Title: Soul Crossed
Of Demons and Angels, #1
Author: Lisa Gail Green
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam’s beautiful friend, Grace.
Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.
It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous.
And only one can claim Cam’s soul.
Soul Crossed is the perfect mix of forbidden love with angels and demons. Redemption and the power of good. The chapters alternate between the two main characters, Josh and Grace.
We are first introduced to Josh and Grace after their deaths. Grace goes to heaven and Josh goes to hell. Each are given the same assignment to either save or corrupt a boy named Cam. Grace needs to save Cam so she can get her wings. Josh needs to corrupt Cam so he doesn’t have to be tortured in hell for eternity.
What Josh and Grace didn’t know is that the other is their enemy…which complicates things since they start to become attracted to each other. It makes getting their assignment completed a little messy. But they each have a mentor to help them along the way. Josh has a two hundred and some old demon, Keira helping him and Grace reports to a woman named Mrs. Alvarez in heaven. Neither are helpful and ultimately have made the situation worse to progress for the worst.
The character of Cam is the main connecting point throughout the novel. He’s supposed to be this great evil that could potentially bring on the end of the world. The odds are against Grace because Cam is written to devilishly. His cruelty and loveless life can and is a very realistic in real life cases. It was heartbreaking to read, but also kept you wanting to read more. Was he going to do the ultimate sin?
All the characters are nicely constructed. Each of them has a role, serve a purpose that is essential in the novel’s development. You can’t help but to love the good characters as well as the bad. You feel the pain and conflict within Grace and Josh as they try to get a grip on the new life that they have while trying to deal with losing their old.
There is also a positive message within the pages that you always have a choice and not all ‘bad’ people are always bad. Josh may have been a ‘bad’ person when he was living but deep down he’s good.
Overall, it was a great read. There were just enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Some parts I did see coming and guessed them before they were revealed, but then something that you least expected came around to redeem it. I will absolutely be looking into the other novels in the series!