You will LOVE this fun, flirty debut romance by MJ Abraham! If you're looking for a sweet love story about starting over with super hot sex (not to me...moreYou will LOVE this fun, flirty debut romance by MJ Abraham! If you're looking for a sweet love story about starting over with super hot sex (not to mention a swoon-worthy love interest), this is the book for you. (less)
This is a cute little paranormal romance about a part-angel who falls in love with an angel assassin. It's a typical forbidden romance kind of story,...moreThis is a cute little paranormal romance about a part-angel who falls in love with an angel assassin. It's a typical forbidden romance kind of story, which I usually seem to enjoy. The idea of angels being heavenly protectors is entirely reconstructed in this book and I liked reading Weatherly's fresh perspective on angels. The main characters, Willow and Alex, were both intriguing narrators with unique voices - I liked reading about them on their own, and in fact, my only problem with this book is that, at times, their romance was a bit too melodramatic and sugar-coated for my taste. It had all the trappings of young love, but the way their relationship progressed seemed rushed and I had to stop myself from rolling my eyes a few times. The writing could have been stronger, but it wasn't bad.
The ending was pretty great. Very climactic and intense - loved it!
Overall, I liked this book. I'd recommend it to YA readers who are looking for a light, fluffy book to get through in a few hours. (less)
There are a few things I really loved about this book. First and most importantly, it was immediately and constantly intriguing. I was sucked in from...moreThere are a few things I really loved about this book. First and most importantly, it was immediately and constantly intriguing. I was sucked in from the prologue, and the story was fast paced enough to keep me turning pages for the entire book. In fact, I flew through it in one sitting. I HAD to know what happened to Kate's character and whether or not she ended up with Henry. I HAD to know if she passed the seven tests and what happened to her mother! The drama building in this book - I dug it. Major props. Two, it's based on Greek mythology - and who doesn't love Greek mythology? I, for one, LOVE reading modern spins on classic mythology of any kind, and the premise for this book, based on the Hades/Persephone story (love it!), was definitely full of promise. And the parts that actually were based on mythology were really, really fun.
Another thing I loved - the relationship between Kate and her mother was delightful. Those passages were my favorite, and it's where Carter's writing shone.
But I also had a few problems with this book.
The most major, obvious flaw to me when I'd finished the book - Henry's character development. As much as I liked reading about this brooding, stern, gorgeous version of the lord of the Underworld on his own, I wish there had been more chemistry between him and Kate. I don't want to say any more about their relationship so as not to spoil it for those of you planning to read it, but I wish there had been more... anything... between them. There wasn't enough substance in their conversations or interaction - I just didn't get what was so great about Henry at any point in the book or why Kate felt attracted to him in the first place, besides a sense of duty.
And my other complaint - the supporting mythology was just not nearly enough for me. I wanted to know more about the other Gods, about how their world worked (and to be able to see into the inner workings of it would have been great) - much more than we got in the very quick ending. This spin was obviously incredibly different from classic Greek mythology, so the workings need to be explained more fully to the readers. Why and how is it different from the stories we grew up learning and loving? This definitely would have helped to develop certain characters that weren't spotlighted enough. I'm going to save real criticism on this because there is expected to be another book, so I think readers can expect to see more of that there - but I really hope Carter develops the supporting cast in the next book because I think they can be just as, if not more interesting.
Despite those complaints, I still think most YA romance lovers would reasonably enjoy this book. The plot and fun mythology in this book made up for the lacking character development. (less)