Book Review: Balance by M.R. Forbes

December 28, 2015 Book Reviews, Demons, Horror 0

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Book Review: Balance by M.R. ForbesBalance (The Divine, #1) by M.R. Forbes
Series: The Divine #1
Published by Protoculture Press on January 27th 2013
Narrator: Jeff Hays
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
Pages: 390
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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My name is Landon Hamilton. Once upon a time I was a twenty-three year old security guard, trying to regain my life after spending a year in prison for stealing people's credit card numbers.
Now, I'm dead.
Okay, I was supposed to be dead. I got killed after all; but a funny thing happened after I had turned the mortal coil...
I met Dante Alighieri - yeah, that Dante. He told me I was special, a diuscrucis. That's what they call a perfect balance of human, demon, and angel. Apparently, I'm the only one of my kind.
I also learned that there was a war raging on Earth between Heaven and Hell, and that I was the only one who could save the human race from annihilation. Dante asked me to help, and I was naive enough to agree.
Sounds crazy, I know, but he wished me luck and sent me back to the mortal world. Oh yeah, he also gave me instructions on how to use my Divine 'magic' to bend the universe to my will. The problem is, a sexy vampire crushed them while I was crushing on her.
Now I have to somehow find my own way to stay alive in a world of angels, vampires, werewolves, demons and humans that all want to kill me before I can mess up their plans for humanity's future. If that isn't enough, I also have to find the queen of all demons and recover the Holy Grail.
It's not like it's the end of the world if I fail.
Wait. It is.

My thoughts


I really enjoyed this take on the old good versus evil. Heaven and Hell are not exactly as we think and angels and demons do actually walk among us! Landon is really out of his league and he realizes that while he is scanning his present predicament. Getting killed by a demon and waking up in purgatory can put a bit of stress on a person!

While the concept is great, the plot threw me a bit. It reminds me a lot of Bill the Vampire but without the full on snarkiness, which makes it good but I missed that. While Landon is not like Bill, they are similar, and both totally over their heads! Maybe it’s the fact that the world is full of vampires, werewolves, demons, and angels. It is a lot to take in for one book!

I was also thrown by Landon’s love interest. While I didn’t totally disagree with it, it felt odd… forced. There’s way too much going on in your life Landon! Keep your thoughts on your work! Also, dealing with so much in this world, Landon is forced to learn very quickly, and not really told anything by his “mentor” Dante. It just creates a bunch of mess! Then Dante comes back and is ticked at Landon for not knowing how to do something.

The constant fighting without feeling like there was real plot progression was a bit annoying but the characters were fun. And while the plot did not totally hit me, I did enjoy Landon’s main story. I think this could even be broken up to be two books to make it a little more seamless. What Landon does learn is incredible and does keep the plot moving, even if there are bumps in the road.

The side characters, like Obi, were amazing! Who names their poor kid Obi Wan?! He was as hilarious as his name and turned out to be a pretty good fighter too!

The audible was quite fun to listen to. There are little add ins like laughter or sound effects here and there. Someone will growl in the book and there will be a growl! I love that little bit extra! The narration was quite on point too, and maybe that is why I was reminded of Bill the Vampire. The narrators are quite similar in the way they produce their characters. I must add that Jeff Hays does such a fantastic job that it actually sounds like multiple people produced this!

The ending is a full cliff hanger. While I am curious, I am not dying to know what happens. Landon goes through a LOT in this one and I can only imagine what is in store next for him.

Rating Report
3.5 / 5
Character Development
3 / 5
Writing Style
3.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
3 / 5
4 / 5
Overall: 3.4 / 5


The Author

M.R. Forbes lives in the pacific northwest with his wife, a cat who thinks she’s a dog, and a dog who thinks she’s a cat. He eats way too many cookies and donuts.

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