Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Review: The Codex: An Angel's Guide To Seducing A Human by Joe Duck

When an ancient book capable of summoning a demon is stolen from heaven, Narius, a young and not so bright angel of knowledge, is cast down and ordered to destroy it.

If he fails, he can never return to his blissful life as a lazy library guard.

Fortunately, to aid him in his quest, Narius is accompanied by the Codex, a theoretically holy book, who sprouts terrible courtship advice like a cheap fortune cookie.

Upon arrival to the world below his, Narius is tricked into helping Emily, a greedy sorceress in a bit of a pickle, trying to deal with a hungry dragon.

Together, the human and the angel must overcome enchanted apples, evil elves and the impoverished dragon or risk watching their world burn.


To be completely honest, I'm not a big reader of fantasy books. Not because I don't like them but because I guess my imagination wasn't made for reading fantasy. I love fantasy movies and television shows, so I'm always giving fantasy books a try but unfortunately, it never works out. It's pretty frustrating on my part because I want to love them so badly. LET ME LOVE YOU!

When I picked this one up, I knew that I would just adore it. The premise was something that I hadn't read before and I thought that it was an interesting idea and I was super curious to see how the author would go about weaving this story. To be honest, I wasn't disappointed in the least. 

There is one thing to keep in mind when reading The Codex ... this is not your normal angel book. I've read a few books about angels and there is always an underlying seriousness about them like the author is afraid of angering the angels among us or something. The Codex is a bit more lighthearted. There are some pretty hilarious (sometimes naughty hilarious (which is the best kind)) situations mixed in with the more serious parts of the book. 

I thought that the characters were a mix of curiosity, naiveté and inexperience, which made them interesting and enchanting. I found that I couldn't get enough of either Narius or Emily. I just wanted more and more of each of them. Each scene with them kept me wanting more. The conversations between these two will definitely keep you on your toes because you never can tell what is going to come out of their mouths.

The story line was one of those where you're left scratching your head and wondering how in the hell the author even came up with some of this stuff. What kind of mind can create such an intricate yet lighthearted book with so many fantasy characters, all the while keeping things feeling authentic and partially realistic. Well, as realistic as a fantasy novel can be. 

All of that being said, I know that this was not a novel for me. I know, that sounds weird after everything that I have just said. The bottom line is that while I enjoyed how well the book was written and the meat of the story, it was not a good fit for my reading preferences. It was not a total loss, I've found an author that I can appreciate and I found that I can enjoy fantasy novels a bit more than I have in the past. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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