"you cannot put this book down!"

Isabel Godfroie Heart is in the midst of de-demoning a church when her mentor, Gabriel, shows up with a new duty for her. She is a Paradisian Scholar, demon-hunter, able to read ancient texts and is an immortal being. She is to travel to Cold Spring Harbor, New York to translate a very ancient text for Nicolai Valentine. Not a demon, Valentine is one of the Grigorcov - he is a Prince of Hell. Isabel also has her own issues; in one battle, a demon named Dreadacus stole her memories. All she has is a brother, Benedict, also a Scholar.

Gabriel seems worried about her new assignment. Benedict has been killed - not easy to kill a Scholar. In her journey, Isabel finds out a few things about the Valentines - they are considered the Bad Boys of Hell, not inclined to follow Lucifer's rules, making their own. They fight constantly and one Scholar friend, Rue, is in lust with Matt, the youngest. Sebastian, second in age is a vampire who also doesn't play well with others.

In Cold Harbor, Isabel finds a "Jane Austen" mansion, hell hounds, a ghostly child named Clara, and one of the sexiest beings she's ever met. It seems they were meant to meet, but to what end? Then she discovers that the Scholar assisting Nicolai prior was her brother. There are locked rooms, references to a dead wife and sons, holes on the property that drop you straight to Hell (she's already been there, thank you!) and a mounting tension.

This is one of the best stories I've read. And I've read A LOT of stories. Angelique Armae takes you up and drops you off the edge of the cliff with ease, and keeps the night light burning because you cannot put this book down until you figure out all the twists and turns. The Paradisian Chronicles is set up as a series and I want the next installment -NOW!

Reviewed by Nancy Eriksen
Posted June 20, 2010


A fallen angel…
A human scholar…
A race against time…

When a Grigori prince and a demon huntress team up to find the antidote to a supernatural disease, the balance between good and evil is forever altered.

Isabel Godfroie Heart is a Paradisian Scholar-an immortal human trained in the ways of Heaven and Hell-who's suffering from memory loss. During her last battle, a dark force erased specific portions of her past life memories. Now she remembers little of times past, save for the fact she's a demon slayer mentored by the archangel Gabriel. When ordered to a new post to help translate a volume of ancient text from a forbidden verse, Isabel is forced to work with the dark prince Nicolai Valentine, a soul who may or may not be responsible for her memory loss. If only she didn't find the tempting creature so hard to resist…

Born to a fallen angel and a mortal mother, Nicolai Valentine is a prince of the Grigorcov, the children of the fallen sons of God. Searching for the lost chalice that will save his kin from eternal damnation, Nicky unknowingly unleashes the Hadean Virus, a dark entity targeting members of the Grigorcov. Now the entity has been unleashed on man's world and Nicky's in a race against time to find the antidote that will stop this deadly parasite. But in order to keep the Hadean virus from attacking again, Nicolai must enlist the help of Isabel Godfroie Heart, the Paradisian Scholar he was unable to save from the wrath of Hell centuries ago…

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Dark Fantasy

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Shadows of the Soul
(Paradisian Chronicles: Book 1)
by Angelique Armae

Diversion Books
June 1, 2010
Available: June 2, 2010
ISBN #0984515143
EAN #9780984515141
271 pages
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