The Human Side

The Demon Side Series #2

The Human Side is actually the second book in the Side series. The first novella was titled The Demon Side. I've read both books. I can honestly say this book truly accomplishes one of the most difficult tasks in writing a series. It manages to continue on the themes and world of the previous novel without making the reader have to read the previous book to understand the current one. It makes it nice for newcomers, or people who just couldn't get into the first book.

We continue the story with Etta and Rahovart. I honestly adore Rahovart's character. He is willing to go any lengths for the woman he loves. With Etta I'm not so thrilled. In this book she has a new boyfriend. Considering all Rahovart did for her and supposedly meant to her I was surprised another boyfriend had come into the picture this soon. It really felt like the new boyfriend was forced in there just to create some drama. It seemed out of character for Etta to be with him at all. So that was definitely a big annoyance. I really enjoyed the author's take on some popular myths. She used enough references that I could tell she did her research while also adding an original twist.

Overall the book is good, but it reaches beyond its grasp. It felt somewhat rushed and some of the plot lines seemed forced. Honestly I'd love to see a full length novel in this series, but this novella showed me that the author isn't quite capable of handling that. I recommend this to teen romance fans.

Book Blurb for The Human Side

From above, Etta’s life seems to be calming down in the town of Quantico, Virginia, but with every passing moment away from his love, Rahovart finds the emptiness unbearable.

After redeeming himself once again as an Arch, Rahovart is still unable to let his past go. Needing to be near Etta, he strikes a deal with Father—except it turns into a mission with great consequences.

With Arch Angel Gabriel in tow, Rahovart sets out to prove himself worthy of Etta’s love, only to face discouragement from Etta’s father, John, and her new boyfriend, Tristan—on top of the threats made to Etta. Would he be able to protect her if she no longer remembered him or shared the love the once held so dearly?

One thing’s for sure: The past, with all of its secrets and lies will come back to haunt them all.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2013 4.00