Breaking Evil by Kristina Rienzi #Review
Posted by brriske
Date Published: December 15, 2016
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 overturn his 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.
This is the second book in the Ensouled Trilogy. The conflict in this book is over, but the battle still isn’t won. I did not read the first book in this trilogy. As a result, this book was very hard to follow. All of the demons have different identities from when they were human. Both identities were used to describe the characters. I had a hard time following who was who. Sera is a demon/human hybrid. She is second in command to her father, Lorenzo. Another demon, Damon, is her boyfriend.
>The whole story revolves around human demon hunters fighting demons. Demons are described as evil and Sera made some very compassionate choices claiming she used her inner evil to make her decisions. Evil and compassion do not go together, so I was very confused about what exactly was being inferred. Both Sera and Damon seem smarter that the average demon or human, yet the drug Blaze did not set off any warning bells for them. Lorenzo used the drug to control the demons, yet no one figured that out until the very end?
>The plot is weak. Humans vs. demons. There isn’t much real action, only the threat of action to come. There are few chapters set in the past, but their relevance to the present isn’t clear, other than the reader is able to meet Sera’s mother. There aren’t any love scenes, nor any real romantic scenes to highlight the relationship and chemistry between Sera and Damon. Damon seems more like a bodyguard to Sera, than a boyfriend.
>I am a reviewer for Romance Author’s that Rock. This book is appropriate for a young adult audience. I am giving the book 3 stars. Even if I had read the first book in this trilogy, this part of the trilogy dragged.
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.
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/RienziAmazon