I read this one in 2016 and I was not amused…
Death’s Hand (Descent, #1)
by S.M. Reine (Goodreads Author)
The ever changing timeline in the beginning was confusing. Elise was not a likeable character. The author didn’t explain any of the demons or other working of her world. Building thereof, not much.
The writing didn’t seem so bad early on, but the story was mostly meh for me. James was more likeable than Elise, but I did not connect with either of them and the plot never grabbed me.
The first and only time in this book that I thoroughly enjoy the action, one of the sidekicks was in a fight scene. How can that be?
Around the middle of the book my interest actually picked up a little and I thought, this might not turn out so bad after all! And right after that the writing and the story crashed so badly that I considered 1-starring this silly thing.
Have I mentioned the lack of world building? I actually looked up demon names on Wikipedia, because not a thing is explained. Not. A. Thing. World building: Zero!
The more I read, the more the writing irritated me. Short, choppy sentences, followed by verbose exaggerations. Stating the obvious. Loose plot ends. And some of the descriptions were plainly silly. The writing was actually getting worse as I got closer to the end of the book.
And there are too many editing mistakes in the ebook, mostly missing words.
By the time the story started to build up towards the finale, I couldn’t WAIT to be done. I nearly rage-quit two chapters before the end. If I could, I would go back to rage quit now!
I couldn’t have cared less, if one of the fiends or zombies had eaten Elise. How can someone so strong and powerful (where did that power come from all of a sudden?) suck so much at fighting and get beaten so often and still win the war?
And I really don’t care if Elise turns out to be the daughter of the devil. Whatever. You know what? 1 star it is!