Haven Terra is still recovering from an internship that brought her literally to the brink of hell when a trip to New Orleans leads to more trouble. Graduating early from high school leaves the spring semester free, so Haven and her friends Dante and Lance head to the Big Easy to volunteer with community service projects. But their true mission becomes clear when they run across an enclave of devils known as the Krewe. New Orleans is a free-for-all for these shape-shifting devils, who are more reckless and vicious than any Haven, Lance, and Dante have encountered. And they soon discover their French Quarter housemates are also angels-in-training, and together they must face off with the Krewe in their quest for wings. But Haven’s resolve is tested when Lucian, the repentant devil with whom she was infatuated, resurfaces and asks her for help escaping the underworld. Can he be trusted? Or will aiding him cost Haven her angel wings—and her life? Thrilling, romantic, and full of surprises, this gripping sequel to Illuminate takes the battle of good and evil to the next level.
Reading Infatuate was… entertaining. After I finished Illuminate, I was very eager to continue reading about the adventure of Haven, Dante and Lance. I wanted to find out if the devils might continue to do what they did best and tried to drag these characters literally to hell. I wanted to know if Haven, Dante and Lance would find out more about their heritage. I wanted to see if there were more people going through challenges and training just like them. Did I find all the answers that I was looking for in Infatuate ? While I’d love to say yes, I’m afraid to report that I didn’t find every single answer that I was looking for. I guess you could say what’s in the book didn’t fully quench my curiosity. On the bright side though, I’m happy to share that in this installment, you’d find that there are more angels-in-training. You’d also see a whole new cast of devils here and these devils are not like the ones in Illuminate – they are more cunning; they are more sneaky. The challenges that Haven, Dante and Lance have to face are not just more difficult – they are simply soul-threatening! So, without a dull moment, Infatuate is thrilling and eventful.
As suggested by the title, the things that happened in this installment are related to short-term passion, awkward behavior and unreasoning desires. While I wouldn’t say the characters were behaving in ways that were out-of-characters, it was quite interesting to uncover traits in them that I might not have picked up in the first book. In a way, it’s like their sense of insecurities was amplified in this story. Most angel-in-training characters were tempted by the devil. Personally, I didn’t mind seeing them trapped in the circumstances that the devils set out. It was quite a different experience here compared to the challenges that they faced in Illuminate. Where Haven could use her diligence and intelligence to overcome challenges in the first book, all of her developed strengths seemed quite useless here. It was sad to see her suffer but I must say that watching her break down and crack also helped me connect with her in ways that I couldn’t before. And overall, I loved the way her character grew in this installment.
If you like stories that are set in New Orleans, you’d love Infatuate. I had fun reading about Mardi Gras and I liked that the carnival offered the perfect setting for the devils to scout their latest batch of victims while the angels-in-training battle for survival. However, I must warn you about the ending. Although it is not one of the cruelest endings that I’ve ever read, it was not a kind one. So, if you’re picking up the book now, don’t say I didn’t warn you. 😉