Book Review: Divinity by Patricia Leever

Cover ~ DivinitySynopsis

Demons.

They’re everywhere, hiding in plain sight. Chances are, you’ve interacted with one or two of them in your lifetime without even realizing it…

Demon hunter Evelyn Brighton saves unsuspecting humans from the malevolent creatures masquerading around them every day. Working under the Lebriga Corporation’s direction, she never fails to bring her A-game with her keen skill, fiercely independent spirit, and the best weapon in her arsenal: the Divinity blade.

Evelyn’s world is turned on its ear, however, when she is ordered to train cocky new recruit Daniel Summers. They both feel an instinctive pull drawing them to one another, the ancient spells tattooed into their skin illuminating whenever the two hunters come into contact. But with evil looming over the city of Los Angeles, Evelyn and Daniel’s mutual competitiveness and sense of duty to Lebriga and all humankind forces them to hold back their desires. Will their restraint be enough to keep them focused and save southern California, or will the dark forces prevail?

Set in modern-day Los Angeles, Divinity is an action-filled, fast-paced marriage of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Edgy, witty, and sexy, it will bind you in its spell.

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About the Author: 5051193

Patricia Leever is a wife, stay-at-home mom of four and owner of one dog and one little black cat. On the average school day she runs about town like a lunatic picking-up and dropping off kids and trying to find a moment of quiet to write down a word or two. She’s a sci-fi geek that loves to dress up like a zombie and participate in the local zombie march down Main St. and laugh as much as possible; laughter frees the mind and heals the soul.

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My Review:

There are a lot of Urban Fantasies around right now, and the demon/angel theme is proving very popular. Divinity falls into this category, yet does prove to be one of the best in the bunch. There’s a kick-ass heroine, a believable romance (with an interesting dynamic of the lady being the boss) and carefully thought out world that’s introduced with precision and ease.

The hardest thing to do with Urban Fantasy is the world building. Choosing the right bricks and when and where to place them is crucial to ensure that the reader is swept along with it. Not just flooded with info dumps and useless scene setting that has no impact on the actual story line. Fortunately Divinity manages this very well and unfolds neatly as and when it needs to, without forcing knowledge on the reader that would serve no other purpose than to pad out the book.

From a writer’s perspective, some of the prose was a little heavy handed and there were a few classic ‘show don’t tell’ moments, especially when it came to the romance part. The dialogue was a little irritating at times, but hey that kind of makes it  more real, after all, not everything people say in reality is either useful or interesting!

The front cover is lovely and I adored the idea of the tattooed spells – I have seen the cover of another book which is almost identical (I think it’s another novella in the same series) and personally think that this is a massive mistake in the marketing. As a reader, I almost passed it by online, thinking I’d already read it!

Overall I’d give Divinity 4 out of 5 stars. Urban Fantasy with a kick.

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