For all the angel-themed books I have read, never have I thought of them made to resemble celebrities. They were supReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
For all the angel-themed books I have read, never have I thought of them made to resemble celebrities. They were supposed to be celestial beings sent by God to save us all. In Scott Speer's book, they're the same. Sent from the heavens hundreds of years ago during The Awakening. Fast forward to today, these beautiful, captivating beings barely heed the purpose they supposedly have. Now residing in their own version of Beverly Hills, maybe Hollywood, their own City of Angels (literally) because the eyes of the people are on them. They're celebrities, models, endorsers, reality show stars. They have a whole channel dedicated to following them 24/7. They even have their own Walk of Fame stars! What about saving people, you ask? They still do, but for a hefty price. It was all about the money and the fame for these winged creatures and the most popular of them all is Jackson Godspeed. And then he became a suspect in an Angel murder spree.
Despite the very cheesy name, Jacks has been looking forward to becoming a full-pledged Guardian all his life. He has a bright future ahead of him, with the whole world watching over his every move. Utterly gorgeous Jacks with the most beautiful, ethereal wings and heavenly features, this blonde and blue eyed Angel is used to being in the spotlight. Growing up in a celebrity family puts a lot of pressure in his shoulders and all that Jacks wants is to go out there saving lives. He has never questioned his purpose in life, nor of the Angels, until he meets Maddy. Suddenly he re-examines his life and all his beliefs. And goodness gracious, Jacks is one hot winged creature! He's used to getting what he wants, cocky, arrogant but he's a good guy who's got a strong sense of family and doing what he thinks is right. If there really were Guardian Angels and he was one of them, I'd want him to save me too. Jacks' life unraveled the moment he became the prime suspect mortalized Angels, and suddenly he was facing an ancient evil, uncovering the secrets of his seemingly perfect family, and following a destiny he never knew he had.
Maddy is unlike other teenagers. She's not Angel obsessed. She can't see what there is to rave about a bunch of winged creatures who were supposed to save everyone in need and not just the privilege few who can pay them for protection instead of parading themselves on TV, getting busy attending parties. And then she met Jackson because of a pretense, and suddenly she was swept into his world. Maddy is a great character to read of because she was special. She wasn't easily blinded by the superficial, shallow life the Angels lead and despite her very negative outlook towards life and herself, she's one who can see the good in people. Innocent, very naive, she couldn't see the point why Jackson was fascinated with her. But Maddy had secrets of her own, and then in a flash being the freak in school had a reason, a deeper connection with Jacks and ultimately with the Angels. Maddy had a lot of spunk in her, and even though she spends a lot of time belittling herself, I loved how she slowly transform into this person who would do anything to protect the ones she loves. From a shy, timid girl to a strong lady who will do anything to fight for what she believes in.
What made Immortal City such an interesting read was the drastic make-over of the Angels. They've been turned into these celebrities people worship and adore and yet they didn't lose that Celestial presence in them. It's like turning them into a significant part of pop culture, or like a big family of well known people, venerated but in a way that we can all relate to, like the way we treat a well known popstar, or models, actors and actresses. Also, what gave this book depth is the way Scott Speer tackled the act of saving people. How can the Angels turn such a divine purpose into a business? An income generating occupation? The question 'if one needs to be saved, does it matter if he has money or not' is a constant theme in this book. Does money determine who dies and who gets to be saved? Saving was supposed to be an essential, sacred part of an Angel's duty and it was turned into a big publicity event where people gossip and rave who gets to be protected and who doesn't. Is that fair? Why and why not? That moral dilemma will make the readers examine if the Angels do deserve all the attention and admiration they are getting.
Such a fascinating concept gave birth to such a wonderful read. Immortal City has a great and well balanced combination of forbidden love, popularity and stardom, mystery and intrigue, heart stopping action scenes and a little bit of religion and faith all in one great package. Immortal City has a great ensemble of characters, ranging from those you will love to hate and those you will hate to love. Engaging right from page one, Immortal City left me craving for more! I want to know more about Jacks and Maddy, and how their relationship will progress. I want to experience more of the complicated yet highly fascinating world of the Angels. I want to be more immersed in the book. It's a highly addictive read! I think I found a new favorite Angel themed book. ...more
I've loved Nalini's writing ever since I've read the first book in her Psy-Changeling series, and I was oveOriginal review posted at Amaterasu Reads
I've loved Nalini's writing ever since I've read the first book in her Psy-Changeling series, and I was overflowing with excitement when I got this book.
Forget about what you've read. In this book, Vampires weren't born. They are Made. The creatures of the night are being sired by those far more powerful than they are, the Archangels, composed of the ten most powerful Archangels on earth, The Cadre of Ten. Among these powerful winged beings is Raphael, the Archangel of New York. And he's got a job for the best Vampire Hunter there is, Elena. Elena, who had secrets of her own to protect and nightmares to live through. This job will test Elena in the most dangerous of ways, for she isn't hunting just any vampire, but someone, something far more powerful and sinister. And amidst the danger, the killing, Elena couldn't help but be drawn to the lethal power Raphael holds.
I never thought there would be anyone else who would top my list of hot male leads, but Raphael bumped Wrath of The Black Dagger Brotherhood out of the number one spot as the hottest male lead in any Adult Paranormal book I've read.
Raphael may be young by the Archangel's standards, but he's deadly. The allure of dangerous men in this novel is irresistible. Cunning, lethal, and powerful, Raphael had me swooning the moment he appeared in the story. I love how despite his obvious immortality, he seemed different than the rest of the Archangels. He's arrogant, but righteously so. Calculating, careful, and... sweet? He's the ultimate alpha male!
Elena, despite her good looks, is dangerous in her own way. I always love reading about female leads who can stand on her own two feet, fight for herself and just be really brave. I love how Elena can be tough yet caring at times. She can be reckless and really stubborn, but she knows her place (though she often crosses the line whenever needed). She's one kick-ass female and she's not afraid to show it!
I have to admit that I got a bit "addicted" to Raphael and Elena. I love the sexual tension that seemed to be always present between them, the moment they saw each other, how they taunt each other, how they want to establish which one's the boss of whom. But most of all I just couldn't help but marvel at how the sexual attraction, the lust between them turned to into something more, to love. The Archangel fell once again, and this time for a human.
The world presented by Nalini Singh is alluring, yet familiar. I marvel how the Archangels seemed to fit well into the world of humans in this book. Humans worship them, revered them, and yet they live in a seemingly separate world, one far more darker than what it seemed. Readers get a general idea how things work in the world of the Angels. And I tell you, they are anything but Angelic in this book.
Angels' Blood is an action-packed front seat tour into the world of the Archangels, filled with steamy hot scenes, gorgeous vampires, and hunters! What makes Angels' Blood a thoroughly enjoyable read is that along the way, more characters are introduced into the story, all equally dazzling and intriguing, without losing focus on who the story really is about.
I tell you, my heart raced a couple of times especially in action packed scenes. I cringed at the violence and the carnage, got scared at the evilness, and swooned and loved the characters. Angels' Blood doesn't seem to run out of charming vampires and charismatic Angels (Dmitri and Illium, anyone?) you'd pine for.
Kudos to Nalini Singh for a great start of a lovely series!...more
I rarely see books with main protagonists having mixed heritages. I don't know if its because they**spoiler alert** Original post at Amaterasu Reads
I rarely see books with main protagonists having mixed heritages. I don't know if its because they are more complicated to write, but S.L. Naeole took advantage of Grace's mixed parentage and created a character that is true and honest and real.
Half-american, Half-korean Grace Shelley has been an outcast all her life. A freak to most kids her age, having survived a devastating car accident that took her mother's life. When Grace survived unscathed, the rumours started and Grace was never "normal" in the eyes of everyone. She doesn't have any friends other than her next door neighbor, Graham, and when she fell in love with him, confessed and got rejected by him, Grace felt like her life was one big disaster. She was alone and friendless on her last year of high school.
I have to admit that my having the same name as Grace helped connect with her more. It was easier for me to feel her character. She was a girl who's one wish was to be normal. Yes, at some point I pitied Grace, however I don't think she's abnormal. She's just unique, and she lived in a town where being unique and different is a bad thing. There are times when I got irritated with her, but I learned, that dealing with death isn't easy. That made it easier for me to understand why her mother's death was very much an important part of Grace. Death was the beginning of a lot of things for Grace.
I have to give S.L. kudos for the way Angels were portrayed in this book. It was very interesting. They wear the same faces as us, though bound by a different set of laws. And they live amongst us. That's what Grace learned after that faithful day, bumping into a boy with eyes like liquid silver, Robert.
And her life was never the same.
Robert grew on me. I never liked male protagonists who are always described like he was the most beautiful guy in the planet, but Robert proved that he was more than a pretty face. He grew as Grace grew. Robert felt what its like to love and be loved not because of what he looks like, but for what he really is. Grace made him "live".
Reading the novel itself was a very fulfilling experience. I was skeptical when I first saw the page count. Keeping a 500 paged book interesting to the very end is a very big challenge for both the author and the readers, but S.L. wrote it in such a way that you wouldn't mind reading through it. Yes, the novel was long, but it was worth reading every page. Why?
Because, for me, as a reader, there's nothing more delightful than to see the characters grow with each turn the page. I cheered Grace on as she finally found friends, as she got back what she thought she had lost (Graham) and that she finally realized that she didn't need to be "normal". Grace looks at herself as someone different, but Robert showed her that she's not. There's a certain intensity when it comes to Robert and Grace's relationship/interaction that just makes you want to know more. I sure felt that way.
I guess one of the good things in reading a long novel is that there's so much room for the development of its characters. Also, you wouldn't get bored with reading about the same characters over and over, because Falling From Grace has a set of strong supporting characters. They are also an integral part of the story. Their back stories can be easily explored. You know there's more to look forward to, not just with Grace's and Robert's story, but even those around them as well. ...more
I tend to shy away from YA Paranormal since I'm still recovering from reading paranormal romances even before I crossedFull review at: Amaterasu Reads
I tend to shy away from YA Paranormal since I'm still recovering from reading paranormal romances even before I crossed to the YA genre, so I always am skeptical to try new books. Boy, this book just made me enjoy YA paranormal again!
How do I begin my review of this book? I'm not really sure, because this impressed me so much. The plot development is solid. Eventually you'll have questions as you go along (like who are the Nephilim? what are they?) and I have to admit that I thought I was going to have a hard time remembering the terms used since there were so many at the first few pages, but Ednah was able to explain everything clearly. The questions are eventually answered one by one, and the story flow is smooth.
The way Ednah wrote about Lil and her life as a gypsy is so vivid, I can just picture it in my head, clear as a bright summer day, the setting, where she lives, how she is as a person. You think it'll be difficult to imagine a world where Demons and Nephilims exist? Not in this book.
Ednah gave life the Angels and Demons, the battle between Good and Evil in a crafty way that will get you hooked from the first page! I did get hooked, right after I read the first four pages. There were a healthy amount of action scenes that made the read more engaging, and of course the twists and turns and surprises you come across that there isn't a dull moment while you're reading!
There are countless of books about Angels and Demons out there, but for me this was one of a kind, definitely one of the most refreshing YA paranormal books I've read so far. I'm definitely re-reading this once I have the time.
I'm also looking forward to the next book in the series! I wonder when it'll be released?...more
I was very skeptical when I first saw the blurb on the back of the book. "L.A. Weatherly reinvents the**spoiler alert** Full review at Amaterasu Reads
I was very skeptical when I first saw the blurb on the back of the book. "L.A. Weatherly reinvents the Angels!" In what other way can these creatures of light be re-written? Surely, it has been done before!
Then I read the first five pages. Clearly, I was wrong.
Forget about what you know about Angels. Forget about them being nice and kind, the saviour of human beings. Forget all of that. Because in this book, Angels are anything but kind. They are cruel, heartless beings feasting on human energy to survive.
Angels live in a world like ours, but it's slowly dying. The energy on which they feed on, ether, isn't enough to sustain life much longer. And so came The Invasion. And when the angels came, the destruction of humans and the world began. Beautiful creatures of light, and yet after they feed, the humans get angel burn, developing diseases at an alarming rate, and sometimes, insanity.
A very clever take on Angels, don't you think?
Told in the alternating views of Willow and Alex with a help of a third person POV, I especially admired the feeling of thrill and the sense of danger and urgency you get while reading. The suspense sustained throughout the novel will keep you from reading, anticipating each and every move Willow and Alex make as they make their escape from the clutches of the Angels.
Action-packed and emotionally charged, Angel is a book that you shouldn't miss! It's full of twists and a plot that will keep you guessing to the very end. L.A. Weatherly provided a much needed make-over to the creatures that we have learned to love in our novels.
The healthy amount of action and adventure is a perfect backdrop for the romance that slowly blossomed between Willow and Alex. I really admire authors who can write a combination of romantic scenes that can make you squirm with delight and situations that will leave you at the edge of your seat at the same time. L.A. Weatherly has managed to do that in a very stunning way.
The fact that it wasn't love at first sight between the two leads made the story more believable. They hated each other because of who they are, but as they spend the days together, brought into each other's paths by the circumstances, they gradually found themselves falling for each other. One of the many points that I love in the story was how both Alex and Willow had learned to accept who and what they are. They have learned to see past their differences and gave each other a chance.
The character building and background of both Willow and Alex was solidly written as we get glimpses of their lives told throughout the story. They both had to grow up even before they had the chance to enjoy their lives, and have faced hardships no kid their age shouldn't have. I very much admire the strength of character they both portray.
The story definitely has enough room for a sequel, with the major conflict yet to be resolved fully. I am very much looking forward to the next book!...more
A wonderfully written, angel-themed book. Kudos to Jennifer Murgia!
I have to admit, I had**spoiler alert** Original review in my site: Amaterasureads
A wonderfully written, angel-themed book. Kudos to Jennifer Murgia!
I have to admit, I had a lot of questions while I was reading this book. Most of them had been answered, and some I was hoping the sequel would, but either way, its a really delightful read.
I just never seem to get tired of reading about battles between Good and Evil.
I think it was necessary to draw out the story that much to allow Teagan's character to develop. The power she held helped her understand what she truly was. I love that side of her that is honest, and I guess, that is the reason why she was given the power to draw out the "Truth".
Hadrian and Garreth might be different as Night and Day, but you will not be able to resist the urge to fall in love with them.
Having said that, I am looking forward to Lemniscate. I'd like to see how Teagan would deal with her struggle between her light, Garreth, and Hadrian, with his darkness slowly making his way through Teagan's heart. ...more