Angelfire by Hanna Peach.
Book Summary: An army of angels walk among us. They have kept us safe and ignorant, so far.
Earthbound for centuries and ruled by the Elders, they have established hidden cities, a society and The Code: obey your Elders, kill all demons, eliminate Rogue-angels, protect the mortals, remain hidden. Their warriors are the ungifted earthborn angels armed with blades and the ‘borrowed magics’ of distilled angel-blood tattoos.
Alyxandria is a young warrior with a fondness for customized knives and illegal night-races. If only she could overcome the taint of her parents who abandoned her to become Rogues.
When Alyx saves Israel, a gifted mortal with a past, she is forbidden to see him again. But she can’t help herself, drawn to him through their Guardian-bond, an ancient and long-forgotten bond; if he dies, she dies.
An encounter with a handsome Rogue leaves Alyx questioning all she has been taught to believe. Alyx begins to dig into the Elders’ secrets. Two thousand years of secrets that begin with the death of the Archangel Raphael. She is not prepared when she uncovers an Elder’s dark plan.
Somewhere on earth is a key to unlock hell. Somewhere on earth are pieces of an amulet that controls Lucifer and his army. Somehow Israel is the link and now both sides are after him. Who can Alyx trust when Good and Evil is no longer clear?
The war for earth begins.
Liana's Summary: What they tell her isn't going to stop her from finding out the truth. Alyx knows she's been lied to. Even her most trusted friends have been lying to her, to keep her ignorant. There are too much things going on. When she meets Israel, she realizes that they're drawn together in this Guardian-bond. She has to keep him safe. And, maybe even fall in love with him? At the same time, there are evil plans made by the Elders. What is she going to do about it?
First of all, I would like the author for personally taking the time to email me and introduce me to her book. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Anyways, let's dive right in.
I felt like Hanna Peach was trying to mash a lot of concepts together all at once, and I sort of felt confused in the beginning, since it started out literally, from the middle of somewhere. I didn't understand it immediately. However, the good thing is, the author actually explained some things at the end of each chapter, like from a textbook.
So, the characters. They're supposed to be angels, which just reminds me of The Mortal Instruments all over again, but, this book just made the angels seem like faeries instead. I mean, angels are supposed to be all angel-y. I don't know how to explain, but yeah. I think they work better off as faeries because everything they do seem so Pixie-Hollow ish I can't help but think of Tinker Bell. They're also categorized by talent. See, they do work off better as faeries.
Now, let's concentrate on one specific character. The main character. Alyxandria. Alyx.
She seemed so ignorant at times I just wanted to reach into the book and slap some sense into her. But then she's really tough and relentless and she's always like, 'damn everything, I'm gonna get what I want' and she reminds me of Isabelle Lightwood from Cassie Clare's Mortal Instruments series.
The author herself said that this book has a lot of similarities with the Mortal Instruments, and yeah, I think I can make a legit analogy:
Nephilim is to TMI as Seraphim is to Angelfire.
So, the romance. The romance isn't even that great but I was glad it was there because I LOVE ROMANCE. And it was really good. But it didn't help that the guy had another girl on his mind and they did some really dirty things together and at the end he chooses-- I WAS SO FLABBERGASTED I SWEAR
And there's the ending. That ending is so freaking awesome. It totally makes people want to read it!
That's all I have to say. Definitely check this out.
Quotes! There are quite a few good ones.
"I need to win," he says.
SOMEONE SLAP THIS IDIOT
".. I will stop racing for you."
Aw snap, what now.
"Let's do it now."
This sounds really awkward. Just saying. Especially since the person saying it is really fail at seducing.
"I don't know what you're talking about."
It seems this is an ideal line to those who are lying.
"Relax beautiful, lest your frown wrinkles your perfect face."
"Even your tummy rumbles are cute. Hungry?"
"It's part of the street pirates code, lovey."
EW DON'T CALL HER LOVEY
"Let her go," Israel is yelling. "If you hurt her I'll kill you."
I love how some characters, such as Israel, think saying this is gonna be effective towards the antagonist somehow. LOL.
That's it! What did you think of this review? (;