The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen
Release Date: September 27th, 2011
Egmont USA, 448 Pages
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Mephisto Convenant #1
Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.
A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.
With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?
Let me just say that I did not read a lot of shining reviews about this book. I know that many readers have different opinions of books; that everyone cannot agree to love or not love a book due to opinions on what makes a great story. So here’s MY opinion:
IT IS A GREAT STORY.
Allow me to explain. First of all, I thought that the main character’s name would weird me out since my lovely blogmate is ALSO a Sasha. However, I got so caught up in the drama and action that after a few chapters, I didn’t think about it like that anymore. I do like that the beginning of the book leaves a lot of what is going on shrouded in mystery for the readers as well as the main character, Sasha (Alexandra). When Jax (Ajax) pops in [literally] and…Whoah, Nelly…there he IS. His description of his personality and appearance reminds me a lot of Patch from the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. [And if you know me, you know he’s YA lit crush].
The premise of the book sounds a little weird in the book description that was provided on Goodreads, but I swear it’s way better than can be described without giving too much away. Although I enjoy fallen angels, Nephilim, and topics of the sort, I really, really enjoyed the type of characters that the author chose for her book. The idea of Anabo (the little rays of sunshine and goodness in a dark, cruel world) and the Mephisto brothers (sons of Hell) and the background that goes with it was incredibly well thought out. Even though Jax and his brothers essentially all look alike (with the exception of facial structure), after a while, it was easy to figure out who was talking without being told. The storyline is complicated and full of twists and turns, but if you hold on tight and stick with it, you’ll get one heck of a fictional ride!
The setting – oh the setting. Love, love, love it. I have never been to Colorado, but since I do love mountains, I would definitely like to go to see the gorgeous landscape. The way the author described the landscape and Mephisto mountain made it seem like a little hidden paradise/haven in a world full of bad guys [read: Eryx, Skia & lost souls].
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, but I would caution younger readers as to the explicit nature of the relationship between two of the characters in the book. If you have delicate sensibilities or are offended by graphic detail, I would advise younger readers to put this book off until they are older or to avoid it completely if you think that such scenes would deter a pleasant reception of this book. On that note, if you do get your hands on this book, I really do hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.