First Impression:Look at that cover. Go on. I will give you a minute to absorb the breathtaking beauty that is The Mephisto Covenant cover. Even without that intriguing cover, I would have had to give this book a shot. Sons of Hell. Anabo (whatever that is). The Mephisto Covenant had me at hello.While Reading:Sasha has a lot going on in her life. Her father was recently murdered. A secret organization may hold the key to uncovering the mystery... if only Sasha can survive the initiation.The Mephisto Covenant started off very rocky. The first chapter alone threw me for a loop. Secret organization. Selling of souls. Wow, what a way to start. But, and this is a huge but, said loop almost didn't matter in the scheme of things. I don't want to spoil it for you, so details will be as vague as possible. Something big happens... then it basically unhappens. My first reaction to this was REALLY? Did that just happen? As The Mephisto Covenant continued, then the plot seemed to go from bad to worse. Guy falls instantly for the girl. Girl alittle hesitant but starts to come around, then (secretly) falls hard.By this time point in the novel, we are not even to the half way point. Having read too many instant, obsessive, and/or unhealthy romances, I seriously wanted to quit The Mephisto Covenant. Faegen did present an unique mythos (Am I the only one who had no clue what an Anabo is?), but I had to question was the novel ever going to redeem itself enough to be worth continuing... The answer simply was a huge YES.Right when I was ready to throw in the towel. Ready to declare The Mephisto Covenant to be a did not finish, Faegen pulled the turn around of the century. My interest level almost instantly went from eh, mildly interested... to wow, this book has me hooked. And if you asked me what turned it around so much, it was the romance pure and simply. It did a complete 180, allowing me to fall in love with the characters rather than have their infatuation thrust upon me.Verdict:The Mephisto Covenant is the perfect example of why I sometimes need to be more open-minded with books. If I had given into my first insinct, I would have missed out on this jem. The Mephisto Covenant did not have the ideal opening for me. And it was not until alittle before the half way point that I really fell in love with it. And when I did, I fell hard. The Mephisto Covenant is the first of what I hope will be an amazing series.