Just Finished…Angelfall


I thought Angelfall was a really original take on the ‘angels on earth’ theme – I’ve read a few so far (Hush Hush, Forgotten Self) and this definitely leads the pack.Set in a post-apoclyptic landscape, where angels have been the bringers of destruction – as you might expect from their biblical heritage, but which I’ve not seen used particularly in other angel books – Penryn is our feisty female protagonist, fighting to survive. I found her skills and behaviour plausible in the same way I did Katniss in The Hunger Games: her motivation is protecting her family; her skills come from having to survive a difficult environment, before she was plunged into the apocalypse. The relationship she develops with Raffe (an injured angel) is based on mutual need, and had good depth.

There’s plenty of action in the book, nicely tempered with the world building, so that you see how people have changed because of the apocolypse. Questions of humanity are raised throughout and examined well through secondary characters. There are also some pretty gruesome descriptions and troubling images – they fit with the plot and the events at the end of the world, although some readers might have wished for a more ‘fade to black’ approach…particularly in the big climax at the end.

One thing I especially liked was the presentation of the angels as just another species – so you can get agnostic angels!! – rather than fixing them into traditional biblical roles as you might expect. The angel culture and behaviours are also nicely examined and explained to fit with the author’s world.

Overall – this was a great read – it gets five stars because I struggled to put it down (when I had to) and went searching for the next book as soon as I finished (and was disappointed to find that there’s nothing out as yet!). I need to know what happens! Definitely recommended for fans of angel/demon books, as well as post-apocolyptic.

Emily Read…Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Cover Rating: 2.5/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Stars


SynopsisNora Grey can’t remember the past five month of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

I have really enjoyed the Hush Hush series so far and I think this one was just as good as the rest. Silence is set five months after Crescendo. Nora was kidnapped and she doesn’t remember a thing. She doesn’t remember a month before she went missing either. Everyone is giving her the version of the past that they want her to believe. Then Nora meets a gorgeous ‘stranger’ who of course is not a stranger but Nora doesn’t know that. At times I got annoyed at the amount Nora didn’t remember. She didn’t know who kidnapped her – we did – she didn’t know who Jev was – we did. It just got very frustrating.

I found Nora annoying, as always. The way she act’s is just so… ugh. I don’t know how everyone puts up with her. She is even more irritating without memory. Patch wasn’t as awesome as I remember him and he had times when I was just wanting him to tell her everything but aparently he wanted to keep her in the dark ‘for her own good’. I hear those words in litrally every book I read and it annoys me every time. Why did you lie to me? For your own good. Why wont you let me go? For your own good! Ugh. It really gets on my nerves. I liked Scott a lot more than in the other book and he was the only one who would actually be honest with Nora so for that he gets a big thumbs up!

Overall the book was okay. Not one of my favorites but at the same time I did enjoy it. The pace was slower than I would have liked but it wasn’t too bad. I would recomend this book to people who have enjoyed the rest and like a good angel book. To be fair this series was my first GOOD angel book with the others failing miserably beside it. A good read.

My Favorite Quote: 
“He inclined his head at my dress. “What’s the occasion?”
“Homecoming,” I said, twirling. “Like?”
“Last I heard, Homecoming requires a date.”
“About that,” I hedged. “I’m sort of…going with Scott. We both figure a high-school dance is the last place Hank will be patrolling.”
Patch smiled, but it was tight. “I take that back. If Hank wants to shoot Scott, he has my blessing.”

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Forgotten Self by Rachel Carr

Seventeen year old Abigail has just finished her junior year of high school. Her relationship with her parents is distant, but she has a tight group of friends. Everything is pretty normal…except a little secret she’s kept from everyone about her cousin, Kelly. But even this secret – which Abby more or less brushes off – will pale in comparison to what she’s about to discover. A half-remembered car crash, a new boy at school, and an old friend with secrets of his own: Abigail’s entire life is about to be turned upside down when she finds out that not only are angels and demons real, but she’s a part of that world as well.

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About the Author: Rachel lives in western Montana with her boyfriend (Colin), her cat (Kibo), and two Holland Lops (Boo and Bessie). You can view her website (which links to her blogs and gives updated book/series info) at http://www.thatgirlinthatjacket.com 

After Eden by Katherine Pine

Devi knows she shouldn’t trust the new employee at her favorite used bookstore. Sure, he’s funny, smart and hands down the sexiest guy she’s ever met, but something dark lurks behind his unassuming smile and sinful green eyes.

Still, a girl can’t always afford to be picky. When an angel abducts your twin brother it should come as no surprise that the one person who can help you get him back is a demon–and only if you’re willing to pay his price.

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Where do you find your inspiration? Caffeine.

What is your favourite aspect of AFTER EDEN? The mythology. The pancakes. The gender-bending.

Who is your favourite character from AFTER EDEN and why? Princess. She’s a cat and I’m a crazy cat lady.

What are you working on now? Fallen Angels #3 and a secret project!

What do you love about most about writing? The moment I finish a book

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Just Finished…Forgotten Self by Rachel Carr

Oh yes – it gets 5* 🙂 

 

Forgotten Self is a really good read. Although I’ve not read a huge amount of books in the YA Angel/Demon field – Hush Hush series, Katherine Pine’s After Eden (good) and a couple more I won’t mention as they were shockingly poor – I quite like them when they’re done well. Forgotten Self is done very well and of those I’ve read I would rate it as the best.

The story is a good length and I read it in a couple of days in two long-ish sittings. Even though it’s not a long book it is well-detailed; the ‘angelic’ world has a good depth to it, the explanations for which are delivered nicely throughout the book alongside Abby’s ‘real’ life. The characters are very well drawn, especially Abby, whose POV we read from. And although I tend to plump for one guy or another in a book, I found both Jonathan and Lucas appealing – there are some nice, subtle dynamics for romantics to enjoy without it being a straight ‘love triangle’.

In the first couple of chapters I was enjoying the scene setting with Abby’s life, school friends and her relationship with cousin Kelly. I thought the descriptions of spiritual experiences and Abby’s grief were captivating – then BAM! Chapter 3 hits and there’s a very curious car accident and you were sucked into a bigger mystery with Abby. From that point on I struggled to put the book down as the pace was kept up in a perfect rhythm of events and mystery solving.

I think to compare with something like Hush Hush, Forgotten Self is more sophisticated – although I like Hush Hush there are some things – like not being able to stay away from the good-looking but dangerous seeming boy that felt a little cliché. The delivery of the narrative in this is simply better. Abby’s character feels more genuine and likeable than Nora’s: she nicely sarcastic, reasonably pragmatic, but also real has teenager ‘moments’.

This book is really well-written, from description to dialogue and emotions there is little repetition of images (something I found has irritated me in some other YA books) and they are quite original whilst being easy to read.

For anyone thinking of trying a YA Angel book – forget about the New York Times Bestselling series, this is the first I’d be recommending to them J