Angelfall by Susan Ee has been on my radar for a few years now, but I avoided it because I haven't had a lot of luck with self-published novels. Honestly, I probably would have taken my time in getting around to reading it, despite the fact that I owned it on Kindle and Audible, if not for many reviewers that I trust raving about it in anticipation of its sequel, World After.
I'm so glad that I got off of my ass and read it.
Angelfall is one of those rare books that captures you so completely and makes it impossible to devote any sort of time or attention to work, children, bathing, sleeping, etc. Sadly, I'm not really exaggerating. From the moment that Penryn happened upon Raffe being dismembered by other angels, there was no getting away from it.
Angels really aren't my thing usually, but Angelfall makes them into badass warriors instead of the friendly Renaissance beings that we're more familiar with. I mean, even the Bible says that carry flaming swords and bring destruction in their wake. They are vicious, thus making Angelfall a very dark book. And awesome.
Equally badass is the main character, Penryn Young. No, she doesn't wield that famous flaming sword, but she can kick ass and take names. Her paranoid schizophrenic mother has made her take multiple forms of martial arts for five years because she was afraid that something would harm Penryn. (Apparently paranoid schizophrenics have a leg up on the competition in the apocalypse.) Back to Penryn - she's a girl that I really dig. She puts her family above everything, even her moral hesitations about beating up on an injured person for information. Wait, I'm getting ahead of myself. Anywho, she will kick your ass and take your name.
You guys, I also need to tell you about Caitlin Davies. She is the narrator for Angelfall, and she made the story explode from an overload of fabulousness. Susan Ee's writing is awesome on its own, but Davies really brought the characters to life. The voices of the various characters were diverse without sounding silly, and there's not much I love more than listening to a narrator and being able to tell which character is speaking without the "_____ said" nonsense.
It has taken me weeks to find the words to do justice to Angelfall, and they still aren't enough. This is a book that I will forever be a champion for, and it still won't be enough. I've already bought several copies for my friends and family as gifts, and I highly recommend you get your hands on a copy, too. You won't regret it....more
Prophecy Girl has all of the makings of a book that I'd love - initially. Cecily White has a deliReview originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.
Prophecy Girl has all of the makings of a book that I'd love - initially. Cecily White has a delightful sense of humor that saturates the novel. It is a paranormal story set in New Orleans that nods to other supernatural works. Amelie Bennett, the protagonist, is snarky, stubborn, and just has something special about her that I cannot put my finger on, but I know that I would like to see it in more heroines. However, the issues that I had with White's debut clouded my enjoyment.
Firstly, let me say that I didn't not like any of the characters. They were just the problem. It was really difficult for me to remember them from scene to scene. I could recall the name of the school's Queen Bee and clique member, but I had a hard time remembering the more important characters and what their roles were. I kept going back in the book to refresh myself on who people were. It is very rare that I have to do this when I'm reading. Prophecy Girl had enough twists that this was a pretty major problem for me.
There was, of course, a romance in the novel. I had some mixed feelings about it, but I think Ami handled it as well as could be expected. She was very honest about her feelings, and she called Jack on his bulls--- when he dished it out. (Why can't more heroines do this?!) I will say that I do NOT like the whole teacher-student romance, even if they are close in age. I think anyone who is in a position of authority over their partner, especially a younger one, creates a lot of issues, and it's just wrong when a teacher is involved. But I won't rant because it wasn't terribly offensive. Jack was a substitute teacher for all of five minutes, so I just squinted my eyes at it a little and kept reading.
Though I had a hard time enjoying the book as thoroughly as I think I could have, it was still a pretty good read. Cecily White is an author that I'll most definitely be keeping my eye on in the future, and I can't wait to read books with her fantastic writing style. I will try to read Prophecy Girl again because the positive aspects of the book are definitely worth it.
- 2.5/5 Stars -
*To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received an ecopy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All opinions expressed are rambling, honest, and completely my own....more
First, I want it to be known that the original title of the book, Level 2, works so much better for the story than The Memory of After. You see, tFirst, I want it to be known that the original title of the book, Level 2, works so much better for the story than The Memory of After. You see, the majority of the novel takes place in Level 2, but we'll get to that later. I also want to say in this opening paragraph (I know most of you just skim - I do, too) that this book was yet another victim of the hype monster.
The main character, Felicia, is just the sort of character that I love because she is kind of a terrible person. Now wait a minute, I'm not being judgmental, I promise, but aren't we all at some level? I know I've done some fairly awful things in my life, but shades of gray (not the smut, thank you) are what make us interesting. And Felicia is a very complex, interesting, and, therefore, realistic protagonist. I wanted to know what she did through all of Level 2. The first revelation, I totally called, but there was a second, bigger one that I didn't see coming. Oh Felicia, you are such a damaged girly.
I'm one of those people that sits and daydreams about what the afterlife may or may not be like. (I used to do it to the point that I gave myself nightmares when I was a kid.) So the possibility presented in Level 2 was not one that was mind-shattering to me. I mean, wouldn't it be cool if we were able to access our memories, or other people's memories, and watch them on repeat? Well, there's a few that wouldn't be on top of my playlist, but you get the idea. Anywho, it made Level 2's Level 2 easy for me to imagine. It was fascinating, but I had trouble with two things. First, the parallelism between it and beehives kept giving me the mental image of bugs crawling around the hives. No, no, no. I do not like the bugs. *shudders* Moving on. *wipes arms* Secondly, I saw a LOT, and I do mean A LOT, of similarities between Level 2 and The Matrix. It was nearly to the point that I all I could think about was when Keanu Reeves or Laurence Fishburne to pop out in the story. But still, I have to give credit where it is due and making a action-packed thriller with angels deserves credit.
The writing style of Level 2 was very well done. Appelhans unfolded the story through Felicia's memory flashbacks and during real time in Level 2. I liked that we were given a trail of breadcrumbs to follow to learn why Felicia had nightmares, was sent to live with her grandmother, and how she knew Neil and Julian. I don't say this a lot, but the style was the best part of the book.
What I had the biggest problem with in Level 2 was the ending. It just didn't work for me. There was a twist that I hesitate to call a twist because it really didn't make much sense. I mean, it did in a way, but it just wasn't as well-constructed as I would like. Or maybe I'm just grouchy today, who knows?
If you have questions about the afterlife or if you like to fantasize about it, Level 2 is just the book for you. I also recommend it to readers who enjoy flashback storytelling and/or angels....more
Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin is a book that has been sitting on my bookshelf since its release day, but for some reason I never got around to reading it. I met Linda on Twitter back in 2011 sometime, so I ordered Sins of the Angels as soon as it was released. I started reading the book - and was enjoying it! - but I somehow lost my copy. When I found it again, Life had taken hold, and it fell by the wayside. Fortunately, this blog tour gave me the opportunity to pick this book back up and finish it. I'm damn glad that I did, too.
Before I became a blogger and librarian, the majority of what I read was Urban Fantasy, so any time I get to read it, it's a treat. However, Poitevin's venture into angel mythology pleased both my fascination with religious mythology and my UF addiction. The world-building was fascinating and the story itself was hard to step away from once I got into it. How did I ever manage to lose the book?!
Alexandra Jarvis is the main character in the novel. She's a homicide detective who is working on a massive serial killer case and is lucky enough to be saddled with a new partner, Jacob Trent, that no one seems to know much about. And she's the only one asking questions. To make things even worse, he gets her hormones churning. Now before you start rolling your eyes and writing this off as a paranormal romance, it is NOT. It's not quite a mystery (we know who our culprit is), but a romance it is not. It has aspects of a police procedural, and the research put into Sins of the Angels really shows. But back to Alex, she's a great character who sticks to her guns, even if she thinks she's going crazy. Trent, on the other hand, has been assigned to protect Alex, very much against his will, and he doesn't appreciate those raging hormones either. (Trust me, the slow burn works. Whew.) I liked their interaction, but I groaned and wanted to slap him every time Alex was described as "fragile". Do we really have to go there? Just let her be a hard cop. *sigh*
Sins of the Angels is an interesting addition to the Urban Fantasy genre that had a lot of interesting mythology and a fresh take on angels. I look forward to reading the next two books in the series, Sins of the Son and the newly released Sins of the Lost. If you like UF, religious mythology, or just a damn good book, you should check out Sins of the Angels.
To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that the copy I reviewed of this novel for Rockstar Book Tours is from my personal collection. All opinions expressed are rambling, honest, and completely my own....more
Leah Clifford’s A Touch Mortal is a simply wonderful Young Adult novel. The Urban Fantasy genre has gotten quite crowded in the past decade, but CliffLeah Clifford’s A Touch Mortal is a simply wonderful Young Adult novel. The Urban Fantasy genre has gotten quite crowded in the past decade, but Clifford’s debut novel still manages to stand out. She did not choose to go with the ever-popular choice – vampires and werewolves – but chose instead to throw together zombies and angels.
We begin the novel with Eden, our heroine, as a flawed teenager, bored with life and contemplating suicide until she meets the two friends, Az and Gabe. There is something different about the two young men, but then again, she’s not quite normal herself.
The plot twists, turns and flips upside-down as we watch Eden adjust to her new life and fight her inner (and outer?) demons. I read the book in less than a day, and it left me yearning for more. I must also mention that the beautiful cover art by Paul Zakris is genius. I spent probably ten minutes savoring the outside of the book alone. Not only is the young girl on the front cover gorgeous, but what you do not see on the back just catches the essence of the book. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford is the total package for a good read....more