy serial killer wannabe does some truly awful things throughout the middle of the book. His character had so much potential to truly go back and forth between the good and evil that was supposed to be warring inside his soul, but it was drowned out by Green’s attempt to, I believe, make the story more thrilling and shock inducing.
Overall, my main concern is that there is nothing in Soul Crossed that, as a young adult novel, relates to teens in anyway. Except for maybe the fantasy that the hot boy or girl will fall in love with them and they’ll have this epic romance that lasts a lifetime. Grace isn’t the type of leading lady that promotes girl power, Josh seems to refuse to make any sort of good or decent decision until the storyline makes it necessary, and Cam just makes it seem like all of the awkward, loner types with a bad history are fated to end up being the Antichrist.
So did I have a favorite part of the Soul Crossed? Yes, and it was the knowledge that Tommy Two, a cute little puppy, had a happy ending to his story after creepy Cam tortures and kills him inside a homemade device known as the Pincushion. How sad is that?