John M W Smith
on Oct. 11, 2015 :
I bought the first book, Ominous Love, a while ago, but seeing it here with the second book, Paradox-The Angels Are Here (which I am greatly looking forward to read, as I have just bought this 2 in 1 version here!) I just had to pause and post my review for Ominous Love first........
This book belongs firmly in the female fantasy genre. Writing is an art form, just the same as painting, sculpture, moviemaking, interior design etc, but to qualify as an art form a certain minimum standard of competency to provide sufficient aesthetic appeal is required. This book is well above any minimum standard. In fact if we were talking about an art form at the top of the artistic scale in the female fantasy genre, we would be describing a book like Ominous Love.
The essential elements are all in place---a girl on her own, disillusioned with the available male company, with an normal desire for love and passion. Her parents away, alone in her house, by the sea. Scary storms which change into days of sunshine in an idyllic seaside setting. Ideal. Perfect. Lights. Camera. Action.................
Now, anyone can be technically competent when it comes to setting up a scene. It's what happens next that really matters. How the action unfolds. Feelings. Emotions. Desire. The inner cry of longing from a young girl's soul seeking joy and fulfilment. It's natural. It's what young girls were made for. It's their right to expect it---what they should indeed receive if not for the face of cold, hard reality that constantly gets in the way. A job. Making a living. Studies. Responsibilities. Demands. Duties----all the stony eyed killers of everything that makes young hearts flutter with the anticipation of ecstasy. So Ominous Love is escapism, and healthy escapism is what the best kind of fantasy is all about.
A Guardian Angel washed up on a beach, discovered by Eloise (Elle), the main character in the story. The doomed love between them, it cannot be consummated as that would render the Guardian Angel (called Nathaniel) human. A rogue angel (called Devlin) who is attractive to the fairer sex because he is emotional and unpredictable and carries the whiff of danger about himself. Devlin, however, is now human, very rich, and living in a castle surrounded by snowy peaked mountains. Why is the fairer sex attracted to guys who will be mean to them, let them down, do whatever they want and take whatever they want, and be completely selfish, daring and unscrupulous? Who knows? I don't. Maybe it is because such rogues are never boring. They are single-minded and determined, prepared to go to any lengths to get what they want.... Oh, I still don't know, I'm only guessing. All I can say is that you will find Devlin to be such a character. And you will find Nathaniel, his alter ego, a thoroughly decent guy, along with a full supporting cast of all Elle's friends. And you will be thoroughly to titillated, entertained, and enthralled by the feats of imagination performed by this author in bringing these characters to life for your enjoyment. By the way, a Guardian Angel's method of warning you of imminent danger is to zap you with an invisible bolt of electricity. And my Kindle slipped from my fingers as I collapsed with laughter when, in a moment of comic relief provided by the author to defuse the build-up of high tension, Tom grabs Devlin's shorts and pulls them over naked Nathaniel's head! Very expertly done!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on May 24, 2015 :
I enjoyed both these angel stories. The first one, Ominous Love was quite well written and had me wondering what on earth was going on. It's a great teen romance with plenty of humour and great characters, even the bad ones were sometimes likeable and funny at times.
I also enjoyed Book Two. This is also an angel story of good versus evil, buut this one goes back in time, then into the future. It was well written with great characters.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)