A girl learns that she has the ability to fight the demons that threaten the world in this series opener.
Soon to be 17, Nina struggles to keep herself and her 15-year old sister, Melanie, out of the hands of the Church, which has become the new, tyrannical government a century after the war between humans and demons wiped out most of America—and the rest of the world. She might have succeeded, but Melanie turns up with a secret that will destroy any real future the girls have. The Church, however, discovers another secret, something Nina did not know about herself: Nina is a natural exorcist, able to dispatch demons to hell with only the fire that glows from her hand. This makes her a target of the Church, and her new friend Finn, one of a group of young exorcists and other freedom fighters, steps in to help her escape. In no time, Nina becomes public enemy number one on the national news. Jammed with dramatic tension, this post-apocalyptic paranormal thriller will keep readers flipping pages. Vincent maintains suspense with fights against demonic degenerates and near-miss encounters with the demonstrably evil Church. One of Finn’s group has a so-far-unexplained supernatural ability that makes their efforts much easier, and there are hints of future romance.
Vincent’s a pro: large parts of this are un-put-down–able. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)