Book Review: The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

RATING: StarStarStar

(The Faerie Ring #1)

The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.

Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…

*****

HISTORICAL.

The Faerie Ring is historical fiction tinged with a faint urban fantasy theme. It has the goods, don’t get me wrong, but the fey touch was so subtle, short. The coming books in the series could be great, but I just liked (not loved) this first book.

Tiki has the heroine complex when it comes to orphans (she being one herself). She’s likeable enough, and her resolve to sold the ring so her new family can rise from poverty is venerable. However, her clashing with Rieker isnot I what i had in mind. Oh, they are quite a pair. The stubborness from her is just a little irritating. Rieker is… mysterious! I love his aloof character. I wanna see Hamilton develop him fully in the series.

I had problems with Hamilton’s writing style. The story has a London setting, but I noticed (without meaning to) that it was written by an American author. The English (European?) terms/connotations/idioms/expressions barely registered. Did you get my drift? It was difficult to remember London when most of what I encountered are words I’d normally read in an american setting. Oh, well. Maybe that’s just me.

The Faerie Ring is an okay read. The fey element only bursts through in the last pages. I expected more fantasy, but what I got is a story from Victorian era.

Publisher: Macmillan

Imprint: Tor Teen

Pub Date: 09/27/2011

Many Thanks to Kai and Precious of Pinoy Book Tours for the chance to read their ARC copy!

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“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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Book Review: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

RATING: Star

Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she’s surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

*****

JUVENILE.

Carrier of the Mark got me frowning from beginning to end. The characters were unimpressive, the writing is terrible, and the dialogues are sooo cheesy. You would think that for a book cover so stunning, the story will follow through. But no. Have you been waiting for this book? Please stop waiting. It’s not worth the hype, at least to me.

Megan reminded me of Luce from the Fallen series. Co-dependent, always swooning over the male lead. C’mon! How many times do i have to read about Megan falling into Adam’s arms, going into Adam’s arms, wanting Adam’s arms around her?!?!! I can only take a little sappiness, thank you very much. Heroines like her makes me want to hurl big time. Adam is no different. He’s kissing Megan the first time he acknowledged her after weeks of ignoring her. Then, it’s ‘let’s make out’ or ‘come here, beautiful’ or ‘i can’t take my eyes off you’. Ugh.

One thing i can say for the story: Too Much Information. I got lost in the neutral gene/royal blood/marked One talk. Can we just simplify things, Ms Leigh Fallon? The mythology and elements are interesting; too bad it doesn’t get better.

Carrier of the Mark reminded me of Twilight (which i liked) and Starcrossed (which i don’t). =( I think i’m better off reading fanfic than this book.

Publisher: HarperCollins

Imprint: HarperTeen

Pub Date: 10/04/2011

Many Thanks to Kai and Precious of Pinoy Book Tours for the chance to read their ARC copy!

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“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

RATING: StarStarStarStar

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas’s life.

*****

SCARY.

Anna Dressed in Blood could’ve been a 5, if not for the romance that felt forced and nonsense. Blake has great moves in terrifying readers; i held my breath more than once on separate occasions! Thrilling and maniacal, Anna Dressed in Blood is one of the most frightening YA books i’ve read so far.

Cas started out as strong in character, but when Anna came along, he appeared scatterbrained and incapable. Are guys really like that? Hmmm. LOL. Anyway, Cas is just an average male lead for me. He could’ve been great, but his character’s development became null in the end. Anna was so kick-ass on the first scene! Cold, ruthless, merciless. Then Cas started hanging out at her house, and there Anna began to show some emotions or what was left of it. She’s okay, i mean i loved her when she’s the “Queen of Death”, but the solidity of her character when she’s not the “Queen of Death” did not hold much for me. Perhaps i just want her to be at her baddest?

The horror aspect is fantastic. Voodoo magic has that air of mystery and fright that i don’t wanna dwell in the middle of the night. The romance part is negligible. Lemme just say that a relationship between a human and a ghost is just uncomprehensible to me.

Anna Dressed in Blood is a good halloween read. If you’re up for some jolly ‘ol scare, this book won’t disappoint. Well, just don’t mind the romance and you’ll be good.

#20 Off-the-Shelf Reading Challenge 2011

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“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Swoon by Nina Malkin

RATING: Star

Torn from her native New York City and dumped in the land of cookie-cutter preps, Candice is resigned to accept her posh, dull fate. Nothing ever happens in Swoon, Connecticut…until Dice’s perfect, privileged cousin Penelope nearly dies in a fall from an old tree, and her spirit intertwines with that of a ghost. His name? Sinclair Youngblood Powers. His mission? Revenge. And while Pen is oblivious to the possession, Dice is all too aware of Sin. She’s intensely drawn to him — but not at all crazy about the havoc he’s wreaking. Determined to exorcise the demon, Dice accidentally sets Sin loose, gives him flesh, makes him formidable. Now she must destroy an even more potent — and irresistible — adversary, before the whole town succumbs to Sin’s will. Only trouble is, she’s in love with him.

What do you do when the boy of your dreams is too bad to be true?

*****

You are my life, but you are not my purpose.

NASTY.

Swoon started out great. Then Sinclair came into the scenes, making Dice ‘swoon’ and cheap, then somewhere in that crazy book the plot loses its substance. I did not mind the sexual innuendo at first, but then it gets nastier. Ugh. If it were up to me, I’d list Swoon under Adult Paranormal Romance. Nina Malkin, I have expected more story than this.

Dice is a psychic, or so she says. Her psychic part was barely developed… oh, wait. It helped her with seeing, talking and touching Sinclair. I cannot imagine a far more pathetic heroine than Dice. While Sinclair is so busy ruining people’s lives in Dice’s town, all she can do is pant and lust after him. What the H? She doesn’t do a thing to prevent Sinclair’s wickedness. She just mopes, fantasize, then lust (again) after Sin. Dice has no self-respect at all. Sin slept with her close friend and yet, she wasn’t turned off. Sin spanked her in front of the kids until she comes (yes, for that big O) and still, she’s in love with him. The ending summed up the book very nicely: cheap and senseless. Do you see why I’m riled up?

The storyline is all over the place and the characters are unlikeable. I read Swoon because I got its sequel, Swear, from Simon & Schuster Galley Grab. It looks like I shouldn’t have bother.

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“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Impossible by Nancy Werlin

RATING: StarStarStarStar

Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil?

A beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award-winning author Nancy Werlin.Inspired by the classic folk ballad “Scarborough Fair,” this is a wonderfully riveting and haunting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy.

Literary Awards: Booklist Editors’ Choice, Massachusetts Book Award Nominee for Children’s/Young Adult Literature (2009), Kirkus Reviews Best YA book (2008), Cuffie Nominee for Favorite Novel of the Year (2008)

*****

EERIE.

Impossible might be construed as a contemporary book, but the fantasy (and horror) of it far made more of an impression of me. I want my fairy tales to be fluffy and happy, but Impossible turned that upside down! This story reminded me of that freaky character Rumpelstiltskin. Nancy Werlin got no little man for a villain, but rather a sinister Elfin Knight.

It started off as a normal contemp. A prom. A date. A night full of promise. Just as I started getting comfortable, Werlin lashed with her first curveball. Bang! Lucy lost herself after one act of violence. Bang! Bang! Lucy grappled with the worst reality teen girls will have to face. Wow. I did not know things could turn out from worse to worst in a blink of an eye. But it did for Lucy, and oh, how I wept with her. Lucy was not impressionable at the start, but as she learns abou ther family’s curse and what otherworldly power she’s up against, her steel began to show. What she wouldn’t do for her love and her family – that is where her strength lays.

Zach has the strongest, most developed character. He’s denial at the beginning, then funny, then responsible. His resilience and determination to not give up at the most hopeless times is amazing! Do you have someone like Zach? Then you are so very lucky 😉 Leo and Soledad are solid characters, too. I can feel their warmth and love all throughout Lucy’s ordeal.

The idea of three impossible tasks is intriguing but I was not that convinced of how the riddles were solved. I found the fantasy part lacking, but the Elfin Knight sure is creepy. What I love about Impossible is that beneath the fantasy lies the reality that a family is struggling and fighting to survive when tragedy struck (even if it is paranormal).

Impossible is not that perfect but I daresay the weak points compliment the good ones. It is a good read but I don’t want to read it again. Like I said, the Elfin Knight and his vindictiveness creeps me out. Eek.

#15 Off-the-Shelf Reading Challenge 2011

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“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

RATING: StarStarStarStarStar

The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on… until Kendall’s boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it’s crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear…and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating…and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico’s mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

*****

It’s the intent, not the word, that makes something harsh.

HAUNTING.

I’m craving for horror when I picked up Cryer’s Cross and it gave me the ultimate satisfaction… and more! From scared to terrified, it didn’t fail to give me goosebumps. I haven’t read this kind of paranormal nowadays, but boy, did I relish McMann’s spine-tingling tale! There’s just something about small towns and big secrets that appealed to my imagination.

Kendal was the sort of girl who did not let OCD gets the best of her. Because of it, she’s brutally frank, resilient with a dry sense of humor when it comes to her condition. She controlled, accepted it but cursed it sometimes. Despite the disorder, Kendal appeared as normal as any female teenager to me. That’s a good sign because McMann developed a strong character in her; eventually it will be a major coping mechanism for Kendal in the upcoming horror at Cryer’s Cross. Jacian is as real as Kendal: hardworking but bitter, angry. I wasn’t expecting any romance in the story’s premise but those electrifying moments between Kendal and Jacian were breathtaking. Oh, Jacian, I feel like slapping you, too! *giggles* Ahem. McMann definitely knows how to stir things up without straying from her original atmosphere.

Cryer’s Cross is a must read for suspense/thriller lovers like me. The paranormal phenomena was enough to keep me at my wit’s end. It is a short read but I felt the eerie story was conveyed completely: not rushed, not cliffhanged either. McMann proved to me that even without action sequences to produce a scare, fright can be delivered to readers like me through simple yet effective storytelling.

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“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

Every other day, Kali D’Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She’s human.
And then every day in between . . . She’s something else entirely.
Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.
When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she’ll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.

*****

NON-STOP ACTION.

Every Other Day should be the basis of any urban fantasy read; it was CRAAAZY good! The dual characters in one body made Kali one heck of a kick-ass heroine. The fun never stops, and when I say fun, I meant Kali’s hunt of creatures that go bump in the night. This is undoubtedly one of the best UF book I’ve read so far.

Kali doesn’t know why every other day she turns into a demon hunter; all she knows is that her hunt lust must be sated. Monsters can smell her as she them, that’s why she’s vulnerable when she turns human after 24 hours – she’ll be defenseless by then. I love Kali mainly because of her ‘hero complex’.  Not only did I found it noble, but she’s smart enough to have a plan once her ‘hero complex’ kicks in. Man, I wanted to be like her… I want to be HER! Kali is such a bad-ass. Zev inside Kali’s head made me think of Wanderer from The Host. I was unaware of Zev’s big role in the story but it played out well. Skylar is my next favorite character: upbeat, confident, brave. She almost drove me to tears, what with her ‘feelings’, her fondness of her brothers and how she still choose what fate has for her. Bethany is such a fun character; her constant angst-ridden retorts to Kali and Skylar made my reading very entertaining. But beneath her shallowness lies a pretty decent girl – nice! I don’t like Elliot; he’s such a wuss but a great brother to Skye nonetheless.

Every Other Day is a fast-paced, action-packed book. Brace yourselves as you join Kali in battling hellhounds, ice dragons, basilisks, and will o’ the wisps (to name a few) with such confidence and lethal skill. This is not your usual paranormal/urban fantasy read so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Publisher: Egmont USA

Imprint: —

Pub Date: 12/27/2011

Thank you NetGalley and Robert Guzman for granting my galley request.

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“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Personal Demons by Lisa Derochers

Rating: StarStar

(Personal Demons #1)

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She has spent years keeping everyone at a distance—-even her closest friends—-and it seems as if her senior year is going to be more of the same . . . until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can’t seem to stay away from him. 

What she doesn’t know is that Luc is on a mission. He’s been sent from Hell itself to claim Frannie’s soul. It should be easy—-all he has to do is get her to sin, and Luc is as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t stand a chance. But he has to work fast, because if the infernals are after her, the celestials can’t be far behind. And sure enough, it’s not long before the angel Gabriel shows up, willing to do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for. It isn’t long before they find themselves fighting for more than just Frannie’s soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay . . . for all of them.

*****

“I don’t believe in love at all, really. But lust … is alive and well.”

I tried to liked Personal Demons, but Frannie’s bitchiness (and horny-ness) was very irritating.

At first, I thought maybe i didn’t like it because i’m Team Gabe. But no, there are valid reasons why reading this book is a waste of time.

RAVES

“Tell me what to do to change your mind.”

  1. I think I just have one: GABE. I’m sure most of the readers swooned about Luc (but I don’t), but Gabe stole the show for me. Although his character is not as built and strong, he is the only redeemable character the story has. He fits into the angel character well, but shows a few human vulnerabilities, too. There’s only a little bit that i seemed odd: He loves Frannie. but how? they didn’t spend as much time to build the romance! just looking, cuddling, and kissing. He also doesn’t mind that while he’s not making out with Frannie, she’s making out with Luc. ICK.
  2. Wait there’s another one: her Grandpa. I like their relationship.

RANTS

  1. This is the worst love triangle i’ve ever read. Mostly because I cannot determine which guy Frannie will choose because she talks and acts like they have equal chances to her! She says, she does not believe in Love At First Sight but that’s what happened to her (to both guys). Oh, honey, you are wrong. it’s Lust At First Sight to you. No doubt about it. And why does two supernatural, immortal beings would suddenly fall in love with an ordinary girl like Frannie? The romance has no solid foundation, just physical ones.
  2. Frannie is a sl*t. well, it has to be said! One minute she’s gushing/kissing over Luc but when he’s gone and Gabe appears, she’s gushing/kissing Gabe. What the H?!! she claims he loves Luc, but why the F does still kisses Gabe?!! I told you. Sl*t.
  3. Luc’s POV is like a girl. a very horny teenage girl. Can you hear a guy who say, ‘AS IF’? I liked his cockiness at first, but then it got tiring. The the constant ‘Hell’ jokes were so annoying. I mean, I get it so can you stop it already!
  4. Derochers repetitively uses ‘meanders’, ‘snot’, and ‘whatever’. I thought i mistakenly reread a chapter, but no. These words are all over the book.
  5. The twist and the ending sucks. It is so unbelievable that things would turn out that way. The story premise is dark and evil, but the ending was just too ‘happy’ or ‘lucky’ for me.

CASE in point: Don’t read it. The heroine is irritating, The ‘hero’ is egotistical, the love triangle is nauseating. It just didn’t work out. But hey, that’s just me.

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“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Fallen #3: Passion by Lauren Kate

Rating: StarStarStar

(Fallen #3)

“Every single lifetime, I’ll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever.”

Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

If it wasn’t for the time travelling scenes, I would’ve given Passion a 2.

She touched the side of Daniel’s face. “Is it love? Or is it just the curse that brings us together?”

“It’s love,” he gasped. “Don’t you know that?”

Admit it, Daniel. Luce is an idiot. No girl in her right mind should question your love (and its depth) for her. 

So Luce jumped into an Announcer with the purpose of finding out the truth about their curse (and ending it) by visiting her past lives/relationships with Daniel. What supposed to be a quest for Luce to finally break the curse so she and Daniel can be together without consequences turned out to be the wick  of a wicked chance for the greatest angel ever to fall from grace to destroy history.

RAVES:

  1. Lauren Kate finally decided to put Daniel’s POV in the story. I kinda like his journey more than Luce’s.
  2. The power of Daniel’s love for Luce is overplayed, but nonetheless heartwarming.
  3. I got to glimpse a snippet of Cam’s past life that turned him to join the other side.
  4. Daniel’s journey to his past lives answered the questions that have bombarded me since book 1. He’s still mysterious, all right, but I’m not puzzled by his actions anymore.

RANTS:

  1. It wasn’t Luce who found a way to break the curse (surprise, surprise).
  2. Everytime she meets Daniel in the past, she’s always “he’s so gorgeous” or “i want to feel his arms around me” or ” those violet eyes”. C’mon, Lauren Kate! I get it. Luce is one h*rny chick.
  3. Luce is still a weak heroine. Imagine her travelling in different times and places but still whining how Daniel doesn’t love her enough, keeps secrets from her, maybe Daniel is not who she thought he was. Doubts, doubts, doubts! And to think that the author is selling the ‘true & eternal love across lifetimes’ idea here.
  4. Whatever happened to the Outcasts? or Sophia and the Elder council?
  5. It is still unclear to me how Luce & Daniel came to fall in love many lifetimes ago. For sure, Luce is no angel. But is she human with just a very beautiful soul that captured Daniel? Lauren Kate never did come around explaining that.
  6. I still find it difficult to imagine how Daniel can be this very important fallen angel that he might tip the balance of the scale. He was only the Angel of Silent Watchers. Is that supposed to be a powerful role?
  7. The reason that Daniel fell from heaven’s grace because of NOT choosing a side (from the inevitable war) is ludicrous. Angels fall because they want free will, is it not?  Daniel did not choose heaven or hell, but he still fell and even got punished for it.

I was surprised that Passion is not the final book, there is still book 4 (Rapture). Luce does not deserve Daniel, period.

Do you want to read it? If yes, then read at your own risk. Fallen series got potential to be a great angel-themed YA series. Unfortunately, the story is inconsistent, the atmosphere is sappy and the heroine is still whiny for me.

“I’ll love you with all my heart, in every life, through every death. I will not be bound by anything but my love for you.”

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“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Rating: StarStarStarStar

 

Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself does. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil.

In the first book in an action-packed romantic trilogy, L. A. Weatherly sends readers on a thrill ride of a road trip  —  and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.

(Angel Trilogy #1)

What an exciting new spin for an angel-themed YA!

Who ever thought that angels can be very, very bad, huh?

The story will take you into the heart of a cult (kind of) that worships angels, into the mind of a girl who does not accept her angel heritage, into the soul of an assassin who find courage to love again despite the loss and pain.

I liked the constant shifting of perspective: from Willow to Alex, from Raziel to Jonah. It quickens the time for me to grasp the bits and pieces that made up the story. After a few chapters, the action began. And what a trip that was!

I love Alex! He’s strong, efficient, and (almost) invincible. Not to mention emotionally distraught. Oh, how i love it in a man who has excess baggage (but not too much)! I connected with him in more ways than one.

Willow is a wuss (in the end), HA! For someone with angelic powers, she gave in to fear and panic. She should be determined and resilient like Alex.

I disliked the push/pull drama between Willow and Alex; i thought it was too long. But, by the time they were together already, the lines the author threw at me were too sappy. Or teenager-y. You get the drift. Nevertheless, the cabin scenes made up for it; much more with the breakup scenes. The emotions are real, i felt for Alex.

The cult feel of the Church of Angels creeps me out. Religious fanatics are really dangerous, eh?

The climax is suspenseful enough to keep me at the edge of my seat (or bed). It was nail-biting!

Pure and kind angels? *snickers* i think not.

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“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”