Review: Ecstatic Evil (Tova Gallagher) by Amanda McNeil

   Ecstatic Evil (Tova Gallagher)
Amanda McNeil; Kindle Edition
Published July 7th 2011
Tova Gallagher isn’t just your average tough as nails, intelligent Bostonian. She also just so happens to be half-demon, and halvesies have an important role to play in the supe world. Whether they choose to go with the instincts of their demon or human half is supposed to predict the outcome of the endtimes, and now Tova has a deadline to choose sides. But all of that is hard to care about when she’s just met a sexy stranger on the edge of the Charles River.

Mhm. Well, I will begin by addressing the elephant in the room, that cover doesn’t do anything for me. When I got the review submission, a while back I know, I remember thinking “Oh, Gods…this doesn’t look like it’s gonna be too good…” but there was something about the blurb though that made me want to give the book a fighting chance. Shallow as you may think it to be, just like with everything in life, the wrapping is gonna make peeps curious about the content.

Now, reading the book, I believe the cover does the content enough of an injustice, I mean the read was really fun! There were demons, werewolves and fairies, and raving church-going moms of halvsies…a lot of fun.
The plot is interesting, and it poses a great question: if you have both the good and the bad within you, what will you do, which will you choose to suppress? And one thing I really really loved about this read is the answer to that was neither; if you’re choosing one part of you over another, you’re actually giving up on yourself. So don’t blend in a crowd, do your own thing, stand out. 😀 Awesome message, I loved it.
The part I didn’t like is it felt a bit too rushed to me. I mean, I get it, let’s not make it the size of Webster’s Dictionary and spread it over three books, but let’s not cut it too short either, you know?
I mean, it felt to me like all the conditions were there for it to be a bit slower, more forgiving on the reader’s heartbeat, you know? As it is, it’s really fast paced, exhilarating, that’s true, but I’m not having much of a mood for exhilarating lately. Let’s slow it down a bit, enjoy it while it lasts, not rush through it, you know? But I know that this is gonna be a series so I’m not disappointed, I would have been had it all ended here.

The characters are fun, my fav being Trova this time, and it’s sort of rare for me to favor the heroine of the book, isn’t it? Well, she is half demon, quite independent and assertive, and uninhibited, you gotta love a woman like that! And, she’s a woman, a great great plus for me. If she had been this blooming little thing, I probably wouldn’t have liked her half as much, her charm and magnetism have to do with the fact she’s a mature, successful woman really. Greg was cool too, animal magnetism and everything, they make a great couple. Again, I would have liked it to have been a bit more of them. Their relationship was really hot, and we’re not excluded from the steamy, so be careful not to go into this if you’re not an adult; it’s not heavy on the one on one, but it is delightfully spicy.

The writing is easy to follow and like, except for one thing, and in this I’m stating my own, purely personal tastes I’ll remind you: I’m iffy about the present tense of it. I mean, I don’t know why, but present tense narratives don’t sit well with me, just like that going back in time direction doesn’t sit well with me, it’s this personal reading quirk or something. There’s no flashbacks or trigonometric passing of time here, but the present tense is a bit strange for me. But I enjoyed the read nonetheless.

To wrap it up, don’t judge this book by its cover guys, it’s a fun read.




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