Friday, April 27, 2012

Until Next Time Blog Tour Stop: Review of Until Next Time (The Angel Chronicles #1) by Amy Lignor

Goodreads rating: 3.76
ebook, 1st Edtion, 255 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Tribute Books
Source: Blog tour
 How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.
I really enjoyed the idea, and the fact that a lot of it took place in Ireland was awesome (I'm half Irish and have been dying to go there). But I find when I read these Indie books that the romance is all in. What I mean is: the main characters are both madly in love with each other within the first meeting. And it's never explained why. I guess the best excuse is that they're simply soul mates (which was why it wasn't a big deal for me in this one, as that was the explanation), but I'm still so skeptical when they fall so quickly in love. Although, I did love the tete-a-tete between the four main "earth" characters. Liz (aka Emily) was a great heroine and she didn't always need Jason (the love interest) or Daniel (aka Matt, it's so obvious) to always bail her out. She took charge on earth, which is why it annoyed me when Emily lost so much drive when she got back up to heaven. I guess it makes sense, but she completely changed in the blink of an eye.
The only characters that really bothered me were the saints in heaven. Their voices sounded slightly awkward and to be honest I usually skipped through the parts in heaven to get back to earth. That's where all the action was. Again, it was an interesting concept. I think one of my issues with this (and one I've been finding a lot lately in these Indie books I do for blog tours) is the religious aspect. There are a lot of angel books out there that don't preach about believing in god, and I think they're better for it. This book wasn't exactly preachy, because she does question her faith in god some times but I wasn't prepared for how much religion was actually used in this book. Another thing that turns me off to a book is dialogue. With this book, it was a lot of hit and miss. Some things were funny, some weren't, some phrases worked and some didn't.

I'll probably continue with this series, only because I want to see Emily fall in love again with not-Matt (who knows what his name will be in the future - or past). They were some tender moments between her and Jason that I really enjoyed. If you're looking for a more religious-based angel book, you should definitely give this one a try!

1 comment:

  1. Nicole, we have a lot in common. We share the same first name. We're both Irish-American. And we both liked the Liz and Jason love story :)

    Thanks for the review.


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