This was an unusual concept that dealt with the Fallen Angels, angels, nephilim and the Powers. I liked the different take on it though. On his eighte...moreThis was an unusual concept that dealt with the Fallen Angels, angels, nephilim and the Powers. I liked the different take on it though. On his eighteenth birthday, Aaron Corbet discovers talents that hints at his heritage - and that he could be used as leverage with the power struggle and redeem the Fallen. It began with a vague, haunting nightmare of a dark landscape, sounds of clashing swords and wings. When angel warriors began descending to fight the war, Aaron awakens. He tries to brush it off, but the next day changes his entire life. Both good and evil, Aaron doesn't which side to trust to accomplish his destiny. There are some who will try to eliminate him.
I really liked this book. Although it was a bit to touchy for me when it came to some religious concepts. It isn't exactly religious, but how some angels were portrayed made me uneasy. Nonetheless, all the supernatural elements were brilliant. There are the factions and many questions of which sides are trying to do, centuries long of hatred and their missions. I thought the plot was well executed in terms of the angels and pacing. It'll be spoilers to reveal the Powers, what the fallen/angels are after and Aaron's role in this. But it was nicely done.
Then the set of characters: Aaron, Gabriel, Zeke, Verchiel and more. There will be shadowy, lurking, trusting, all-knowing characters of all kinds. It builds the suspense of who to trust. Seeing Aaron struggle to accept his new abilities and navigating through the new world of angels was enthralling. It was one of my favorits parts of the books but when it comes to the big guys, that got my blood pumping. Those were epic scenes. There's a shift in balance that could happen because of Aaron, but while he's still trying to understand this earlier in the book, it'll be a roller coaster to find out. There's just a bit of romance here, although I didnt' see how relevent it could be. Didn't mind it though. Really enjoyed it.(less)
Really looking forward to this since 2009 with the author giving small snippets. But the supposed love triangle - at least, I think there is with the...moreReally looking forward to this since 2009 with the author giving small snippets. But the supposed love triangle - at least, I think there is with the water spirit - really, really turns me off. I'm so fucking sick of love triangles to make the book so interesting. But that's just me assuming there's one.
Just hope this water spirit guy just screws things to make it harder for Lexi(less)
Guardian-in-love angel Zachary accidently reveals himself in order to try to save his human he watches over since she was little : Miranda. The traits...moreGuardian-in-love angel Zachary accidently reveals himself in order to try to save his human he watches over since she was little : Miranda. The traits I label Miranda would be bratty/impulsive/dead-emotions later on. Could not get her character and didn't care. Because Zachary broke the rules, his wings are stripped and Miranda's destiny changes. She becomes the adopted daughter - AKA Princess - oh please, of the royal vampire elite, etc. Miranda tries to adjust, Zachary tries to save her soul.
The pacing really threw me off so I found some developments fake and too rushed to appreciate. I blinked at the time-skip. Guess it's a better way to avoid all those 'what-the-hell-happened' so we are thrown suddenly to the new environment and changes. Here we got a lot of things going on from both points of views (Zachary/Miranda) but it doesn't expand further than that so we're stuck on an ongoing drama. Progress a little more would be nice.
I actually didn't mind that Miranda was pretty much stoic and adapted at the change of her life because I could not take the panicky, whiny, wide-eyed innocence of the change in most books. Unrealistic, but hey. I didn't like Miranda. At all. It's because of her situation that lets her get away with her personality. Sure, supposed to fit right? I hated it. One-dimensional and boring reading from her parts. She lacked a lot of things. Okay, the society of vampires were typical but it was nice reading it. Zachary, I kind of liked better. His determination to make things right and going for Miranda I grudingly adored. But I could not see why he fell in love with Miranda. It's one of those "tell" but not "feel". Maybe there was, but I didn't pick up on it so their relationship flew pass me. The world sounded interesting, some of the characters not.(less)