With an exceptionally high rating on Goodreads, I had high expectations for this book. And to learn that it was by an Australian author made me e...more4.5/5
With an exceptionally high rating on Goodreads, I had high expectations for this book. And to learn that it was by an Australian author made me even more excited to read it. Thankfully, I was not disappointed by this one bit. From the very first page, I knew I'd adore this book. The writing is fantastic and pulls you in right away, and the constant suspense and questions that you just need to know the answers to keeps you turning the pages. Many things set this apart from other books about Angels, but the main thing that totally sets it apart is wonderful Australian setting. It was a very refreshing change to see a paranormal novel set in Australia, and it definitely added to the story.
I loved the characters in this one, and the fact that they were quite older than normal characters in YA fiction was great. Gaby is an extremely likable, realistic main character. She's tough, smart, funny and also very relatable. You definitely feel for her situation. Rafe, who reminds me a lot of Raffe (Heh. Such similar names.) from Susan Ee's Angelfall, can be a major A-hole sometimes, but you know deep down that he's not so bad. I liked how Gaby's and Rafe's relationship developed throughout the novel, and I'm seriously so excited to read more about their past in the next installment. Also, their relationship didn't randomly become the centre of the novel, which seems to be a recurring thing in YA fiction lately. So, yay for that. The supporting characters were equally as fun, and I cared about them as much as I cared about the main characters. One thing I loved about the characters was that they weren't such stereotypical Aussie characters (Well, except the Butler Brothers, of course. Those boys are your typical rednecks.). There wasn't a "G'day" in sight. WOO.
The plot was extremely fast-paced, and I was able to devour this one in about one or two days. There was constant twists and turns and some things I definitely did not see coming. I liked all the different creatures shown in the novel, which was another thing that sets this book apart from other Angel novels. The 'hellions' sounded pretty damn frightening, to say the least.
The only thing that particularly annoyed me was the abrupt ending. (But maybe that was just me not wanting it to end at all...) Honestly, I could go on and on about how much I liked this book. I'm so glad I picked it up. Fantastic debut from Paula Weston!
In short: Read. This. Book. Seriously, you will not be disappointed! Eagerly anticipating the sequel!(less)
I had another review here before but I decided to updated it.
So, the book is okay. The characters are alright. Bethany was annoying. I liked Xavier. T...moreI had another review here before but I decided to updated it.
So, the book is okay. The characters are alright. Bethany was annoying. I liked Xavier. The writing was goood. But there was too much religion in it for my liking - it felt like the author was trying to shove it down my throat. I don't think I'll be reading the sequel.(less)
This book is so complex and captivating and amazing. It made me laugh, smile and cry. And then cry a whole lot more. The writing is beautiful, the cha...moreThis book is so complex and captivating and amazing. It made me laugh, smile and cry. And then cry a whole lot more. The writing is beautiful, the characters and the character development are both great. Overall, the book is just perfect.