Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn’t expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love. But Jake is quickly drawn to the eerie beauty of her violet eyes while Gabby is unsettled by their undeniable connection.
When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not a demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.
As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever
Synopsis (Cover links to Goodreads):
Jake thought being demon meant a shredded humanity, stripped of all human emotion. Chaos and self-preservation dominates a demon’s instincts. But Jake feels every ounce of pain and despair around him.
And it’s driving him deeper into Hell.
Gabby’s choice to save him last summer left a fissure in Hell’s gate that released a malevolent evil. When Jake’s given a mission by the demons to shadow a human girl who may know the whereabouts of an ethereal weapon, he doesn’t expect to see Gabby. But Fate has her own agenda.
When Jake and Gabby are thrown together on a camping trip with a group of delinquent teens, Jake begins to grapple with the haunting choices he made in the past. When the evil finds them, the group begins to battle for their lives, alliances are made, and truths revealed.
As the evil begins to influence Jake, he questions his link to the demons, his purpose, and his love for Gabby.
But the answers to those questions are only found in Hell. And it may cost him his soul.
Author: Elizabeth Arroyo
Where did I get the books: From Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: a resounding 4 bookworms for both.
The Second Sign:
I have recently lost interest in the whole Angels and Demons plot lines as it has been written to death. I am so glad I picked up this one. It was a lot more Dark and Twisty (thanks Meredith) then the usual YA’s and restored my faith in the genre.
Gabby is your quintessential ADHD bad girl. Way to much energy for her own good lets her get into trouble more often then is good for her. One thing leads to another and she finds herself at a family lake house where (dum dum dum dum) she meets Jake. From the start their relationship is one that is fun to immerse yourself into.
Ms Arroyo has incorporates a lot of legend and lore into the story in such a way that doesn’t make it feel like an overly religious book and still educates you in such a way that enables you to keep up and understand everything that is happening to the characters.
Gabby’s story is fascinating and attention grabbing. I was drawn to it from the start and now I understand why. This first book in the series is a great start and opens up your world to so much more for the YA genre.
The Second Shadow:
I read the Second Shadow directly after The Second Sign. Which I am extremely glad for. This has been a great series and I cannot see what Ms Arroyo comes up with next.
Everything in the second instalment was taken up a notch. The relationship between Gabby and Jake, the story line, Gabby’s powers and even the Dark and Twisty.
Once again I became so immersed into the story that the world around be ceased to exist until I finished the book and put it down. All the characters grew and evolved even further. I fell in love with Max (all though I don’t know if that really is all that much of a good thing.)
It’s hard to say anything about this book because I really don’t wanna spoil either the first book or the second.
Really… read it.