Review: The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen

The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen
Release Date: September 27th, 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Page Count: 448 pages
Source: NetGalley

Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—she is an Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.

A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.

With the threat of Eryx always looming, Jax knows he has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?


Review:  Warning, this may contain spoilers.
 
Escapism and romanticism at its ultimate best; The Mephisto Covenant: The Redemption of Ajax totally blew me away and left me aching for more.

I have to admit that when I began reading The Mephisto Covenant, I was unsure whether or not I was going to enjoy it like I had hoped. After reading a few pages I can say that I was fully, truly and completely hooked. Trinity Faegen weaves an age old tale of “loving the wrong/dangerous person” and puts a lovely, fun, and passionate twist to it.

Sasha has had a fairly normal life, with the exception of her father being murdered. Yes, that is huge and lays a bit of a basis for the entire beginning of this story – her desperate search for the killer. She contemplates giving her soul over to Eryx, a being worse than the Devil, but finds out a startling secret that changes every aspect of her life before she does. Sasha discovers that she is a daughter of Eve – an Anabo – purest of soul and heart. Other than herself, only a dark, handsome and mysterious person, Ajax, and his brothers know this discovery. What is even more incredible is the fact that she is the only Anabo aliv,e that they know of, and Eryx will do everything within his power to kill her if he discovers exactly who and what she is. Talk about putting a lot of pressure on a 17 year old girl.

The moment Ajax (or Jax as he is referred to in the story) lays eyes on Sasha, he knows. He knows that they are made for each other and that she is his only hope for redemption. Even knowing this, Jax doesn’t want to pressure Sasha into turning over her mortal life and condemning her to a life such as his, if she truly does not want to. He aches for her and she is torn about the fact that she deeply cares about him, but not so happy that he is the son of darkness.

The attraction that Jax and Sasha share is combustible and their chemistry is enough to raise the hairs on the reader’s arms. I was truly entranced by both of them and the feelings that they shared for one another. With a mixture of danger, suspense, emotional roller coaster rides and sizzling chemistry, The Mephisto Covenant is one of the most enjoyable reads that I have had the pleasure to wrap myself within this year. Yes, it is a young adult novel and because of that, there is some teen slang used (such as sharing spit, when referring to kissing) and other such terms as this. However for me that only added to the atmosphere of the story, as well as a bit of fun. Let’s face it, that is how teens talk and act – and this adds an extra dimension of believability to the story, even though it is a paranormal.

I found myself completely in love with the characters of Sasha and Jax. I loved their strength, their insecurity, determination and everything else about them. Ms. Faegen creates both of these characters, as well as all of the characters within the story, in a way that makes the reader feel. I found myself wanting to smash the heads of several characters (particularly Brett and Melanie) together and felt myself truly hating them. Meanwhile, I wanted to cheer and surround myself with Jax and his brothers, as well as Sasha. Yes, this is how deeply I became involved within The Mephisto Covenant.

I do have to warn readers that this takes a step beyond many of the young adult books that I have read in the area of violence and sexual encounters. I am not saying this is bad or inappropriate, but may be better suited for ages 16 and up.

With the subtitle announcing this as “Book 1”, I can only enthusiastically and eagerly assume that there will be more titles coming in the future revolving around each brother. This cannot happen soon enough for me. Within The Mephisto Covenant: The Redemption of Ajax, each brother is introduced in a way that piques the interest of the reader and makes them want to learn more. They are each truly unique and would be tons of fun to delve deeper into. That is not to even mention the fact of how much I would love to hear a bit more of what happens after the final words of this novel are read.

As an overall story, The Mephisto Covenant is excellent, as a young adult paranormal romance The Mephisto Covenant is perfection!

Favorite Quote: He was young, maybe eighteen or nineteen, dressed in black from head to toe – black leather trench coat swirling around his black boots. His face was hard, square, shadowed with the beginnings of a beard; his cheeks were high, his chin firm, his hair black as midnight, messy and too long. She met his eyes – ebony, fathomless eyes – and she knew, without a doubt, that he was not of this world. Inhuman. A specter of Hell. No wonder he hadn’t come through the door.

As carefully as she was checking him out, he was just as obviously looking her over. “You’re the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen,” he said in a raspy whisper.

“Ditto,” she murmured.

 
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