Review: "The Immortal Sin" by Julie Milillo
Onto the next review in our summer reading list but as always: before I begin the review I will include the summary and offer a spoiler warning. If you plan on reading the book for yourself, you probably won't want to read any further.
One Girl. Two Worlds. Three Questions. What lies beneath the hidden secret? Can love rise above the inevitable? And most importantly, where will her fate lead her?
Amanda Chaste had lived what she considered an average life in New Jersey, looked after and cared for by her grandmother. But when she accidentally meets an enigmatic stranger from out of town, her world is drastically thrown upside down. A hidden secret has been buried in the past and not even Amanda can save herself from her own fate.
Conflicted and tormented within her own flesh, discovering her true identity will prove to be something that will change her life forever.
There's a lot to say about Milillo's novel because there is plenty going on from cover to cover. As the story begins, Amanda encounters a demon named Malicious (Mitch for short) who exposes her to a world within her own where demons and angels are functioning in what can be seen as a covert war. Amanda learns from Mitch that she is the child of a divine and demonic parent, rendering her, "The Immortal Sin." This supposed match made in...earth? Has never been done before and most of the book is spent focusing on Amanda attempting to balance out her divided identity (and the powers that came with them).
The journey of exploring these powers and how control is achieved is interesting, but I will admit there were moments in the novel that left me a little confused when it came to the stakes involved in Amanda balancing her unique situation. It is repeated several times throughout the novel that Amanda's nature has never been done before and yet it seems (at least for now as this is the first book in a series) nothing dire seems to occur with her ability to utilize her powers.
The other aspect of this novel that does prove confusing is how, as we are reminded of Amanda's mixed parentage having never occurred before, we do learn about as often of the existence of "myths and legends" pertaining to Amanda's exact situation. This could be simply theoretical lore in the world of this novel, but because that is never clearly stated I have been left to scratch my head a little.
Admittedly there is little else I can find within this novel to criticize because I definitely enjoyed the ride. The cast of characters is small, which is appropriate for the age group this novel is intended for, the plot speaks for itself--a chosen one story that is only taking its first steps into exploring the nature of its chosen one, and a heroin people can definitely root for.
From start to finish Milillo's book is a pleasant ride through a high-school-life-meets-supernatural world for any and every fan of young adult fiction.