Night Angels Chronicles, 1
“Be careful who you love, it just might kill you.”
When Sera’s father is killed in a horrific accident, all he leaves behind is a mysterious key. Sera places the key on a chain around her neck and vows to avenge her father. Strange characters arrive in town including the otherworldly Night Angels, who claim to be sent for her protection.
Sera falls hard for one of them—exotic, arrogant Peter. But what if his promise of love is only a ruse to gain access to the key? As Sera’s connection to the key grows, so do her supernatural powers. Guided by clues left by her father, Sera searches for the hidden chamber beneath the city, hoping to save what lies within before the sinister mayor and his deadly followers drown humanity in a bloodbath.
14+ due to adult situations
Before my dad’s death and the move to Cliffside, I had known only lies. I hadn’t seen the truth about myself, my family, or my friends. But here on the ground, covered in blood and dirt, and most likely dying, I knew I didn’t want to go back there. I wanted to stay with the truth. The truth hurt like hell, but it was better than being numbed by ignorance.
“No.” I think I said it out loud, but it sounded more like a gurgle. I tried harder. “Never give you the key.” I gasped. “Never.”
He hissed in anger. “Then I will turn you into undead.”
I knew he was bluffing. If he turned me into one of them, he would never get the key. I had to willingly give it to him, with a rational mind, and those undead were anything but rational.
Gore howled like he had on the plateau, and the nail raked across my face, penetrating deep into my skin. He reached down and licked the blood with his long snake tongue, a poison so painful seeping into my flesh that I almost passed out again.
When he spoke next, his tone was venomous, each syllable biting as if they were his teeth. “Clever girl, I will do something better. I will turn your brother into undead. Think on that.”
I made a feeble sound of terror, struggling to get up and unable to move.
He laughed. “You will give it to me now. Or else your brother will end up like this.” He grabbed one of the undead and pulled the grotesque, dead-eyed face down next to mine. Then, he tossed it away like a stick.
This was the end, then. Gore had won. I had to at least try to save my brother, even if Gore's promises were lies. With unbearable effort, I reached up and tried to undo the chain. I couldn’t. I tried to pull it up over my head but somehow, it became tangled in my torn clothes. I was too weak and the problem of removing the key from around my neck overwhelmingly impossible.
“Come, little bitch, quickly.” Gore’s fingers dangled in front of my face, as if itching to undo the chain for me. But he was powerless to do so.
A growing uneasiness rippled through the undead standing in a circle behind him. Low moans rose from cavernous mouths. Any second now, surely Gore would unleash the hoard upon my brother to devour him. Why, oh why, couldn’t I undo the chain?
I grabbed the key and pulled with all my remaining strength, whispering, “I want this. I want to give him the key. I do.”
Posted by Astilbe on 4th May 2016
What good is a key if you don’t know what it will open?
To be honest, my first impression of Sera wasn’t a very positive one. She came across as a judgmental person in the beginning because of how obsessed she was with social status and owning expensive things. First impressions aren’t always right, though, and I soon changed my mind about her. These were definitely her biggest flaws in the beginning. It was rewarding to see this character grow so realistically as a result of the experiences she had. Watching her mature was by far my favorite part of the entire story.
There were pacing issues. The first half of the book was spent describing the main character’s reaction to her father’s death and to her new home. While it was interesting to have such an in-depth understanding of her grief, this did slow the plot down quite a bit. It also made the second half feel crowded to me due to how many different scenes had to be crammed into it in order to explain what had been going on with her father before he died and who the strange individuals were who kept showing up in Sera’s life.
With that being said, I was intrigued by the author’s explanations for this stuff. She created a world that I would have loved to explore more thoroughly because of how complex it all seemed. The people and creatures that were part of it were absolutely fascinating. There is definitely room here for at least one sequel. While I don’t know if Ms. Mezek is planning to write one, I’d be curious to read it if she does!
Key of Mystery is a good choice for anyone who appreciates a big puzzle.
Posted by Suze Lavender on 27th Apr 2016
Sera's whole world is about to change. When her father dies under mysterious circumstances Sera wants to know what happened to him. He hasn't left his family anything but a black box. Inside is a key and Sera wears it around her neck. That's when she suddenly starts having horrible nightly encounters with awful creatures. Someone wants to harm her, but why? Does it have anything to do with her father's death? Sera thinks his disappearance might have something to do with a secret hidden beneath the city.
Help comes from new people at Sera's school. They are there to protect her. That doesn't mean she can automatically trust them though. Do they act in her best interest? When almost all of her old friends suddenly dislike Sera because of what happened to her father she's in dire need of new friends. Fortunately she doesn't have to fight all of her battles on her own, but does that also mean that Sera will be all right eventually?
Key of Mystery is an interesting story about a fascinating key. I love the idea of a mysterious key that makes its wearer powerful. Sera is a great main character. Before her father's death she was spoiled, but she sees the world through different eyes after everything that happened to her. I enjoyed witnessing that transformation. She's often strong, but isn't afraid to show weakness either. She's fiercely loyal and cares about people. That also means that she wants to protect them at all costs. The book ends with a big cliffhanger and I can't wait to find out what will happen to her next.
K.H. Mezek is a good writer. I liked her choice of supernatural characters and the idea of a secret chamber that can be opened with the special key. There are vampires in this story and there are also creepy zombies. If you enjoy reading supernatural stories you should definitely get this book.
Posted by KMontigny on 28th Feb 2016
I was gifted a copy for an honest review. This book was very intriguing, where do I even begin? It starts off with Sera at her fathers funeral, with her mom and brother and you learn a little about her lifestyle. She grew up pretty wealthy, and she's pretty shallow. Her mother is very shallow and I don't like her much, and her brother seems to be in a rebellious phase. They aren't exactly a tight knit family. I found Sera a bit annoying in the beginning because she seemed whiney, ungrateful and snobby. However, as the story progresses, things take a turn and flip her world upside down and she finds out who her friends truly are. We get to see her transformation, and it's a nice change from her former self.
She learns of this whole other world that her father was engulfed in once she receives a mysterious key. She's determined to find out what really happened to her father as she believes things are not as they seem. Strange things start happening to her and she is unsure of who to confide in. Sera makes a couple new friends and tells them some of her theories, but not everything, as she's still a little weary on who to trust. She also gets confirmation about things that seem impossible from some out of towners, who she is not quite sure she can completely trust.
This is the first book in this series, and I believe the authors debut novel. I have to say, she did an amazing job! It ends on a bit of a cliffhanger and I am dying to know what will happen in the next book. I'm hoping I don't have to wait too long for it!! Mezek does a great job at capturing and keeping your attention. The story line is great and not your typical paranormal story. That's what I like about it though. I think this is a great start to the series and she's definitely made a new fan. Can't wait to find out what happens in Sera's journey of uncovering the truth about this mysterious world that wants to stay hidden.
Posted by Amazon Customer on 8th Feb 2016
This was a great book with a surprising ending. I found myself reading all the way through and breaking from my homework constantly to read more...I'm just sad that it ended lol!
Posted by Amazon Customer on 6th Feb 2016
Amazing book and amazing writing...intriguing and perfect for vampire novel lovers! You don't want to put it down!