Received for Review
Rating: 4 stars
Review: I really enjoyed this book. Now, if I had to categorize this book, I would call it a YA paranormal with a touch of sci-fi; yes there are aliens, but the sci-fi is not overwhelming it’s more of a blend that I think a larger audience will enjoy.
I don’t have much experience reading about aliens, but I think Lauryn April’s take on them is pretty unique and original. The Greys are totally creepy, but a well-developed species.
I loved the characters in this book. Payton starts out unlikeable but she grows so much throughout the novel that I couldn’t help but root for her. I love the way the author wrote the growth; she let us into Payton’s internal thoughts and reflections – I really hope this character inspires teens to be conscious of their words and actions. Logan is pretty awesome. Jo might be my favorite; she also grows in the book, but in a different way. Lauryn April is truly connected to her intended young adult audience, her characters feel like they could be from any high school and like any teen could relate to them.
The plot moves at a good pace. There were a few times where it felt like it dragged a little, but the action scenes made up for it.Overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
About the Author: Sarah is the author of the Magic in Manhattan and Whatever After series, as well as Gimme a Call, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have), Milkrun, and more.
Rating: 4 stars
Review: First and foremost, this book is not something I would typically pick up on my own. However, the author contacted me and was very upfront about the fact that she read and understood by review policy and was willing to take the risk. So, after reading the summary (and seeing the beautiful cover), I decided I had to give it a shot and I’m really glad I did.
This book has a totally unique take on angels and demons. My favorite part is that this book is not preachy! There is clearly some religious inspiration, but I never felt like I was being given some subconscious religious message. Literally I laughed out loud while reading about the birth of Jesus and I loved the twist on the story of Cain and Abel.
I loved the characters. I loved Bedlam from the start; he is mischievous but kind hearted. Carrie took a bit to grow on me, but I do like her. I also immediately liked, Gabriel he seems like such a good guy. To be honest, I even kind of liked Lucifer (I know I’m not supposed to, he’s a bad guy, but I guess what I mean is he is a well written character).
I enjoyed learning about the different times in Carrie’s life. The flashbacks were very interesting. However, there were a few parts where the plot dragged – especially the journeys to hell. I felt conflicted while reading them; I knew they were necessary to the plot and they were fairly short mini-stories, but I felt like they moved slow. Maybe it was the repetitive-ness. I also found the “solution” to be a bit obvious/predictable.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and would continue reading the series.Book Two:
Rating: 4 stars
Review: After the first few sentences, I immediately liked Hazel, our narrator. Her voice was perfect for telling this story, she sounded like a real (mature) teen to me. This book is beautifully written and has a flow to it that just tugs you along.
All of the characters in this book are likeable and realistic. While this is an emotional story that many people warned would make it cry, it didn’t make me cry. I felt bad for the characters and empathized with them, but never really felt that teary tug. I had a similar feeling when reading Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper.
There is a strong message in this story about love and perseverance that really holds the story together and makes it worth reading. I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.