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Review by Anniek
Mary once lived in heaven as an angel. Now she's a private investigator on earth with the paranormal as her specialty. Mary hates demons and exterminates them whenever she gets the chance. Demons tortured her and sawed of her wings. Mary still struggles with the horrific things they've done to her. When another dead body turns up, Mary is being called in by the L.A.P.D. because of her expertise. She knows immediately that this is the work of demons. They have to act fast because at the next full moon another girl will be killed if these demons aren't being stopped. Will Mary be able to put her personal crusade aside to save humanity?
Mary is adjusting to life as a human. I loved her from the beginning. She's a feisty and badass angel, but she's also so innocent and angelic at the same time. Humans and angels are very different. Mary doesn't really have to eat or sleep and she prefers to shower with holy water. Mary is hilarious and I loved how she thinks about life on earth. She's new to how men and women interact with each other and never had a first kiss. Because of her innocence Mary is incredibly honest and loving. She'll go to the ends of the earth for people to keep them safe. If angels would ever be living among us I wish they will all be like Mary.
Marked by Hell is the first book in a new series about Mary Wiles. I have read other books by Erin Bedford and I love how she makes even the most unreal things feel real. Mary is tough and I like stories with strong main characters. Her sidekick Trisha is a young girl who manages to keep Mary focused on the important things. They're a great team together. I think Erin Bedford has grown enormously as an author and she shows that with Marked by Hell. This new series definitely got off to a flying start. Marked by Hell is a masterpiece and I can't wait for the next book in this series.
Marked by Hell is an action-packed story with more than a touch of the paranormal. If you love stories about angels and demons with kickass heroines I'd highly recommend Marked by Hell. Please keep in mind that this book has an open ending as it's the first story in a series.