Angel Fever

In the devastated remains of the world, millions of people live in “refugee” camps provided by the angels who have all but enslaved humanity. As this angelic stranglehold tightens, Willow and Alex are recruiting and training new Angel Killers while struggling to hold ground on the celestial battlefield. But Willow continues to have feelings for Seb, and her love and resolve are tested as a shattering revelation sends Alex on a separate journey. Now that the final battle versus the angels is about to begin-and the fate of the world hangs in the balance-each of them must face the consequences of their own choices. Will love endure? Will the human race survive?

Once you get past the people on the front of this book, lets face it not many people are picturing any of the characters like that, this book does get your emotions reeling like the previous two. Despite everything in Angel Fire Willow and Alex’s relationship is stronger than ever and they are finding and training new killers to take down the Angels. Raziel has different plans though and they will literally rock the angels and the angel killers world. If this wasn’t bad enough Alex also takes off on a journey on his own and Willow is left to deal with the consequences. It’s these actions that get the emotions rolling. Panic and anger definitely went on and although its good to have an emotional response I didn’t find it quite at satisfying as the last book. There wasn’t enough interaction between the Angels and humans as I would have liked to build up to the end it was more about the resistance and particularly about relationships. Of course these are important and were nice to read about but as a book I wanted more plot than character. I think the final result of this story was a good ending for the series and of course it is worth read but the book itself didn’t quite live up to my expectations. 

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

After having not been for YEARS I finally got back to the Edinburgh International Book Festival this summer.

Although there were many Authors over the festival I wanted to see I couldn’t afford to go over every day so after careful thought I decided to go see LA Weatherly, author of the Angel trilogy. When she came into the tent she looked exactly like her picture in the book, this may sounds daft to mention but often people don’t look their pictures. She also has her husband with her and he was in charge of the computer presentation she had along with her. I was really impressed by her talk. She didn’t read from a pre-prepared talk but talked naturally about the books so far. With her presentation to help she had picture of her dream cast including;

the ‘hot mexican actor’ she based Seth on, Amanda Seyfried as Willow

 and Peter Facinelli as Raziel.

She talked about where she got the inspiration for the book, where she writes and about the trips she got to take across America to help her research about the book. She talked about how the characters came to her and developed, how they got their names. One of my favourite bits was about the magic of how sometimes the book can teach you things about the characters you didn’t know, something she had never believed till it happened to her. She was really interesting to listen to and I enjoyed her talk but she gave no clues away to what is going to happen in the final book so we will just have to wait and see.

Whilst there I also decided to go and see S.D. Crockett and Caroline Green. I haven’t read either of their books but they have both written dystopian fiction and their talk was about this genre. They both read a bit from their books first. If I’m honest I still don’t think I will read either of the books, they are both written from a male point of view, one a 14 year old boy and one written the way he speaks and neither are my thing. The talk about dystopian was more interesting but I was the only one who asked a relevant question. I don’t think it was a bad idea to go to the talk, I liked Caroline Green but I have to admit I didn’t really like S.D. Crockett and it isn’t the most interesting thing I have seen at the festival.

Rapture

The sky is dark with wings . . . .

Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

In the final book of the Fallen series all our questions are answered. Reunited with Daniel Luce and all the angels must continue to work together to not only try and save history but also help Luce remember her past. To do that they need to get to the place where all the angels fell but first the need to work out where that place was. Splitting up there are 3 things the need to find to allow them to find the answer. Luce and Daniel go to Venice to find the first one but are met with challenges from both other immortals and the land.

They soon learn that their friends have also not had an easy time and as the time ticks on they have to go and help. With the help of one of the things the needed in particular they are able to complete there task of finding where they need to go. Most importantly though Luce is given the gift of waking up to her past. Knowledge that empowers hers to change the course of history and her and Daniel’s destinies.

I enjoyed the last book of the series although I think the third is still my favourite. I feel this one has a nice balance of all the thing I had enjoyed in the other books with they story unfolding through trips into different cultures and gently unveiling the knowledge of Luce’s past. By the end of the book I had worked out what was going to come but I still enjoyed reading it and the conclusion was how I think most people who read the series will want it to end.

Passion

Luce would die for Daniel.

And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way….

Luce is certain that something – or someone – in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of thislifetime…going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel…and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames…forever.

The third book in the Fallen series is my favourite (so far). Luce has stepped through an announcer and is now travelling further and further into history hoping to learn about her life. She wants so see that her love is not just about a curse but is something true as well as finally discover all the things no one else seems to be able to tell her. With the help of a Scale she learns how the announcers are part of her and if she desires a lesson it can send her to the write place.

As she travels we begin to see the many different lives she has been a part of and the challenged she and Daniel have had to face over and over again to be together for even the briefest of moments. Everyone is trying to find Luce without luck. Particularly Daniel who just seems to miss her every time till he eventually realises he needs to think a head of her. Both however are about to be met by a shock that could change not just everything they have been through but the whole of time.

This book is interesting because we are getting glimpses of different parts of history. Each chapter is a new time a new beautiful love story, both really interesting to read about. We also finally get to the bottom of the curse and a better understanding of Cam and Daniel’s relationship. I can’t really understand why this is my favourite of the series but I think it is because it is so different to anything else I have read and was an interesting way to get all the important history of the story we need for is to be concluded.

Torment

Hell on earth.

That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.

It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts – immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something – something dangerous.

What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

Book two in the Fallen series see’s Luce question what she believed to be an unconditional and eternal love. Having just found each other again Daniel has taken Luce to a new school where he is left her for 18 days, although he hasn’t told her that. There Luce finds herself with a new room mate that seems to have a strange dislike for her and the attention of people who see her as a famous figure. Frustrated that Daniel refuses to tell her anything she ignores his warnings and leaves campus on more than one occasion. She also begins to get involved in the dangerous act of glimpsing announcers and with the help of her new friend Miles and room mate Shelby, when she realises she likes Luce, risk even going through one.

However even though Daniel breaks his promise not to visit ever time he comes all they do is fight and Luce finds herself beginning to have feelings for Miles. She feels guilty but her anger for Daniel only confuses everything more. As well as her relationship with Daniel she is also miserable about not being able to go home for thanksgiving to see her parents and best friend Callie. However with the help of Mr Cole from her old school she finds herself being taken home for what will become her most unforgettable thanksgiving ever.

I really feel for Luce in this book. I understand that Daniel is only trying to protect her but maybe because it is well written or just because she is a modern girl it frustrates me too that he wont tell her what is going on. Even just the simple things like why he can’t see her and for how long. I also liked that she begins to question what has been accepted as an unconditional love as it makes the book not just a story about love but about a girl fighting to discover who she is and about the history of angels.

Fallen

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

When Luce gets sent to a reform school after a tragic accident she is hoping for a fresh start. No longer considered the most dangerous of her classmate she tries to forget what has happened in her past and although after a typical disastrous first day she does settle and make a couple of friends. However she also has a strange interaction with a rather good looking male at the school and she can’t help feeling there is more to it.

Over time Luce starts to feel a strong connection towards him and with her new friend Penn starts to try and find out more about him. However she is also becoming a bit more than friends with other classmate Sam and things between the two boys become heated on several occasions. However the boys and quite a few of the other members of the school have a secret and after some searching Luce comes to learn of the bizarre world she is destined to be a part of. She is partly relieved of this fact as is gives some explanation to the shadows that plague her life but it is also about to threaten her life and change it forever.

Although I enjoy this book it has a very similar development and idea to Stephanie Meyers Twilight. It is about a strange girl at a new school that has a strange infatuation to a good looking boy. They experience an accident together where he saves her life and then continues to try and convince her she he is bad for her. However she soon works out his secret and it ends with a battle. It was also pointed out to me that if you have any knowledge of angels you may work out his secret very early on from Daniel’s name. However despite these things I still enjoy this book. It is not a difficult read,the characters are easy to like and the writing carries you easily through the story.