Ｔｉｔｌｅ：The Devil’s Lullaby
Ｒａｔｉｎｇ：★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
＊Ｎｏｔｅ：I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review for Book 1.
Before she died Dahlia Clark had many titles.
Queen of the First Circle.
The Mother of the Devil’s Progeny.
She never expected ‘One of the Lord’s Chosen’ to be added to that list.
The ice prison took something vital from her. (No. Not her designer heels…)
Dahlia was torn from her daughter and her lover, Lucifer.
War between Heaven and Hell be damned.
She’s going to get her life back and not even the Lord can stand in her way.
✩ Dahlia was more independent. Partly because she had to be, but also because she stopped being so obsessed with Lucifer.
✩ Lucifer was kind of pathetic at first. He was totally lost and broken after the events of the first book. But he did turn it around and was more respectful of Dahlia this time around.
✩ Uriah was very serious and kind of stuck up. I thought he was blindly loyal but still a good person.
❝ With my enemies surrounding me, dead on the floor. I was alone again. My chest heaved and the beast inside of me roared and revelled at the corpses. The proof of my strength. They could send as many of their winged weaklings as they wanted. Nothing can break the Queen of the First Circle. ❞
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of this book!
I want to start off by saying that I really enjoyed the development of Dahlia’s character in the book. I felt like she made a big leap in terms of humanity. She felt like she had more dimension to her and she had more emotions than before. She cared a lot for her daughter and about being a good mother. Of course, along with that came much self-doubt. It was refreshing to see Dahlia falter and question herself rather than being so arrogant.
Another factor I enjoyed in her development was that she questioned Lucifer’s actions more. She didn’t just blindly believe in his love or even thirst for it as before. Her priorities shifted a bit and I really enjoyed that rather than her blind devotion to him.
In Lucifer’s case, I enjoyed the fact that we got to see him lose his composure. He was really distant in the first book in emotional terms and in this book we were able to see a larger emotional range. He also treated Dahlia more like an equal. That was something I think we were all dying to see since the first book. I was very happy that he talked to her rather than deciding everything for her.
❝ “When has Lucifer ever made you the centre of his world? You deserve more than to beg for scraps of affection like a dog.” ❞
Unfortunately, despite all this character development I still had issues with the story and writing. One of the aspects I didn’t enjoy was the pacing. The story felt really slow for the most part. I also wasn’t too clear on what the direction of the story was. The plot took quite a while to reveal itself to the reader. I just wasn’t sure where we were going with things and it made the story feel confusing.
I also had the same issues with the romance as in the last book. I felt like the writing could be really elegant at times and then others it just became suddenly explicit. It felt inconsistent and kind of messy. It was like two completely different styles at times. I really wanted to have it either be one or the other.
Lastly, I didn’t enjoy the love triangle. I thought it didn’t develop naturally. The new love interest was adamant about hating Dahlia and she also hated him. But there were these really out of place moments when they would feel an intense attraction. It just didn’t work for me.
Overall, I think the character development was solid in the book, but the writing just didn’t work for me. I think for those that enjoyed the first book it would be worth it to continue and check this one out as you might still be able to enjoy it. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t for me.