Title: The Mephisto Covenant (Mephisto Covenant #1)
Author: Trinity Faegen
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult Literature
Publisher: Egmont USA
Summary: Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger--she is an Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx's biggest threat.
A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant--God's promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he's finally found the girl he's been searching for: Sasha.
With the threat of Eryx always looming, Jax knows he has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?
The Dish: Sasha has a lot being thrown at her all at once. Within a single day, she's confronted the leader of a supposed cult to find out about her father's murder, stoned by members of said cult, rescued by a young man dressed in black, and had her memories erased of anything about said man. When she gets home after all of this has happened, she learns her mother is being departed to Russia for being suspected as a spy, and Sasha is going to live with the uncle and aunt she never knew about. May I take a break from the Tilt-O-Whirl of events, please?
With everything that's being hurled at Sasha, I'm surprised she's still standing and able to take in everything. I admire that aspect about her as a character, but there were some issues I had with her behavior, too. Yes, I realize it might have been due to her proximity to Jax, but to see her constantly stating, "No, I have to stay away from him," and then turn right around to run to the one she thought was "not right" was driving me up the wall. It felt like I was at Wimbledon watching Sasha going from one side of the court to the next.
Other than being a Son of Hell, Jax didn't seem like that bad of a guy. What he does is ultimately for the greater good even though it means no redemption for the Lost Souls from humans who pledged themselves to Eryx. And when it came to Sasha, it appeared as though he did everything in his power to help her, which really speaks of his character and the fact that he does want redemption from God. It was nice to also be introduced to his five brothers as I believe each of them will be a focus for the next books in The Mephisto Covenant series.
What was rather disheartening was how quickly certain people seemed to give up and follow Eryx. Were they that desperate enough to give up their souls? I won't go into greater detail because I don't want to spoil the story, but it was something that gave more despair to the story sometimes even more than what Sasha had to endure.
Trinity Faegen has told a story that revolves around the fight between good and evil and given it a new twist. I was impressed with how Faegen chose to handle the religious aspect of the story, and I'm already curious to see what she has in store for the next book, The Mephisto Kiss.