By Trinity Faegen
Published on September 24th 2013
Published by Pink Publishing, LLC
Published by Pink Publishing, LLC
Orphaned at six and sent to live with abusive relatives in Bucharest, Mariah learned early in life to box up violent, agonizing memories and put them in permanent mental storage. Now almost nineteen, she has a paying job, a tiny apartment, and a plan to attend university. She loves her independence and is steadily overcoming her past, but when an enigmatic stranger walks into the pub where she works and the trajectory of her life changes yet again, she begins to wonder if she’ll run out of mental shelf space.
The only females unafraid of the Mephisto brothers are the extremely rare Anabo, born without Original Sin. Over one hundred years ago, Phoenix was first to find one, but he made a fatal mistake and she was murdered by his oldest brother and enemy, Eryx. Phoenix soldiered through the next century wrapped up in grief and guilt, his only outlet planning takedowns of those who pledged their souls to Eryx. When one of his brothers brings Mariah to Mephisto Mountain, he’s torn between his instinctive, powerful need to pursue her, and his certainty that he can never have her.
Drawn into the world of the Mephisto, Mariah sees the pain and misery Eryx unleashes on humanity, and the boxes in her mind begin to fly open, one by one. All that keeps her from slipping off the edge is her unlikely, sexually charged friendship with Phoenix. He’s incredibly screwed up; she’s completely broken. It would take a miracle for them to find happiness. Then Eryx brings the war for Hell to a whole new level, forcing Mariah and Phoenix to make a choice that will bind them together for all eternity, or rip them apart forever.
Can I just say- this is such a hard review to write. I LOVED , no ADORED the first two books in the Mephisto series. When I saw that Egmont was no longer publishing them but that the author found a new home- I was ecstatic! Then I saw that The Mephisto Mark was going to be New Adult not Young Adult. (And if you don't know what New Adult is- it is a code word for sex). I still wanted to read Mephisto, but I wasn't very excited about the sex and graphic nature that can be in NA books.
First of all, I loved the story- I love the story. I love the world that the author has created and the fantasy she has imagined. The action is written flawlessly and the conversations never felt wordy. I loved seeing all the characters interact with each other - and that ending? WHOAH.
There are a few things that I didn't like, and they are probably obvious- I didn't like the sex (and I found the language for it at times to be a bit cringe-inducing). I also was not a fan of the swearing. Yes, people swear, I get it. But there wasn't mass amounts of swearing in the first two books, so it doesn't even fit in with the personalities of the characters that I have grown to love. This book is solidly in NA and Adult territory. The themes in this book are much more mature than previous books, so I wouldn't recommend this to young adult readers.
I will be completely honest here. The author changed the title and cover, and I am a bit heart broken. If I saw this new cover and title- I wouldn't have bothered to give the book a second glance. I know that sales were not so great (which makes me sad because this author is very very talented), but I don't think this cover/ title are a true reflection of the book and it is disappointing. ***To note, since publishing this review- the cover has changed back to the original***