Thrall by Jennifer Quintenz [ARC]

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Title: Thrall
Series: Daughters of Lilith, #1
Author: Jennifer Quintenz
Expected publication: May 16, 2012
Braedyn is a normal girl just trying to survive high school with her two devoted friends, Royal and Cassie. Together they’re doing a pretty good job of shrugging off the slings and arrows cast their way by the popular crowd when a new boy, Lucas, moves into the house next door. Suddenly Braedyn finds herself falling in love for the first time.

But as her sixteenth birthday approaches, Braedyn discovers humankind is at war with the Lilitu, an ancient race of enticing demons that prey on human souls. Her father is a member of the Guard fighting against the Lilitu - and so are the new neighbors, including her crush, Lucas.

As her world starts to unravel at the seams, Braedyn learns the right answers aren’t always clear or easy. And as for “good” and “evil” – it all depends on how we choose to act.

Inspired by the ancient Mesopotamian myths of Lilith and her offspring, Thrall explores first love, strong friendships, and taking on adult responsibilities against the backdrop of powerful supernatural forces and life-and-death stakes.

Fist thing I loved about the story is the Uniqeness. Not all books choose a heroine that
was actually a Demon of origin. Lilith to start with is a mythological mother of Demon.
I was really unfamiliar with Lilith thing so I made a few research (which I always do, For me to understand more of the paranormal books I commonly read. Hehehhehe.) Here is a short research article I read hope it will be useful for you as well:

Lilith, Mother of Demons, appears throughout mythology and religions across the globe. Although called by different names, she has existed in some form since, by some accounts, as early as 3000 BC.

She is a female demon of the night who supposedly flies around searching for newborn children either to kidnap or strangle them. She also sleeps with men to seduce them into propagating demon sons. Legends told about Lilith are ancient. The rabbinical myths of Lilith being Adam's first wife seem to relate to the Sumero-Babylonian Goddess Belit-ili, or Belili. She was also known,to the Canaanites, as Baalat, the "Divine Lady." On a tablet from Ur, ca. 2000 BCE, she was addressed as Lillake.

One such story is that God created Adam and Lilith as twins joined together at the back. She demanded equality with Adam. Failing to achieve it, she left him in anger. This is sometimes accompanied by a Muslim legend that after leaving Adam, Lilith slept with Satan, thus creating the demonic Djinn. In another version of the myth of Lilith, she was Adam's first wife before Eve.
from: (wiki)

So Far, this is the first book that has a theme of a Lilithu daughters as a the main character of the story. I've read a lot of paranormal books, and so far it is really quite good. The book has a mixture of story about friendship, responsibility, faith and love, but the most important thing is the faith in one's own strength and sense of rightness.

The main character was interesting and well created. I instantly liked her; she was filled with a normal human girl's emotion. Love of friends, love for her father, and for Lucas. She has endured her hearts desire to be human and chosed to sustain her Lilith form to help the GUARDS in stopping the other Lilitus evil plan.

A Fathers love, this is the best highlight of the book. Murphy, , inspite of not being the biological father, is an epitome of a fathers unconditional love to his daughter. Inspite of what others think of his raised Lilitu daughter, he never loosed faith that he was able to raise Braedyn with love and goodness. It really left me teary eyed everytime his father's love was being shown in this book. :)

My Judgement:
I can' t say anything negative about this book because it was so good. All in all the book was wonderful. It's really impressive how the it's a self-published book. I enjoyed reading it so much even I went back to reread a few scenes. I would definitely wait for the next sequel of this. :)

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