Author: Viola Ryan
Series: The Mark of Abel #1
Published: December 21st 2012
The Mark of Abel takes some of the stories from the bible and puts a paranormal twist to it. It is told from two Pov's, and we spend most of the time in the present day and visit some of the memories of the past.
Luke has been driven by a prophecy and Janie, the artist may be that link. Only she doesn't know this other world exists and that her dreams are something more. Together they face not only the dangers in their lives, but their inner demons as well.
Luke I really loved..... Even though he is the real Lucifer, he is just misunderstood. One passage I really enjoyed was when he said this –
“‘Guess what. I’m really Lucifer, the Bright Star of the Morning. The Devil. Forget what you’ve heard about me. It’s all bad PR. I really should get someone to handle it better, but whatever he says is going to be twisted, so why bother?’”
He has obviously been around for a long time and he lost his faith in God way back in the beginning, but he is not the baddie we were taught to believe. He is loyal and sweet and often puts those who are important to him on a pedestal, he really is an awesome guy… and yummy too!!
I found it hard to relate to Janie, I am no artist and when I look at art and paintings, I really don't understand it. What I did understand is the passion that she has – we just have different passions. However, her art comes from the nightmares that she has constantly had since the deaths of her parents and they flow onto the canvas.
I enjoyed the twist of the bible in this story and how the author was able to turn the stories that I learnt growing up to form her own story. In TMOA we briefly meet a lot of characters from the bible but together their stories are different to what we all know. What I did hope for between these characters was more of a romance... they definitely have spark, and some great swoon moments that hinted for more, but it didn't cross over into the bedroom at all. Overall, it was a good book and if you enjoy books with that biblical theme you will find it highly entertaining.
A very good friend of Viola Ryan in high school said, “You don’t think outside the box. You blow the thing up.” Sometimes boxes need exploding. That’s why she’s here. She has a whole bag of C4 and isn’t afraid to use it. She’s blessed with people who treasure her eccentricities or at least put up with them.
Sometimes the box can be a cozy place. Without some sort of stability, her two daughters’ and her life would be unmanageable. That stability comes from her husband. He’s the rock holding her family together.
On the flip side, his career is anything but stable. He’s a Chief Marine Safety Technician in the US Coast Guard. They’ve lived from Kittery, Maine to Yorktown, Virginia. Fortunately, the moves have all been on the east coast. Then again, the Coast Guard tends to guard the coast.
Her oldest daughter (16) was born on Cape Cod, not far from Plymouth. Massachusetts. Her youngest (12) was born in Yorktown, Virginia, down the road from Williamsburg. Viola jokes they’re doing the colonial America tour.
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