Marked for Vengeanceby S.J. Pierce
Series: Alyx Rayer Chronicles #1
Published on October 10, 2012 by S.J. Pierce
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
"Isaac was more than just precious to her, he was precious in ways the world could only fathom. If she failed, she failed everyone."
Alyx Rayer’s existence in Atlanta, the eternally bustling capital of Georgia, is one of routine and blending in among the worker bees. But her ‘normal’ life is actually a façade for a higher calling; she's a three hundred year old soul, encased in a human vessel and sent from the darkness between heaven and Earth to capture her Marked when summoned by her superiors.
During the initial, routine stake-out of her Marked, a dream prophet named Isaac Walsh, Alyx is thrown for an emotional loop when his allure captivates her heart from two rooftops away. The event marks the very instance when her sense of what’s right and what’s wrong is brutally challenged as her contact with him is strictly forbidden.
While already trapped between honor and desire, her emotional struggles are further challenged by a man in a black suit who continually pops up when she least expects it, his presence evoking a strange response from the scar she was branded with at birth. The scar tingles like a warning beacon, alerting her that something is amiss. Because her superiors never told her what this would mean, or much of anything except what to do when they summon, she can only conclude to try and keep her sanity, and her life, from completely shattering to pieces.
While I read mainly YA, I tend to gravitate toward the adult section for my paranormal romances which is why I read this book. We see a whole new take on angels with Pierce’s idea, with a cast of very human and very realistic characters. While I think the story, overall, was decent, I found myself putting Marked for Vengeance down and reading other books. The writing was good, just…different. I couldn’t tell if it was in first person or third as we saw a little of each characters’ inner thoughts. I don’t think this book was bad but I just wasn’t captivated enough to read it in one sitting.
I like character-driven stories but Alyx started to get on my nerves a bit. She was indecisive, and not in the good way that made her seem more “human.” I expected more from a 300 year old woman, to be honest. Alyx made the idea of angels more realistic, however, and I could still relate to her. But the characters weren’t even the issue for me. The writing style bored me. I know this is the first in a series but the excessive details of everything seemed a tad unnecessary and made for slow reading. I wanted more of the story. I honestly don’t care what the characters do each day. It undermined the faith in the reader understanding what was going on. We readers are smart and don’t need a play-by-play of every minute of the characters’ lives.
The writing included awkward and jolting sentences that pulled me away from the story, as well as basic grammar mistakes. Pierce truly captures her world in her descriptions; there are just too many of them in regards to the less important plot aspects. I had no idea what was going on with Isaac and Alyx until later on and by that time, I’d already lost interest in continuing. I did finish Marked for Vengeance, however, and the story picked up but I didn’t know what was going on for a good portion of it.
If all the extra details were removed and the story expanded on further, I think this would be a good start to a series. As the way it is, however, I don’t know if I will be continuing the series. I couldn’t connect with the characters enough to care about the rest of the story, which may be due to my age in comparison to the characters, or simply the characters themselves. I don’t recommend this to YA fans but if you like paranormal romances with a new take on angels, you may enjoy Marked for Vengeance. It was a good idea, but I personally wasn’t a fan of the execution.