Devin O’Branagan’s Pretty Sacrifices: a review

In the post-apocalyptic world following a pandemic, dark angels arrive in Glory’s small hometown to claim the eternal souls of her loved ones. Targeted by evil because of her heroism during the great plague, Glory fights back with the help of gutsy young witch Kaia, inexperienced guardian angel Sasha, and her intrepid demon-fighting dog Hallelujah. Complicating everything, a rift in time reunites Glory with an old flame and forces her to pay a huge price for love.

The legend of Glory continues!

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I’m so excited about this book’s release. Really excited. Having had the honour and pleasure of reading a preview copy, I couldn’t wait for it to be available for everyone to read so I could finally get around to raving about it.

What I love most about this novel? The subjects feel new. There’s a lot of huge YA coming out these days with some impressive female heroines, but Pretty Sacrifices refuses to mimic. It stands on its own as something fresh and unique.

Pretty Sacrifices starts up where Glory ended – the pan-plague has ended and now the world is dealing with the effects. Having gone through the first mission with Glory to stop the plague, I as a reader felt so much compassion for those who survived. They don’t know the whole story, all they know or care about is that their loved ones are dead and their lives will never be the same. This grief is described with such realism, it’s impossible not to be moved.

But the calm doesn’t last for long, and that’s where things get interesting. The main villain of the novel is the demon Nyx, who first makes an appearance in Glory as the embodiment of pure evil. She maintains that role in PS and she is fantastic. Creepy enough to be memorable, but it’s what she does more than what she is that makes her the perfect antagonist for Glory’s goodness. It’s a battle of souls and a battle of wills, and characters you’ve grown to love across both books are caught in the middle of something they can’t control and don’t know how to stop.

I was also excited to see so many of my favourite characters come back, especially the very awesome-sauce vampiric Goth Girls. It was like getting together with old friends, and not always easy to hear how they’ve been: young witch Kaia, facing her pending death; guardian angel Dominic, choosing between love and duty; and 17-year-old Glory, once again needing to find the strength to save the people she cares about – even if it means turning her back on the one thing she’s wanted her entire life.

Usually with O’Branagan’s books, it’s the characters more than the plot that keeps me reading. Though fictional, her characters walk so easily off the pages in into my living room. With Pretty Sacrifices, the characters got me invested but I needed to know what happened. And then came the jaw-dropping ending.

Thrilling, emotional, mysterious, amazing – you will not be able to put this book down. After reading Glory and now Pretty Sacrifices all I can say is – I want Genesis now!

Find more information about the book and where you get it here

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3 comments

  1. I am thrilled you enjoyed this book as much as you did! Thank you for the wonderful review. I promise to get the third book of the trilogy, GENESIS, written as quickly as I can!

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