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Blood and Feathers (Blood and Feathers #1)

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"What's the first thing you think of when I say 'angel'?" asked Mallory. Alice shrugged. "I don't know... guns?"

Alice isn't having the best of days. She was late for work, she missed her bus, and now she's getting rained on. What she doesn't know is that her day's about to get worse: the epic, grand-scale kind of worse that comes from the arrival of two angels who claim ev
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Solaris
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Feb 24, 2013 Trudi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Supernatural, The Prophecy and Legion
"I can't be an angel. I'm a librarian. That's absurd."

"You? One of heaven's brutes. Unthinking drones, that's all you ever were, and all you'll ever be. A coward who didn't even have the courage to stand with us and Fall. Now look at you! Neutered. A little puppy dog waiting for its master to throw it a scrap."

I came across this one quite by accident poking around looking for something else. Anything with blood and feathers in the title is going to get my attention. Not because I have anything
Jan 23, 2012 Kaitlyn marked it as to-read
Why in heaven's name would "guns" be the first thing you think of when you think of angels?
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
So much heart-pounding action and so much awesomeness!

This book could have easily become another drab angel story that drew me in by its beautiful cover, where the heroes valiantly save the day (at the last minute) and you never really fear for any of the characters. But it wasn’t. Constantly, there was the threat of characters dying and constantly you were reminded that perhaps the angels wouldn’t win…

Even then, with the line between angels and the Fallen, heaven and hell blurred – loyalties ar
As we've recently established I'm a sucker for a great cover, it'll come as no surprise that I love the cover for Blood and Feathers. Pye Parr did a stunning job on this one. Lou Morgan's debut novel is my second read this year that featured angels after Chris F. Holm's Dead Harvest , only this time we were definitely on the side of the angels. However, by choosing as main viewpoint that of the ostensibly human Alice, Morgan is able to create a little doubt in the mind of the reader on whether ...more
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I want to read this book because of the cover and blurb. It was creepy in good way and I love angels. I have this gut feeling that the book would be kick-ass, which it is. Blood and Feathers did not disappoint me. It was action packed and infused with shocking revelations that will blow your mind.

The story started in a gruesome way. Yep, Alice was with her father when 2 angels came to visit. Her father was killed right then and there by an invisible force (Neck was
JJ DeBenedictis
This book has pretty great prose; it slurps you in and is easy to read. I also thought the main character was nicely spirited and spunky; she's always questioning and talking back to the angels who try to tell her what to do.

Where the book failed, for me, was in how I kept feeling slightly let down by it. I kept thinking that characters were going to turn out to be more awesome than they actually did turn out to be, or I thought situations would be tenser and more explosive than they wound up be
Ooo-eeee, I loved this. Came across it randomly and expected it to either be crap or just about readable. Thank you Lou Morgan for proving me wrong. Alice gets drawn into the everlasting battle between the angels of Heaven and Hell, learning more about her background along the way. There are some wonderful characters in this novel and interesting descriptions of Hell. I was so glad when I got to the end and found it's the first book in the series as I didn't want it to end. I can't recommend thi ...more
Shehreyar Khan
This is perhaps the best angel/demon/heaven/hell book I've read to date; I don't understand why it isn't more popular. Looking forward to the second one.
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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When Alice comes home to find two strange men in the house with her father, she doesn’t know what to think. When a pair of hands reach down from the ceiling and snap her father’s neck, all hell breaks loose. Something is coming. Something big. And it wants Alice. Luckily, she’s got Gwyn and Mallory on her side. They insist she’s in danger and can trust them, and when she sees the spread of their wings, a new reality comes
Alice isn’t having the best of days – late for work, missed the bus, and now she’s getting rained on – but it’s about to get worse.

The war between the angels and the Fallen is escalating and innocent civilians are getting caught in the cross-fire. If the balance is to be restored, the angels must act – or risk the Fallen taking control. Forever. That’s where Alice comes in. Hunted by the Fallen and guided by Mallory – a disgraced angel with a drinking problem he doesn’t want to fix – Alice will
Oct 10, 2013 Liz rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy, gdl
The premise was so promising, but the execution was lacking.

The premise: Alice was raised as an ordinary human, but when she comes home to two angels (a fast-talking, hard-drinking Earthbound, named Mallory, and an uptight Descended, named Gwyn) it is revealed that she is actually half-angel courtesy of her mother, and that she is going to be a powerful force in the fight against the Fallen who have begun to upset the balance between Heaven and Hell.

Great idea right? Sure the battle between the
Ornella (Nyx)
If I had to use one word to describe this book it would Strange, but it was a good strange. The start was pretty rocky and I know a couple of people who gave up on it because of it, I only kept reading cause it was just so strange I had to find out what was going on, and that's basically what kept me going through the first half of the book.

The MC, Alice, was soo wishy washy...It's like she was in shock or something throughout most of the book, she just goes along with everything and barely que
“You’re not exactly what I’d imagine an angel would be like, you know.”

“I’d always pictured something, well, fluffier.”

Lou Morgan has recreated Hell. And I, personally, love what she's done with the place. She's taken the stereotypical fire and brimestone and changed it completely into something even more frightening: a world where everything is ice and ever-numbing cold. She's added a waterfall made of ice, a gate made of bone and on top of that, added some kick-ass characters to the mix.

A book about angels - the kind with guns ... and others too. It is a story of how to fit in when you find out you are a half-cast. It is a story of how to fit in when you find you are 'special'. It is a story of how to stay balanced when it is a typically British rainy day and your world falls apart.

I had never heard of Lou Morgan until I heard her speak on a panel at Nine Worlds Geekfest. What she said made me interested in what she had written, so I bought this, her first book. I was not sorr
(Something Like) Lydia
"What's the first thing you think of when I say 'angel'?"

"I don't know...guns?"

The war between the Angels and the Fallen has reached fever pitch, with both sides fighting it out to keep Earth from slipping into the others' hands, but the Fallen are starting to tip the balance: one by one innocent civilians are going missing, swallowed up by the earth...literally.

That's when the angels turn to Alice.

Alice has just arrived home from a bad day at work when she finds two angels in her living room. N
Mary K.
The editor for this book should really find a new job. The first 30% was so hard to get through because it was so confusing, and the last 20% was a giant info-dump. It could have been so much better if the editing had been done properly and the book had been reworked to slowly pepper things in. The premise wasn't bad, and, really, it was the only thing that kept me going through the horrible editing, the awkward dialogue, and the chunky narrative.
Anne Lyle
Action-packed urban fantasy with some of the most charming, flawed (and all too often, psychotic) angels you'll ever have the pleasure of meeting - and a heroine who doesn't need to dress in leather or kick ass in order to be strong and awesome. Highly recommended!

(Disclaimer. Yes, Lou is a friend. No, I don't say nice things about books just because a friend wrote them. I'm mean that way...)
Sep 06, 2012 Butterfly marked it as to-read
YES, unbelieveable but still true Katy is reading an Angel book you who thought nobody could make her do that well you get it wrong 'cause I JUST DID IT !!! LOL !!!
Sally Blackwell
A truly fantastic book, I absolutely loved it. The Hell that has been created by Lou Morgan is truly terrifying and the angels are amazingly fantastically badass!
I wanted to like this book more, I tried really hard. No character seems to have any depth. The world it takes place n has no depth, except for the part about hell being cold and vagina like, and Mallory's smelly apartment. I couldn't figure out where the characters were supposed to be half the time, or what area it took place in. The UK? I was hoping someone would have sex at some point but it was not to be. Instead Alice rolled her eyes a whole bunch. Since there was zero depth to Alice, her m ...more
Suzy Adcock
Really enjoyable, compelling writing and cannot wait for the next one!
While an interesting premise, BLOOD AND FEATHERS lacks a cohesive narrative structure, with unneeded point of view jumps and annoyingly vague characters. No one wants to tell the protagonist, Alice, anything about her "mysterious past" or her "special destiny." Of course, it's pretty obvious so the reader can guess early on, which just makes the slow build-up (with characters constantly avoiding answering Alice's questions or being purposefully vague) all the more annoying. By the time climax of ...more
This was a very interesting book about Angels who are close to falling, and there Angels who are there to help guide them not to fall. However, its mostly about a young girl who is actually a half angel that is chosen to go to Hell and tip the balance between Heaven and Hell. The story is intriguing the angels are funny. I like the story and am looking forward to reading the sequal. Very interesting to read a little more about the Archangels. Liked this book. For you romantics out there, sorry t ...more
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Blood and Feathers has an interesting version of the whole angels and demons shtick. Normally I stay away from fiction that contains any biblical themes because I usually find them preachy. But Blood and Feathers appealed to me what with it’s description containing an angel with a drinking problem. So I thought, *shrug* it might not thump at me too much.

I was thankfully correct, even though it was about angels and demons and their eternal war, I didn’t feel like it was about religion at all. So
Jamie Welch

I'll say first that this was an alright read, somewhere between a 3 and 3.5 rating, and mostly because the beginning of this story was so convoluted and confusing I felt lost. I have a few issues with this book, mostly they are all in the first 1/3 of the book so I guess I'll just go down the line..

First, Alice was a very wishy washy character. Alice never questioned or reacted to any of the events that were u folding all around her. She never questioned, never had any intense reaction. Most no
I bought this book because of the author. I’ve read a couple of her short stories and enjoyed them. I also follow her on Twitter. I find that if an author comes across as witty and smart in their tweets then I’ll probably find that in their books too. I tend not to read much YA, but when I do I am usually surprised at how much I enjoy them. There is a lesson there in not judging a book by the genre.

The story is based on the battle between Angels and The Fallen. Don’t panic if you are an atheist
Alek Cristea
Blood and Feathers is one of those books I simply don’t know how to write a review of. Why, you ask? Because there is one word that to me feels like it sums up the entirety of the book: perfect. But ‘perfect’ isn’t much of a review, so I am going to have to put away my fanboy grin for a bit, and attempt to explain why I feel this way about this book.

Set in the modern world, Blood and Feathers aims—and manages—to offer a difference in a genre where detectives, wizards, vampires, and werewolves ar
Leo  Cristea
Hailed as “dark, enticing” and “wickedly funny”, Blood and Feathers is an urban fantasy hit that offers a classic war between good and evil, Heaven and Hell, described as “Alice in Wonderland goes to Hell”. Hardly standard fare for a genre that’s usually all about the darker underbelly of the world’s sprawling metropolises and the magic within. But that’s what’s so unbearably good about it; it offers something that feels new and exciting in a genre where the detectives, investigators, wizards an ...more
Robert Higgs
The debut novel from Lou Morgan, 'Blood and Feathers' tells the story of Alice, who's life is changed forever when she learns her mother was an angel, and is plunged headlong into the war between the Angels and the Fallen. As a 'half-born' of both human and angel, she is a potential weapon for both sides that could tip the balance of the war in their favour. She is rescued by the Angels from being taken by the Fallen, yet these are not your usual 'harps and halos' bunch - they are soldiers of Go ...more
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The hierarchy laid out in Lou Morgan's universe is gloriously detailed, with angels split into choirs under each Archangel with powers related to their choir. As a lady who's spent far too much time with her nose in books about angelic mythology, the amount of effort put into Blood & Feather's worldbuilding was great to see.

I had trouble empathising with the leading lady, Alice. She seemed to make a lot of decisions without even hinting
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Born in Wales in the UK, Lou Morgan grew up in a house with an attic full of spiders and now lives in the west of England with her family.

Her short stories have appeared in anthologies from Solaris, PS Publishing, Jurassic and Newcon Press among others.

Her debut novel, "Blood and Feathers" was published by Solaris in August 2012. The sequel, "Blood and Feathers: Rebellion" was published in July 20
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“What’s the first word you think if when I say ‘angel’?” asked Mallory.
Alice shrugged. “I don’t know… guns?”
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