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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?
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 t ...more
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
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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
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
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
“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
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!
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
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
Aleksander 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 Elijah 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
nettan - the road so far...
Blood and Feathers was an pleasant surprise, this is really a strong debut. Take an ancient concept and make it your own, something new and fresh, wrap it up and present it with more alcohol, more guns, more humor! This is definitely not a easy thing to pull off, but Lou Morgan does it brilliantly. She introduce the reader to a believable present world, convincing characters and her graphic descriptions of the different levels of hell is really frightening.

The Archangels - Gabriel, Michael, Rafa
Madeline Knight-Dixon
This book is everything I wanted it to be and more. Sharp, fast-paced, intricate, and just a little heartbreaking while still incredibly funny. Angels seem to be the new area that the urban fantasy genre is really into exploring, but I think so far this is my favorite take on the subject.

The angels are probably the most accurate portrayal I’ve seen-soldiers. Nothing more, nothing less. Maybe God has an opinion about your soul, but the angels don’t. Not even the fallen ones. And yet at the same t
Joanne Hall
The eons-old war between Heaven and Hell is given fresh blood in Lou Morgan’s explosive debut novel. Librarian-with-issues Alice arrives home from a bad day to find it’s about to get a lot worse. Two angels are waiting for her in the lounge; uptight, supercilious Gwyn and his Earthbound charge, Mallory, a leather-jacketed gun-toting sarcastic bastard with a temper and a drinking problem. Mallory takes Alice under his clipped wing, her guide into this new world of Archangels, Descended and the Fa ...more
You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:

Shadowhawk reviews a brand new debut title from Solaris Books, an urban fantasy about angels and demons.

“Blood and Feathers stands out proudly in a year full of stellar debuts.”~The Founding Fields

Lou Morgan is another writer I’ve discovered through Twitter this year and have interacted a fair bit with on numerous topics, as befits the informality of that social medium. I’ve had a pretty good experie
Mar 12, 2013 Jagged rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who can look beyond sloppy structure
Shelves: books-i-have
3.5 stars

The beginning was really good. I was sucked in immediately. The first page even made me laugh.

I loved Mallory. He hit her! (I don't condone abuse for either sex, but it is nice to know that not just women get away with it in books!)

The plot behind this book really could have used some work. It was a fantastic idea. There was also some awesome writing done in this. But, you really didn't know what was going on. It felt like I was riding a spinning top at times, that somehow found itself
Nina at Death Books and Tea
Review: Alice is not having a good day. And it all gets worse when her dad is killed in front ofher and two angels, Gwyn and Mallory, drag her into the war between Angels and the Fallen. The Angels fight contstantly to stop the Fallen getting too powerful, but the Fallen are slowly gaining the advantage. This is where Alice comes in. Due to her heritage, she will be very useful in the upcoming war. Therefore, she has to go to hell.
I’d seen Lou’s stuff around for ages, and seen how nice she is, b
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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 south of England with her husband, son and obligatory cat.

Her short fiction has been published by the British Fantasy Society, Hub Fiction, Solaris Books and PS Publishing.

Her debut novel, "Blood and Feathers" was published by Solaris in August 2012. The sequel, "Blood and Feathers: Rebellion"
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