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Number of Pages: 320
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Fiction
This book was different in the sense that it was a different story than I had anticipated. It had its ups and downs and the emotions were definitely strong but I think this story just lacked a certain spark…But it did have some really cool concepts and some of the scenes were really good but the book as a whole just didn’t live up to what I expected.
It was good; it was a fast read for me and didn’t take a lot of time to finish. And the concept was interesting and fun, I really like the halo’s it was cool to see how the author chose to use them and what their purpose was. The plot was well placed and I don’t think it lacked any important element, I really enjoyed that there were secrets and some of them were slowly uncovered allowing the reader to be in suspense rather than already knowing the conclusion. The concept of angels is never a new concept but I do like that this author chose to add in some creative thoughts and ideas making it fun to read about. The sub-plot about her best friend was an essential part of the story and I felt that without it the story wouldn’t be complete and would actually be lacking a very important element. As for the other sub-plots there weren’t many of them, I liked seeing the main character’s life unfolded throughout the story, it really allowed the reader to better connect with the story and understand what’s going on. As for the feel of the book, it had a kind of dark and sad feel about it, the main character had some deep lining issues and therefore added in a more realistic feel to the story. As far as originality there was almost the same plot line we see in most YA these days (Mysterious boy, new girl they meet, ect…) But it also had some variations that some of those books don’t have…so overall it was a good book to read.
Yes there was romance and it was kind of a big chunk of the story so that kind of was a letdown to me. But if you’re into romance it was sweet and very much fun to read and it was not the major conflict just kind of the branch off of the major conflict. So overall this was an okay aspect of the book.
They were really well created, they were realistic and interesting. The main protagonist had a lot of depth to her and I liked that, she had this whole ordeal that she went through and throughout the book is trying to find her way to the surface but I have to say one of her flaws is that she trusts way too easy…not that it ended badly because of this but in reality you just don’t instantly trust a stranger, it takes time. As for the minor characters there were a few unnecessary characters but they didn’t do any harm to the story itself. So overall the characters helped add a new texture to the book and allowed the reader to better connect with the story.
Transformation of the Character:
There was a tiny or beginning of a transformation, I still think that there will be more to take place but you could already begin to note the changes the character is making. I don’t think that the transformation is being rushed but rather that it’s taking time and therefore giving it a more realistic and believable feel to it. So over all there was a small transformation that will become something bigger in the books to come.
I really enjoyed the description; the way the author chose to describe some of the scenes was really cool. One of my favorite descriptions is of the halo itself; she uses simple words to leave a stronger impact on the reader. Some of the few fight scenes were really well described and I didn’t find it hard to keep up with them. As for the way she describes the scenery I didn’t find a problem with it, she kept it simple at times and more detailed at others…I didn’t think there was too much or too little description and as far as the dialogue I didn’t find it unrealistic or fake at any moments throughout the book. Actually I think some of the best description in this book came from the dialogue because the words of the characters were deep and inspiring…it really gave the reader an insight of the character and how they were “really” feeling. The description of emotion was in both the dialogue and prose…with it being spread throughout it really allowed the reader to better understand what the character is thinking and feeling. So overall the description was an essential aspect to this book and added more flare and creativity to it.
I liked that the author switched from three POV’s, for this story in particular it opened up the story more and allowed the reader to better understand the situation and start to believe the boundaries in the created world. As far as the writing itself it was good a bit off at times but overall easy to read and understand.
Quote of the book:
““You shall know the truth…and the truth shall set you free.””
Once you’ve seen, you can’t un-see. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .
Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.
Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.
Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.
A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.
I would recommend this to fans of angelology and to fans of romance. This was a fast and fun read but nothing that necessarily stunned or wowed me. I am willing to continue on with this series to see what this author has in store for her readers. The ending did leave you kind of wondering but I wouldn’t consider it a cliffhanger but it did leave me wanting to read more. So overall it was a good book just not one of my favorites.
I have to say that I agree with Lacey on this one! Although this book did not give me the WOW factor that I normally look for, it did have enough to hold my attention. I enjoyed the storyline and enjoyed all of the characters.
Jake and Brielle were good for each other. I felt very sad for Brielle for everything that she had gone through. Losing someone is never easy and she just feels like everyone in her life disappears.
The religion aspect is heavy in this book. I did not mind it at all, but, if you normally do not like talk of religion in your books, then you better steer clear of this one. The main focus of the book is about God’s angels watching over their charges and the fallen angels trying to corrupt them.
Overall, I did enjoy the concept of this book. It was a little sketchy at first, but by the end, I was so glad that I read it:)