September 24, 2013

Blog Tour + Giveaway : The Mephisto Mark by Trinity Faegen


Synopsis

Orphaned at six and sent to live with abusive relatives in Bucharest, Mariah learned early in life to box up violent, agonizing memories and put them in permanent mental storage. Now almost nineteen, she has a paying job, a tiny apartment, and a plan to attend university. She loves her independence and is steadily overcoming her past, but when an enigmatic stranger walks into the pub where she works and the trajectory of her life changes yet again, she begins to wonder if she’ll run out of mental shelf space.

The only females unafraid of the Mephisto brothers are the extremely rare Anabo, born without Original Sin. Over one hundred years ago, Phoenix was first to find one, but he made a fatal mistake and she was murdered by his oldest brother and enemy, Eryx. Phoenix soldiered through the next century wrapped up in grief and guilt, his only outlet planning takedowns of those who pledged their souls to Eryx. When one of his brothers brings Mariah to Mephisto Mountain, he’s torn between his instinctive, powerful need to pursue her, and his certainty that he can never have her.

Drawn into the world of the Mephisto, Mariah sees the pain and misery Eryx unleashes on humanity, and the boxes in her mind begin to fly open, one by one. All that keeps her from slipping off the edge is her unlikely, sexually charged friendship with Phoenix. He’s incredibly screwed up; she’s completely broken. It would take a miracle for them to find happiness. Then Eryx brings the war for Hell to a whole new level, forcing Mariah and Phoenix to make a choice that will bind them together for all eternity, or rip them apart forever.


Review

OK, let me begin with a little story.

When I first signed up for this blog tour, I had no idea this book was part of a series! ( I am terribly sorry about that) I was very close to changing my post type for this tour, but realized that this book could be read as a standalone. Normally, if I were to be in this situation, I would do my best to read the previous books before I start a recent one. I want to say that this was the very time that I've read a series out of order, I promise that I don't make a habit of this. With that being said, I'm glad this was the book that I broke my cardinal rule for!

Where to begin with this book?! Obviously, I had zero expectations because all I had to go off about the series and this book, is the synopsis. As you know, I'm not too huge on going through the synopsis before I read a book. It's the luck of the draw and I must have good instinct cause I choose some pretty awesome books to read ... like this one ;)

Since I missed out who all the characters were, I read through the Lexicon at the beginning of the book and checked Stephanie's website about The Mephisto. I'm such a lover of paranormal, that I got the gist of this world.

OK, lets get to the review. Just a warning, there is some pretty disturbing content that deals with child sexual and physical abuse. Mariah's life was far from perfect, but she did everything she could to protect her younger sister, Viorica. The stuff that her guardians put her through when she was a child is unimaginable, they were PURE EVIL! Mariah is a very broken girl and she stores her life in boxes, and places them neatly in her mind. It's so heartbreaking to learn about her story .. Now, she's 18, has her own place, works at a pub, and saves up her tips to attend college. She's just going through her life, one day at a time.

An unexpected visitor shows up at her bar and just radiates creepiness. And it isn't long until he shares some information with her and begins to question Mariah about her life, AND the life of her younger sister. Let me just say that I love Mariah's snarky attitude, it's seriously hilarious! He eventually takes her to the Mephisto world ...

And that's when she has her first encounter with Phoenix, he is just as broken and is tip-toeing over the edge. He has spent nearly 100 years living carrying guilt over something he did. Phoenix and Mariah have a natural draw towards each other, but neither one of them want to acknowledge it.

With Phoenix being a Mephisto and Mariah, an Anabo (a human without original sin), they were meant for each other. But lets not get too excited because it takes quite some time for them to both realize it, and it's painful.

MAN, I was hooked, when I was reading about the Mephisto world! I refuse to go on and talk more about the story, if you're a fan of the series, you will definitely love this book.

The journey that Mariah and Phoenix take to eventually realizing their true feeling for each other is painfully slow. It had me full of anxiety and there were times, when I'm like, just do it already! I love what they do for each other. Phoenix is the one person she really confides in, he gets her to open up to him about her childhood. And you have to know, how hard it is for someone to talk about the abuse they've gone through. Reliving those memories is a complete nightmare for her. And that's where trust starts to form between them, and their relationship begins to build little by little.

My heart broke for Phoenix as well, for a man to carry that kind of guilt for a century. It's such a harsh form of self-punishment. I've cried quite a few times on the account of Phoenix and Mariah. Gosh, the emotions are all coming back. *taking a mental break*

Everything about this book is amazing, I couldn't put it down, even though I tried. When I started this series, in a way, it reminded of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. Mainly the whole brotherhood/covenant concept and the journey we go through with each of the characters. Now that I know, there's quite a few brothers (and I imagine that all of them are extremely beautiful people .. haha), I am so ready for the books to come in this series.

Stephanie, your work is amazing and I was so hooked on this story that I'm overly-eager to read the next one!

Everyone, The Mephisto Covenant has become a new favorite series of mine, I can't wait to read the first two!

*I received the ARC for this book in return for an honest review*

MY RATING









Trinity Faegen Bio


Author of the RITA winning Pink Files series, Stephanie Feagan has had a love affair with romance novels since she was eleven and discovered there are kissing scenes in Victoria Holt books. She spent a lot of time in her closet with a flashlight, reading as fast as possible to get to the end, only to start a new book and begin the whole Leave-Me-Alone-I’m-Reading cycle all over again. She still stays up until the wee hours to finish books, now courtesy of a lighted e-reader which she believes is mankind’s greatest invention ever.

Stephanie also writes Young Adult and New Adult paranormal romance as Trinity Faegen. A practicing CPA who loves travel, books, new pencils, old keys, and smart guys, she lives in the oilfields of west Texas with her engineer husband and a mean cat. She’d love to hear from you. She answers to Stephanie, Trinity, Hey Lady, and Mom, and can be reached at Stephanie@StephanieFeagan.com or Trinity@TrinityFaegen.com

She’s aware the similarity between her pseudonym, Faegen, and her real name, Feagan, confuses pretty much everyone, herself included. Since so many mispronounce Feagan as FEEgan instead of FAYgan, she thought she’d mix it up when she took a pseudonym and make it easier on people. Now people say FayEEgen, and spell it wrong. Next time she takes a pen name, she’s totally going with Smith or Jones.


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