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After six years of “angels” coming out of the sky and taking people from her town, 16-year-old Riley Carver has just about had it living with the constant fear. When one decides to terrorize her in her own backyard, it’s the final straw. She takes her mother’s shotgun and shoots the thing. So it’s dead. Or … not? In place of the creature she shot, is a guy. A really hot ...more
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Published June 4th 2013 by Diversion Books (first published May 16th 2013)
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Emily May
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it

“They come out of the sky and take you. Everyone knows that.”

So, here's what I want you to know: I enjoyed every single minute of this creepy, funny, very different sort of book. Yes, it is another young adult urban fantasy with angels but the approach - which combined elements of light and dark tones - felt completely unique and I found myself mesmerised by the story and characters. BUT. The more I read, the more the pile of small issues would grow. Things that made me raise an eyebrow, that
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Hershey
May 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Simple, nice, plain and a bit cliche

First, I must say that the synopsis might sound a little bit like Angelfall by Susan Ee and I assure you that this book is nothing like Angelfall which is a very fast paced novel.

Outcast is a slow paced novel with a not - so - captivating story line. I didn't find the story line or the characters interesting. The whole thing felt flat to me. They were okay. But they could have been better. More lively.

I was just completely disappointed :( I expected so much!
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Mitch
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-favorites
You know that awesome, awesome feeling you get when you pick up a book and just know, even one chapter in, that you'll get along with it wonderfully? Outcast is that book for me. It's equal parts charm and spunk, but more importantly, I really think Adrienne Kress has brought something new to the angel genre here, even if the best way I have of describing this is as the quirkier cousin of Angelfall. Granted, I did have a slight issue towards the end that affected my overall rating, but I don’t ...more
Katerina Kondrenko
5 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
(please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)

Genre: fantasy, teen-ish YA
Stuff: angels-aliens
Fail: childish stuff
WOW: Gabe
POV: 1st person, female
Love-Geometry: annoying

Quote-Core:
“Sing 'em to remember. Sing 'em because you remember.”

In a place located in a middle of nowhere, which name I didn’t even remember, over a span of six
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Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
I don't read many books involving angels so I was skeptical about this one. But, right from the start I loved the writing, the banter, how quirky Riley was, how much she grew.

This wasn't just a mystery or a typical story with angels, it was a very well formed coming of age story that portrays small town life and the stereotypes surrounding it, and highschool very well.

On top of that, it's still a lighthearted easy read thats completely different from anything I've read before.

The only
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Stephanie
One of my biggest pet peeves - incorrect use of local vernacular. Please authors, if you are not familiar with the way an American southerner speaks, don't try to use the word "y'all". Y'all means "you all", addressing at least two or more people. Every time I read this used incorrectly, it completely threw me out of the story... ugh.
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Full review has been posted on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!

I’m an emotional wreck. Adrienne Kress has charmed me with her unusual writing, warm characters and quirky storyline, and then wrung my heart strings with that emotional ending.

Outcast is about a small town that is visited by angels each year, who abducts a few humans in a yearly event called ‘the taking’. Riley Carver has lost Chris, her best friend and love interest from the taking, and in the sixth year of the
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jesse
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.75/5

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every year they come out of the sky at the same day and same time to take people.

this understandably scares the shit out of people. pastor warren takes it upon himself to soothe people and point out that those beings coming to take people away are indeed angels sent from god. and that the town was blessed to be chosen.
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Keertana
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Outcastis a novel I enjoyed, but don't have very much to say about. It's about angels. Only...with a slight twist. Riley lives in a small Southern town where, once a year, angels drop down from the sky to take a handful of young humans up to the heavens with them. In her god-fearing town a Church of Angels has been built and instead of fearing the day the angels arrive, her neighbors have learned to celebrate it. On the third year the angels came, though, they took Chris, Riley's best friend and ...more
Susana
2,5 stars

Okay...so, my thoughts on the book:
This could have entered directly to my top favourites, mainly due to some points:
_Fantastic Beginning;
_Great characters;
_And an interesting plot...when to that one adds the awesome cover, this looked like a winner.

So, why only 2,5 stars?
Mainly because the points above mentioned only appear in the beginning of the book!!

And then...ZILCH!
And after awhile i had to stop reading, and wonder what the hell was i reading???
Teen problems?
Teen's high school?
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Rose
I want to mentally hi-five Adrienne Kress, because this book, apart from some pacing issues, is exactly the kind of book I anticipate from a YA read. It was so much fun and I'll admit I had a grin on my face in many places within the story, and was surprisingly gut-punched by the way things turned out in the end.

The story revolves around 16-year old Riley Carver, a young woman living in a small, secluded town with deep religious roots, and a problem of descending angels abducting the residents.
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Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Fifth year they took Chris, my best friend since we were little and who I’d just had my first kiss with the week before.

Sixth year, I shot an angel in the face.

I had absolutely no expectations concerning this book. I liked Kress's other book fairly well, but it wasn't anything mindblowing or fantastic. It was a fairly mediocre to tell the truth. However, Outcast definitely couldn't be called mediocre. It was an incredibly enjoyable, fluffy read with an adorable cast and an equally adorable
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Bec
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, read-2018
This review first appeared on Readers in Wonderland

INITIAL REACTION
This was such a bittersweet ending. It fit the plot and stuff but still, I wanted them to be happy

5 THINGS ABOUT OUTCAST
I’ve been meaning to read it for years
OUTCAST is one of the novels I was approved of on Netgally years ago but never got around too. I had no good reason for its neglect, Adrienne Kress is an author I really enjoy (please more people read THE FRIDAY SOCIETY). I was just never in the mood for now, and I kind of
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Tsana Dolichva
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Outcast by Adrienne Kress is a YA novel set in a small town in the southern US. The blurb was the factor that made me want to read it. Unfortunately, the blurb was also the high point of the entire book.

Outcast was severely overwritten. I felt that, with the possible exception of the dialogue, just about every second sentence could have been cut. Reilly's inner monologue is very repetitive, driving home statements far more than necessary. A direct consequence of this was an abundance of telling
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Vishakha ~ ReadingSpren ~
Half of this book was generic YA. The other half was something else entirely. The blurb doesn't do it justice. I really thought I was in for some light-hearted paranormal romance. I didn't expect anything profound which surprisingly this book was.

The author has stitched together two worlds; one of high school drama, other of angles and beasts and ghosts. The mundane gels into the extraordinary seamlessly. The world she created is fascinating, mysterious and eerie. But unfortunately not as
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Mary
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

It may not come to surprise you GoodReaders, but I’m an aspiring writer. I have a feeling most of us are, in some form or another; fiction, journalism, cookbooks, or writing book reviews. It kind of goes hand in hand with wanting to read a great deal.

And for all of us writers, we have the one Golden Rule. Oh, it’s not the same for every writer. Some people respect plot over character, character over everything, morality in every story, etc. But let me give you my Golden
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Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
This was a rather easy, breezy read.

And let's get it out of the way, already: This is not Angelfall.

It features angels, Thralls, girls who don't don't kick angel asses, but do shoot them in the face, hunter priests, and wings. Duh.

It's been six years since angels started kidnapping people from Riley's town. Hartwich. One year since her best friend was taken.

So what she does is, shoot an angel in the face, tie him up and interrogate him.

Except there is the teensy problem that all the angel guy,
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Ornella (Nyx)
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was quite the fun read, while still dealing with the coming of age issue and touching on some religious aspects.

I'm gonna right ahead and say that the best part of the book was Riley. She was a spunky, kick ass girl, who would sometimes come off as being a bit of a snob at times, but could still really relate to her. She reminded me a lot of how I used to be in some aspects. Was a lot of fun to read everything through her eyes since I could understand her perfectly. She has a unique sense
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Katja Weinert
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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For our heroine, Riley Carver, a yearly event over the past six years sees“angels” coming out of the sky to take away her townsfolk. When her boyfriend is taken she starts to hate the status quo, and the odd Church of Angels, which asks the town to accept the strange yearly taking.

As far as her relationship with the 'angels 'goes, it's not worshipping she intends, as the blurb explains "When one decides to terrorize her in her own backyard, it’s the final straw. She takes her mother’s shotgun
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Ellis
Disclaimer: I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for this review in any way and the only things that influenced my final judgement were my thoughts, feelings and overall love of angels and good humour.


Usually I have my own little ratings system going on, but in this case, the Goodreads label says it best: It was amazing. It gets the full five stars from me.

I'm always ready for a story with angels, and as of late I've been pretty lucky with what I've found.
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Kitty (I solemnly swear that I am up to no good)
Holy mother of Jesus Christ on a bicycle!! This book blew my socks off!
description
This is a young adult book, part paranormal romance and part creep, dark urban fantasy.
It is written from the perspective of a smart chick called Riley, not especially hot or ugly she is kinda your in-between average high school loner. The town she lives in is anything but average. Every year at the same time 'Angels' come down from the skies and grab people, what happens to them or why they do it nobody knows...most people
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Whitley Birks
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
See this review and more at Whitley Reads.

My Reaction: This was a very teenager book. And hot-damn, this book owned its teenager-ness. The focus and voice and general attitude of the novel was not only spot-on for teenagers, but was, I think, something that teenagers really need to see more of. The issues Riley thought about and dealt with were handled in a way that was true to her age, but while still giving them the proper “it’s cool, this is how teenagerhood is supposed to go” context. On the
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Sandra
Wow. That was simply stunning. With quirky story telling, this somewhat dark and creepy and often laugh out loud funny story is no Angelfall. And that's a good thing.

In a small southern town, angels are said to be taking several young people once a year. No one has ever seen the angels, but every August, a few people disappear in the great taking. The town's minister has convinced the people that he's talking to the angels, and that their town is special. The good townspeople even built him a
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JenacideByBibliophile
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-ya
I LOVE a good adolescent fantasy story, as I am sure a lot of you can relate with. This story centers around angelic creatures, an angel-crazed town, a young man with a lost memory, and a young girl who wants to find the truth behind it all. This is another one of those books that just hooks you in, and one you can’t put down until you have read the last word.

It has been one year since Riley Carver lost her best friend and almost boyfriend, Chris, to the Taking. It has been six years since the
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Ally
Before I begin this review, I’d like to note the extreme distinctions between Outcast and Angelfall. If you think you will like this book because you liked Angelfall, you might be a little off base. Outcast is entirely its own story. It is not set in a post-apocalyptic setting, and is more like urban fantasy. Gabe and Riley are very different from Raffe and Penryn, but no less kick ass. And Outcast brings something new and unique (for me, anyway) to the angel paranormal genre.

The beginning of
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Nafiza
I just finished this book and I would like to take a moment and sigh. Yes, sigh because this was a good book and it hit me in all the right ways in all the places. I wish I didn’t have to speak about it because it is the kind of good that you want to keep to yourself. To savour it because somehow speaking about it brings home the point that it’s over and it’s gone and just, the story is done. I think it’s a standalone and for once I wish it wasn’t. I wish it was a series. Please let it be a ...more
Alexandra
Apr 27, 2015 rated it did not like it


Well,what a waste of time!! It didn't work for me. Besides Hush, Hush #1 that i really liked!! I suppose i'm not into angels. Or i haven't found the perfect book yet.



There is nothing that happens that moves the plot along. I was immensely disappointed with the turn of events.And the heroine! Geez,she drived me crazy. Annoyingly-crazy! Another problem with this book was how utterly boring it was. I'm talking fall asleep whilst skim reading boring.I honestly struggled to read this,i even skipped
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rin ( ̄ヘ ̄)	 read/watch mo dao zu shi
“Sing 'em to remember.
Sing 'em because you remember.”


This book was ...simple. Just simple. A slow paced novel with some small holes in the plot, Mary-Sueish female lead, adorable male lead and tHE ENDING I WANT TO HIT SOMEBODY FOR.

So we have a small town, which has been getting visited by angels for 6 years in a row. These angels come on a one certain day and kidnap random people. This day was made into a celebration day called 'Taking'. Townsfolks are expected to celebrate and have fun on the
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Sam
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This ARC was provided to me by Diversion Books and Netgalley. Thanks again to both parties in advance!

Sometimes you find a book that is so genuine, so raw, so honest, that it puts a wide smile on your face and massive tears in your eyes.

Outcast by Adrienne Kress is that book I've described above. This book is the complete package: strong characters, great plot, fun shinangins, and angel shootin'. We get a sense of Riley's world, her life and the fact that she lives in a town cursed by angels.
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Paige  Bookdragon
Shoot me.

The reason why I picked this book is because look at the fucking cover. Isn't it gorgeous?!

Unfortunately, that's only one of the two thing that's gorgeous about this book.

Let's start with the characters:

1. Riley: Lady, I liked your sass at first. You know, when you shot the angel in the face and you dragged his ass in the shed? Total awesome.

But why oh why, school came and you become someone different?! I didn't get you anymore! You keep on saying that you don't care what those
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Adrienne Kress is a Toronto born actor and author who loves to play make-believe. She also loves hot chocolate. And cheese. Not necessarily together.

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“Aw, man. I’d just shot an angel in the face.I made my way into the foyer and sat down on the stairs. I glanced up at the big old grandfather clock. It was going on ten. My folks would be home soon.
“How was your evening, honey?”
“Killed an angel.”
“Well, isn’t that nice.”
That wasn’t happening. Daddy never liked guns in the first place, Mother just pretended to. I was so grounded.”
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