Original Title: The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin
Year Published: 2014
Published by: Dragonwell Publishing (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley)
Number of Pages: 230
First Sentence: “The dark night engulfed Nicholas.“
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Nicholas Blackwell has no idea he is supposed to fulfill a destiny. All he knows is that he draws trouble like a magnet. Orphaned at seven when two demonic men killed his parents, he copes with the strict rules of his new home, St. Christopher’s academy, unaware that he has been the real target for the killers and that his guardian angel has saved him in the nick of time. And now, his problems are only beginning when a mysterious serpent lures him into the woods and tricks him into a demonic ritual that will unleash the Seven Deadly Sins to destroy the humankind. Nicholas has no choice but to correct his mistake–or die trying.
Aided by Amy, a shy but determined girl who seems to know more about his task than she should, Nicholas’s quest is to travel into the City of Demonio and defeat the Seven Guardians of Sin. To succeed, he must confront demons, monsters, and lost souls, learn the mysteries of the Chapel of Dreams, discover the true meaning of friendship and love, and face the darkest secret of all: the Blackwell Family Secret.
I really liked this book. It had a great plot and wonderful characters. For me, this was a really fresh idea and I really enjoyed reading it. It was a little slow for the first two, maybe three, chapters but then it picked up pace and the rest of it just flew by.
I liked the idea of Nicholas having to battle the 7 sins. I loved how the sins very portrayed and how they weren’t all super creepily evil either. The way Nicholas related to the different sins was also a very interesting thing and kept me hooked. The characters overall were really nice and the world of Demons was incredibly fun and very detailed. I loved Demonio and the demons.
Like I have mentioned before the topic of religion can ruin a book for me. It did not this time. In fact, I never felt like the book preached religion, which is great and handled the theme of Lucifer and all the angels very well. It is for the same reason I love Supernatural. This was like an awesome young adult version of Supernatural, but without the gay angels.
Did I sometimes feel like the language was a little simple and the plot rushed? Yes, and I did have to check the reading age for it once. Does it take away from the story? No. It is a really good story and it was a very enjoyable read. I am looking forward to the next in the series (I hope there will be more anyway!).
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do. It was a great read and I really enjoyed it.