Alright, so the main reason I picked this up was, because the story sounded sweet. The only reincarnation books I've read so far have been Young Adult...moreAlright, so the main reason I picked this up was, because the story sounded sweet. The only reincarnation books I've read so far have been Young Adult and I've learned to avoid those at all cost. This time I thought: hey, why not. Lindsay - our female lead - isn't actually a reincarnation. She's just the vessel of one. That sounded like something enjoyable. My only doubts were, how the romance would play out. That transgression from hey, I only want that soul you carry to okay, so ... I actually do like you better than her. In books like this one the question (at least for me) usually isn't if that's going to happen, but rather when and how.
I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, there is insta-attraction between Lindsay and Adrian, but knowing the background - the two-souls-one-body situation - it makes sense and fits into the story. Also, Lindsay questions her attraction to Adrian a lot.
The only thing that really bothered me was Lindsay's selflessness, which was referred to quite a lot. At first her spine made me like her a lot, but towards the end, it got old and I just kept wanting to tell them that, yes, I'd gotten it the first, second and third time around.
Whooo ... Deep breath. One word is enough to discribe this book: sexy. It wasn't perfect, but it was incredibly sexy. Kaiden is the ultimate tortured h...moreWhooo ... Deep breath. One word is enough to discribe this book: sexy. It wasn't perfect, but it was incredibly sexy. Kaiden is the ultimate tortured hero. (Also, did I mention, sexy?) Whenever he was on stage I was off-couch, all puddle-ly on the floor.
Sexy. I might have a crush on it.
The worst mistake in this book was one that most won't even notice, but since I'm German, I do. In one of the last couple of chapters one demon says something in German. He says (if I recall correctly) "Erhalten Sie die Bühne." and I'm sorry, but that makes absolutely NO sense at all (roughly translated: Reveice the stage). Like I said, minor. But it's my native language and it made me stop and stare for a while. Just needed to get it out. German is awesome, just not if you use Google translator.
But well, flawlessness isn't what makes something sexy, right?(less)
My feelings for this book are still raw, so if you're looking for an objective review ... you should probably stop reading now. Or skip the next few l...moreMy feelings for this book are still raw, so if you're looking for an objective review ... you should probably stop reading now. Or skip the next few lines, when I'm trying to get it all out of my system.
I laughed. I cried. I smiled like a lunatic. I almost fell to the floor, because the edge of my couch only went so far. I glared and yelled at my Kindle. I did this muscle-twitching thing with my leg that happens if you hold it suspended on the ball of your foot, until my dad threw a pillow at me. I paced around the room. I hid under my blanket. I stared up into the sky looking for birds. I was absolutely horrified. I stayed up way to long reading and then I stayed up a little while longer just thinking about what I'd read so far. All that and a lot more, because of this one book. One of those books that make you want to read as quick as possible, but at the same time savor the moment, because it was bound to end at some point. It was so fantastic, so mind-blowing that it rendered me speechless (and I've been talking since I was six month old, so that actually means something).
Now, let me try my luck with an actual review.
Angelfall is set in a dystopian version of the world we know. Angels - the aloof, human-killing kind - have invaded everything and terrorize everyone. Humankind has turned desperate. In the middle of all that, Penryn tries to survive. She has not only herself to look after, but also her schizophrenic mother and her seven-year-old sister, who's wheelchair-bound. Penryn is an utterly strong, like-able heroine. She doesn't have any superpowers, but she does what has to be done, which - maybe - shows how much motivation and determination can accomplish. Her faults are exactly that and nothing that turns her into a Mary Sue. The author really managed to create moving, realistic characters.
In the very beginning Penryn 'meets' Raffe, who's an angel. He gets stripped of his wings by a band of other angels, who then kidnap Penryns little sister. To find her she gets Raffe off the street, in order for him to survive and tell her where they've taken the girl.
Raffe ... was absolutely gorgeous. Handsome, full of secrets, a rough exterior, with moments that showed he cared. He's not perfect (far from it), but still ... he made me swoon every time he appeared on a page. At the same time, there are only very little hints of romance in this book, but they were so well-placed that it still left me happy. I sincerely hope we'll get more on that front in the upcoming books.
The writing itself was very, very well-done, something I appreciate a lot, considering badly done a lot of books out there are. It's nice to know some people still know their craft. The plot was consistent, fast-paced and gaining momentum with every chapter. The last 20 percent or so and especially the ending were an absolute blast. People with weak stomachs should be warned: there are some pretty gruesome scenes.
Now I think I'll go and reread the whole thing and leave you with the good advice to go and buy this book. Quick!(less)