“You’re not exactly what I’d imagine an angel would be like, you know.”
“I’d always pictured something, well, fluffier.”
Lou Morgan has recreated Hell....more“You’re not exactly what I’d imagine an angel would be like, you know.”
“I’d always pictured something, well, fluffier.”
Lou Morgan has recreated Hell. And I, personally, love what she's done with the place. She's taken the stereotypical fire and brimestone and changed it completely into something even more frightening: a world where everything is ice and ever-numbing cold. She's added a waterfall made of ice, a gate made of bone and on top of that, added some kick-ass characters to the mix.
Blood and Feathers is simply put, fantastic. Why? It hits almost all of my top 5: characterization, plot, style and humour.
Morgan just has a way with words. The language and style she weaved into this story made it ridiculously enjoyable, I couldn't put it down for a second. I had to read it one sitting. Her descriptive words pulled me in hook, line and sinker. And so did the plot. Her take on angels was so new and refreshing that I actually wanted to learn more about the Descended, the Earthbound, the Fallen, the Travelers and even the 12. Her divisions within both Heaven and Hell created this backstory that was just so enjoyable to read.
The angels themselves really became the soldiers Morgan set them out to be; they were cold, blood-thirsty and always fighting for their cause, which is something I never thought could be attributed to an angel. Even the Fallen angels seemed to be more demon-like if anything.
And by tipping the term 'angel' on it's head, it made the characters that much more entertaining:
Alice was a kick-ass heroine. A half-blood who refused to follow orders and refused to take no for an answer. Not to mention the cool fire thing. She was a so-called human placed into the middle of a war between angels, and I have to say she handled herself pretty spectacularly.
But Mallory by far was my favourite character. Another character I have to add to my list of fictional guy's I have a huge crush on. He was a crude, messy, Earthbound angel that had a drinking problem and was a bad-ass fighter to boot. What is there not to love? His humour was hilarious and his 'I care but I don't care' attitude was frustrating but I love him to pieces.
And the Archangels were so well-written. Michael was scary and hardcore and kind of amusing. Like he was the Big Bad. With that kind of entrance, it made him an awesome character with awesome powers who knows how to take charge. Gabriel on the other hand was a corrupt idiot fond of having temper tantrums (which I never thought I'd say) and I while I loved seeing him get put into his place (view spoiler)[Gwyn too. Killing an innocent comrade, cavorting with the Fallen, I knew there was something about him... (hide spoiler)] I can't wait to see what's in store for him in the sequel. And Raphael was just... fluffy. He made me smile goofily in contrast to the other 2.
And a shout-out has to go to Vhnori, or Vin for short, who was just too frickin funny (view spoiler)[that scene where he gives Mallory another gun and then throws Mallory's flask away? Classic. (hide spoiler)]. Plus he has such an awesome name.
The only thing I felt was missing in the novel? Romance!!! While the action scenes were great, the absence of romance was felt. I would've loved to see at least a kiss or two, especially between Mallory and Alice because I have totally hopped on that shipping train (view spoiler)[even despite the whole Mallory and Seket relationship (hide spoiler)]. I would've been happy with a little Vin and Sari action. But no, nothing. Zip. Nada. Guess I'm just gonna have to wait.
All in all, Blood and Feathers was a great novel from a great new debut author. And you can be sure as Hell freezing over that I'm going to get my hands on the sequel.
And so, in conclusion, I offer you all a little taste of what I have dubbed, 'Mallory humour':
“I told you, Alice. I know you. You think we’d leave you unprotected all these years? There’s always been someone watching over you. Your junior school teacher, Esther Charles? A half-born. Eddie North, your college lecturer? An Earthbound. Your therapist...”
“You’re telling me that Dr Grove is an angel? Seriously?”
“No, I was going to tell you he owed me money."
“And to think, when we first met, you were giving me the whole ‘brothers’ spiel. What happened to that, by the way?”
“Fuck it.” Mallory kicked a stone that lay in his path, and watched it bounce along the rock. “That was clearly my charming naivety speaking. It won’t happen again. In the meantime, I suggest we find a way out.”
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I don't know what I was thinking t...moreAwesome or nothing.
The last 3 words of the book.
The last 3 words of the series.
And in the end... it was awesome.
I don't know what I was thinking the ending was going to be like for this series, all I knew was that I was really excited to find out. And I have to say, I think the way Jana Oliver ended it was spot-on awesome.
Everyone's been wondering about Beck's past and it played a major role in the plot development of this story. His interactions with his mother, the memories of this childhood were enough to bring even me to tears. And I hate crying. (It was only like one or two tears anyways). I think Beck really pushed this book along and it was really enjoyable to see him so integral to the plot.
But don't get me wrong, Riley was still kicking ass. She had more of a mental strength to uphold in this one, ending up being Beck's pillar of strength and it added a different element to the story compared to the previous books.
And their relationship? Can I just say, finally? FINALLY! Fans have been waiting for this since the beginning and Jana Oliver delivered. Riley grew up in the sense that she really took the bull by the horns when it came to fighting for their relationship and Beck learned to open up. Ultimately they still had their discrepancies and difficulties but they way they put up with each other, having each other's back through thick or thin really solidified the bond between them. I loved almost every minute of it. The thing was, there were no major squealey moments. I was kinda hoping for those. I wanted a jaw-dropping moment where I physically had to put down the book for a second and walk away in fit of passionate emotion. I didn't get it. I was really hoping I would, but I didn't.
But there are some shout-outs that really have to go out to some of the other characters who actually made me smile with glee or made me want to bawl my eyes out:
Ori: Ah the return of the infamous Fallen angel. He was back and bad-ass as ever and his new demeanor was killer. I totally fell for his righteous act towards the end and what a finish for this guy, let me tell you. Bittersweet. I kind of fell in love with him a bit. So sue me.
Simon: The little Simon that grew. I went from absolutely hating this guy to liking him again by the end of the novel. His interactions with Riley just totally redeemed him in my eyes. It was nice to see.
Grand Master Stewart: I can honestly say I think Grand Master Stewart is hot for an old guy. I think it's the accent, but I could be wrong. I just love his attitude, the fatherly figure he plays, and his little backstory revealed throughout the novel was so fitting.
But my favourite shout-out character is definitely Sadie. She was everything I pictured her to being and more. She was just a horrible mother figure who never had the will to live for her kid and didn't know what do with him. So she abandoned him. Not once did she offer her love to Beck, not even at the end (you'll know what I mean when you get there.) She was just so damn good of a character, so real and shocking that I couldn't get enough of her.
All in all, plot-wise I feel like the ending leaves enough little openings that make me wish there is a possibility for a sequel. It's just the little comments that were said and lack of tattoo removals.
But even if it's wishful thinking I don't mind. Riley and Beck's story might be over, but that doesn't mean I can't read it all over again.(less)
"E.T." was the first thing that popped into my head when I read the synopsis of this book. OK that's a lie. I thought it after I read the part about D...more"E.T." was the first thing that popped into my head when I read the synopsis of this book. OK that's a lie. I thought it after I read the part about Daemon. The first thing I actually thought was "Hot damn! I gotta get me one of him!"
Take a gander over to the top of the screen, to the left the advertisement and you'll understand what I mean.
And so yeah, visions of a "lumpy little creature" are not the biggest turn on for a book, or anything for that matter, and it appears that Jennifer Armentrout knows this too, because her MC Katy voices the exact same opinion. Until of course she realises that she's living in a town that is basically alien central.
And next door are 2 twin aliens who are at odds over their newest neighbour.
And that's when the story really kicks it up a notch. Meet Neighbour 1, Daemon Black, who is pretty defined by the following equation:
Green Eyes + Great Abs + Obscene Attitude = The Hottest Dickhead You've Ever Met (And hell, we wouldn't have him any other way.)
A rude conversation and quick trip to the grocery store later, enter Neighbour 2, Dee Black: a pretty, endearing, kind "girl" who is not only the twin sister of the "Dickhead" but is also about to become your best friend.
Can I just say, thank you? Thank you Jennifer Armentrout for not only creating a novel which is absolutely enchanting and original, but for also having a kick-ass MC and totally swoon-worthy male lead!
The plot line for this book is just fluid, there's no other way to describe it. It grabs you hook, line and sinker, releases you as a tease and then snatches you up again to repeat the process. Once you pick up this book, you cannot put it down, because any deviation from the book just ruins your flow. The phone rang for me while I was reading and I had to resort to very vulgar language in order to get rid of the person because they interrupted me. But it was worth it.
The characters were just what the YA genre needs these days. They were real, they had flaws, and they were just so goddamned likable! Kat was sassy, aggressive, but also emotional and fragile. She had guts, bravery and a bit of a mouth on her, which was refreshing, let me tell you. Dee was literally the picture of innocence, honesty and trust. She was quick to forgive and really brought out the best in others.
But my (and soon to be everyone else's) favourite character was without a doubt, Daemon. Daemon was moody and judgemental, but was also extremely protective of those he cared about and had the qualities of a fearless leader. He also had by far some of the best one-liners ever, full of arrogance and insolence which were entertaining as hell. His physical description literally reminded me of a young Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries, of course played by Ian Somerhalder with green eyes.
And what I absolutely loved about this novel was the ending. It was well played on Jennifer Armentrout's part. Don't want to reveal too much, but it goes without saying that the sequel will be brimming with much wanted sexual chemistry.
This book definitely deserves way more than just 5 stars, (more like the entire night sky's worth of stars) and let me tell you, May 2012 is most definitely way too far away to wait for the sequel Onyx.
Favourite quote: Daemon's entrance and Kat's "I don't take bullshit from anyone" response. It does not get much better than this.
“You get on Route 2 and turn onto U.S. 220 North, not South. Takes you into Petersburg.” He let out an irritated breath, as if he were doing me a huge favor. “The Foodland is right in town. You can’t miss it. Well, maybe you could. There’s a hardware store next door, I think. They should have things that go in the ground.”
“Thanks,” I muttered and added under my breath, “Douchebag.”
He laughed, deep and throaty. “Now that’s not very ladylike, Kittycat.”
I whipped around. “Don’t ever call me that,” I snapped.
“It’s better than calling someone a douchebag, isn’t it?” He pushed out the door. “This has been a stimulating visit. I’ll cherish it for a long time to come.”
Okay. That was it. “You know, you’re right. How wrong of me to call you a douchebag. Because a douchebag is too nice of a word for you,” I said, smiling sweetly. “You’re a dickhead.”