Gifts of the Blood is book #1 of the Angel’s Edge series. It is a #YA paranormal fantasy. Caspia is 18, a freshman at Andreas Academy of Fine Arts, she works in a local coffee shop and she cares for her brother who has terminal cancer. Caspia is also gifted with the ability to draw the future into her art, this rare gift is part of her family bloodline and one which is drawing unwanted attention.
When she meets a dark mystery man, one she has just drawn into a picture with shades of light and dark, bloody fingers and one rolling with anger, she fears for her life, but Ethan is there to protect and soon it becomes apparent that most of the good folks of Whitfield are not as she had first thought. From Mr Markov her blind employer to Mrs Alice the craft shop owner, there is more than first meets the eye.
As the story unfolds we find out more about Ethan and his fellow fallen Angels and just how far they will go to protect the ones they love. This is a safe and popular storyline for this genre. For me I felt that Ethan made life changing decisions a little too easily and another character Asheroth switched from bad guy to good guy with no real explanation. I would have liked more of the twins from the coffee shop and what happened to the threatening college art lecturer? If these characters are to reveal more in the next book in the series I wanted more hooks to keep me interested about their future.
This review is based on a free copy downloaded from Curiosity Quills during a book promotion.
The Broken Angel is book three in the Immortal series, a stand alone novel it was still lovely to re-acquaint myself with some of the characters from the first two books. The books are set in and around Rome and combine chic modern Italy, romantic scenery and a paranormal world.
Book three is about Samuel, a fallen Angel who gave up his responsibility for the souls on new-borns in their journey from the womb to mortal life, all because he fell in love with a human. A Human who rejected him once he’d made his decision and left Samuel shunned for all eternity. Now Samuel is a liaison officer between the paranormal species working at the Immortal Council Headquarters in Rome.
Given a new assignment Samuel must look into Vampire blood-dealing issues. He runs into trouble on the streets where he comes across youngsters high on vampire blood. Disguised as a cripple Samuel is rescued from the fight by Martina Colonna, a human and a lawyer who knows Samuel from her local gym. They are often sparring partners and Samuel has a secret crush on Martina. She’s called the police and they both end up in hospital.
Struggling not to reveal his true identity Samuel is desperate to protect Martina from her violent ex-husband who turns up to discharge Martina, more problems at work pull Samuel away, but he is determined to keep Martina as safe as he possibly can as events in the paranormal world begin to spiral out of control and old adversaries rise again.
I really like this series and Monica writes with finesse from the freshly baked pastries to the La Perla lingerie and the romantic Umbrian countryside. Another winner in my eyes.
Not every book grabs every reader. I liked the start, but it didn’t keep my enthusiasm after that. I wanted to enjoy it more, I felt the main story line deserved it, but the pace of all the normal human activities and the huge amount of description given to them, took away the edge from the fallen angels issues.