Unnatural (Archangel Academy #1)
For Michael Howard, being plucked from his Nebraska hometown and sent thousands of miles away is as close as he's ever come to a miracle. In Weeping Water, he felt trapped, alone. At ...more
As a gay high school student living in Weeping Water, Nebraska, Michael Howard, feels lost and alone. He’s dealing with daily bullying at school, a troubled mother, absent father, and disconnected grandparents.
But suddenly a series of events changes his life forever. He finds himself enrolled in the Archangel Academy, an exclusive boarding school for boys in northwestern England. What Michael doesn’t realize is that he’s just landed in the middle of a war between vampire clans.
I normally don’t...more
While Twilight has been roundly criticised for the inexpert quality of its writing, this book is much much worse. Where Twilight had characters that were three dimensional and likeable if at times annoying, the characters here are cardboard cutouts for the most part. Where Twilight's writing sometimes stumbled, here it was just plain con ...more
I had hopes for this book but it disappointed on so many levels. Unlike some, the constant POV switches did not bother me in the slightest. I had other issues. A number of the characters whine and moan, even if only to themselves. Teen angst can be great in a plot and make for interesting characters. In this book, there is so much of the whiny, self-pitying that it got tiresome and old pretty quickly.
What made this all the more tedious was the twist ...more
I read this book on a recommendation from a client when I asked for a good gay YA series for my teen son to read and was not disappointed. I want him to read about strong male leads whose se ...more
I loved the cover for UNNATURAL, Unfortunately that is all I loved about it. I liked it so little I couldn’t even finish the book and that is very rare for me. I think I didn’t even get half way through it until I had to put it down and move onto something else. The whole plot just didn’t do anything for me. It was slow and there was way to much info added in that wasn’t needed that made it drag on even more. Because I only got at the most half ...more
Unnatural is book one in the Archangel Academy series and no this is not my favorite book of the year but i will say this is a pretty decent Vampire Fiction with a lot of new twists.
1. Plot & Writing
Michael, the main protagonist, comes from a troubled home...His ...more
This. Is. SHITE.
I started reading the book for free at Barnes and Noble on the nook and was intrigued by the writing in the beginning. It was smart, it was fresh and it wasn't shallow. But, like the Titanic, some of the most impressive creations can make a slow descent into hellish misery. Unfortunately, I had to experience that misery at the cost of $8.
Within 50 pages things start to go south. It began with bits of odd dialog or an awkwa ...more
First off, I have to give Michael Griffo some credit. He is working with a creature that has been used to death. At this stage in my reading career, if I never have to put up another vampire book, I would probably be estatic. (Vampi ...more
The book starts off quiet poetic really. Then as we get to know the main character the story starts to unfold. It just flows through out the whole book. There was no parts that jumped from scene to scene leaving me feeling like I missed something.
All the major players are introduced fully and built into real people who I could relate to in someway or another. The protagonist's are all built so well.
The story is blindingly well written with j ...more
This was an interesting vampire book, with a gay romance thrown in as well.
The characters in this were all very real, and I felt sorry for each of them at points. Michael had not had the easiest life, and although Ronan seemed to have had a privileged life, it soon turned out that he had his own skeletons in his closet too.
The storyline in this was quite good, and I can’t say I’ve really come across this sort of vampire book before. The vampires in this were a little ...more
Actually, I'm not even finished with the book yet. I'm only about halfway through. I'm just afraid the ending will be extreme, and flush away all my other opinions I was having while reading the beginning.
For the first five chapters, I wasn't even sure if I was reading the right book. I actually checked to make sure it wasn't a different book tucked aw ...more
I felt for Michael instantly. He just felt very real and I found myself wondering how I would react in these situations. I felt sorry for Michael growing up gay in the south. But also because he was alone his the first 16 years of his life. Yes, he had his mother, and his grandparents. But they weren't really there for him. His mother was ill and she survived by drinking and taking pills to keep her calm. His gran ...more
The author has dared to be different by writing about a young man named Michael who lives in the nowhere town of Weeping Water. This is the type of ...more
For Michael Howard, being plucked from his Nebraska hometown and sent thousands of miles away is as close as he’s ever come to a miracle. In Weeping Water, he felt trapped, alone. At Archangel Academy, Michael belongs. And in Ciaran, Penry, and especially Ciaran’s enigmatic half-brother Ronan, Michael finds fri ...more
|YA LGBT Books: November 2011 Book of the Month - **Unnatural by Michael Griffo**||46||51||Nov 22, 2011 09:49AM|
His first novel, BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS, was written ...more