Yesterday I shared my bordering unhealthy love for Reed.
After reading all the comments I know I am not alone. In fact, we are legion!!
This week is about ALL the men, angels, and undead. That means I have to set my obsession aside and be fair.
I’d also like to say thank you for all the shares on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!! It’s awesome that so many people spread their love for this series!! Especially with Iniquity coming out soon (I hope).
OK — HERE WE GO!
I gave myself a birthday gift recently – a post with some of my favorite swoon worthy fictional characters. Some of those authors are, Cassandra Clare, Sarah Fine, Colleen Hoover (LOVE!!), Veronica Roth, Laury Falter, Abbi Glines, and M. Leighton
I will start by saying that I am Team Reed.
Are there only two teams?
Robyn Leanne , a fellow blogger, says no.
Meet Xavier; Seraph Angel
After seeing this picture on Amy’s website I almost forgave Xavier on the spot!
“Xavier is Evie’s guardian angelllll.” <—Sang Gabi Daniels in an angelic voice.
Ouch! Move over lovarrr Reed & soul mate Russell. There’s a new (old flame) angel in town! Turns out it is very rare for a Seraph to be a guardian. And rarer still for them to be together for thousands of years. In fact, in the history of Heaven, it’s never happened. And he’s back. Only Evie has no memory of their past… at first.
As it’s all coming backing to her – I’m making up scenarios in my mind. All involving a patient, loving, I’ll do anything for you Xavier. By the end of that chapter I was OK with the possibility of Reed being called back to Heaven.
Simmer down, Xavier haters and enjoy another pic
(pretend those wings are red. I can hardly work my cell, let alone photo shop)
See that poor angel? He had to endure THOUSANDS of years of watching Evie with Russell in each of their lifetimes. Married, children, happy. In Heaven she fell in love with Xavier. SO in love she volunteered for this mission to be free of Russell. After thousands of years, he finally has her — only now she is branded with the mark of Reed??!!
In a perfect, fictional world — I would be the one branded by Reed! But, that’s besides the point. I have to call a TV time out here. Xavier is wounded.
Xavier is one angel level above Reed. Oops. I love the way Amy set this up!! Just when things are coming together– Tau, Cole, and Xavier show up. ALL Seraph Angels. All very respected. All are the highest level angel. All exude power, control, and confidence. Why is that important? Because Reed & Zee are Power Angels and have to give up control to the Seraphs! Things just got complicated.
To Xavier, Reed is a nonissue. Evie is his. What Amy Bartol did here was brilliant! As the reader, you are well into book #4, obsessed with Reed; there is no one in the universe that compares to his strength, efficiency, love, and commitment to Evie.
Or is there????
This exchange between Evie and her father Tau, fuels that question:
“What about Xavier?”……“I hardly know him.” I say uncomfortably. ….. He asks me, “What happens when your soul awakens and that changes? What happens when you do remember him?” …. “I don’t know—maybe it will never happen,” I reply. ….. “I forget how young you are, Evie,” He frowns. “There will be an alignment of your heart, your soul, and your mind, and then…. You may feel differently.”
Whoa. Hold up.
In the next book Xavier will challenge Reed for Evie. This terrifies me. PLUS! She hasn’t told Reed she remembers Xavier.
The part where I go a little off on a fictional character as if she is standing in front of me:
Dammit Evie! Stop putting yourself in positions to be kissed by Xavier! And when are you going to stop lying to Reed!? NOT telling Reed you remember some of the good old days with Xavier is lying by omission!
What if Xavier starts being nice and less controlling? What if Evie forgives his betrayal? What if during the challenge Reed is losing and Zee steps in and is killed? Noooooo!!!! What if all my fears are realized in book #5?
LET’S DISCUSS AND PLAY NICE
One of this blog’s loyal followers, Kristin is adding her two cents in the form of a hate letter.
Her Kristin / Reed squishy name is KReed. JEALOUS!
I tried it and unfortunately came up with Reabi. Which is too close to a life threatening disease, and brings up images of Cujo. Although the foaming at the mouth works….
I saw your picture before I read book 4 and yes, you are unbelievably attractive….okay HOT. There I said it, you’re hot; with your come hither look and smoldering bedroom eyes. A nice piece of eye candy you are. And if all I had to do was look at you, I’d swoon all day.
BUT. Then I read the book and I want you to know, I DID NOT FALL FOR YOUR CHARMS. That’s right; I was not enamored with you. I did not swoon over you. You are trying to reclaim Evie as yours when she is with Reed now. Clearly, you do not understand that you are Evie’s EX-boyfriend as in, past tense. As in, you left her. Yeah, I know, you were called back, couldn’t disobey a direct order yadda, yadda, yadda. WHATEVER; you still left her heartbroken.
Evie has told you she does not remember your great love and that her heart is with Reed now. Take the hint, she’s over you. Find some self-respect and move on and leave Evie and Reed alone. Find a nice Stepford Angel who doesn’t mind handing over her free will to you.
The soccer game thing; okay, I’ll admit, it was sweet and touching. But what you did to her when Reed was taken by Brennus was heinous and unforgivable. You stood there watching her fall apart, completely broken over the loss of Reed and the torture he would be enduring. She begged you, BEGGED you to help her and what did you do? You tied her to a bed, leaving her vulnerable to Brennus. He could have done anything to her and she was powerless to stop him thanks to you.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, you rough up Buns leaving her bruised and battered; Buns, a Reaper Angel, who could not possibly match you brute strength. Did you forget all the flirting you did with her? Did it mean nothing to you?
These qualities are NOT attractive. You are NOT a nice Angel.
Kristin, you get extra points for the “Stepford Angel” crack. Our Evie is no Stepford!
Up next– Russell. Check back tomorrow!