Judas Kiss

Murphy's Law, Book Two

Young Adult - Fantasy - Urban
244 Pages
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Judas Kiss is the second book in the Murphy's Law series by K.A. Fox. The struggles of Delaney “Laney” Murphy continue as she must find the balance between both worlds. Being the daughter of the Devil is not an easy thing, but Laney has found that her father is willing to change. She has been trying to suppress her magic all her life, so learning to use her magic to its full potential is an exhilarating feeling. However, the more she delves into her magic, the more she finds herself slipping away. She needs to find that balance while making sure to stay on her toes. She does not know who she can trust; people betray her all the time and Laney has to be powerful enough to maintain her position. But when a tragedy strikes her where it hurts the most, she is left floundering. Now, she has no other choice but to face her past and risk it all or else she will lose everything she fought for.

Laney is a smart and clever woman, she understands the predicament she is in and is not scared of taking cautious risks. She is the perfect protagonist that draws your attention and holds it until the very end. Laney’s abilities are very interesting and learning of her origins drew me into the story. The plot is very well-managed; you will not find any loopholes or points where the story is lacking. It is a cohesive and well fleshed out story and K.A. Fox ensured every character and every turn of the story is planned ahead. I enjoyed the setting, I enjoyed the thrill I got while reading the action and I absolutely loved the ending. Judas Kiss is an incredible story and I would recommend the series to anyone who enjoys urban fantasies and thrillers.

Romuald Dzemo

Judas Kiss is the second book in the young adult fantasy series Murphy's Law by K.A. Fox. It is a fascinating story with strong hints of horror and opens with a powerful, disturbing moment that compels the reader to read on. The momentum doesn't slacken a bit and the action carries the reader from page to page. Delaney Murphy is the daughter of a man who’s not enjoyed much popularity. Many look upon him as the devil. Delaney Murphy is left by her father to face a darkness she isn't sure she can defeat. Callum has been assigned to teach her how to fight and how to use her magic. Her mission is simple: rid the Earth of demons. But tragedy is about to set her on a very slippery path. Can she face the darkness growing inside her, and how much fight does she have when the moment comes for the ultimate choice?

This is a beautifully written story with supernatural beings and magic. The protagonist is well-developed and I loved the relationships around her, including the magical bond she has with Torren. The prose is beautiful, gorgeous and somewhat lyrical with dialogues that are well-written and feel like natural conversations. Judas Kiss has a strong appeal for fans of the noir and readers who enjoy sophisticated and multilayered characters. It doesn’t take long for the reader to like Laney. K.A. Fox knows what it takes to win and keep the attention of the reader.

K.J. Simmill

In K. A. Fox's Judas Kiss, Delaney was starting to come to grips with her magic; she needed to, and quickly. Something was coming. Her father's minions were disgruntled, casting the blame on her and her mother for the change in him, and now they were seeking to return things to how they should be. Above and Below should be theirs, and Delaney is just one of the obstacles. Rallied by an unseen enemy, Hell's forces are rebelling, creating havoc, seeking to destroy the ones who brought the change. But Laney is not alone, she is now a hunter of rebellious demons, and she will not stand for their unwanted presence. But there is more danger than meets the eye, and a greater scheme as yet still veiled.

Judas Kiss is the second book in K. A. Fox's Murphy's Law Series. As the second book in the series, I did feel I was missing some important information that would have enhanced the reading experience; however, the plot is complete in its own right and presents an enjoyable tale filled with conflict, danger, and betrayal. Written in an engaging first-person narrative from Delaney's perspective, it is easy to become invested in her life and the people close to her. The action scenes are a well-crafted description of both magic and combat and flow seamlessly. I enjoyed the touches of humor which lighten the characters' ever-growing sense of dread as things unfold. Delaney is a well-rounded character and her own weaknesses and inexperience are improved through the support of her friends and comrades. Action, danger, betrayal, heartbreak, and deception will keep the reader entertained while the shifting relationships between characters will keep the reader guessing as to who can really be trusted.