Review: The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegen

The Mephisto Kiss (The Mephisto Covenant #2)

By Trinity Faegen
Editions ebook, hardback
Expected publication: September 25th 2012 by EgmontUSA
Genre: Young Adult / ParaNormal / Romance { YA PNR }
Source: NetGalley

The eyes never lie. No one’s eyes are darker than Eryx. Not even the Devil’s.
When Jax and Sasha first see Jordan Ellis, they know she is no ordinary teenager. She’s the daughter of the President after all, but she’s also Anabo – a descendant of Eve.
What they don’t know is that Eryx plans to kidnap Jordan and force President Ellis to pledge his soul. If Eryx’s plot succeeds, the consequences would be catastrophic.
But the Mephisto brothers do know about Jordan’s secret identity. And for one of them, she could be the match that leads to their soul’s salvation.
Now it’s a desperate race against time to save Jordan and prevent Eryx’s haunting eyes from discovering her true identity.

A thrilling story of romance, danger, and intrigue, THE MEPHISTO KISS continues the marvelous mythology that began in THE MEPHISTO COVENANT.
~ Goodreads Blurb

I’d been meaning to read book #1 from this series for a year, of course, never got to it. So I took the chance to read this one, especially because of the concept of this series. It’s this original spin, combining elements of paranormal romance series for adults with young adult elements. The books have a recurring mythology, characters in common, but reading as I did only book #2 made perfect sense as a stand alone, everything was clear and straightforward without prior introductions. Like in many PNR series, we have a group of guys, brothers in our particular case, and they each get their story in every book. Loved that and I’d like to see more of the concept applied, so for me the concept really worked.

The mythology, the world building in the book was very interesting, though perhaps a bit too revolving around religious concepts, something that isn’t in itself a good thing for me in my fiction reading. But the notions and concepts it operated with were interesting, so I actually found myself becoming on board with it enough to enjoy the book, or parts of it more like.

Sadly, what didn’t really work out for me was the greater part of the plot, particularly the obviously YA one, meaning high school scenery, school proms, that kind of thing has become very bleh to me. The plot was slower to really grip my interest, but once Key and Jordan were together, and that part of the book, it was really fun to me. Most likely because it has the dynamic and elements of adult PNR stories, clash of the two personalities, training, fighting, intense stuff but believable and interesting. The moment the high school arc made an appearance, it became duller, and I kept hoping the real pizzazz from earlier would return into the story and sweep me off my feet again… and it just didn’t. From the high school spin, the story just got odd and events started to feel unrealistic, not convincing and sort of confusing from the point of view of how the characters involved acted and reacted.

While let’s say Key and his brothers made sense as concept, their interaction with the villain made sense in parts and just didn’t, for me, in others. Culminating with the part nearer the end, where I was just eye twitching and going somewhere along the lines of “Uhm…what?!”, and it was a lost cause for me at that point. Whatever connection I’d established with Jordan and Key, it slowly withered away as the story progressed from the high school moment and beyond. I think this is where the ingenious idea of combining YA with adult PNR went, in my case, wrong, because where the real kick of smexual tension between the characters in the main pair would have driven a good portion of the plot, here, because it’s all YA, it lacked exactly what often makes me like adult PNR over YA to begin with, spunky chemistry and realistic relationship dynamics, even if augmented a bit to be more dramatic.
Here, from a point on, the relationship between Jordan and Key, not to mention the Eryx spin nearer the end of the book, it just lost me. I twirled right out of believing it, you know what I mean?

The writing was good, and especially in that part where the characters and the plot also worked well together for me, the writing was great. I wasn’t necessarily in love with choices characters made, but liking a book isn’t about agreeing with what the characters do, but believing in them as they do it. So there was a portion there where this was a 5 butterflies read for me, but it sadly spiraled away from that state of fun and entertaining towards the end.

Curb appeal was good, the cover is pretty, the blurb interesting, and you get that sense of curiosity from it, so while it wouldn’t be an instant compulsive buy, it would be a buy on the overall.

I would actually be curious to read other books in the series, because perhaps those stories will manage to keep me engaged all through, the writing was there, characters could do it, even if not all the way here, the concept worked out and the world building was interesting.

If you like YA high school spins on stories and sort of romantic triangles, and you also like to read adult PNR series, this combination might work out like a charm for you. I say give it a try, it certainly is an interesting idea and I’m curious to see how it progresses.

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Did you read book #1 in this series? Is there any high school life related part of the story in it? I’d like to know if I should try it out or not, if we’re talking high school, it would be a no.


2 thoughts on “Review: The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegen

  1. Alexa Kalas

    I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it because of the mix of adult PNR and the teen storyline. I love both of those genres so I guess this series, or at least the first book, worked really well for me. I can’t wait to see how this book turns out. I see why you didn’t love it but I think everything you didn’t like will be stuff I highly enjoy.

    thanks for the great review.

  2. Livia ~ BoM Books

    Yeah, the mix idea is great, I think so too. I just wish it wasn’t high school stuff, I can’t gather one drop of interest for that sort of theme. So it was high school stuff in book #1 as well then? Maybe the next one will skip that particular sort of plot line and do some other YA theme 😀
    It’s a great idea and a good book, especially if you’re into that kind of YA. I say definitely read it.


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