Justice is blind. Justine isn’t. Book two in the Saturn's Daughter series, in which Tina Clancy is gifted with the power to dispense justice...for good or evil.
Tina Clancy is adapting to her new life as one of Saturn’s Daughters while living in the toxic part of Baltimore known as The Zone, and occasionally acting as a champion of the downtrodden, the weird, the innocent...and the sometimes not-so-innocent.
Just when she finally lands a real law job, the Zone is blasted by poisonous gas and her sometimes-boyfriend starts receiving visitors from Hell. He’s none too pleased about that, or in Tina having sent his granny to Hell in his place. For that matter, neither is granny…
Being the Daughter of Saturn and being able to dispense justice should have come with a rule book, but since it didn't Tina is still trying to find her way with her new damning powers. Meanwhile trouble is stirring in the zone when a mysterious gas is leaked that causes the old and the injured to go violently ballistic then fall into an unbreakable coma. Even worse are the constant reminder messages coming from those she's sent to hell. Things are definitely getting interesting around here.
I have to admit that I'm not Tina's biggest fan. There's just something about her that rubs me the wrong way. She goes out of her way to be stubborn and difficult, refusing to see reason even when she knows she is wrong. She also had an issue with complaining about her role as Saturn's daughter and the justice it entailed. In fact, she would spend pages agonizing over not wanting to become crippled from misusing her power, but then whenever she got even the tiniest bit mad she would jump to damn something/someone to hell. Then after the fact it would be several more pages of berating herself and various self pity that just really turned me off. I could have accepted this behavior a little easier if had of seemed like she was at least heading in the right direction maturity wise, but I didn't see one iota of progress. Also, I have to say that her behavior towards Andre drove me literally insane. It got to the point where I almost wanted to be done with it all despite their awesome chemistry, and as a romance fan, that is really saying something. She pushed him away just to be difficult and purposely stubborn and that just doesn't work for me. I mean it was obvious that there was something real between them, but she being the stubborn obtuse woman that she is, refused to allow anything to progress. At this point I'm not sure whether I'm rooting for her to finally get over her issues so something real can happen between them, or whether I just want to wipe the slate clean and move on, but I guess we will have to see how the next book goes.
DAMN HIM TO HELL is one of those books that is incredibly hard to rate/review. On one hand the premise and the cast of characters have to be the absolute most unique line up that I have ever read. You've got corporate espionage, chemical spills that have left some pretty insane results, and even Roman gods as well as hell thrown in the mix. Sound like a lot? Well it is, and that is where it leads into it being hard to rate. I found the book entertaining, but never was able to get fully immersed into things as it just all felt rather jumbled at times. I will say that I was glad to see some of the reasoning behind the zone's quirkiness and what the chemicals actually were get revealed. But there still wasn't any developments at all in the Daughter of Saturn aspect, which was rather frustrating to be honest. Since Tina is the narrator, of course the thing I'm most curious about is anything that directly relates to her powers. So I'm really hoping the next book gives us at least a little hints on what is really going on with her.
I feel like I've been rather harsh on DAMN HIM TO HELL considering the fact that I did enjoy it, but like I said it is a very hard book to review, because despite that enjoyment, there were those issues I listed above. So I really want to wrap things up here on a positive note because I feel like this series has a lot of potential, and I'm all for a book having such incredible uniqueness in a very saturated genre.
(Received a copy from the publisher via Edelweiss)