Penryn was an average high school girl before the angels came. They showed up one day, all wrath and might, aI drank the Kool-Aid and I’m glad for it.
Penryn was an average high school girl before the angels came. They showed up one day, all wrath and might, and destroyed the earth as she knew it. Electricity is spotty, and violence and fires have left behind a feeling of lawlessness. Penryn is responsible for her sister and their unstable mother, and she makes plans for them to escape. Her plan doesn’t really extend beyond running for the trees and hoping for the best, but staying in their apartment is out of the question. When her sister is taken and her mother runs off, Penryn is well and truly screwed.
Penryn has one option. On her way out of town, she comes across a beaten and dying angel. She uses some quick thinking and decides to get him out of there, hoping that she can force him to help her find her sister. They take off toward San Francisco and have to rely on each other, grudgingly, along the way.
Angelfall is a slump-busting read. It had it all. It’s a sci-fi, paranormal, post-apocalyptic (possibly, in the truest sense of the word) rescue mission into an urban fantasy horror story. Penryn and Raffe come across nightmares come to life in the woods and the new world they’re headed for is run by a gang of angels, complete with a violent hierarchy.
So the reviews were right. This book was some gritty goodness. It was action packed without discounting the emotional stakes, and Penryn was easy to relate to and get behind. The page count was a bit of a mystery on my nook and I didn’t know I’d hit the end until I actually bumped up against it. And damn if I didn’t want more. I’m counting down the days to the second book....more
Don’t you hate it when you die and it completely messes with your senior year?
That’s the kind of day Alona had. She was skipping class and managed toDon’t you hate it when you die and it completely messes with your senior year?
That’s the kind of day Alona had. She was skipping class and managed to step off the curb at exactly the wrong time. In the following days she wakes up dead along the road where she died. She’s watched her friends’ and family’s reactions, and was able to make it to her own memorial. But no one hears or sees her and she can’t figure out this whole business of being dead. Is this it? All alone? No white light? What’s the deal with that? She died in her prime as *the* Alona Dare, Queen B of homecoming, cheerleading, life—but are the things she did to get and stay there holding her back from the great ever after?
Will might know. He can see ghosts and it doesn’t take Alona long to figure that out. When she starts hounding him for details of the afterlife, she realizes why he keeps that to himself. Will sees and hears them all, but can never do enough for them. He’s the one person who can pass on a message, or find out important information, or whatever else they think they need to accomplish unfinished business. They’re persistent. Alona takes control, as she was wont to do in life, and tells them to back off. She claims Will for herself and for some reason, the ghosts listen to her. Now in order to have a body guard against the spiritual plain, Will has to help Alona.
It doesn’t get more Odd Couple than the polished and cutting Prom Queen and the anti-social and disturbed class washout. I was prepared to be slightly amused for a bit and ready for a turn to ‘too cheesy’. I got a little more than that. Sure Alona was terrible to others, it was her way. I spent most of the book disliking her and rooting for some comeuppance. But she had stuff going on and was the way she was for a reason, she just didn’t feel the need to gloss over that. She was upfront about who she was. At one point she calls out Will after one of his attacks on her character and gets him to see that he was the hypocrite in that situation. And in others, because at least she didn’t lie to spare someone’s feelings when she could be honest.
And there was a mystery in there too. I liked that. Fun story, different from the norm. I’m looking forward to more Alona and Will....more
I wasn’t sure what was going to happen, but I saw the reviews and decided to go with it. When I did get to what it was(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]
I wasn’t sure what was going to happen, but I saw the reviews and decided to go with it. When I did get to what it was about, I wasn’t so sure. But it wasn’t a hardship to keep reading and that apprehension went away.
Layken moves with her mother and brother Kel from Texas to Michigan after her father dies. When they pull into their new neighborhood, they meet Will and his little brother Caulder. It turns out that between the four of them, they have only one parent. Kel and Caulder are instantly best friends so the two households develop a kind of communal family. Will and Lake have a sweet connection, a boy next door/girl next door thing going on, even though they’ve just met. They get to know each other over a few short days and one very sweet night out, before it all comes to a standstill when she starts at her new school and they discover why they can’t be together. Off-limits, can’t acknowledge it, verboten.
It seems like it would be manipulative, that this story is all about wringing out The Feelings—all the hardships and an already emotionally charged situation after a sudden death in the family. And it might have been if I hadn’t liked the characters so much. Will and Lake try hard to create a middle ground because they’ve got their families who are a vested part of it all, but they’re not always so good at it. It’s very easy to read, has real and likable characters, and (crap, there goes my misanthrope veneer) a sweet and enjoyable story. I’d read more from this author.
(So this book involves slam poetry. The performance pieces in the book are actually pretty great, it surprised me that I liked them. Not so much the performance bit because I’ll be honest—I totally thought of the beatniks from Hairspray. But some of those words were amazing reads.)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I’ve been liking this run of paranormal stories that lean more action/adventure. It’s fun and interesting and keeps me hooked.
Emerson is back in her hI’ve been liking this run of paranormal stories that lean more action/adventure. It’s fun and interesting and keeps me hooked.
Emerson is back in her hometown after having been at boarding school for most of her high school career. She’s living with her brother and his wife and has been arguing with Thomas about finishing out her senior year. She would rather do it remotely since her last school experience with the kids in her town involved her final mental break. After her parents died years ago, Em started seeing ghosts. She can only tell that they’re ghosts by their outdated clothing and sometimes she mistakes real for hallucinatory. Now she’s back in town, off her zombie meds, and seeing ghosts on the regular. Thomas wants to help and he’s hired another in a long line of (life coaches? advisors? witch doctors?) people to help his little sister. Michael is from the Hourglass and not only believes Em, but can see what she sees. He’s also being vague about what’s really going on.
So, where’s the action/adventure? Well, after Emerson gets Michael to spill (which also has her briefly considering that he might be the crazy one), it gets a little X-Men. Michael is familiar with what Em can do because he’s been living it for a few years. He’s been at the Hourglass learning and teaming up with others to do Good Things—I think, we don’t really get the details. But now the Hourglass is in disarray and Michael has a unique plan for bringing it back and righting a wrong. He needs Em to do this and running for their lives ensues.
What Emerson and Michael can do is pretty cool. I liked Emerson and I liked Michael but was disappointed in their insta-connection. When we meet some other lost sheep from the Hourglass, there’s a third person that becomes a part of their tableau. I really liked Kaleb, but was still put off that I had to care about this eleventh hour player. Thankfully it worked because he’s the much more interesting character. Word on the Goodreads street is that the next book is from his POV. That and reading more about the Hourglass has me looking forward to the next book....more
I couldn't get past the tone. It was like YA with training wheels. Even when it put on its Adult Content pants (or, took them off *rimshot!*), it feltI couldn't get past the tone. It was like YA with training wheels. Even when it put on its Adult Content pants (or, took them off *rimshot!*), it felt a little See Jane run. I didn't get the appeal....more