BREAKING EVIL by Kristina Rienzi
Date Published: December 15, 2016
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Length: 220 Pages
Publisher: Midnight Frost Books
One year ago, Sera Murano chose evil. She left her human world behind to transform into an Ensoul, a rare and powerful demon, all to fight the evil she was about to become. Working for her father Lorenzo, the leader of all demons, she secretly vowed to overturnhis plot to destroy humankind.
That is, until demon hunters attack Sera and her beloved, Damon, and the truth about the human-demon war is revealed. Torn between the human life of her past and the supernatural one she lives now, Sera must decide who is the worse enemy: evil or humanity.
To win the battle of her life, Sera is forced to do the unthinkable, taking drastic measures and risking the lives of those she loves most. She must fight to the death against the only supernatural leader she’s ever known, all for a chance to break the cycle of evil.
First of all, I did not read the first book in this trilogy so I felt a little lost at first. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book that really keep the reader on the edge of their seat and as much difficult as Sera has figuring out the truth, it’s just as difficult for the reader to do so. Sera is clearly conflicted over what to believe is truth and the author really captured that struggle; she has a loved one on each side of the argument trying to sway her to their side and it’s clear to see that she hopes they’re both being honest with her. This book was told in the third person so that the reader could know all sides of the story and it helps us know what we think might happen next.
It seemed like the plot was building to this big conflict between good & evil, but when the actual battle happened it was very quick and almost seemed rushed when reading it; the pacing was a bit off the entire book, with the beginning part dragging & the ending being rushed. It also ended on a bit of a cliffhanger so we have to wait to see what happens with Sera & her fellow demons (I get why they’re good ideas but I personally do not appreciate cliffhangers – because then I have to sit and wait for the next book to be released to find out the conclusion). The book is listed on Amazon & Goodreads as book #2 of a trilogy, so maybe the next book will help tie it all together.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kristina Rienzi is an American author who has been writing in some fashion for several decades. In 2014, she achieved traditional publication for her debut novel, Choosing Evil (Ensouled Trilogy, Book One), and has since independently published, Luring Shadows, Twisted, and Winter Road. Her latest novel, Breaking Evil (Ensouled Trilogy, Book Two) will be releasing soon.
Professionally, Kristina has been active in the writing community as a member of several organizations such as Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers. She has also served as the New Jersey Romance Writers Literary Book Fair Chair and, most recently, the President of Sisters in Crime-New Jersey. Kristina holds a Masters Degree in Psychological Counseling and a Senior Professional Human Resources Certificate, working in both fields throughout her business career.
Personally, Kristina is married and doggie mommy to Pekingese and Shih-Tzu pups. Although a New Jersey resident, she dreams of one day moving to Hawaii and living the ‘Aloha’ way. When she is not writing, she spends her time reading, watching paranormal investigations, rooting for her West Virginia Mountaineers and relaxing with her loved ones, wine in hand.
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