Author: India Drummond
Genre: Fiction (Supernatural/Paranormal)
Publisher/Publication Date: Lyrical Press, Inc. (4/4/2011)
Source: The author
Rating: Greatly liked
Did I finish?: Yes - delicious escapist fun!
One-sentence summary: Young woman sees the dead but finds seeing angels makes life even trickier!
Reading Challenges: British Books, E-books
Do I like the cover?: Yes --it's very pretty: I need that shirt!
I'm reminded of...: Kelley Armstrong, Cate Tiernan, Kage Baker
First line: All but one of Zoe Pendergraft's friends were dead.
Did... I develop a bit of a crush on (maybe not so) angelic Thomas?: YES. I'm not an angel girl but there was something super fun/dreamy about this Free Angel lawyer. (You just have to read it to see what I mean!)
Did... I giggle and snicker a lot on my commute?: YES. This is another one of those books that just tickles you with great one-liners and wry mental commentary.
Did... I wish I was living out in California?: YES. It's not a very California-y book but the story is set in and around San Francisco and just the little hints made me want to move!
Why did I get this book?: Tell me that first line wouldn't hook you!
Review: This quick, fun read combines angels and a girl who can see the dead in an inventive and enjoyable supernatural thriller/romance. I was a little hesitant about how both twists would be handled but Drummond manages it beautifully, creating a cute romance and a nice mystery and some fantastic characters. The lore about angels that I'm familiar with is twisted and turned edgier and a lot more interesting (I don't want to give anything away but I'll admit her version of guardian angels has me a bit shivery!).
I'm super fussy about how my heroines handle drama and romance and tension and too often I find authors turning their strong heroines into passive victims. Zoe, however, felt very real to me and very authentic; her development through the story showed me someone who felt fear, vulnerability, desire, passion, happiness, and courage in appropriate and expected ways. She got upset at reasonable moments; she kicked butt at others. It was easy to relate to her and cheer her on and it was a relief when she stayed consistent and true to the character Drummond had started with.
The romance is straight-forward and very sexy (some fun rated R bits to keep things exciting!), and the plot had enough mystery and danger to keep me interested but not so convoluted as to lose my interest. Near the end, there's some very world-building that hints Drummond isn't done with her angels; as I found out in my Q and A with her (live on Wednesday), there is in fact a sequel in the works. I am very excited for it -- it's always fun getting hooked on a new series and I can say India Drummond is an author I'll now be eagerly anticipating!
*** *** ***Giveaway! I'm giving away one e-book copy of Ordinary Angels (many formats) to any reader! Just comment on this review with your email. Open to US & international readers. Closes May 1. Comment on my Q and A with the author, India Drummond, for an additional entry!