Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Review: Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia


Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishing
Format: Paperback
Released: May 18th, 2010
Grade rating: C+/B-


Amazon summary:

Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand-the mark of an angel. But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel's malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows.

Review:

I've got a bit of a love/hate thing going on with Angel Star. There were parts of the story I really enjoyed, and other parts that made me want to stop reading in frustration. I did read it in one sitting, though, so I think that counts for something.

I'll start with the good first - the angels. I love me some paranormal YA, and I don't think that'll be a big surprise to anyone. I'm a big fan of Hush, Hush and Fallen, and thanks to them, I have an interest in angels, whether they be of the fallen, earth-bound or evil kind. There's something about these celestial beings that fascinates me, and I'm probably going to have to blame that on their wings. They sound beautiful and haunting, and something I would give an arm and a leg to see in real life.

Murgia's angels are of the beautiful variety, and are assigned to humans as Guardians. Of course, there's the odd evil one out there, and that particular personality trait falls to Hadrian, twin brother of Lucifer. The mythology of Angel Star is very interesting, and is different to the other YA angel books I mentioned above. Light and dark features a lot, with Garreth and Hadrian representing each side of the spectrum. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the angel plot, and it is something I'd like to read more about. For me, the problems lie with the rushed introduction and noticeable similarities to other books (if you read it, you'll see what I mean).

If Angel Star would have been written as a 400-page series opener, I think everything would have been fine. The first 30 pages could have been dragged out, and the events unfolding would have been more believable. I really struggled with Teagen's character, because of how fast she accepts her fate, Garreth's revelation and the truth about her destiny. Huge life-changing moments like these should come with time, ensuring at least some semblance of realism. As it is, everything progresses far too fast, and before you know it there are declarations of love all over the place, after only three or four days of Teagen and Garreth knowing each other. I'm pretty good at accepting that in paranormal YA, but this time it didn't work for me.

I realise that a lot of my problems with Angel Star are just personal preferences with how YA romance is handled, and I hope my review has succeeded in nicely explaining why I'm on the fence about this one. It's by no means the worst book I've ever read, but neither is it up there with the best.

12 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really like the sound of the mythology as I'm kind of in love with angels now after Hush, Hush and Fallen. Shaem about the rushed declarations of love though.

asamum said...

I have a thing for angels as well. I still want to read this one. Thanks for the honest opinion :)

Kate Evangelista said...

I really want to read this book. I'm a big Hush Hush fan as well. :-)

Kerstin said...

Thanks so much for your great review, Jenny! I will try "Angel Star" and put it on my wishlist. We'll see...:)

Anonymous said...

i think i'll give this one a go. i like your review though. we'll see how it goes. is this the first in a series or standalone?

Andrea said...

I'm going to give it a try, but it sounds like this book is going to frustrated me.

Dwayne said...

Oh, and to think I'm terribly excited for this one! I hope it doesn't let me down much - thanks for yor review, Jenny! Now I have an idea what I might like or dislike with this. So far I haven't had the chance to see it on amazon.co.uk or book depository, which is a shame.

Kris (Voracious YAppetite) said...

I'm a big fan of angel books, too, and I like Angel Star's premise. I'm not a big fan of quickly developed romance, but I guess that a lot of other people do, as they keep showing up in YA. Very objective review :)

Lauren said...

Great, balanced review. I'm still looking forward to reading this (love me those angels!) but I'm not sure how I'll feel about the romance.

Becky said...

Hmmm... I love this review for its openess and honesty. I totally respect your opinion so I'm thinking I will find some flaws when I read this. You know how I love angels so at least my expectations are a little lower than they were. I am excited because you say these angels are the guardian type which is definitely my fav. I'm torn...Can't wait to see what I make of it. Great review Jenny!

prophecygirl said...

Anonymous - it's the first in a series.

Anonymous said...

thank you for answering prophecygirl. :)