{Book Review} Ordained by Devon Ashley

January 9, 2012 Reviews 1

Ordained by Devon Ashley

PaperbackSecond Edition332 pages
Published April 15th 2011
Age Group: YA
Source: Author
Challenge: None
Series: The Immortal Archives #1
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Summary(from Goodreads)

Normally, the school creates the hunters – not the monsters. 
Abby Sorrensten likes to play rough. Ripping the horns off the foreheads of demons, manipulating lightning and setting things on fire with the flick of your wrist can give you a serious rush. So she probably wasn’t the best choice for the Order’s experimental training program. Thirteen years of isolation, lack of affection and a bruised and broken body from horrendous training sessions creates more than just an exceptional fighter, it creates an evil within – an evil responsible for several deaths the night she left. 
Two hundred years later Abby resurfaces as the very thing the Order trained her to kill: a vampire. A mythical demon has set his sights on the school and only the ordained hunter has the powers to face it. Unbeknownst to the Order, Abby’s their precious ordained one and their only chance for survival. As much as she would love to leave them hanging, she’s not willing to risk the life of Emily, a fellow friend and hunter also fed up with the organization. 
But for Abby, locking herself away in a fortress with angry descendents of those she killed causes suspicions and tensions to run high. Abby must learn the demon’s weaknesses for battle before the Order learns hers.

Ordained certainly keeps you on your toes! It is a very fast paced and exciting read. The whole time I was reading it, I found myself saying “wait, what just happened?” and “wow, I didn’t see that coming.” it’s not so much twists and turns; it’s more like an onion. New layers keep getting peeled back and new secrets are constantly being revealed. I loved that about the book! I was never bored, and I never caught my eyes skipping ahead a few lines. (I admit it, sometimes I do that during slow parts of books)

The interesting, or maybe strange, thing about this book was that there was no stand-out character for me. I really liked them all. I found Abby’s inner conflict between her two “sides” to be fascinating, and all the other characters were interesting enough. But this wasn’t a character driven book for me. It was much more storyline focused. And I loved that about Ordained.

Ordained took a TON of paranormal and supernatural elements and incorporated them all in a very unique way. I loved Devon Ashley’s take on good vs. evil witches and magic. I think that was my favorite “layer” of the story. I can’t wait to see how that is going to play out in the next book.

Overall, this is a good book and really great if you are looking for a unique take on the average vampire/demon book. I thoroughly enjoyed Ordained.

3.5/5 Gavels

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One Response to “{Book Review} Ordained by Devon Ashley”

  1. Lan

    I’m very much a character driven reader but this sounds like it would be amazing. Love the idea of melding a whole bunch of paranormal stuff into one bok. Abby sounds completely Badass!

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