Title: The Innocent
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Date Published: November 3, 2015
Format: Mobi ebook
Source: Clean Teen Publishing
Read: November 28-29, 2015
A year ago, eighteen year-old Milayna fought Azazel, Hell’s angel, for her soul. She thought she’d seen the last of him, but he's back, and he's brought his friends with him. The Four Brothers want Milayna’s life, and they have wicked powers to use to take it.
While Milayna struggles against the Four Brothers, she also has to fight Azazel for her younger brother's soul. Ben is at a crucial point in his life—a time when he is weakest to Azazel and his powers. Milayna has to shield her brother from Azazel until Ben reaches the age of accountability and enters a period of safety from Azazel and his soul-sucking demons.
As if having four demon brothers out to end her life and Hell's angel out to steal her brother's soul wasn't enough, Milayna is still reeling from the disappearance of Chay. Can she find him in time to save their relationship? Or will the constant struggle with Hell and all its evil send her seeking comfort in the arms of Xavier?
In all honesty, this one fell a little flat for me. I did, for the most part, enjoy reading most of it, but there were times where some the more dramatic scenes lacked a bit of flair and excitement. For example, there was one scene closer to the end that should have provoked shock and outrage, but it didn't exactly translate over that well to me. I think this may be because the characters themselves didn't react all that much to this betrayal and failed to show those feelings to the reader.
Now on to the parts I enjoyed: I like that this book involves Milayna's brother Ben. Not that I wanted bad things to happen to him or anything, but because we rarely read about him at all in the first two books. We see a lot more of his relationship with Milayna and other characters, as well as how seriously Milayna takes her role in protecting him until he reaches the age of accountability.
Also, I'm glad Chay is back in this book because I hate Xavier. There was one part where he acts like Milayna owes him her love or affection or something and I just wanted to be her for a second just so I could punch him in the face. Ugh.
Overall, I think this book could have showed more excitement and suspense, and while it isn't my favorite of the series, I did like reading the conclusion to what started off as a great series.