What I loved about it:
Characters you make friends with: Myla kicks ass and takes no prisoners, she’s a genuine strong female character and I love her for it. There aren’t any cardboard cut-outs in this story, all the characters who take feature roles are complex individuals (except for those highborn Thrax bitches). Although not a character per se, I adore the fact that Myla’s tail has a will of its own.
High thread count plots: Linen is made by weaving many strands together to create sheets of fabric, the more tightly woven the strands are, the smoother the end product is. Rough sheets aren’t nice to sleep on, nor are loose plots fun to read. While I found some elements a tad predictable, the means the author uses to work them out certainly isn’t.
Well handled tropes: The ‘girl and boy dislike each other then fall in love’ story line tends to be clichéd and unrealistic, but not in this case. For a start, Myla doesn’t simper over Lincoln. She’s attracted to him, but he acts like a jerk so she locks her feelings down. No ‘he’s a stupid bigot but I so, so, wish he liked me *sob*’ moments here, and even though he saves her life, its not because there was a fight and she was sniveling in a corner.
Myla coming into her full power walked a thin tightrope for a while, mainly because I didn’t quite buy Armageddon’s analysis of her, but it still works.
A new world mixed with old ideas: Angels and Demons coming together to watch gladiator style battles could’ve been a huge fail, but the central premise glues it together nicely. It makes sense that both sides take interest in which souls pass into their realms, and I like the concept that each soul can choose between trial by jury, or trial by combat. I also liked the political structure of these realms, and the manner in which this information is passed to the reader.
What I didn’t like:
Repetitive descriptions: Armageddon is the main transgressor here. At least half of his appearances include a description, these are so alike that one wonders if they were copy and pasted throughout.
Typos: There were very few of these, but those that did creep in were quite confusing, such as using Walker’s name when the author clearly meant Tim.
Confusing fight scenes: At times, it was hard to tell exactly what was happening. Myla appears to defy Physics in the first battle, propelling herself away from her opponent yet somehow using her momentum to land by his head. A body in motion cannot change direction unless force is applied to effect this change.
Overall, this isn’t a book that startles you with its originality, but rather a story that navigates classic plot ideas in a unique manner. It didn’t make my heart race, or blow my mind, but I was reluctant to put it down and finished it in two days. This book is written with sass and awesomeness, and although it needs a bit of polish, it still rocks. I’m keen to see what happens in the other books and will definitely return to this series once I’ve caught up on my reading.