The Blurb: In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do.
The Short Stick: Angel family that does angelic things.
The Goods: I was looking forward to this book because of the awesome reviews, and when I read the first few pages I was hooked. I loved the cadence of Cynthia Hand’s voice, and I loved the imagery she used. I liked the idea of cute boys and girls figuring out who they are and what not. The need for travel and all of that also appealed, yay, it seemed like there’d be a lot of action!
The Not So Good: It becomes a stereotypical cheese fest once we get into the meat of the story. For one, Clara’s mom knows she’s an angel, instant turn off for me. Secondly, she meets the boy from her dream all too soon, saves him and it seems like there’s nothing else. Nothing except for a fire. The whole book is foreshadowed by visions that Clara has, all of which are then tied up like neat little bows when they happen, and everything goes as planned. The only thing that doesn’t go as planned is the romance between Clara and Christian, instead there’s Tucker who comes along and becomes the romantic hero and frankly, I didn’t like him. I thought that this book could have been executed better. I also thought it could be more original.
Pinnochio Factor: Fail, lots of wooden people in this book.
Bella Swan Factor: Fail, kinda like her, not in an annoying sense.
Jace Factor: Pass, one how boy in attendance.
Primrose Factor: Pass, we didn’t lose too much in this book.
Potter Factor: Fail, we’ve been here before, not original enough.
Cheese Factor: Fail, there were too many happy family moments.
Bible Factor: Fail, Quarter Angels? Really?
Temperature: 60 Degrees, romance didn’t happen between the right characters.
Recommendation: Read it if you like the family vibe and good relationships between families. Don’t pick it up if you’ve read some of the other angel or faery books out there.