Posts Tagged ‘Angels’

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5 stars

Illuminate (Gilded Wings #1) – Aimee Agresti

Synopsis:

Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything changes when she is awarded a prestigious internship at a posh Chicago hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous strangers: the powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.

As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?

Review:

This book has gotten VERY mixed reviews but here is my take…
I loved it and found it to be a very “tame” relative of The Devil’s Advocate with a little early Buffy thrown in.

This first book is very description heavy and can be a little slow and repetitive but it was worth it. I thought it was worth the patience and besides that I love story rich books.
The author is very good at descriptions and making you feel like you know EXACTLY what something or someone looks like.  It is a dark, mysterious and dangerous story.

I felt like the story was very wall thought out and paced relatively well.

I think “Haven” showed great growth throughout the book as well as her friends.
I absolutely fell for “Lance” and the description that he is a Clark Kent type. I am still not sure how I feel about “Lucian”.

The skill in imagery she used added a lot of depth which was fantastic.

I would love to see this brought to screen. If they could do it in imagery heavy Devil’s Advocate they could certainly do it with this book and in this day and age they could make it beautifully dark and somewhat whimsical.

I would recommend for teens and up…I don’t remember any language and there was no sex.

List of Books in Order:

Illuminate

Infatuate

Untitled (Release Date: March 2014)

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4-stars

Unearthly (Unearthly #1) & Hallowed (Unearthly #2) – Cynthia Hand

Synopsis (Unearthly):

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Synopsis (Hallowed):

For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn’t prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

Reviews:

OMG I can’t tell you how much I loved the first two books!  They are super addictive.  It was really easy to put yourself in “Clara’s” shoes and sympathize/empathize with her.  The storyline is compelling and relate-able although it is not a fast paced story.  The plot was fantastically planned out and easy to follow, meaning that every plot point is spaced out evenly so that you do not lose interest.  Things are revealed exactly when they are meant to be. Even though the pace was slow it is still captivating.

  I loved all the characters.  “Clara” is a fantastic main character.  The love triangle could have been written better, it was very predictable but still good to read.  The 2 guys involved were both fantastic in their own ways.  There was never a time when I was “woohoo, team Christian or woohoo, team Tuck”…I loved them both and that takes extraordinary writing skills.

Both books had me turning pages to see what would happen next. I finished both books in a day and a half.  I can’t wait to read the third.

The second book in particular was much more emotional than the first and it actually made me cry.  It was so sad and heartbreaking.  I won’t tell you why because that would be a MAJOR plot spoiler.

I would absolutely recommend this to ANYONE who loves stories about Nephilim, angels, paranormal romance, young adult, ect.  I don’t think that was any bad language, if there was it was a very small amount.  No sex, but lots of kissing.

List of Book in Order:

Unearthly

Hallowed

Radiant (Unearthly 2.5 Novella) takes place during the summer Italy trip with “Angela”

Boundless

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4-stars

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1) – Michelle Rowen

Synopsis:

Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that’s me. But I just couldn’t pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me…something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It’s like part of me is missing-and I don’t know if I can get it back.

Then there’s Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he’s keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he’s what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me….

NIGHTWATCHERS

When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising…

Review:

The cover is what drew me to this book in the first place, it’s beautiful and dark.

This is a very easy read.  It is not overly complicated and it is very entertaining.  I read this one in one night.  It did take me a little bit to get into the story.  I would read a couple pages and put it down but once it got going I couldn’t stop.  It kind of reminded me of the show Charmed…not the witches part but the working with demons to get the “big/bad” and also they have an entity called “The Hollow”.

I only wish that the author could have made the “Bishop” character more charismatic.  I know he is supposed to be the romantic unattainable love interest but I just couldn’t feel it.  Even the kissing scenes didn’t really give me the sexual tension that I think should have been present.

One of the only reasons I prefer young adult paranormal books is because the adult paranormal fiction has so much more sexual content (not that I’m against a good romp, I just really like the tension that comes with young adult fiction)

I am hoping the story gets fleshed out in the next book because I think it could be really good if it gets done right.  This series has a lot of potential.

Recommended for teens/young adults…minimal language, no sex, some violence (not graphic)

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4-stars

Mortal (Soul Guardians #6)- Kim Richarson

May Contain Spoilers

Synopsis:

As Kara settles back into the world of the living, she gets an unexpected surprise and finds herself back in Horizon—the Legion has given her a second chance. Kara and her friends face a new enemy: a Dark warlock, an ancient and evil adversary of the Legion.

What’s worse, the Legion orders Kara to carry out her new mission undercover, as someone she never expected…

Review:

I enjoyed this book and the series as a whole.  There were a few things that I wish could have been different (the fact that “Kara” and “David” NEVER admit their feelings is very irritating) and the spelling/grammar still needs work but overall this book was fast paced and kept my attention the entire time.  They did not spend a whole lot of time in Horizon in this book, most of it was spent on Earth which was a nice change of pace.  I did miss the interactions with the elevator operators though 🙂

I liked the fact that the author kept “Kara” mortal for the entire story.  It gave a completely different feeling since “Kara” could show her emotions as a mortal (which she should have expressed more freely).  Seeing as how when she was a Guardian she could not blush and there was no pounding heartbeats to relay what she was feeling when she was with “David”.  It is a hard thing to get across when you take physical reactions out of the equation.

Overall this is a great series but the personal interactions could have been better and more developed.

Be aware that it is left open for continuation but if it does not continue then it still ends well.

I would recommend this for any teenager/young adult…there is only minor language and some of the scenes killing demons are a little graphic but not overly so or so much as to cause nightmares.

List of Books in Order:

Marked

Elemental

Horizon

Netherworld

Seirs

Mortal

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4-stars

Marked (Soul Guardians #1) –  Kim Richardson

Synopsis:

Sixteen year-old Kara Nightingale’s ordinary life is suddenly turned upside down when she dies and wakes up in a strange new world with a new career—as a rookie for the Guardian Angel Legion. Kara is pulled into the supernatural, where monkeys drive the elevators, oracles scurry above giant crystal balls, and where demons feed on the souls of mortals.

With the help of her Petty Officer and friend, David, Kara hurtles towards an adventure that will change her life forever…

Review:

I loved this book.  It is a very original story.  The characters are very easy to fall in love with and root for.  I loved “David” and his smart-ass remarks to the Archangels, it was hilarious.  I also loved the creativity of the way the author envisioned “Horizon”.  The elevators are controlled by monkeys, chimps, baboons and apes (who by the way are very sarcastic and a little angry)…the sky cars are driven by birds (don’t forget to tip them, anything you have on you…a button will do).  The hierarchy of the legion is easy to understand.  At least in this first book there is not much understanding of the demon ranks or what exactly they do.

The story, to me anyway, kept a fast pace throughout the book.  Everytime “David” and “Kara” went on assignment the demons showed up.  In no way am I saying this book perfect but I think it’s a fun and easy read.  It kept my attention throughout.  I will definitely be finishing this series…it is a very entertaining read!

The only thing I had a small problem with was the 3rd person narrative mode.  It took a little getting used to since a lot of the books that I have been reading lately have been first person.  It wasn’t hard though and it definitely wasn’t a deal breaker.

**This would be fit for teenagers…there is only some mild language.

List of Books In Order:

Marked

Elemental

Horizon

Netherworld

Seirs

Mortal

You can get the Nook version (Marked: Soul Guardians #1) FREE (as of 05-13-2013) here

*The author is a retired 3D Animation Supervisor so she made a trailer for the book

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3 stars

Ephemeral – Countenance Trilogy #1 (Addison Moore)

Ok, I am still reading this first book but I felt like I needed to put my thoughts up here now so I don’t forget.

First, there is no way for me to relay when things happen in this book…I bought the Nook addition and according to the Nook there is 2564 pages and I’m on page 624.  I have no gauge of where I am LOL.  Everytime I turn the page it jumps up by 3-6 pages.

Second, I am having a really hard time with this book.  I don’t understand anything that is going on but neither does the main character “Laken”.  It takes FOREVER (at least that what my internal gauge is telling me) to get anywhere…there are no answers and it’s irritating that “Laken” doesn’t ask more questions.  She doesn’t have memories of dying but she does know that she was hit by a car.  She keeps seeing people that had previously died but are now flesh and bone but with slightly different names and memories.  I am only able to read a chapter or two before I have to put it up so I don’t get frustrated.

I will finished the book and update this review once I’m done.

**UPDATED 05-19-2013**

I finished reading this book…I don’t know if I can give a review.  I still don’t understand what is going on and there is really only 1 character that I have any feeling toward and it’s not the main character “Laken.”  It’s not necessarily bad…I mean the author does a wonderful job describing things (except that I cannot picture what anyone looks like) and putting across feelings.  I just have no words.  It’s a very dark series, it comes across a little schizo and it almost makes me a little uncomfortable being in that world (which maybe what the author was aiming for since that’s the way “Laken” feels).

I will finish the trilogy because I cannot leave off in the middle and I WANT MY QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

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5 stars

The Hunter (Guardian Series #1)~(Lynnie Purcell)

First off let me say, if you haven’t read The Watchers series by Lynnie then you will need to do that first.  The second series picks up 3 years later with the same characters.

Second, I LOVED IT!  I am a huge fan of Lynnie and look forward to all she does in the future.

The natrual progression from one enemy to the next is natural and doesn’t come out of nowhere.  The book is paced evenly and keeps you engaged.  The characters retain their same humor and wit as the previous series which was wonderful to come back to.  I actually laughed out loud during some of the banter back and forth between Clare and Daniel.

I am still in love with the Clare character because she is a strong female heroine and you don’t get that too often.

Oh, and by the way….HOLY CLIFFHANGER, BATMAN!  I can’t wait until #2!!!

I recommend this to anyone who loved The Watchers series and if you haven’t read those yet…what are you waiting for?

Books in Order…

The Hunter (Guardian Series #1)

(Guardian Series #2)….Anticipated late 2013 but that could change

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