Saturday, January 4, 2014

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Dark Union

Every fifty years, the most powerful ethereal and infernal beings convene on Earth to resolve conflicts with mediation by kopides - humans born to police relations between Heaven and Hell. They're meeting in Elise Kavanagh's territory this year, and she used to be the greatest kopis in the world. But she's not invited.

An old friend, Lucas McIntyre, asks her to attend the summit in his place. But when she arrives, she discovers that a human faction called The Union has taken charge of the summit, and they're not playing nice. Worse yet, someone has killed a prominent Union member, and now they're demanding blood.

Elise has to bring justice to the summit in Dark Union, a 33,000-word urban fantasy novella featuring a decrepit ghost town, angry men with guns, and even angrier angels.
                                          - Goodreads

One moment, please. I need to rant.

Oh my God, as soon as Elise was introduced, I immediately disliked her. What the hell happened?! She went from cold and detached to downright BITCH. I get that she doesn't want to deal with getting people killed or anything like that, but when the demon bartender that she visits frequently begs her for help for the 100th time, she gets ANNOYED at the demon! ANNOYED!!! The woman's being bullied, beaten and stolen from and she's annoyed at her constant begging! OH MY GOD!!! If she's gonna be so cold-hearted, then stop acting like she gives a SHIT! She can't go from worrying and taking care of a beaten demon to then getting irritated at having to hear her ask for help! Is she a fucking robot or asshole fiend from Hell?! What the FUCK?! I'm sorry but you do not go from feeling enough sympathy to help someone to not feeling anything when you don't feel like helping on another matter. Chick doesn't even feel bad! She just gets mad! I don't believe it!


Okay. While James is in California meeting Stephanie's parents, Elise and Anthony go to the summit as her friend and his wife. Lucas's aspis is ready to give birth and might have some complications, but there's something he doesn't tell her. He is going to be charged for the murder of a Union member. Elise gets that lovely news when she and Anthony are abruptly taken by Zettel, the guy running the operation and a huge pain in her (and my) ass. He immediately knows that something isn't right, what with Elise looking like a kopis than an aspis and the fact that the "married couple" look far from such a thing.

Zettel has a psychic that he keeps with him and the boy doesn't escape because the Union pays his parents- wow, what nice parents! -and the dude's collared, so it's not like he gets far anyway. This boy, Ben, can see the future, and for a while now, he's been having visions of the future. But most of all, he's had a lot of visions of Elise- visions of her whole life, in fact. Including the time when she will destroy the world.

The summit never gets done because the angels and demons refuse to show up at the meeting (lol) but then an angel visits to let them know why none of them are coming, and when Elise sees the angel, she realizes she knows him. Nukha'il was the angel the Night Hag had one of her people buy, and he was a huge help to Elise. He recognizes her as well and has her be the human representative, and when she agrees, he also agrees to be one for the angels and meet up with a rep for the demons. Zettel already doesn't like her, so the thought of her being able to call the shots really bugs him. Hehe.

The meeting starts with just the three of them and they discuss the matters of the gates opened under her city. The demon, who possesses her friend's cat to be a part of the world and communicate, seems very familiar. Thom! ^_^ She agrees to take care of it and allows a little help. Elise really doesn't want anyone taking over and coming into her territory.

It ends with her visiting the demon who'd been begging for her help in the beginning and helping her out. Yay. =^_^=

So really, all that happens in this book is the meeting, an awesome intro to the Union, and the psychic who sees Elise destroying the world. O.o Oh, and her and James's connection. That's a pretty messed up thing, considering that she loves the dude in her own Elise way and he's visiting his girlfriend's parents. Ugh.

I recommend this book to those who like this kind of stuff. I suggest you check out the other reviews on the sites, though, so you can check for any pet peeves. Elise is pretty blunt and comes off as heartless, but she's just messed up. She's actually endearing once you get to know her. I'm in love with this series.

Happy Reading :)

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