I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. This was a great quick read. I thought that the characters were well thought out, and even though the plot centered on the conflict between angels vs demons, the authors take on this subject combined with the fact that these two groups aren't related to their biblical counterparts was very original. I would like to have seen the main characters' 'abilities' exploited/explained a little more, but overall I really enjoyed this book. David Estes is a great author and I can't wait for more of this series!
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. Overall I liked this book and am looking forward to checking out the next in the series. However, it seemed slow and slightly boring at first, even though you are pretty much thrown into the action of Stella against the Brotherhood almost immediately. This was most likely due to the requisite set-up/background information that inevitably has to be thrown in for a new series. So realizing this I kept reading. I am glad that I did, because it certainly ended with a bang! The characters were charming, the plot was very interesting and the romantic aspect was great. I kind of question Stellas' attachment to Etoile and Marc, even though they were pretty much the first of her kind to welcome her to her new world. It just seemed kind of unlikely to me that she would make friends with anyone so quickly since she was tossed around foster homes her whole life and never really had any friends (because of her 'accidents'). That aside, I thought this was great and I will continue to read this series since now I am hooked and looking forward to see Stella come more into her powers as she continues to battle the Brotherhood.
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. I have to say it was not what I was expecting for a paranormal book. I was slightly disappointed that the main characters 'abilities' weren't exploited/explained more. It read more like a straight romance novel (with some ESP) than a paranormal novel. That said the romance was very sweet and had me wanting to read more. I really liked the way the book ended. It had me looking forward to reading more in the series.
I received this book for free from the Goodreads group Making Connections in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
All in all I ended up liking this story since it did keep my interest, but it was also very frustrating. The plot really appealed to me when I read the synopsis, but the delivery seemed disjointed, almost like it was written as stream of consciousness (which I'm not a huge fan of) rather than a coherent story.
As for the characters. I really wanted to like Sam, but I was not overly impressed with her. I just kept waiting for her to learn a lesson, grow up, something, but that just never seemed to happen. Perhaps it wasn't supposed to, I'm just not entirely sure. And I have to say WTH is up with Shells. I am all for quirky, funny sidekicks, but this was ridiculous. I almost stopped reading because of her. I personally find the occasional use of urban slang to be amusing, but when it apparently makes up the bulk of your vocabulary you just end up sounding like a moron!
Despite all of the above, despite any complaints I was intrigued by the story, and I think the characters did actually work together since there were many laugh out loud moments, especially from Sam and Shells investigations. I just suggest cooling it with the "straight up yo"'s.
I received this as part of the ARR Women's Fiction part of the Making Connections group on Goodreads.
I really quite enjoyed this book. It was a great quick read. At first I thought that the characters were a bit hard to relate to given that I am not a fashionista, but once they ripped into Cassie a few times for being such a snot, they were definitely after my heart. I really enjoyed all the situations the girls got into and all the places they visited. I would have liked to have seen more of Carlos since he was hilarious, but overall I really enjoyed the book and I thought it was well paced and the budding romances were very sweet. Ellie Spanos is a great author and I can't wait for more of this series! Vegas baby!