Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Review: Marked for Vengeance

Title - Marked for Vengeance
Author - S.J. Pierce
Series - Alyx Rayer Chronicles #1
Genre - Paranormal Romance
Format - Kindle Ebook
Publication - October 10th 2012
(Goodreads) & (Amazon)


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 fa├žade 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.

This engaging first book of the series is a Paranormal Romance novel interlaced with twists, turns, and thrilling suspense that is sure to satisfy readers of any genre. 


I received Marked for Vengeance in return for an honest review from the author S.J. Pierce.  Alyx Rayer’s isn’t human she was created for a mission to monitor her marked human until the time comes to remove them from earth. For the last three years she’s lived her human life having friends, a job, and even a boyfriend. She was sent to get just one look at her mark but instead she’s become obsessed with him. She spends several nights a week on an abandoned building’s roof watching him while he paints. Alyx is conflicted she’s not supposed to be seen by her target nor is she supposed to be as obsessed with him as she is. Her only hope is that since this is her last life on earth they let it slide. This isn’t her first time with a marked human it’s her third and last experience.

Isaac has been having haunting dreams, which he turns into his artwork. Recently he’s noticed a stranger on the roof across the way watching him. One night he decides to confront the stranger which leads him to a beautiful brunette who attempts to get away not before he catches her face. It’s the next day when she comes into his work that he gets a good look at her and decides to find out more about her. After a chilly brush off from Alyx he returns home to wait for his son only to be visited by a tall stranger with a beard who tells him he’s being watched and keep his paintings locked up.

Alyx decides that it’s time to end her relationship with her boyfriend realizing her attraction to Isaac will never allow her to be happy with Ben. After ending it with Ben she gets a cryptic phone call from his housekeeper she runs over to his condo to find him murdered. She flees the scene to see if her best friend Cinda is safe only to find her missing and apartment bare.  She heads to check on Isaac but he refuses to see her so she can only assume he’s safe for now. Will she be able to save him before the bad people get him?

I loved the story. Marked for Vengeance is an exciting fast paced story that revolves around Alyx and Isaac’s connection. Both characters are each dealing with their own issues one living a life as a human trying to blend in the other being a struggling artist who’s a single dad raising his son alone. They each have their own trials that they must accomplish but the way they are drawn to each other creates a spark of hope in an otherwise bleak world. I found the story-line easy to follow it flows smoothly throughout the book. I ended up staying up late reading only to finish first thing this morning. I found the concept for Marked for Vengeance new and exciting with twists and turns to keep you guessing throughout the story. There are a few adult situations but not enough I would worry about a mature teenager reading and I’m sure an adult will have no issues. I really enjoyed reading Marked for Vengeance it’s been a captivating book right from the start. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one after such a great first installment. 

5 out 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. Awesome review Mandy, and I have been curious about this one, since seeing it in other mailboxes. I love that the pacing and tale kept you engaged. The characters sound fleshed out, adding to my wishlist!