Angel doesn't remember her magical heritage...but it remembers her. Magic and science collide when she embarks on a journey to her true home, and to herself.
Angel lives with a loving foster family, but dreams of a land that exists only in the pages of a fantasy novel. Until she meets Gregor, whose magic Talent saves her life and revives lost memories. She follows Gregor to her homeland...a world unlike any she has imagined, where she travels a path of self-discovery that leads directly to her role in an ancient Prophecy...and to the madman who set her fate in motion.
©2012 Splashdown Books (P)2012 Kat Heckenbach
Maybe. Good writing, good narrator, good story.
Angel. I felt empathy for her. wanted her to succeed in her quest.
The scene with the elves, the rapidly changing elements.
No. Too hard to grasp all that was happening in one listen.
“Finding Angel” by Kat Heckenbach is my first audio listen in the YA fantasy genre. I have listened to many YA books but fantasy is not my usual forte. However, this book is delightful, well crafted, with vivid imagery and a subtle theme that lends itself to a wholesome and harmless read for any teen or young adult. (even mature adults like me).
“Angel” is the protagonist in search of a lost past, a past she can’t quite remember. We follow Angel into a mysterious land of magic and myth, not unlike that of the ancient Celts. The narrator brings this story to life with her ability to produce the right “voice” for each character. I found myself wishing I could “gate” myself to other places I have only imagined. For YA fantasy lovers, this is a 5 star listen.
Jeanne Whitehouse is the ideal narrator for this story. She handles the voices of the women and children, well. Her masculine voices, for the most part, are convincing and in some cases, fun to listen to. Her youthful reading voice easily connects readers to Angel’s point of view.
Finding Angel is a Y/A fantasy, every lover of the genre should read. The author is gifted with the ability to offer readers an imaginary island filled with magical animals and plants unlike those they've encountered in other stories.Angel, the protagonist, is compassionate, intelligent, and someone whose perspective you won’t mind spending time in. The battle between good and evil has twists and intricacies that easily let you know you’re being presented magic in a whole new way. This is the kind of book, you’re bound to enjoy listening to, several times over.
A foster child with no memory of her origins learns she's from another magical world. That's always an irresistible premise, and I did get caught up in the story. But the characters' relationships and emotional reactions to each other kept ringing false. Close bonds of trust and affection would seemingly pop up in an instant, while genuine tragedies seemed to only merit an "oh no, what a shame!" I just didn't believe in the characters, and so I found it hard to really care about the book.
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