Today I am taking part in the Cloven Blog Tour – you can find the tour schedule here. I got my copy of Cloven courtesy of the Blog Tour, but all opinions in the review below are my own.
Title: Cloven (The Trinity of Souls #2)
Author: Georgeann Swiger
Category: New Adult
Publisher: CreateSpace (Self-Published)
Published: 21st October 2014
What would you do if the only things standing between you and the angel you love were another angel and the fiery pits of Hell?
When Anya and Micah declare their love for each other, the battle for the souls of the star-crossed angels stretches across the heavens. With Heaven forbidding their love, Micah vows to protect Anya by sentencing himself to Hell.
But Anya won’t let him go without a fight. She goes into Hell after him, only to discover an angel from Micah’s past is willing to do anything to keep Micah in Hell.
With love and lies blinding Micah, Anya fights to get him to face his demons and return to Heaven, even if it means hearts will be broken.
The battle for the angels begins where it left off. Between Heaven and Hell is forbidden love.
Rating: *** (3 stars)
CLOVEN is the second book in Georgeann Swiger’s New Adult THE TRINITY OF SOULS. CLOVEN continues the story of Anya, who we first meet in ADORNED – the first book in the series. CLOVEN deals with the fall-out of the events in ADORNED, and continues Anya’s story.
Swiger’s second addition to THE TRINITY OF SOULS is a good addition to the series, as Swiger moves the plot forward and we learn a little more about what is going on in the world. If you enjoyed ADORNED then you will almost certainly enjoy this too. CLOVEN introduces some interesting new characters, places, and some interesting plot twists – I am certain that there is more going on than there appears to be!! If you are a fan of stories about angels with a strong biblical lore leaning, then this might just be the story and series for you.
CLOVEN begins an unknown amount of time after the events of ADORNED, with Anya waking up naked in a strange place and recalling the events that lead to her arrival there. The story unfolds from there, and as the book is narrated from Anya’s point of view we – the reader – learn what is going on as she does. Swiger uses this to great effect through the book, as we see first hand Anya’s confusion and how this both helps and hinders her as the story unfolds. Swiger also, in my opinion, does a great job at portraying the Heaven and the Hell – referred to by its citizens as “Lucifer’s Kingdom” – of THE TRINITY OF SOULS world and the angels that inhabit the places.
For me, the weakest part of the book was the romance between Anya and Micha. After the events of ADORNED it’s clear that Anya has strong feelings for Micha – she is, in fact, pretty determined to find him and be reunited with him – and that she wants to be with him no matter what. This book is, in a lot of ways about them struggling to find a way to be together both physically and metaphorically. And although Swiger did a good job in showing their strong feelings towards one another, I really wanted there to be a point where they just talked. Talked about themselves. Talked about each other. Talked about their relationship. Talked about their hopes. I just really, really, really wanted a moment of I suppose domesticity – coupleness – between them.
CLOVEN also introduces us to the mysterious Dahlia who is mentioned throughout ADORNED – Micha is close to her, and Simon dislikes her. Dahlia surprised me. I had certain ideas half-formed about her from the first book, and her appearance in this book just completely shattered them. She was not what I was expecting at all – and I kind of hope she makes an appearance in future books in this series. CLOVEN also introduces a couple of characters that I think are pretty interesting, both of whom Anya meets in Hell. Cole, Lucifer, and Lena are very intriguing characters, for very different reasons, and I’m interested to see what Swiger does with them in future books – I hope they at least make an appearance.
As I’ve mentioned before, the basic plot of CLOVEN focuses on Anya’s journey to be reunited with Micha and the obstacles she encounters on her way. However, there is a lot more going on than just that – though most of it is in the background, it is still very fascinating trying to guess what exactly is going on because Anya seems unaware of most of it. Swiger creates a very interesting and complex world as the background to Anya and Micha’s struggles.
If you are a fan of angels, then you should definitely consider giving THE TRINITY OF SOULS series a try. CLOVEN is a brilliant second addition to the series, with Swiger building on her world and introducing a lot of new interesting characters.
About the Author
Georgeann Swiger earned her degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and then spent five years as an anchor/reporter at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV. After having children, she left television news to be a stay at home mom. During that time, she discovered creative writing was more fun than writing about real life tragedy. Imagining interesting character and having them come to life on the page is now her passion. When she’s not writing, she works as a substitute teacher. She lives in Reedsville, West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a beagle dog and a temperamental cat who tries to rule the house.
There’s a tour-wide giveaway during the tour too.
Participants can win:
- Digital Copy of Adorned
- Digital Copy of Cloven
- $10 Amazon Gift Card
If you are interested in entering the giveaway you can find the rafflecopter form here.