The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen

The Mephisto Covenant

The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen is the first book of a new paranormal series about a group of sons of Hell and their hope for redemption through the Anabo (daughters of Eve). More specifically, the brother named Jax meets Sasha, who turns out to be his Anabo. Attraction and complications ensue, and the even-more-evil-than-the-sons-of-Hell-bad-guys come out to play.

Even though I’m sure I’ll go on for longer than this, my review can basically be summed up into one sentence. My belief is that if Stephenie Meyer was a porn star instead of a Mormon, this is the book she would have written. (Of course, she also would have had to have had her Eureka! dream about Hell boys frolicking through a meadow instead of sparkly vampires, but I digress.)

Sasha meets Jax and learns the truth about herself very early on, and even though she is supposedly “terrified” and “repulsed” by him, she still manages to almost immediately engage in a make-out session. Throughout the book, she continues to “not want to be near him” and “just wants to be normal,” but still manages to pounce on him on numerous occasions and even goes so far as to ditch the bra fairly early on (before the big sexy scene at the end which I’ll get to in a minute). Jax looks at her and admires her strength of character and considers her tough even as a boy basically tries to molest her in the cafeteria while she sits there and cries about it instead of slapping the crap out of him. Oh – but don’t worry. Those are tears of anger. Whew. And here I had been thinking it was just because she was a wuss.

Seriously. The characterization in The Mephisto Covenant is little more than a joke. Not one character goes beyond being one-dimensional. Sasha’s character makes absolutely no sense whatsoever – we are told she is tough and kick ass, yet she cries all the freakin time. We are told she is very hesitant and unwilling to take on her Anabo destiny, but even when she knows that kissing Jax constantly brings her closer to the edge (his spit, you know), she still jumps him like a prime cut of steak. WTF? Also, Jax is supposedly a son of Hell, and we are told that he engages in a varied array of horrible behavior, yet he spends the majority of the novel either mooning over Sasha like a moron in jr. high or being a complete overbearing jerk (see? Twilight!). So, hopefully you see the trend I’m going for here – we are told many things in the story, but never actually shown them. Same goes for the chemistry between the characters, they are supposedly struck mad by the love bug, are constantly all over each other – but I never felt even the smallest flicker of anything. Not good writing my friends, not good at all.

So yeah, The Mephisto Covenant is very much a plot-driven novel. However, the book is pretty long and there are quite a few slow parts that dragged on a little too much. Probably because there were quite a few Sasha/Jax bonding scenes. Since I didn’t feel like their relationship made a lick of sense, I was annoyed. But, I did manage to read the entire book, which does say something. If it had really been 100% horrible, no way could I have read the whole thing without throwing it across the room (theoretically since I read it on my Kindle). But then again, I had to put it down several times and never looked forward to picking it back up – it was more determination to see it through. Plus I wanted to get to the promised sexytimes (which yes, was pretty graphic for YA but also very short – I guess even immortal Hell boy teenagers don’t have a lot of staying power).

To top things off, the ending of the book was a complete loss. Totally cuts off to rope you into wanting to read the sequel (which I think I’ll be managing to resist thank you very much). Not really any resolution.

Anyway, this was obviously not the book for me. I have already seen some positive reviews out there however, so not everyone will agree with me! If you are a huge forbidden love fangirl and/or love Twilight-like relationships don’t let me put you off reading the book – you’ll undoubtedly enjoy it a lot more than I did. (If you aren’t a fan of either of those things, run like the wind…the YA sexytimes aren’t worth it.)

Check out The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen on Goodreads / Amazon

{ 15 comments… add one }
  • Ashley @ Book Labyrinth June 27, 2011, 5:35 am

    Wow. Well, needless to say, I definitely won't be picking this one up. I have massive hate for Twilight-like relationships — in fact they are what put me off paranormal books for so long. The problems you had with the book sound exactly like complaints I've made about other books.

  • Stephanie ( June 27, 2011, 5:56 am

    Eeek, now I'm a little nervous to read this one!

  • Celesta June 27, 2011, 8:28 am

    oh dear! This was a fantastic review and thus I am not inclined to read this book at all! (I loved your sum up with Stephanie Meyer…makes an odd sort of sense but does indeed put me off of the books). *moves this to bottom of TBR pile*

  • slayra June 27, 2011, 8:43 am

    Ah thanks for the warning! After the big Twilight-y trainwreck that was "Firelight" by Sophie Jordan I am very happy that I read your review before buying this one and experiencing the "Twilight love experience" (trademark) yet again. 😛 Ugh, can't authors just write something and add realistic romance? 😛

  • ComaCalm June 27, 2011, 10:31 am

    This review sums up why I stopped reading after the first chapter. YA books have been getting pretty bad lately. I admire your staying power – how on earth did you manage to read the whole thing?!

    ComaCalm's Corner

  • Ashley June 27, 2011, 1:18 pm

    Aww. 🙁 And it has such a pretty cover! 😛

    (See… This is why Ashley is no lover of the paranormal…)

    Awesome review though! I seriously loved it!

  • Jen (Makeshift Bookmark) June 27, 2011, 2:25 pm

    Oh my goodness… the pornstar/Mormon comment. HAHAHAHAHAHHA. I am a huge forbidden love AND Twilight fangirl, so I may still have to give this a try. Fantastic review!

  • A Tale of Many Reviews June 27, 2011, 2:37 pm

    Great review! I mean that in you are able to say exactly what it was you didn't like, but at the same time, those same things I know others could look past. I'm personally a character driven reader, BUT this is the first negative review I understand where ppl say it makes them WANT to read the book just to get their own take.

  • -k June 27, 2011, 5:49 pm

    "If Stephenie Meyer was a porn star instead of a Mormon, this is the book she would have written."
    I got this through netgalley and now I'm going to read it purely because of that line. I can't wait to find out for myself.

  • Jessi June 27, 2011, 6:14 pm

    Hmmm…and I was so excited to get this to review. Guess it will be one to test my staying power. Thanks for the honest review. I definitely appreciate the heads up before diving in…

  • Emily June 27, 2011, 9:03 pm

    "if Stephenie Meyer was a porn star instead of a Mormon, this is the book she would have written."

    That line made me laugh out loud. Great review!
    As These Pages Fly

  • Casey (The Bookish Type) June 27, 2011, 10:07 pm

    Uhoh. I was afraid of the characterization thing after hearing a passage from the book read aloud. Like you, I've seen some positive reviews out there, so it's nice to get a balanced perspective. Thanks for the honest review!

  • Simcha June 27, 2011, 11:21 pm

    I'm not familiar with this book and after reading your review I don't think I'm going to be looking it up.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2011, 8:40 pm

    This is a terrible review. I have read this book and I thought it was fantastic!! I have also read Twilight and I agree with everyone's opinion that it is a literary failure, but the Mephisto Covenant is nothing like Twilight. The romance between the characters is so real, and the story line is so compelling that you can't stop reading it. I loved this book, and it saddens me to think that it won't get the opportunity to be read just because of one review.

  • Lenore Appelhans July 4, 2011, 4:22 pm



Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge