Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review: Providence (Providence, #1) by Jamie McGuire

In the old world shadows of Providence, Rhode Island, Nina Grey finds herself the center of a war between Hell and Earth.

Struggling with her father’s recent death, Nina meets Jared Ryel by chance…or so she believes. Although his stunning good looks and mysterious talents are a welcome distraction, it soon becomes clear that Jared knows more about Nina than even her friends at Brown University. When questions outnumber answers, Jared risks everything to keep the woman he was born to save—by sharing the secret he was sworn to protect.

When her father’s former associates begin following her in the dark, Nina learns that her father is not the man she thought he was, but a thief who stole from demons. Searching for the truth behind her father’s death, Nina stumbles upon something she never expected—something Hell wants—and only she holds the key.

McGuire can do no wrong!  After falling in love with Beautiful Disaster I was desperate to read anything and everything else by McGuire and I was hopeful that they would prove to meet my very high expectations.  While they each have the romantic angle worked in, this series is vastly different than the previous one.  We've got more of a paranormal and angelic element present this go around and I enjoyed the change.  Nina and Jared might not be Travis and Pidge, they still won me over.  I loved the mystery and constant questions that Nina had, mainly because as a reader I was trying to catch up and stay up to speed and I thought McGuire did a great job making the reader feel like they were making these discoveries and hearing these revelations right along side the main characters.  I always enjoy a read where the author can make the readers feel like they're a part of the action and not just a bystander.

Knowing going into this title that it was a series opener for a trilogy I was expecting a certain amount of background and details laid out so that readers wouldn't get lost or confused with what was going on and who was an integral part of this story.  But I've got to give McGuire props on this one because I never felt overwhelmed with an overabundance of details and character names, it was the perfect balance.  Readers get just enough information so that they're not lost and can keep up with the story line but also left me wanting more, curious about who these great characters would turn out to be, who would end up with who, and the list goes on.  Basically I couldn't put this title down, and simply couldn't get enough of these characters and the action and romance McGuire was putting on her pages.

If you haven't read this one, please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy pronto!

I gave Providence (Providence, #1) 5 shamrocks!!!!!

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