Review: Evenfall (In the Company of Shadows #1) by Santino Hassell and Ais

Evenfall: Volume 1: Director's Cut (In the Company of Shadows, #1 part #1) Evenfall: Volume 2: Director's Cut (In the Company of Shadows, #1 part #2)

Summary:

In a post-apocalyptic future, the Agency works behind the scenes to take down opposition groups that threaten the current government. Their goals justify all means, even when it comes to their own agents.

Sin is the Agency’s most efficient killer. His fighting skills and talent at assassination have led to him being described as a living weapon. However, he is also known to go off on unauthorized killing sprees, and his assigned partners have all wound up dead.

Boyd is not afraid to die. When his mother, a high-ranking Agency official, volunteers him to be Sin’s newest partner, he does not refuse. In fact, his life has been such an endless cycle of apathy and despair that he’d welcome death.

In the newly revised Director’s Cut of Evenfall, the first volume follows these two cast-offs as they go from strangers to partners who can only rely on each other while avoiding death, imprisonment, and dehumanization by the Agency that employs them.

*Warning: explicit sex, physical and psychological abuse, self-harm and violence

Review:

If you are triggered by any of the above mentioned warnings don’t read this book. To everyone else: YOU. MUST. READ IT. NOW.

Yes, that’s just how good it is. Plus, by the grace of God(s) you can get it for free pals. You heard me right, FOR FREE!!! And now lets go with the review.

For all that he spent his life inside his head, sometimes he found it difficult to explain to others what was going through his mind.

That quote is also me right now. Okay, so the book depicts an AU where a 3rd WW happened in the early 2000s or late 1990s that lasted like 10 years and now we find ourselves in a post-apocalyptic dystopian world where the governments aren’t very useful and different anarchic social movements and associations are rising because they want the demise of the institutions still in power and that they blame for the war. In this situation, an unlikely pair made of a trained killer with really bad reputation (Hsin Liu Vega) and, in simple terms, his babysitter (Boyd Beaulieu) are sent into missions to try to stop the biggest one of these organizations, Janus.

  

Pfff, where to start with it… well, I will point out my favourite things about the book and explain why:

  1. Diversity: The only thing this book needed were more women, but I want to give an A++ for the diversity in race and sexual orientation that the book does actually portray (one of the main characters is a Latino/Chinese bisexual), so if you are happy with representation and you know it clap your hands *claps wildly*
  2. Balance between romance and plot: A lot of romance books centred around a plot that derives from the romance itself have sometimes a lot of trouble in balancing both of these sides and putting too much romance or too little. I feel like Santino and Ais did a great job balancing both these factors and it turn out to be one of the best slow burn romances I have ever read.
  3. Mystery: I am doubting if I should put this here, because even if it hasn’t been confirmed yet (I just started the second book) I’m pretty sure I have solved THE mystery. However, that could also be because I spoiled myself a bit on Tumblr, so I guess that if you haven’t made the mistake I have (go on the tag) it could be a pretty mysterious situation.
  4. Great secondary characters: As I said, I just started book two, so I probably haven’t met half the secondary characters this series has. BUT, I love Ryan with all my heart, he is the type of character I always fall in love with and it is making me cry. Also, shout out to Kassian for just being himself and for making me want to ship him with Ryan even though they haven’t met each other… yet(?)
  5. Pace: It is an action packed book, but it also has its slow moments, which made it perfect. It was never boring and I felt like every situation took exactly the amount of time it needed, when some books sometimes lengthen some scenes that could have been solved in less pages.

Overall, if you like reading about badass adults that don’t know how to cope with adult stuff and sometimes act like children (but in the endearing way, not the kicking-and-throwing-tantrums way) this is a book for you.

If there was a hell beyond what he knew, he would welcome it. He had no reason not to.
After all, a life without living was simply a death without dying. What more was there to fear or hate but life, endless life, with no respite?

All the love,

paula

calloway sisters

 

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