on Sep. 18, 2012 :
This book had my attention a few months ago. However, the Angels topic didn't attract me a lot, but its turn came on my list of books to read, so I gave it a chance.
The plot is already known: a love triangle, but very well thought. From the first chapter, there's a confrontation between the two cousins, Logan and Gage, for Skyla attention. Immediately, I felt an attraction for one of the characters, Logan - not sure why - but talking on Twitter with the author, he won't be a knight in his shining armour in the following books. Situation that intrigued me.
I don't like helpless female characters, and Skyla, the main character, didn't change my mind on that. She has a touch of helpless heroine that becomes tedious, with her stubbornness to do things on her own way and be wrong over and over, to the point that Logan and Gage got tired of saving or keep her away of danger. Perhaps, this is the only bad point I found, and I'll have to bear, if I want to keep reading this saga.
The writer takes the theme of celestial beings, angels, and handles it very differently to other stories, where generally are benevolent beings. No, here, they're creatures more human, who seek a way to survive other factions of angels and dangerous creatures.
As for the secondary characters, I can't say much, because they are only filling people with a history that isn't developed yet; such is the case of Skyla's mother and stepfather. But I suppose for being the first book, that's acceptable.
However, after the first chapter, I just could not stop reading. It was a rare case of love-hate. So much I really want to keep reading the saga.
(review of free book)
on June 21, 2012 :
This was a really good book. I know that there are an abundance of Angel books on the market, but this is one the ones worth reading. It revolves around 16 yr old Skyla, who is forced into a move by her crappy stepfather and finds herself in Paragon Island. Sklya is a normal girl with a special ability; she can hear other people’s thoughts when she touches them. But, is that her only gift, and she really a normal girl? Sklya meets her new BFF Brielle and 2 new boys Logan and Gage. As Skyla begins falling for Logan she suddenly discovers that he holds the same ability she does.
As she begins questioning him about their abilities, he finally tells her that they are both Angels. There are several factions of Angels around the world, and especially it seems in Paragon. It turns out that both she and Logan and Celestera, the most powerful of Angels and also the most hunted. The Countenance, another faction, is killing of Celestera because they want to become the most powerful angels, and rule.
There isn’t quite as much depth as I would have liked when it came to all the angel factions. Especially, because at the beginning of the book, it mentions Nephilim (which are children of angels, so half-angels) Yet the book mentions full blooded angels when referring to various people throughout the book. However, that is definitely not enough to detract from the enjoyment of the story.
We follow Skyla around as she tries to discover new powers, and figure out how to stay alive. She follows her heart, which is usually dictated by her conscience. Unfortunately, this can get her into trouble…..
Will she be able to figure out what secrets Logan is keeping from her, before it’s too late and her fate is the same as the girl who lived in her room before her…death?
This was a quick read that doesn’t have a cliff-hanger, but is so good that you immediately want to go out and get your hands on the next book. I noticed very few grammatical errors and thought the book was well written. I was able to follow the story easily, and enjoyed listening to Skyla’s thoughts and plans. I wanted to shake her stepfather Tad for being such a moron; I’d use a different word but I doubt profanity is allowed in these reviews! :) That is just one more way of knowing how well developed the characters are.
Kudos to Addison Moore for such a great book!
(review of free book)
Chani Lynn Feener
on Nov. 12, 2011 :
I'm not really into stories about angels, so I was surprised by much I liked this book. That being said, there were also a few things about it that I didn't like. For one, there were times where something major would happen to the characters, yet instead of letting us witness it first hand, the author would end the scene and start up somewhere else. Other times, I was really confused with what was happening because things would happen too suddenly and wouldn't be described well enough. Another thing was how some of the characters acted. Sometimes things seemed to be blown out of proportions, and the responses didn't seem realistic. An example of this would be her parents towards the middle/end of the book. Also, there are many questions that are left unanswered, and even though this is part of a series, there should at least be some mention that those will be provided later on. However, despite all that, I found I couldn't put the thing down. I literally read the entire thing in one sitting. The story line in general is just so interesting that all that other stuff doesn't seem so important in comparison. Skyla is witty where it counts, and devious enough to keep my attention. The whole time I couldn't wait to see what she'd do next with Logan and Gage. Not only that, but there are some really brilliant moments here and there where I was laughing so hard I was tearing up. All in all, I would without a doubt recommend reading this book. I fully intend to read the second, that's for sure. There's a unique spin on the nephilim angel aspect here, and one that's really worth checking out.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)