Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: August 1, 2015
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Don’t hurt Jane. You may live to regret it.Thoughts on Dark Avenging Angel: I had a very tough time liking Jane. I can't even say I really ever *did* like her. She's passive and doesn't stand up for herself. Given her abusive childhood, I can see where that came from. But it made it hard to like her when she let people get away with things that she should have been screaming about.
Bullied by her abusive father, Jane always felt different. Then the lonely child found a friend in a mysterious dark lady who offers her protection—a lady she calls her “angel”. But that protection carries a terrible price, one to be paid with the souls of those Jane chooses to suffer a hideous and eternal fate.
When Jane refuses to name another victim, the angel reveals her most terrifying side. Payment must be made in full—one way or the other.
On the other hand, having a dark angel on hand to mete out justice (like a superhero, but, you know, waaaaaay scarier) meant that Jane didn't have to act to get revenge. She just had to pass along a name and (eventually) the wrong-doer would get their just reward.
Still, I had a tough time with her. I do think the hardest thing was how she had no idea what she was getting herself into when she gave her angel the first name. Unfortunately, once she'd started, there was no way to stop. She was in for the long haul, regardless of how she felt about it.
Frankly, Catherine Cavendish did an excellent job balancing Jane's past against the choices she had to make later on. Jane was an abused, lonely girl who grew into a woman who had a hard time liking herself and let people walk all over her. There was something oddly satisfying in following her to the bitter end.