Happy Thursday people! I hope the weather is better where you are where I am, we’re in the middle of a humid heat wave, so I’m typing slower than usual. But-I have the perfect thing to cool you down again, a review of Few Are Angels by Inger Iverson! You can grab your copy here at Amazon US, or here at Amazon UK. You can find Inger Iversen here on Goodreads and on her website.
After a fatal hit and run accident, Ella Monroe fears that she’s lost more than her beloved parents. Horrifying visions of a past life and a disturbing voice in her head have psychiatric professionals convinced that she’s lost her sanity as well. But when Kale–a dark and handsome stranger with a mysterious past–reveals the true meaning of her visions and the tremendous power she wields through them, Ella must come to terms with the devastating truths of her own past, while eluding an ancient Dark Prince who seeks to control not only her future, but all of mankind’s, by means of abilities that Ella is only beginning to understand.
Enter the shrouded world of an age old battle between an ancient race known as the Immortals and their bitter enemy Laurent, the so-called Dark Prince, who commands an army of half-breed vampires known as Chorý. Both sides have been desperately searching for the prophesied emergence of the Arc, a clairvoyant with unparalleled power to recall the past and a soothsayer with clear vision into the future.
The Council of Immortals has sworn to protect the Arc, whom they have identified as young Ella Monroe, a college freshman from Virginia living quietly and unaware of her powers or her past. But a renegade Chorý has other plans for the protection of a girl he has loved through the ages. Can Kale convince Ella of who she is, what she is destined to become, and what he once meant to her? Is he truly the best protector to shield the world from the devastating misuse of her powers that Laurent is bent on controlling? Or will the forbidden love they share and Kale’s cursed condition as a retched and hated Chorý be used against them both?
This paranormal romance told from the heroine’s perspective builds in intensity and intrigue to a finale you won’t see coming. Heart pounding action mixed with heartwarming friendships and heartbreaking romance will leave you breathless and begging for more.
The first thing that struck me with this was the writing itself. From the very first page, it flowed smoothly and was relaxed in how beautifully descriptive it was. The characters were enticing, and their ‘voices’ both inner and outer rang very true for who they were, with a very defined ‘voice’ for each of them. I thought the world within the story (and the story itself) was an interesting and original idea, although the unfolding of the world was a little complicated. I thought it was pretty cool that this story also mixed together a few sub-genres within the paranormal genre, as I love stories that do this. I also loved that there was a small quote at the beginning of each chapter-it made it a little more fun, but also gave some hint towards the book within. The emotion in this YA novel was well-written and could make it tug at your heartstrings, and have you weeping into a box of Kleenex the next. On top of all this, the ending…….wow!
One of the points I would like to make is that the setting up of the universe within the book was a little complicated-almost too much. There were plenty of little sub-plots leading up to the main plotline, and most of them I really liked, but some of them were not really needed, and it would have been nice to have them cleaned up from the story line. Also, I felt the romance was a little fast, as after just two days Ella felt she had serious feelings for the guy, and I’m not a big fan of insta-love.
I thought this was a great read. It was fresh and different from many similar stories, and I thought the author had come up with a fresh and original concept. The characters were strong and vivid, and I can’t wait to see more of them. Despite the romance seeming a little rushed, it was well-written and sweet. I became immersed quickly in the world of Ella and Kale, and thought that it was a wonderful novel, from an author to watch out for! Now I just need to wait for the next one to come out! 😀
I give this novel……4/5 stars!