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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda (Audio)

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized3 Comments

Publisher: Brilliance Audio (Audio); Disney Hyperion (Print)

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 01 Sept 2009 (Audio); 10 Aug 2010 (Print)
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN:  1441801642 (Audio),  1423120221 (Paperback)
Format: Audio
Audio Length: 7 discs (~ 8.5 hrs)
Narrator: Anne Flosnik
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Place(s) Traveled to: London, England

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: Killing him should be easy; he’s only six.

Billi SanGreal Series Order

Book 1: Devil’s Kiss
Book 2: Dark Goddess 

Breathless.

That is the word I would use to describe this book if I was only allowed one. Thankfully, though I am able to use as many words as it takes for me to talk about this book. =) Devil’s Kiss starts off with a bang – as you might imagine from that opening line – and it never really pauses hence the whole breathless feeling mentioned above. Billi SanGreal wants nothing more than to be a normal girl but that is really hard to do when your dad is head of the Knights Templar. Billi has been raised to be a knight and so her life is far from normal.

There was so much goodness in this book that I really don’t know how to put it all into words. I loved the character of Billi and her interactions with those around her. I loved how her father was around and involved in her life – even though his priorities might not always be in the right place. There was romance and intrigue and  never a dull a moment. The world building was solid and what the reader doesn’t know about the Knights Templer is explained and I just found the history of it all so fascinating. 
Devil’s Kiss is a bit darker than some other YA books out there (as you might guess by the opening line) but there is also an undertone of hope. And while things might look bleak on the surface for our heroine she always holds on to the belief that its only temporary. Another thing I loved about this book….there was no insta-love. Was there attractions? Yes…to two different guys and yet there was also no love triangle. Billi’s romances in the book were all very natural and believable.
If you are looking for a fun action packed book with a strong kick-ass heroine then look no further. I fell in love with this world and I can’t wait until I can find time to fit in the next book in the series into my reading schedule.
About the Narrator: At first I thought that the narrator sounded a bit old to play Billie but by the end I was in love with her voice and portrayal of the character. She handled the male voices well and it was easy to tell who was supposed to be speaking. Her reading pacing was just right and I never had any issues understanding what she was saying. This is a plus for me as I am hard of hearing. I’m not sure if Flosnik has read any other books but I’d defiantly check it out.

3 Responses to “Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda (Audio)”

  1. April (BooksandWine)

    I’m always on the lookout for a great audiobook and your recommendation of The Wednesday Wars turned out to really work for me, so dude I’m adding Devil’s Kiss to my audible wishlist!

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