Airel: The Awakening by Aaron Patterson, Chris WhiteSeries: Airel Saga #1.1
eBook, English, 186 pages
Debut: August 27, 2011
Genres: Adventure, Paranormal, Young Adult
Read First: Sept 15 - Oct 2, 2014 | Snuck from: Netgalley -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
All Airel ever wanted was to be normal, to disappear into the crowd. But bloodlines can produce surprises, like an incredible ability to heal. Then there’s Michael Alexander, the new guy in school, who is impossibly gorgeous… and captivated by her. Somewhere in the back of her mind, she can hear the sound of pages turning, and another, older story being written. It is the story of an ancient family, of great warriors, of the Sword of Light, and the struggle against an evil so terrible, so far-reaching, that it threatens everything. Airel knew change would be an inevitable part of life. But can she hold on when murder and darkness begin to close in and take away everything she loves? Will she have what it takes when the truth is finally revealed?
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 133
I requested that book because it has a beautiful cover. I really like the girl's bowed head and her hair do, the feather in her hand, the dress, the colors. It does give a nice feel for fallen angels which is what this series is about.
I liked that it switched between here and now, and past happenings leading up to this point, slowly revealing how excatly Airel ended up where she is now. Two seperate plotlines you know will come together at some point, and then some of the details will have alot more significance all of a sudden. I love this kind of story building! Plus, it makes it a lot easier to start with theories, and then be surprised by how right or how wrong you were about them.
I also liked the vocab. It read rather sophisticated in comparison to other YA out there, but I also felt that the style didn't grip me. It wasn't like I couldn't put it down, but more like it felt a bit... disconnected, cold. The plot in itself was interesting, each scene in itself was different levels of awesome. Nevertheless, while reading I was never asking myself where it would all lead, wasn't anxious about knowing the ending. I wasn't feeling the characters -- and that's where all the potential of the story goes out the window. I highly doubt that I will continue this series.
Area Scan: Flow: 4/5 -- Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 3/5 -- Heroes: 3/5 -- Villains: 3/5 -- Drama: 4/5 -- Action: 4/5 -- Suspense: 5/5 -- Idea: 5/5
Discovered: 3 Hoods
#1 Airel (The Awakening & The Discovering)
#2 Michael (The Curse & The Mark) | #3 Uriel (The Inheritance)