Thursday, January 26, 2012

Breath Of Angel

:My random thoughts:
Where do I start?
This book was odd, in a charming, draw-you-in way.  
At first, I was slightly nervious about all then Angel content, and even through the book, I felt slightly, off set.  Angels trapped on earth?
Warring immortal (but not Angelic!) Brothers?
Breath of Angel, Blood of Man?
Fantasy?  I'm nervous when it comes to Fantasy.  Almost as nervous as Romance.
But, I do believe this book was wonderful.  Even if all the content is utter...pardon me, rubbish?
The Angels were more like Fairies, and the Dwarfs, Who ever disliked Dwarfs?

:Publisher's Description:

The stranger’s cloak had fallen back, and with it, a long, white, blood-stained wing.

When Melaia, a young priestess, witnesses the gruesome murder of a stranger in the temple courtyard, age-old legends recited in song suddenly come to life. She discovers wings on the stranger, and the murderer takes the shape of both a hawk and a man.

Angels. Shape-shifters. Myths and stories—until now.

Melaia finds herself in the middle of a blood feud between two immortal brothers who destroyed the stairway to heaven, stranding angels in the earthly realm. When Melaia becomes a target, she finds refuge with a band of angels attempting to restore the stairway. But the restoration is impossible without settling an ancient debt—the “breath of angel, blood of man,” a payment that involves Melaia’s heart, soul, and destiny.

:info to know:

Author:  Karyn Henley

My recommended age:  13+

Their recommended age:  12+

Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah.
Number of Pages: 272

  • Characters:  Trevin, you epic, scoundrel.  You had me from point A, to point B.    The 'hero' (but not always so heroic, mind you!) of the novel REALLY reminded me of Flynn Rider.  Sometimes.  
    Melaia, you, dear, are more then you could ever know.  The Heroine  has a certain, charm about her.  A way of making you almost protective of her.
    Livia, I wish you were my Guardian Angel.  I think Livia was my favorite Angelaeon.  Her caring kindness and firm guidance to Melaia was a steady ancor.
    Jarrod, It wasn't your fault, let loose, and love your eternal life!  Every story must have it's grumpy one, huh?  Ms. Henley's Jarrod was my SECOND favorite Angelaeon.  Wait...Is he an Angel? No...I don't think he is...His father being B*****n....Well, never mind.  It still liked old (like, REALLY old) Mr. Grump.
    And Benasin.....Can I cry over the ones no longer with us? Oh, wait, *happy giggle* He's eternal. (you'll understand once you read the book!)

Ms. Henley had me guessing, and wanting to run ahead and find all the answers.  I finished the book in a matter of hours, as it was pretty much IMPOSSIBLE to put the book down!

Writing Style:
Epic. Awesome.  Incredible. Creative.  Drawing.  Enchanting. 

The mysterious look if it befits the book, but, the cover's Melaia does not correspond with my imagination's Melaia....



World Building:

It amazed me how well Ms. Henley's world shaped out.  From Gerda's house, to the Qadreef's castle.



Drugs and Drink:

There is a beverage called Gash that when drank, makes you younger.  Problem is, you get so dead drunk, you slumber away your young age, until you wake up, old, and, repeat.

Romance and sexual content:

Trevin and Melaia fall in 'love' if you'd like to call it that, but after he...*SPOILER*...betrayed her, she shuns him.  Later on, well, let me just say, they meet again, under happier skies.
                                 *rubs hands* Where shalt I start?
An angel is killed by a 'hawk' (Later turns out, that hawk wasn't no hawk!  That was a spoiler, wasn't it?). How an Angel dies, I can't tell still has me befuddled.
Benasin and Lord Rejius fight in bird form, and one doesn't walk out of the room alive.
Lord Rejius drops Melaia off of a balcony, her guardian Angel flies up, and saves her, however.
There is a good bit of  hand-to-hand combat.
And the Draks.
They are a nightmare in themselves.

It was odd. Very odd, you might say.  But Weird people like weird books, no?

I give it a royal

Some of you might say, "Why a 5 Star?, wasn't it weird?".
It was.
But being weird isn't a criminal offense, is it?

2 Reader views:

Diane said...

A lot going on in this book. Thanks for your thoughts and the review. :O)

Anonymous said...

Oooh, this books sounds very interesting! I'd love to read it, and did you get it from Booksneeze?

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