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Book Review: Halo Of The Damned By Dina Rae

Book Review: Halo Of The Damned By Dina Rae

Title: Halo of the Damned
Author: Dina Rae
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance, Horror
Publisher: Eternal Press
Goodreads Summary: A chain of advertising agencies, a new breed of humans, and a fallen angel to worship… Andel Talistokov is known for his slick advertising agencies across the globe. He is a fallen angel that uses advertising as a weapon for Satan’s work. His growing power emboldens him to break several of Hell’s Commandments. Furious with his arrogance, Satan commands him to return to Hell after finding his own replacement. Yezidism, an ancient angel worshiping religion, quietly expands throughout the West. Armaros appears as a guest of honor during their ceremonies. He mates with young women to produce nephilim, a mixed race of humans and angels. They are alone and unprepared for their supernatural power. Joanna Easterhouse, a recovering drug addict, steps out of prison shortly after her mother’s fatal accident. She and her sister, Kim, unravel their mother’s secretive past. Intrigued, they learn their bloodline is part of a celestial legacy. Both worlds collide. Halo of the Damned is a horrifying tale that weaves research together with suspenseful twists and turns.

Book Review

When I signed up for this book tour, I thought that Halo of the Damned was going to be your average paranormal romance with all the usual clichés – but I was wrong. Halo of the Damned is something different and unique that takes paranormal romance and throws in some gore, horror and mystery. 

The writing is absolutely superb and the story keeps you gripped from beginning to end. The book’s description drew me in as it sounded like this book was going to be a mixture of old and new worlds which is exciting. This book is a mix of so many genres and I was surprised at how well they all meshed together. It is unusual for horror, romance and mystery to fit so well together, but somehow Dina Rae did it.

I was slightly taken aback by the opening scene which was rather gory and very creepy. There are some passages of this novel which are really disturbing and some might even classify them under the ‘horror’ genre. These scenes didn’t bother me or deter me from reading, I just wasn’t expecting them to be there. If you’re not comfortable reading slight gore, then this probably isn’t the book for you; however, it’s not the sort of stuff that’ll give you nightmares – at least, I don’t think it is.

I thought that the layout of the book was a bit peculiar as each chapter only consisted of about 2 pages and the chapter alternated between plot strands. This made the story a little jumpy, however, the short chapters had me turning pages like crazy, desperate to see how the two story lines merged together.

I could never quite figure out whether or not I liked the character Andel or not. He was just so bad – and not in a bad boy way, in an evil way. This made his character intriguing and unpredictable which added to the mystery of this book. I was curious to see how the relationship between Joanna and Andel panned out and I finished this book in no time at all.

It was great to read a paranormal romance with darker themes because it was quite a contrast from the usual YA paranormal romances that I read. Fans of this genre won’t be disappointed; however, this isn’t one for the faint-hearted. This story is completely unique and a must read for people who love books about fallen angels. It is not in the least bit predictable and I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen next as I turned each page. This book wasn’t at all what I had expected it to be and whilst it is a ‘paranormal romance’, don’t think that you know what sort of book this is, because you don’t. You’ll have to read it yourself to find out what I mean!

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About the Author


Dina Rae is a new author here to stay.  As a former teacher, she brings an academic element to her work.  Her two novels, Halo of the Damned and The Last Degree, weave research and suspense throughout the plots.  Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago.  She is a Christian, an avid tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories.  When she is not
writing, she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Brad Thor, Jim Marrs, Alex Jones, C.C. Finlay, and Preston & Childs.

If you liked this book, check out the following:

Blood of Anteros by Georgia Cates
Sweet Blood of Mine by John Corwin
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Undeadly by Michelle Vail
Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

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Laura is a culture and travel blogger based in London. She studied French at Oxford University and now studies Law in London. She’s an avid reader and traveller and loves to combine the two with literary travel. Find her tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on whatshotblog.com.

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  1. dina rae
    22nd July 2012 / 1:53 PM

    Thanks so much for having me and for the wonderful review!

  2. adam-p-reviews
    23rd July 2012 / 10:02 PM

    Great review! This sounds like an intriguing book, I wouldn't normally read this genre of book but your review brought me round! I hope I win 😉


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