former nuclear scientist
At first, the narrator confused/annoyed me. She has a pronounced American accent, and she speaks flippantly and with a hint of amusement. Then I realized the main character is a teenager. Spot on!
The story follows Karoo, a mysterious (even to herself) teenager with some interesting, supernormal family who can provide her with "wishes" of varying power in return for her running errands in the human world. The story establishes this kooky situation, then shakes it up with the appearance of angel "seraphim," who don't seem angelic at all to the heroine and her family.
The book follows Karoo as she falls in forbidden/angsty teenage love with one of the angels while trying to unravel the mystery of who she is. Her back story is interesting; the story of the supernatural world is much more so. The love story was not nearly as cloying as Twilights, and I think would appeal to teenage girls. It didn't bother me too much. Felt rather natural, which is a high compliment for a young adult book.
It's also full of cute amusing sardonic teenage observations.
The narrator faltered a little when voicing Czech and Brimstone voices. Her accent for Czech was generic slav, and for Brimstone she sounded almost like she was choking. But it was not too bad, and made it easy to tell the characters apart. She did a great job of keeping her accents straight - crisp transition to American narrator voice.
I liked this book! I want to hear what happens next (seemed left open for a sequel).
Where do I begin--the story is a stretch even for the most ardent sci-fi fan, the plot is predictable from the very beginning, the narration is "high school drama club" with a touch poorly rendered "Boris and Natasah" and the final testament, I fell asleep in the last three chapters and didn't even care to rewind. Not for anyone over the age of 12.
I enjoyed this book. I found it to be a well-paced fantasy novel about a girl who balances her "normal" life at an European art school with her secret past as a demon's errand girl.
However, it was most certainly a "secret princess" fantasy through-and-through despite the specific details, and the details of this story certainly weren't memorable enough to make it stand out from any of the others.
So far I've only downloaded 2 and the other was cyteen which was superbly boring and poorly read.
My favorite character was Kaz because he was an idiot, and made for comical relief
Her voice of the fallen angel and of Karou were really good.
The book had amazingly well written prose, I tip my writers hat to her. The plot was good, though a bit well winded in parts especially in the part of the retelling of Madrigal's tale. My only complaint was of the character Akivah, dude seemed a little too good to be true, and a bit of a p---y.
Reader, writer, listener. Thank God for audiobooks!
The classic love story with a new spin...yawn. The small things about this story were interesting, but the overall premise I find to be rather over done.
Despite reading the plot synopsis and reviews, I somehow missed the fact that this is a young adult fantasy/romance. If you love reading long-winded descriptions of the chiseled face and bulging muscles of a drop-dead gorgeous male angel, you'll enjoy this book. I didn't. Add to that the story drags for the second half, and I can't believe the consistently good reviews that it is getting. On top of that, I was frustrated that the book didn't tell a complete story - this book stops in the middle with the words
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
There are some fun premises in this book but the love scenes are past annoying and awful. You've got really ancient creatures behaving like Heathers. I'm not terribly sorry I read it, but it's not a thing I'll reread. I would think a lovesick teen age girl would think it was wonderful.
avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
The concept was great, but the whole drama of forbidden love kind of ruined it for me. The cliffhanger was also pretty annoying. I would definitely have enjoyed a book simply about the interaction between the two worlds.
nothing. she was fine.
The only caveat I would offer is since the intended demographic is teenaged girls, the main character as a minor in high school should not be engaging in casual sex first with a fairly sleazy young man nor appearing so ready to jump in with both feet again with the hero. I like sex with context, thank you very much, and I very much dislike the trend of the publishing world to portray our children hopping from sex partner to sex partner just to sell books. This story does less of that than some, admittedly, and attempts to back track a little on this front, by having the mentor character chide his protégée for 'unnecessary penises' which I liked.