Review: Satan’s Son by Simone Elise

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Genre(s): Paranormal Romance

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Synopsis:

You never expect to meet your soulmate after you die. And you definitely never expect your soulmate not to have a soul at all.

But that’s what happened to Addison. One minute she’s walking along in her average life, worrying about curfew, and the next minute she’s in hell.

Addison was living a typical teenager’s life before being dragged down to hell to atone for her sins on Earth. She must now make up for her bad behavior but is not expecting to meet her match in Ethan. Devilish good looks, charming smirk, an attitude to match, oh, and he’s Satan’s Son. Addison must now navigate the channels of hell with the reluctant guidance of Ethan as he atones for his own error. But could his mistake be closer linked to Addison’s death than she knows? Neither Addison or Ethan were planning to find love but now that they’re here, which will it be: Heaven or Hell?

Review:

This is a classic example of a book that made me say “dope” when I read the synopsis and then “nope” as soon as I started in on the book proper.

Addison was annoying as hell as a character. I have no idea why Ethan was into her in the first place, since literally all she did was whine and complain. I think we were supposed to find her whining endearing, or at least a little humorous, but it missed the mark for me. In fact, I feel like half of the dialogue in this book (and there is a lot of dialogue) could have been cut and it would have improved my view of Addison as a character.

Ethan was okay, but the whole him being Satan’s son thing was heavy-handed. It could have been much better, and there was potential for more depth of character. I didn’t get much of a feel for him at all. He was hella old and he’d fallen in love with a teenager. More explanation is needed there on why and what in his character (and her character) is driving him. He also acted like a teenager, which was kinda boring.

As for hell? It was flat as a setting. It was like the author wanted to write about Satan’s son cause she thought it would be cool and sexy (which I don’t disagree with) but didn’t want to get too much into the nitty gritty of what setting a book in such a commanding setting required. The best books take place in a setting that almost becomes a character itself, and hell should have been easy to make into a setting like that. Imagine all the cool little things you could include!

The plot and story conflicts had potential, they really did. And I think if the author reworked some of the mechanics in the story it could be good. Though I didn’t love the writing, I reckon a thorough edit (not just for spelling and grammar, as seems to have been the case here) and a better balancing between dialogue and exposition could polish it up quite nicely.

In short, I liked the idea of this book, but it was missing crucial elements. Many of them.

Rating: ★

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