Thursday, December 10, 2015

Divah by Susannah Appelbaum

Eloise meets Rosemary's Baby in New York City’s very own Carlyle hotel.

Seventeen-year-old Itzy Nash is spending the summer at the exclusive Carlyle hotel in New York City. But the hotel harbors more than the rich and privileged; it is host to a gorgeous fallen angel, reclusive movie stars, and—Itzy soon learns—demons of the worst sort. When the Queen of the Damned checks in, all Hell breaks loose. Itzy is called upon to save herself—and all of humanity—from the ravages of the Underworld. There’s only one problem: Itzy’s possessed.

Part gothic thriller, part historical fiction, the novel straddles the Upper East Side and the lush trappings of the Carlyle hotel, and Paris during the Reign of Terror in 1789. Marie Antoinette is the Queen of the Damned. Marilyn Monroe is an expert demon hunter. To kill a demon, Hermès scarves, Evian water, and a guillotine are the weapons of choice.

For anyone who loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone, this has an epic battle between angels and demons with a doomed love story at its core. But it’s also darkly funny, for fans of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, and more than anything it’s something original—dark, funny, clever, and glamorous.

It's everything the summary promises you: dark, original, clever and full of monsters. I had an awesome time with Itzy!

There are a tonnes of details I've enjoyed in this story. First, the historical part of the story with the French revolution and Marie-Antoinette has a background plot/monster story.

Then, the Carlyle Hotel has the main place to build the storyline. It was great to have a tour of this famous location basement and the perfect scenery to invite monsters and ghosts.

Also liked the "walking dead" vibes in the apocalyptic ending, as well. As all the clever and creative ways, the author has mixed demons to her real life characters. Like her vision of the battle between the good and the devil and the fact that we are all teinted.

It was really amusing and entertaining to learn about Itzy past, potential and to follow her adventures. Easy, creative and dark.

The final opening of the gates of hell's scene is very well pictured. I've enjoyed the different level of the combat. The personal motivations of all the characters, the manipulations, the easy way you can succomb and the darker and cold aspect of Angels.

If you want to spend a great moment with monsters, this story is a cool read!


*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

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