Book Review: Dominion by: Melody Manful

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Melody Manful

Publication Date: February 16, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: I Dare You.
Look Over Your Shoulders.
Do You See Them?
They are behind you...
They are always behind you.

Abigail Cells had a nightmare the day before she met Gideon, the new guy in school who has every girl drooling just to be near him. In her nightmare, she was murdered by a magical creature. As she gets to know Gideon, she begins to remember pieces of her nightmare, and was shocked when Gideon turned out to be the creature from her nightmare. Who is Gideon really? Should Abby allow herself to fall completely for him, or is he the next disaster waiting to happen?

Series: Dominion (1), Euphoria (1.5), Elysium (2)

Review: DOMINION has three major players: Abigail the human, Tristan her guardian angel, and Gideon who is Tristan’s opposite. Tristan is an angel prince and Gideon is the most feared entity in the angelic world. I liked Abigail for her no-nonsense attitude in the beginning of the story. She’s got weapons and offensive/defensive training thanks to her CIA father, but she’s also a 16 year old girl. She is heavily swayed by her emotions, even when her training should take precedence. I enjoyed Gideon’s character because you got to see him grow as the story progressed. He hid his pain and suffering at first through a façade of destruction and chaos. Through his relationship with Abigail, he learns to loosen up, enjoy life, and understand the rollercoaster of love. Tristan is kind of two-dimensional - he's the goody-goody. I wasn’t a fan of the potential love triangle aspect of the story as I think it’s been overplayed in general. Overall, I liked the worlds in DOMINION and the story was interesting, but needed some tightening and character consistency. In addition, there is a cliffhanger which left me turning the page looking for the rest of the story. To me, DOMINION is a redemption story trapped within a romance.

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