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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Mephisto Mark by Trinity Faegen

Orphaned at six and sent to live with abusive relatives in Bucharest, Mariah learned early in life to box up violent, agonizing memories and put them in permanent mental storage. Now almost nineteen, she has a paying job, a tiny apartment, and a plan to attend university. She loves her independence and is steadily overcoming her past, but when an enigmatic stranger walks into the pub where she works and the trajectory of her life changes yet again, she begins to wonder if she’ll run out of mental shelf space.
The only females unafraid of the Mephisto brothers are the extremely rare Anabo, born without Original Sin. Over one hundred years ago, Phoenix was first to find one, but he made a fatal mistake and she was murdered by his oldest brother and enemy, Eryx. Phoenix soldiered through the next century wrapped up in grief and guilt, his only outlet planning takedowns of those who pledged their souls to Eryx. When one of his brothers brings Mariah to Mephisto Mountain, he’s torn between his instinctive, powerful need to pursue her, and his certainty that he can never have her. Drawn into the world of the Mephisto, Mariah sees the pain and misery Eryx unleashes on humanity, and the boxes in her mind begin to fly open, one by one. All that keeps her from slipping off the edge is her unlikely, sexually charged friendship with Phoenix. He’s incredibly screwed up; she’s completely broken. It would take a miracle for them to find happiness. Then Eryx brings the war for Hell to a whole new level, forcing Mariah and Phoenix to make a choice that will bind them together for all eternity, or rip them apart forever. The Mephisto Mark is third in The Mephisto Covenant series and is a New Adult title, with graphic language and sex, as well as references to past child abuse and sexual assault.
Wow! As a psyche major I was drawn to these characters and OMG the storyline. Beautifully poignant, I was unable to put this book down except for the necessary needs of life. First, let me say, this is not a book for everyone; Trinity Faegan has been necessarily graphic in some of the details of Mariah’s early years.
Everyone deals with pain in different ways; one of the greatest questions for me is how do people cope when there is no time to grieve? Mariah pigeonholes every memory, deep shelving those too distressing to deal with, until she meets Phoenix. Mariah’s neatly compartmentalized past comes crashing into her present.
Okay, so yeah I am a sucker for lost causes and these two are so lost in their own misery what they do can’t be actually considered more than existing. All that being said, even if you don’t read this series, read this book!

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