When the one thing you live for is taken from you, do you let it go or do you fall?
Jade, like any other student at Brushwood High, awaits the start of the school year with a certain measure of dread. Worse, she is being threatened by a voice that only she can hear—a voice that lurks at the edges of her awareness, haunting her and warning her of something unknown. She has always been able to count on her two best friends, Claire and Nate, but can she confide in them now? About this? Would they even believe her?
Life takes a turn for the better when she meets Avan, a darkly handsome new student who, somehow, seems to drown out the voice and make her feel at ease.
But Jade soon comes to realize that good things don’t last forever. When everything spirals out of control, she is shattered by something she never saw coming. Dazed and despairing, she must now overcome tragedy and embrace her true existence and a new but dangerous love. Will she be able to save herself and those she loves, before it’s too late? Or will she let the surrounding darkness consume her?
Synopsis from Goodreads
I encourage anyone who is planning on reading this to avoid the synopsis (and since I posted it right above my review, it's probably already too late, right?). It's misleading and gives hints to the plot. I don't think I'm giving anything way, though, to say that this book is about angels. I've had bad luck in the past with angel books, so I dug into this one with a sense of trepidation. Lucy Swing, however, did a good job at winning me over.
I definitely enjoyed the writing style. It pulled me into the story and brought me right through to the end. It's the kind of style that anyone can relate to.
The characters are another story, though. Our main character is Jade, your average teenage girl, complete with angst. While I was able to relate to her, for the most part, I had a tough time with the supporting characters. Her best friends, Claire and Nate, behave strangely. Obviously there's a good reason for all of it, but it was difficult to understand their friendship without having seen it pre-angel weirdness. Jade is being bullied by a past friend, but we never even get a hint as to why.
And, unfortunately, I could never get behind the romance with Adan. It was most likely the lack of dialogue that hindered my getting to know his character, or perhaps that he sometimes came across as a bit of a jerk. Hardly someone, in my eyes, worth risking life and limb for.
Religion is not my forte, so I'm a little rusty of the lore of angels. I'm not even sure if added knowledge would have helped, since some of this may be simply Swing's own creative imagination. I do wish that the details had been more scattered throughout the story, instead of being tacked on at the end. Little more show, little less tell. Having said that, I wish I had known less about the villain. She would have been far more terrifying without the couple scenes in her POV.
Despite the flaws with the book, Lucy Swing has done something that a lot of writers have trouble with. She writes the fight scenes with the same passion that she writes the HOT romance scenes. You can tell that she loves what she does, and it imbues a part of her into the story.
A copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review.