Oh Angel Star….had I read you five or ten years ago I would've loved you. But I'm sad to say that with all the angel-themed books on the ma2 1/2 stars
Oh Angel Star….had I read you five or ten years ago I would've loved you. But I'm sad to say that with all the angel-themed books on the market right now, Angel Star failed to stand out to me as a break-out novel. Here goes...
HIGHLIGHTS: First off, Jennifer Murgia's angel mythology was creative and well-thought out. I found myself wanting to learn even more about the Guardians, especially anything regarding Garreth's struggles with Hadrian over time. For me, this was where the strength of the series really came through. I only wish more time had been devoted to this epic battle between "light" and "dark", instead of the romance between Garreth and Teagan (more on that below). I was fascinated by the Guardians—how many of them there were, where they existed, how many lives they've touched, etc. More please! To reiterate, I really was impressed by the time and effort that went into structuring the mythology behind Angel Star. In that aspect, Jennifer Murgia did an amazing job diving into the history between Garreth and Hadrian's age-old standoff. It held my interest and kept me wanting to read more.
LOWLIGHTS: I think Jennifer Murgia has a solid writing style – she can really get inside a teenager's head and write some beautiful prose. With that being said, however, the first 100 pages of the book were extremely slow-w-w-w-w-w-w for me. I also thought they employed too much exposition on Teagan's thoughts and feelings as opposed to some fast-paced juicy dialogue. For me, it seemed like every time Teagan did interact with someone, she'd have to follow it up by ruminating on how she felt about the exchange. I found this to be extremely jarring to the pacing of the book, and as such, it really made it hard for me to keep going. Towards the end, things did tend to get moving, but by then I was pretty frustrated to be honest.
But my biggest issue with Angel Star –I'm sad to say—was how bloated at the seams it seems to be with things I've read before in other books. This is why I said at the beginning that if Angel Star had come along years ago, I probably would've loved it. But this style of book- I feel like I've seen it done so many times, that it's just not exciting to me anymore as a reader. From the rushed romance between Garreth and Teagan, to the rich mean girl bully, so many aspects were just a little too familiar and predictable. And about the romance-yes, once again, I found myself slam dunked into another YA book where the romance hit with the force of a full on train-wreck. For example, the first time Teagan and Garreth actually hung out together, it went from coffee at the park, to "by the way we are connected because we are part of a larger destiny involving angels and former lives and now we are madly in love". Ummm...what? Why does it always have to be so over-the-top? This sort of thing just doesn't work for me anymore. I want romances that are a little more toned-down.
As for Garreth--I still don't have a clear mental picture of him. Yes, he is incredibly nice, attractive and protective of Teagan. But what makes him stand out from other supernatural boys in books? Sorry, I just didn't see it. To me, he could've been interchanged with a number of popular male supernatural boys from other books just as easily.
Bottom Line: Though Angel Star was not a good fit for me, I know there is a strong market for it and many readers will continue to enjoy this series. I personally think that this style of book is not the right direction for me as a reader and as such, I'm going to try and veer away from them in the future. I do think that teens and adult fans with a soft spot for sweeping romance may enjoy Angel Star and you should not let my review dissuade you from picking it up and trying it out for yourself. ...more
Fallen is a dark, compelling story about doomed love. Daniel Grigori is the boy that captures Luce’s heart on her first day at the formidable Sword &aFallen is a dark, compelling story about doomed love. Daniel Grigori is the boy that captures Luce’s heart on her first day at the formidable Sword & Cross reform school, which Luce is forced to attend under somewhat murky circumstances. Daniel makes it very clear he is not interested in Luce at all and at times is downright rude to her. Despite his demeanor, Luce is still drawn to him. As the intricate plot begins to unfold, we uncover the secrets of why Luce and Daniel’s lives are destined to be intertwined …
Though slow in the beginning to build up, I did find the plot of Fallen interesting and characters fascinating. At first I didn’t understand why Luce would be so enamored of Daniel with how cold and withholding he was to her. I was more drawn to the alluring and charismatic Cam, even though there was definitely an air of danger surrounding his whole persona. As the plot began to unfold and I realized how deep Luce’s connection throughout history was with Daniel, I began to root for him instead though. The secondary characters in Fallen were extremely well rounded and vital to the story. Penn, the closest friend Luce had at Sword & Cross was definitely my favorite. The gothic setting of Sword & Cross added to the tension of the plot as well.
The forbidden love mystery behind Fallen is what kept me coming back for more and there were plenty of twists to keep things interesting and on edge. I am looking forward to Torment, the next book in the Fallen series....more
I'm officially obsessed with this series....when I'm not thinking about reading it, I'm ignoring all the things I should be doing by reading it- amaziI'm officially obsessed with this series....when I'm not thinking about reading it, I'm ignoring all the things I should be doing by reading it- amazing. I can't get it out of my head!If you are a fan of adult paranormal romance, I think this is a must-read. What took me so long? ...more