Review: Choosing Evil (Ensouled Trilogy Book 1) by Kristina Rienzi

 

Choosing Evil (Ensouled Trilogy, #1)Choosing Evil by Kristina Rienzi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

Serafina Murano is no stranger to the paranormal. All of her life she’s lived harmoniously alongside demons. Damon Serpe is a conflicted demon on a mission. Unexpectedly, they collide into each other’s lives and are inexorably drawn to one another.

Dark deadly secrets, gut wrenching betrayal, and elusive questions haunt her and have her entire life. Instinctively, Serafina realizes Damon holds the key to her understanding. If she trusts him, can he help decipher her recurring nightmares and unravel the mysteries surrounding her?

On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, she must select her path and make a difficult choice. One which will change her, and perhaps the world, forever.  Will Serafina embrace the truth and face her evil?

Would you?

 


***Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for a review.***

 

What does evil mean to me?

That's the question Serafina constantly asks herself as she struggles with coming to terms with her literal inner demon. In a world where demons and humans live and work side by side this is also the central theme of the book and there's a lot of ground to cover with this surprisingly weighty premise. If you could choose to become something more than human yet purely evil, what would it take for you to embrace it? Alienation and disillusionment, certainly, but what could make you sacrifice your humanity, your immortal soul, knowing what fate ultimately awaited you?

Speaking with a true demon, Damon- who doubles as the token love interest- gives Serafina some thoughtful insight to the nature of Evil, but then you immediately wonder why she didn't canvass any of her other paranormal associates for answers.

But since the story is about Serafina's coming to terms with a decision she's already made, the worldbuilding suffers as other subjects are barely touched upon. Such as Lorenzo's true nature, which is never discussed and remains cloudy- how's he the leader of demons yet not a demon himself? How'd he become what he is? Who's in charge of Hell? And where does Heaven and its denizens fit into all of this? Wouldn't the very real existence of demons cement the arguments of the world's religions and philosophies? Hopefully this series won't devolve into stereotypical PNR/UF- all the benefits, none of the drawbacks- and there'll be answers as it develops.

Though the title gives away the story and it veers off into flights of MarySue Chosen One, more than a few cliches and a rather anti-climatic ending, it's an interesting and somewhat intriguing read that leaves you curious as to what's to come.