Haedyn's Choice by Jennifer L. Oliver
Date Published: 5/15/13
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There's always a choice.
Haedyn is the last Unnamed and the demon Azazel's personal assassin - his most prized servant. It's not
a title she wants, but it keeps her alive and that's all that matters. But when she is tricked into protecting
Lex, the same human her master is hunting, she learns of Azazel's terrifying plan to create an army of
evil souls - and that Lex isn't the only one slated for sacrifice.
Can Haedyn accept the truth of her past and face the demon who molded her in his image, or will she
risk the losing the souls of those she loves?
I like the characters and the world that is laid out for us in this book. Jennifer L. Oliver does a good job introducing us to Haedyn's World. It's a new spin on the angel Lucifer's fall from heaven, and the history of the war between angels and demons for human souls. Plus there is vampires, were-creatures, fae, and more thrown in for good measures. Haedyn is an anomaly in this world. She is an Unnamed - wanted by neither side in this epic battle - considered an abomination. Or so she has been led to believe by her master, Azazel, second in command to Lucifer.
While I was able to pretty much catch on to what was going on and keep up with the story, it was a little bit convoluted and confusing. I appreciate that Oliver didn't just dump a huge amount of information on us all at once, but I needed it laid out a little clearer, and earlier in the story. Most of what we learn comes from Moira, the Queen of the Fairies, as she explains it to Lex, the human that Haedyn is tricked into protecting. And even when she does explain, she still talks in riddles.
Plus, I felt that the story moved way too fast to be believable. It seems as if Haedyn's powers have been holding pretty steady up until now, and then all of a sudden, for no apparent reason they grow in leaps and bounds out of control. I realize that Azazel plans to create his own evil army, but it is really not explained fully how this triggers Haedyn's powers and why. Was just his intention enough? Was it Haedyn's exposure to Lex that causes these changes? I just don't know!
I also felt like the relationship that develops between Lex and Haedyn was also super rushed. I wasn't able to make much of a connection with either of them, and then when they begin to care for each other I just wasn't buying it. I mean, Haedyn is supposed to be a heartless, demonic assassin. She is supposed to be without feeling - a torturing and killing machine. And she is until she begins guarding Lex. I just don't see her changing from her pattern so quickly. Every time she had a tear roll down her cheek I just didn't believe it. I could have gotten there eventually, but it was too rushed.
Overall, I liked the story. I feel like it needed to be longer and more developed so that I had more of a chance to connect with Haedyn and Lex. I hope that in the next book, it doesn't feel so forced, and is allowed the room it needs to grow. I will more than likely pick it up to see.
Jennifer L. Oliver was born and raised in North Carolina and now lives on Florida's gulf coast with her husband, two cats, a Royal Bahamian Potcake dog, and multiple fish. She is the author of dark urban fantasy and paranormal thrillers. When she's not writing, you can find her giggling with her granddaughter and enjoying time with her family and friends. For more about Jennifer, visit her website at www.jenniferloliver.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.