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Review: Crushed Seraphim (Seraphim #1) by Debra Anastasia

Review: Crushed Seraphim (Seraphim #1) by Debra Anastasia

by The CaptainMay 8, 2012

TLDR recap:

An angel with a heart of gold and a dirty, smack-talking mouth, Emma got tossed out of Heaven on her ass by a creepazoid looking to overthrow God. She’s got a limited time to try and change the heart and fate of Jason the half-breed, free God from a tight spot, and kick the overthrowing angel in his holy nuts. Oh, yeah, and there’s the little problem of the devil being totally sexy, not as evil as she thought, and really well endowed. GraveTells thinks Crushed Seraphim is Worth A Look!

  • Title: Crushed Seraphim
  • Series: Seraphim #1
  • Author: Debra Anastasia
  • Prominent Characters: Emma, Jason, Satan Jack, Everett, God
  • Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
  • Recommended reader age: 17+
  • Sexual content level: Medium

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence!***


Oh, how much I wanted to give this book a higher rating. Emma is hilarious. Really, truly, laugh out loud until you snort funny. The story is unique, and the characters are fun. I especially loved it when the author stepped into Satan Jack’s head and riffed out. In fact, that may have been a problem with the story. You see, we’ve got multiple view points going on, and while Emma is the main protagonist, Satan Jack is the heart. Jack is where the author is most comfortable and it shows.

There were also issues for me with feeling like the characters weren’t always keeping true to what they would realistically do or say, and the love triangle felt forced and annoyed me. Not that I didn’t like the third peg on that stool, it just felt, well, off, for lack of a better term.

Editing issues also popped up here and there, and I kept saying to my Kindle  “And? I’m missing something here. Some description or a deeper point of view so I can really feel like I’m inside this character.”

This book is definitely worth a look. It will make you laugh, and you’ll enjoy the journey for the most part. But for me, I was disappointed at what I felt was a lack of really thorough editing that could have pulled out a deeper point of view, less narrative, and stuff that threw me out of the story here and there as I was reading. Anastasia’s voice is unique and engaging, you’ll want to keep reading just because you’re going to like her voice and way of telling a story. But overall I felt a little let down at the end. I felt like the book had potential to knock my socks off, and it fell short.

Memorable quotes:

Oh, Satan Jack, you’re a sexy, tortured beast. Come to mama, I’ll make you feel better…

He reached for the bottle close to his feet and took a swallow. “There is something about me, doll face. It’s between my legs, and I  do believe a few minutes ago you were praying to it.”

And here we have Emma, proof positive that swearing doesn’t get you kicked out of Heaven.  Awesome. I can continue to be foul mouthed….

“Send a ladder then, bitch! See if I won’t march up there and kick you so hard in the ass that you can count my toes with your lying tongue!”

Once more, with feeling!

She held up the remote victoriously. “Suck on this Everett, you panty-wearing little girl!”

If you liked Crushed Seraphim…

For it’s unconventional angels, I have to recommend the Guild Hunters series by Nalini Singh. You can check out my review of book one, Angel’s Blood, here. One of my favorite books of last year, absolutely fabulous read. Nalini Singh is a master story teller, and this book will take you to heights you can’t imagine and then slam you into the ground. And you’ll sit up and say “Please, miss, may I have another?”

If you like humorous books in the urban fantasy genre, I suggest the Esther Diamond series by Laura Resnick. Sharp, witty, paced masterfully, and a normal human heroine who manages to get herself into all kinds of trouble trying to help other people. Esther is one of my favorite heroines. I’ve reviewed books 2, 3, and 4, go here for the review for book 2 (Doppelgangster).

Final thoughts:

Debra Anastasia is a really funny writer. Her concept in this book is unique, fast paced, and interesting. She’s got a great engaging voice, but there were problems with characterization and small editing issues that threw me out of the story. I went into this book expecting to love it, but got lost and frustrated in the middle. Overall, I think Crushed Seraphim is definitely Worth A Look!

Rating: Crushed Seraphim

A Must-Read!

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About The Author
The Captain
When not in pursuit of two small children, a sausage shaped black lab, workaholic husband, crazed hermit crab, bachelor's degree, Jensen Ackles, or editors, I spend time writing and reading PNR/UF as fast as my overtaxed eyes and fingers can read and type. I'm busily writing a series with plenty of Smex Beam deployment and the occasional short story. I am susceptible to bribes involving chocolate, peanut butter, and interesting combinations of the two.

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