Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Review: She Speaks to Angels (AngelFire Chronicles, #1)

She Speaks to Angels (AngelFire Chronicles, #1)
She Speaks to Angels (AngelFire Chronicles, #1) by Ami Blackwelder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclosure: I received a free advance copy of this ebook frrom the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Coming April 6th exclusively on Kindle, and Amazon Prints. What if everything you believed was a lie? "I tried not to sound hysterical, but it’s not every day you find out the paranormal is hunting you."

A Suicide.
Seventeen year old Allison Maney attends Millennium High School in Manhattan. Nothing out of the ordinary, unless you consider the occasional suicides at the school. At least that is what everyone is told, what everyone believes. But Tommy Bachelor was a popular football player; why would he jump off the roof of the school? 

Dangerous Liaisons 
When Dameon pays attention to Ali, she couldn't be more excited, because for the past three months he was all she could think about. But now that Dameon is finally pining for her affections, she is becoming more and more wrapped up in a clique of three who, as new transfers to the school, are proving to be trouble. But at least Dameon loves her, doesn't he? 

Kian- a dangerous love interest she did not ask for. 
Powers- belonging to an underworld she never knew existed. 
A Clique- that could be friends or foes? 

A Soul Purpose 
The underworld of angels and demons have one thing on their mind: Earth. Demons want to do what they want. Angels want to protect humans from these rogue angels, AKA: Demons. For Allison Maney, everything is not exactly what it seems… 

A Suspenseful Romance 
Caught between Dameon and Kian, the suicide and the clique of three, Ali won't know who to trust…or who to love.

My Thoughts: This was an unsolicited book that the author sent to me; I guess because I’d won a couple of her books from LibraryThing. My reactions to the previous books I’d read by this author were mixed, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, other than it isn’t really in my preferred genre. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. Despite a lot of really silly similes, the writing was pretty natural-sounding, and very much like what would come out of high school students. I also found the relationships and their progressions were pretty realistic based upon my own memories of the hormone-charged days of being a teenager.

Admittedly this is an ARC, so I can probably believe that the janitor, whose name changes from Alberto to Antonio, will have his name finalized in the end. However, after the girls took all the stuff out of Tommy’s locker, that night it all disappeared; then Sunday night Ali gets up and looks at his drawings – which were among the items that disappeared on Wednesday night. This is probably a major plot point that will be hard to fix. Hopefully it is.

Overall I would recommend this book - I quite liked it despite the few problems, most of which I anticipate will be fixed by the final copy.

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