Move over Vampires, see ya Zombies, angels are the new “it’ genre when it comes to Young Adults! I love this new genre and have read almost everything I can get my hands on. So I am here to give you the rundown of the good the bad and the absolute swoon worthy! I will begin with my favorites and then move down the list.
First and foremost, my favorite angel book Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins ( Due May 2012) I love the very different way Higgins supposes the duties of the fallen angels and their children. I loved the story, I loved the characters and I thought the Anna’s main love interest was taken out of my very dreams!
Okay next is probably Illuminate by Aimee Agresti. Another very creative look into this fledgling genre. I have posted a full review on the blog a couple of days ago. It is a great story about a young girl who receives a prestigious internship in Chicago at the Lexington Hotel. Soon enough Haven realizes all is not what it seems and as she is pulled closer into the world of Lucian and Aurelia. With the help from a secret diary and some great friends, Haven will find a way to stop the evil from spreading.
So those are my two absolute favorites now onto some other amazing reads involving some angel love! I mean, seriously, falling in love with an angel? How exciting life must be…
I’ll begin with two of the most popular series which are both concluding this year. First Lauren Kate’s Fallen series. The final book is due this summer and I am on pins and needles waiting to see who she concludes this all consuming love story. I can’t give you any more details because it will give away the first book, and it’s such an epic love story I don’t want to do that to you! Okay, so Becca Fitzpatrick will be concluding the Hush Hush series this fall and the book looks to be amazing! I love me some Patch and Nora’s pretty cool too. The first book is great, the second was eh but the third more than made up for that!
So romance plays a big part in most angel books, it’s probably the part I like the most. I get embarrassed at those too graphic romance novels. Some abstinence porn is quite all right with me. And it makes it easier to suggest these books to younger teens and their parents.
A Beautiful Dark By Jocelyn Davies comes out in paperback very shortly and the sequel is due out in the fall. Skye meets two very different boys, one who leans to the light and the other of course to the dark. It’s an amazingly quick read and the ending was quite shocking! I can’t wait for the sequel! I’ll let you all know how it goes when the rep sends me one!!!
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington is the first in the Violet Eden trilogy and the publishers are doing something great here. Each book in the series will be released six months after the last, no waiting a year, two or seven to find out what happens to your favorite characters. This is a great book about trust, love and discovering who your are.
Immortal City by Scott Speer is due out in April and is a great read. It is told from a split point of view, Maddy the non angel girl living a very non angel like life and Jackson, the very epitome of angel. It is set in a time when angels are paid to save lives, and paid quite handsomely. They are what we call the Bragenlina of their day. But when one saves for love…. you so have to read it to find out!
Angel Burn and it’s sequel Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly, also employ the split point of view. Half the story is told from Willow’s pov and the other from Alex’s. Weatherly is great because she changes the concept of angels and gives them very human characteristics like greed. This is a book for this who wonder, what if angels weren’t all that good?
An exact opposite of Angle Burn is Halo and its sequel, Hades by young writer Alexandra Adornetto. And by young I mean she finished the first book when she was 17!!! The last book in the trilogy is due out in the fall. The series follows three angels sent from Heaven to help society see the good side instead of leaning to the dark. Bethany heads to high school while Gabe and Ivy work throughout the town doing good deeds and inspiring others to follow in their steed. It’s a great book about first love and how one good act can influence another and so forth.
Unearthly and Hallowed by Cynthia Hand is a great series about a young half angel who is trying to figure out her path in life and how one decision can impact everything around her. By the second book I didn’t know who I was rooting for her to be with because both the guys were so well, dreamy, in their own very cool ways.
Forbidden by Syrie and Ryan James is a story of forbidden love between a demi-angel (human with one angle parent) and an angel hunter. It’s a great love story about how we can’t help who we love!
A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink takes the reader back in time. Helen is a strong character that you can’t help but feel for her and her loss. But it is really her devotion to friends and family that really gets you cheering for her. And Griffen, hello! So adorable!!
And last but certainly not least is two amazing series by Cassandra Clare. The Mortal Instruments series follows Clary, Jace and their friends through a world of fantastical delight. I was not so impressed by the fourth book in the series and she had me pretty ticked for awhile in the second and third (read them and you’ll know why) but I am excited for the fifth book due later this spring. her newest series is one of my favorites, The Infernal Devices follows Tess through Victorian England as she struggles to find out who she is and who she loves. Will and Jem are two very different but very lovable characters and in all honestly I wish there was a way for her to be with both- but then it’d be a completely different book and maybe not so appropriate to younger audiences. These two series really encompass the entire paranormal young adult genre with vampires, werewolves and so much more. It’s also a case where the sequel was just as good, if not better than the first. I loved the way Clare brought in characters from the Mortal Instruments to Infernal Devices- because who didn’t love Magnus and want to know so much more about him?!
So there you have it. I will be adding more later because this is a genre that keeps growing and I am glad to be a part of it. Leave your questions or comments or you could come on down to Market Block Books and see me in person! Leave me any suggestions for books you may have found interesting- I love recommends!