Thursday, November 17, 2011

Review: The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:
Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—she is an Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.

A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.

With the threat of Eryx always looming, Jax knows he has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?

I’m a sucker for pretty dresses on YA covers, so as soon as I first saw the cover for The Mesphisto Covenant (and the pretty dress), I knew I had to read it without even glancing at the summary. Luckily, even with a few small setbacks, The Mesphisto Covenant managed to be interesting and unique YA filled with original characters, swoon worthy romance, and plot twists like no other.

The Mesphisto Covenant wasn’t one to build up slowly. Instead, it cut to the chase right from the get-go, fully throwing the reader right into the story just as Sasha is about to pledge her soul to Eryx, the leader of a scary cult but one who may just hold the secret of her father’s death. From there on, I was fully immerged in the story, and right along with Sasha, I began to see the secrets of the Sasha’s past as well as future unlock one at time with every twist and turn thrown her way. The best part of the plot, however, was the main idea as well as its execution, in my opinion. It was fully individual, and even though it at times could be a bit too much to handle and keep up with, it was never the slightest bit of boring. It was quite the opposite to say the least.

With the plot, came a huge cast of characters, big and small. Sasha, the main character, was one of my favorites. Thrown into numerous bad situations, Sasha never managed to lose her cool, even when it was the hardest thing not to do. In addition, throughout the book she began to become even more fierce and daring, even putting her whole life on line at times, which made her a pretty kick-butt main character, in my opinion. With her also came Jax, her love interest as well as the guy put in charge of her protection. Sweet, loving, and caring, Jax was a hard guy to hate, even when he was a bit na├»ve. Better yet, I loved seeing their relationship bloom as the book progressed, because not only was it sweet but Trinity also managed to present it in a way that tested YA boundaries content wise. In addition to Jax and Sasha, I also enjoyed reading more about Jax’s siblings as well as the various “bad guys” introduced, especially when they in particular managed to spice the book up in new ways.

However, The Mesphisto Covenant had a few slight setbacks. One was the level of information given throughout. I love rich plot lines, but there’s a point where there gets to be too much information given, and The Mesphisto Covenant managed to hit that point at times. Sometimes I was a little confused at what exactly was going on, especially when it switched suddenly from one thing to another. In addition, I felt the characters needed a little more development, because just like the plot information, they were copious and a little hard to keep track of.

The Mephisto Covenant, though, is still worth a read, in my opinion, especially for readers who love mythology as well as well as romance in their YA books.

Grade: B

The Mephisto Covenant (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads) is now out! 

Source: Publisher via Netgalley 


  1. Enjoyed your review; the cover is lovely. I think of that YA so owns the world of book-covers.

  2. You're so right about the cover; it's fantastically gorgeous! I'm glad to hear that the plot was always moving and that Sasha and Jax had a great romance. :) I might have to check this one out!

  3. Lauren - this is an awesome review. Thanks for posting it. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to book two. I wrote a review of The Mephisto Covenant too. I'd love for you to take a look. Looking forward to future reviews.


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