Friday, 20 August 2010

Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia

Target Audience: Teens/Young Adults
Genre: Paranormal Romance

I'm always brutally honest when writing reviews but in a nice way, and you'll never catch me slating a book without getting at least one positive thing from it. I initially thought that's the sort of review i was going to have to write for this because at about 40/50 pages in i was tired of the sickly sweet love story and nothing exciting really happening.

I very nearly gave up, but after reading other peoples reviews i kept going and i have to admit i am VERY glad i did, because this book is simply AMAZING! So i'm going to try and make sense while reviewing this but as usual, i'll probably end up babbling (a bit like Teagan near the end really!)

The novel starts (as i've already mentioned) as a pretty standard love story and i thought, oh god, not another twilight clone. But then as i continued it took a major twist and became the opposite. Don't get me wrong, it's still a very beautiful love story, but there's so much more substance and plot than i thought there was going to be based on the beginning.

Teagan and Garreth are wonderful characters and original in their own right. Teagan is no simpering girl and she makes decisions that i doubt i could ever make myself and i was left awed at her bravery and the sacrifice she was willing to make. Garreth himself was fascinating as he too makes changes and sacrifices in order to do whats best for Teagan, as a guardian angel should really.

What struck me as the most amazing though was the events that occur, some of which i honestly did'nt see coming. At one point i remember looking at the page and thinking...where did that come from? I didn't see that coming! The pace moves quickly and smoothly, although i will admit i got a bit lost off at some points and had to check back, but thats my only other minor complaint with this novel, that some of the events could have been described a bit better so as not to get confusing at times. But for the most part, this was not a problem, and i felt it reflected the situations of the characters themselves; slightly chaotic and a bit unsure as things changed quickly around them.

I don't want to go into too much detail because i don't want to spoilt it so i'll summarise this novel as: Romantic, mythically enchanting, haunting and utterly compelling. Give it a go! 0:-)

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