Penemuae (book review)
Penemuae was written by Lea Barrymire. It is the first book in her Watchers of Enoch Series. This post was organized by N K Author Services. I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
The temptations of love and lust brought the two hundred Watchers together. When they decided earthly possessions were more important than divine instruction, they were bound to each other, and the Earth, forever as punishment.
The Watchers can feel change coming…
After three thousand years, and more heartache than Watcher General Penemuae can remember, all he wants is an end. Exhausted in heart and soul, he lives to fight the Nephilim and atone for his disgrace, his only objective to rid the Earth of evil. Until the day he meets her. Evelyn, the human woman who shouldn’t have survived, who can see things she shouldn’t, who makes him want things he’s sworn not to desire again.
Face to face with evil, Evelyn finally has to accept there is more on earth than mere humans when she becomes the target of an immortal malevolence. Saved by an avenging angel with eyes dark as night and remorse to match, she finds herself in the middle of a fight she may not survive.
“Hey Beth. Did you have a question?”
Beth was a fourteen-year-old foster care child carrying her last foster father’s child. No one had known what was going on until the pregnancy was months into gestation. The girl was a mess but Evelyn knew there was good inside the small-framed body.
“Um. Can I ask you something?”
Evelyn’s heart stuttered. Beth attended every meeting, participated when asked but had yet to voice anything at all.
“Sure, sweetheart. You can ask me anything you want.”
“Do you believe that I’m being punished by God and that’s why all this has happened?” The girl pointed to her distended belly. “I mean, normal girls don’t get raped and left on doorsteps. So, I thought maybe it’s ’cause I was bad when I was little or something. You know?”
“Oh, hon. You are not being punished for anything.” Evelyn pulled the girl into her arms. “Listen to me. Bad things happen to those strong enough to handle them. This part of your life will strengthen you if you can just make it through.”
Lea Barrymire is definitely on my list of favorites. I've LOVED her Coyote Bluff series... and I was absolutely not disappointed in Penemuae in her new Watchers of Enoch series. Her female characters are these independent women... and the big strong men are protectors... but sensitive to the women's need for independence.
I loved how dedicated Evelyn was to her nursing career, and to the girls in her pregnant teen group. I wish there had been at least a few more scenes written with her interaction with the girls. But... once she and Pen (Penemuae) met... being together became an obsession they almost couldn't control. (Honestly... I wouldn't have blamed Evelyn if she just totally forgot about her nursing career and skipped out to take care of her Pen addiction... and to learn about his (and her) history. But... like I said... dedicated independent woman.
Being in Pen's head may have been my favorite part of the book. The fact that he was this centuries old being... but was still surprised by Evelyn and his reaction to her... was just so sincere in his mind. His confusion with feeling like he was falling in love with her, but having been cursed to live his existence never finding love, and undeserving of it, really made me fall in love with his character.
I will say.... the one thing that drove me crazy is I'm STILL not sure how to pronounce Penemuae. Thank goodness his "nickname" was Pen.
About the author:
Lea lives in Western New York with her hubby, three children, and miscellaneous critters. Before the rug rats, she lived a life of adventure, following her husband all over Europe with the US military. She's slept in a car outside Paris, drove six hours just to see tulips in the Netherlands, and knocked ash from her shoes at Pompeii. Now she spends her time in life's adventures at soccer games, PTA meetings and school plays.
Lea has loved reading from a very young age, spending many sleepless nights devouring books. Science fiction and paranormal were her favorite genres to read as a teenager, and that love bled into her adult life. She started writing during a bout of insomnia, to fill time, and found it filled a creative void. Now she communes regularly with the characters in her head and tries not to laugh out loud when they say something funny.
When Lea isn't reading, writing or corralling kids, she enjoys watching movies and sciencey shows, or just kicking back and listening to some music.