Review of Descent by Tara Fuller

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Hey Addicts! It's release day for DESCENT by Tara Fuller! Entangled Teen was kind enough to gift me with a ARC copy of this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion, so here we go!

Descent (Kissed by Death #3)

Easton doesn’t believe in love. He believes in Death. Darkness. Sin. As a reaper for Hell, it’s all he’s known for over four hundred years. When he gets slapped with the job of training the boss’s daughter, an angel who knows nothing but joy, he knows he’s in for a world of trouble.

Though he’s made it clear he wants nothing to do with her outside of work, Gwen would do anything to get closer to the dark and wounded reaper—even taint her angelic image and join the ranks of her father’s team of reapers. But in all her planning, she forgot to factor in one thing—how far the demons Easton doomed to hell would go to get revenge.

When the dangers of the Hell threaten Gwen, Easton will do whatever it takes to save her. But as the darkness closes in on them both, will he be able to save himself?

I'll start by saying I haven't read the first two books in this series, which turned out to be okay because I didn't feel lost or confused by anything that happened. I love it when I'm able to pick up a book in a series and start reading it, no matter which number in the series it is.
The whole concept of this series grabs me, even though I am NOT a fan of angel books (probably comes from growing up in a strict catholic house............)
I've seen the AMAZING covers for this series and always wanted to read them, so when Entangled Teen started offering ARCs of this one I jumped. The blurb, as you saw above is like, WOW.
Gwen and Easton were some of the best characters I've read on the last few months!
She's this pure, joyful angel and he's this complex, tortured bad boy Hell reaper.
It sounds like your typical set up, but the way the romance comes down is so different. Gwen, being an angel is supposed to spread happiness and want nothing else in her life. Easton is warped and broken from spending four hundred years taking people to hell and being exposed to the tortures that go on there. He is beyond terrified of ruining Gwen with his darkness; but neither of them, despite what they are supposed to feel, can resist one another.
Yes it is insta-lov-ie but we all know I like that biggie for me.
Easton is like the perfect passionate, strong yet flawed YA hero for me. He had me swooning and fanning myself. Gwen was a lot of fun to read about and I liked her personality and how strong she was.
DESCENT was filled with tons of action and romance and many good things. The world building was great and I enjoyed the pacing and style of Tara Fuller's writing.
Then why only three stars if there was so much I liked?
I am VERY squeamish. All the scenes, the graphic descriptions of what went on in Hell.............I am still cringing just thinking about it. I had to skip over those parts all together because I just couldn't handle them.
This is NOT a book for the faint of heart or those who are squeamish or uncomfortable with dark violent things.

***Raises hand****

This definitely makes me even more interested in reading the first two books, I just hope that they don't have the same graphic content as DESCENT.
There were a few other aspects of this book that got to me, like I wanted more from Easton's other reaper friends and I would have liked to know more about Gwen's world. But at the same time I feel like if there had been more goodness, it would have taken away from the impact of the book.
Outside the disturbing visuals, I was disappointed that I had to skip over so much of the book, because I couldn't handle the content. I can't tell if it's a good thing or bad thing that I still got the story perfectly even without all the other details.........
Overall I would recommend this book to older teens and even adult YA fans. But I DO NOT recommend you let teens younger than 16 read this without the parent first reading it and deciding if it's something they want their young child reading.
Thanks Entangled Teen!

Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North  Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.
twitter: @tara25fuller

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  1. Thank you for the review :) . I have added this to my tbr but I'm glad you said something about the graphic violence because my 13 yr old daughter and I read YA/middle grade books together and she usually reads them first.


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