Review: Dark Wings by Skyla Madi

Posted December 26th, 2013 in book review / 10 comments


Never Dark Series #1

by Skyla Madi

Publisher: Self-Published (July 2013)
Genre: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, New Adult, Adult
Format: eBook 230 pages)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
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Rating: ★★☆☆ (2 stars)

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.

“I don’t want to kill you, not anymore.” He said, coming to face me. “I want to be with you. I want to hold you and touch you and–” He exhaled. “I. Want. You.”

Violet Ashton is an exemplary angel with ninety-nine kills under her belt.

Nothing could make her underestimate herself until she’s sent to hunt down Death, one of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. Or as Violet knows him–Lucas Cross, her ex-mentor and ex-lover. Defining the line between what her job requires and what her heart wants is the hardest decision she’s ever had to make.

Lucas Cross is an angel turned demon.

The only thing he had to worry about was helping his brothers end the world, that was until Violet blew into town. From the moment he saw her again his normal self has fought hard to keep down the demon that desperately wants to kill her. Torn between love and hate, Lucas is determined to push all of Violet’s limits.

The feud between the Never Dark realm and The Underworld is at boiling point and if Violet can’t complete her mission Earth will pay the ultimate price.

At A Glance

I just didn’t see the point to this book. Didn’t like the male love interest and the ending was so disappointing.

The Good
I gave this two stars instead of one star mostly because it started out good. It felt like any other paranormal romance. The world was amazeballs. The concept felt unique for the angel/demon genre. The plot was pretty good as well.

Violet was pretty kickass in the beginning. I love how she wasn’t afraid of fighting bigger and badder things. And watching her having to fight and maybe kill her ex-lover turned demon was hard. I felt so bad for her. I felt her pain.

The Bad
This felt very much like a paranormal romance, but then it got a little distorted and the ending felt off for me. Lucas was such a horrible person and horrible to Violet I just could never get into him. I did like him all cocky and snarky but most of his behavior was such a turnoff. If I can’t like the male lead then how can I enjoy this supposable PNR? And I still can’t figure out why Violet let Lucas get away with so much. Near the end Violet was whiny and pathetic. Desiring Lucas blurred her focus and I thought less of her because of it. And I don’t want to give anything away but I expect a certain kind of ending in my PNRs and Dark Wings did not deliver in that area. Why did I read this whole story to have it end like that? I felt like there was no point to reading this book.

Then, the whole angel council thing was disappointing and annoying. Why would anyone want to be an angel with horrible dictators like that running everything? They were as bad as the demons. I hated not having a side to root for.

The Snuggly
The sexy time was good. Not a lot of it but that was fine. I did feel the long ago and rekindling love between Violet and Lucas. But with how it ended I had to close myself off from this couple. Overall, for a new adult to adult audience.

Final Thoughts
I really saw no reason to have read this story by the end. The technical parts of Dark Wings were fine, I just disliked the characters and the ending too much to find this book worthy. I wouldn’t recommend this book to others but I have read Madi’s Guardian Angel Series and really liked it. Try that one instead.

Angels destroyed them all [vampires] decades ago, every last sparkly one of them, and you’re welcome.

Violet watched me quietly, her eyes flickering between hate and love. It was then I knew she’d come here to kill me.

“I’m not going to kill you because I hate you. I’ll kill you because I love you…and I know that it’s what the old you would’ve wanted.”
I ran the back of my hand down the side of her face. “You know nothing of what I want.”

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10 Responses to “Review: Dark Wings by Skyla Madi”

  1. kimbacaffeinate

    Oh no, you have not been having luck lately with your reads. The premises sounds good and I am glad the world was amazing but it sounds like the ending blew things up.

  2. Ashley

    Well that sucks. 🙁 I’d never heard of this book but the synopsis sounds really interesting. I love angel and demon books. I’m sorry this one bombed though.

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