Review: Z by Larissa Ione (@mlsimmons, @LarissaIone, @1001darknights)

Posted June 19, 2016 by Melanie in Melanie, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 25 Comments

Review: Z by Larissa Ione (@mlsimmons, @LarissaIone, @1001darknights)
Z by Larissa Ione
Series: Demonica #11.7
Published by Evil Eye Concepts
Published on: April 26, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 154
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Zhubaal, fallen angel assistant to the Grim Reaper, has spent decades searching for the angel he loved and lost nearly a century ago. Not even her death can keep him from trying to find her, not when he knows she’s been given a second chance at life in a new body. But as time passes, he’s losing hope, and he wonders how much longer he can hold to the oath he swore to her so long ago…

As an emim, the wingless offspring of two fallen angels, Vex has always felt like a second-class citizen. But if she manages to secure a deal with the Grim Reaper — by any means necessary — she will have earned her place in the world. The only obstacle in the way of her plan is a sexy hardass called Z, who seems determined to thwart her at every turn. Soon it becomes clear that they have a powerful connection rooted in the past…but can any vow stand the test of time?

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This novella is set in the world built by Larissa Ione that starts of in the Demonica series and continues in the spin off series, Lords of Deliverance. You can read this novella as a stand alone novella if you want to dip your toe into the world. I do love the world that Ms. Ione has built. Demonica starts off with demon brothers that run a hospital. Each one finds their mate and they find out they have more siblings too. Then Lords of Deliverance is about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The characters are a ton of fun.

In this book, we don’t get to see many of the characters from the main series. Really there is only Azagoth and his mate and Revenant. I do love both of these characters and was happy to spend time with them again. I love how Ms. Ione was able to make the leaders of Hell be so evil, but yet loveable at the same time.

Zhubaal is a fallen angel and Azagoth’s right hand. He has spent all of his free time searching for the love of his life who feel before him. She died, but he wants to find her reincarnated soul. When he bonded with her, he felt it was for life, eternal life.

Vex is a emim, daughter of two fallen angels. She isn’t well liked among the others around Sheoul. She also has the ability to suck souls into herself after they are killed. There was a great market for demon souls, that is until Revenant put a stop to it. Now Vex has nowhere to go to get rid of these souls inside of her, but to Azagoth.

This is not my favorite of the novellas in the Demonica world. I thought Zhubaal’s obsession with his ex, Laura was very hurtful to Vex. I know that she felt used. Some of the things that are said would’ve made me walk away and never look back. He was wanting her to be someone she wasn’t and I know that I’m not willing to do that. Vex wasn’t either, but it took a bit.

I pretty much saw how this was all going to work out from the get go. I also figured out the whole ex-girlfriend thing from the beginning. That didn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy learning more about these two characters. I loved Vex. I thought she was a strong character with everything going against her and she stayed strong. I like how she stood up to Zhubaal’s treatment of her. There was a twist I didn’t see coming when a particular demon soul in Vex that Azagoth has a hard time getting out. That was a fun twist.

If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend it. It is a fun series with snark, sexy alpha males, strong women, action and all the fun of a Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy.


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I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.

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25 responses to “Review: Z by Larissa Ione (@mlsimmons, @LarissaIone, @1001darknights)

  1. I was not crazy about this one either. Z just was not my favorite character and his obsession with Laura was just so ignorant to Vex. It irritated me. It was fun to see Revenant and how he is ruling Sheoul.

  2. I can’t believe you actually listed ALL the Demonica/Lords of Deliverance books!!!! Dang girl! I LOVE the series and I’m up to Reaver’s book. Can you believe I haven’t read it yet, considering what we found out leading up to it?? Yeah, I’ve gotten distracted 🙁

    Great review! I agree, her books keep getting better! I’ll have to add this novella b/c I love her little novellas, too!

    Do you read her Moonbound Clan books, too? Have you heard anything about a book 3?

    • Reaver is one book that I do not recommend on audio. I hated that narration. I don’t remember who the narrator was, but I didn’t like it. Revenant went back to Hillary Huber who I loved. I wish she had done the entire series.

      I’ve listened to the first Vamp book, but not the second. I have it, but just need to fit it in. I haven’t heard what she is up to for her next full length book. I do know that she wants to tackle the children from the Demonica series, but I don’t know of a timeline for that.
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  3. It’s nice this novella gives you the chance to dip your toes into this world or for fans fo the series to return to this world. That’s nice you at least got to see two of the characters again, although I can imagine if you know this series it would be fun to see more recurring characters. I am glad to hear this one had nice twists. I haven’t read this series, but it does sound interesting.
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