SYNOPSIS:

First there are nightmares.
Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.
Then come the memories.
When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie’s power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie’s memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.
Now she must hunt.
Ellie has power that no one can match, and her role is to hunt and kill the reapers that prey on human souls. But in order to survive the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives and truths that may be too frightening to remember.

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Wait!!!

No whiny female character? No “I see you and I know that you are my soul mate”? No “you want to kill me and you treat me like crap but I am still madly in love with you”?.. No obsessing?!?

God, what’s ‘wrong’ with this book?! … yeah, I’m being ironic..

In fact I mean.. what’s right with this book?

And the answer is: everything!

I think that the author took all the bad things that we find in some paranormal YA, turned them into good stuff and then put them into this story.. And you know what? It really worked.

That’s why we don’t have a dumb main character, but a smart one with a strong personality.. We don’t have a dangerous abusive male character, but a caring one (and it also helps that he is good looking, just so you know)… We don’t have idiotic parents, but understanding ones (in fact, I am talking about her mother here.. Her father is another story and I just have a feeling about him, but I’ll see in the next book if I am right or not), we don’t have a stupid & forced falling in love for no reason at all, but a sweet romance, after some realistic amount of time, a more healthy falling in love if you want..

And as I said, this recipe did work perfectly.

Yes, I am not usually mad about angel stories, but I kind of liked this book… a lot.

First I liked the main character.
Ellie was smart, had good friends, an awesome mother, and a past she couldn’t quite remember, but that made her stronger than she thought. She also had a great ‘voice’ that didn’t annoy the hell out of me with too much complaining, and I loved to see the girl in the story being the strong one for once. Also she wasn’t driven only by her hormones, that was great for a change.

“His fingers traced the curve of my shoulder softly, as his gaze fell. I gasped sharply. If he tried to kiss me, I’d slap the crap out of him. Bond or no bond.”

Then I liked Will.

He was great. He had a history, a lot of secrets and gorgeous green eyes. Also he was strong, caring, charismatic and sweet if/when he wanted to be.. And the most important is that he has always been there for Ellie, risking his life for her for centuries, trying so hard to keep her safe, dying inside every time he couldn’t manage to keep her alive, believing in her and loving her with all his heart even if he doesn’t quite know it yet..

“I hate . . . ,” he started, his shaking voice trailing off. “I hate when you die. It destroys me. I know I have no right to be so upset, because I’m not the one losing my life, but it breaks me apart inside. I’m not very good with words, and I don’t know how to explain to you how I feel. I get lonely when you aren’t with me. I miss you. And every time you die, a little piece of me dies with you.”

Let’s see.. what more did I like?
The action, as some people said before, was movie-alike… You can see it in your eyes while reading it. I am not a fan of too much action but I did enjoy it a lot.
The secondary characters were likable too, and realistic, and fun. It was nice too see that Ellie had some great friends – like her friend Kate 😉

“You’re going to be alone with him for a whole weekend doing God only knows what—okay, hopefully God doesn’t really know what…”

There are some more questions without answer, but this is only the beginning of this journey so we will have to wait to find out more.

All this being said I would have loved to see more of Ellie and Will being together, but let’s hope for that in the next book… Can’t wait for it 😀

“I’ll always come back to you…”
“Don’t forget that I’ll always love you,” he whispered against my lips, rubbing the tip of his nose to mine.“Don’t forget.”

Happy midnight reading!

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PS: Wonderful graphics by sakimichan – you should definitely check her work!

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  • Love the images, love the review and love the idea of the book.

    • Ari

      These are the official promotional images and I love them too – not sure why didn’t they use them on the covers. And the book is really good, so I hope that you will give it a try as well 🙂